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Burn Zone

(Hotshots #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,009 ratings  ·  312 reviews
Introducing Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series—the emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild.

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts…

Smoke jumper Lincoln Reid is speechless to see Jacob Hartman among his squad’s new recruits. Linc had promised his late best
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 272 pages
Published April 27th 2020 by Carina Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*2.5 stars*

I'm a huge fan of Annabeth Albert's writing, going way back. In fact, I've read twenty five of her books, and my average rating is well above 4-stars. But her recent stuff? I've been less than impressed.

Linc was a very hard character for me to relate to in any way. He was self-flagellating and cold, and I felt like he was a huge downer. I didn't like how he dragged his feet the entire time in his relationship with Jacob and how Jacob had to force his way into Linc's heart. Linc didn't
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

And so it begins: yet another gripping, romantic, and sexy AF series by Ms. Albert.

And, WOW, is it off to a good start.

Burn Zone features:

- two stubborn MCs (Jacob, the rookie, who's determined to make Linc see that they belong together, and Linc, the experienced fire jumper, who made a promise to Jacob's brother and thus keeps Jacob at arm's length)

- dogs (dogs rule!)

- slow burn (and how! Jacob and Linc dance around each other for SIX DAMN YEARS)

- age gap (ten years, something Jacob fi
Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Burn Zone is book one in the brand new series, Hotshots, by Annabeth Albert. This is my very first book by Annabeth but she’s long been on my want to read list. This is a M/M romance with two sexy firefighters that bring on all kinds of swoons.

smoke jumpers - Google Search

Jacob Hartman is twenty five years old. Years before he came out to his family. He didn’t want to hide who he was. Jacob’s late older brother was a smoke jumper, a firefighter that parachutes into dangerous fires. As is his brother’s closes

I don't have a single negative thing to say about this wonderful romance. The characters (ALL of them, also the minor ones) are absolutely amazing and taken right out of what feels like a real life setting.
The research that went into their profession as wildfire fighters felt absolutely spot on and made the events grittingly real.

And the romance.... The romance was a true piece of art.

Of course, you gotta be comfortable with a little bit of separation angst, because holy mother of god,
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Heated Hearts!

Calling all Albert fans!! Behold a new series with firemen as the main attraction!

This first book features Linc and Jacob, who have known and wanted each other for years but have always made excuses to not cross the line. Hence, beware a drawn out back and forth, showcasing deep desires that are painful to witness because whatever barriers they put up (mostly on Linc’s side) seem absolutely inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. However, blame a past shitty family and a
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio 5 Stars. Iggy Toma was the best part of the audiobook.😍

Story 3 Nothing New Stars

Some authors find a formula and just stick to it. Reading one book is like reading all the others. That's the case here. 🤦🏽‍♀️

I enjoyed this as much as I could enjoy a very predictable story line read by a favorite narrator. 🤷🏽‍♀️
I was so excited to see a new Annabeth Albert series. I loved her Out of Uniform series. I adore that she writes about people doing tough, dangerous work and somehow finding the right partner to share their softer side.

Linc is a Smoke Jumper. I didn't know what that was or that the job even existed before reading this book. It's amazing when I find myself learning something new from a romance novel. But the truth is that romance novels have made a huge impact on my knowledge, my beliefs and most
~Mindy Lynn~
4 Stars!

I had no idea what a Smoke Jumper was or that the job existed before reading this book. Now that I do, I have major respect for these people. The job sounds scary as hell.

Linc has tried his hardest fighting his attraction to his late best friends younger brother. But Jacob isn't the kind of guy you can ignore though, especially when he refuses to be. He's had a crush on Linc since he was 19 yrs old. Lincoln has made a promises that he's trying to keep. One to his late best friend to st
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What a fabulous start to this new series from Annabeth.

It combines the camaraderie of her Out of Uniform series with the small town vibe of her Rainbow Cove books and I loved it.

Lincoln needed a shake or a good talking too so he got his head out of his backside but I totally got him.

Jacob is an honest and direct guy, he wants Linc, always has. But his dead brother's ghost hangs over them both.

There's angst, but it never becomes overwrought, Linc is struggling with his own feelings for Jacob and


I hate to even bring up Annabeth Albert's Alaska series, but I have to- it just didn't resonate with me. I was super bummed because AA has been a go-to of mine for years. When I first read about Burn Zone, I was equal parts excited and nervous. Nervous because the previous series wasn't a winner for me; I so didn't want that to be the case again. I'm happy to report it was awesome. Nothing to worry about here!

Unrequited love ✔
Temptation ✔
Angst ✔
Chemistry ✔
Dual POVs ✔
Best f
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Love the love between these two.
First time reading the author and I was in the mood for a little hottie heat and with a name like Burn Zone, you know these firefighters can give up a little heat.

The author did a nice job developing the story and moving it along. She employed a bit of anticipation with the backstory and provided us with that great push pull with a best friend's brother no-no situation.

And when they finally decided to hell with it, they deserve each other regard
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I think I have finally figured out what hasn't been working for me with Annabeth Albert's latest books. There is always one character that does not.stop.pushing!!! I do not like it when a protagonist is coming on so strong, I prefer it when they show some pride and let the other one stew for a little while. Here, it wasn't so prominent like in other books, but still...

Also, I have no idea why Linc kept trying to be part of a family like Jacob's or gave his word to Wyatt who, IMO, was a big assho
beachbum bookworm
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burn zone is the first in the hotshot series. It is the story of Linc and Jacob. Linc is a longtime smoke jumper who is grieving the loss of his fellow jumper, best friend and Jacobs brother. Jacob is a recruit. Linc feels a lot of obligations in relation to Jacob...Jacob's bother Wyatt before his death told Linc to stay away from his little brother and to Jacob’s mother to talk him out of getting involved in the same profession that took his brother's life. On top of all this he knows Jacob has ...more
Rachel Emily
This is the first book in a new series from Annabeth Albert, and I think fans of her Out of Uniform series are going to really enjoy this one!

Linc is a smoke jumper - he jumps out of planes to land in forests to contain/control/putout wildfires. We learn through flashbacks and also some scenes 6 years prior to the present story, that Linc promised his best friend that he would steer clear of his younger brother, Jacob, who was 19 at the time and had a major crush on Linc, who is ten years older
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Carina Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Man, I really enjoyed this MM romance. Two hot firefighter-type dudes? Check. A little angst? Check. Some sexy times? Check. A happy ending? Check.

Honestly, one thing I really liked about this one was the realistic nature of their relationship and the reactions of people around them. Jacob's family isn't necessarily homophobic, but they have issues with it and have to come to terms with i
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Stars

This is a painful review for me to write because I'm a big fan of Annabeth Albert. Her, "Out of Uniform," series is one of my favorites. So when I heard she was doing a new series with smokejumpers, I jumped to request it on Netgalley. Unfortunately, this didn't quite work for me. I do want to note this is not a totally negative review. There were some things I enjoyed. Basically, overall, I liked it but didn't love it. And I am used to loving the majority of the books I've read by
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved Annabeth Albert's "Out of Uniform" series so I could't pass up on the chance to try her new one, this time about a couple of smoke jumpers.

Generally, I have a hit or miss luck with this author and this time it was saddly closer to a miss...

Linc and Jacob have known each other for a long time, since Linc was practically a member of Jacob's family growing up. They have an age gap of ten years between them, which caused some intense conversations, but the main obstacle was Lincoln's friends
I've given this a B at AAR

I’m a big fan of Annabeth Albert’s and a new book from her is always a red letter day on my calendar! Burn Zone is book one in her new Hotshots series which features a group of guys who work as Smoke Jumpers in the fictional Painter’s Ridge in central Oregon – and I admit I had to look up Smoke Jumping as I’d never heard of it before! There are undoubtedly shades of the author’s excellent Out Of Uniform series here in terms of the camaraderie and close-knit relation
2.5 stars

It took me a while to get through 'Burn Zone'. All the ingredients for a sure-fire win were there, but ultimately it just didn't deliver.

First, what I liked: a friends-to-lovers romance with lots of sizzle!

Linc and Jacob spent years circling around each other, and that's obvious from the almost tangible pull between them.

From the moment they gave in, they were hot.

But it wasn't just the physical - the emotional connection was also apparent. They didn't have an awkward getting to know
I'm a little sad because I usually love Annabeth Alberts books. This one I didn't. It was a good read but it was sooooooo long. While it was interesting the balance between the job and the romance was off, focusing way too much on the job. It got much better towards the end though.

Will write a better review when it's not after midnight.
Nadine Bookaholic
I couldn't put this book down! The slow burn between Linc and Jacob became a sizzling heat that rival the fires they put out.
If you enjoyed the OUT OF UNIFORM Series by Annabeth Albert this series is for you.

You can see my full review along with a Q&A with the Author here:

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2.5 Stars!

I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by Annabeth, especially her Out of Uniform series so I'm super excited to start another series written by her.

This book was good. The writing was excellent as usual and bonus points for it exposing me to the world of smoke jumping (which I had zero prior knowledge of). Those individuals who do this as an actual profession are all badasses and no one can tell me otherwise. WILLINGLY jumping into burning areas? Those people deserve all the accolades.Re
Normally I love this authors work. I LOVED her Out Of Uniform & #Gaymers series.

This story, these characters - try as I might - I Could not connect and I had to force myself to finish the book I honestly did not care if the MC’s just keeled over & died. I am not trying to be harsh, I just want to explain that connecting to the characters is a must for me. That means the characters have to be well-rounded and realistic, and I don’t enjoy martyr-like characters.

I believe that given a Dual POV s
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seductive, tender, and timely!

Burn Zone is a steamy, engrossing firefighter romance that features the lonely, closeted Linc, and the fun-loving, younger Jacob as they engage in a love affair strife with issues of insecurities, hidden sexuality, promises made, and workplace fraternization.

The prose is passionate and sincere. The characters are well-drawn, rugged, and sexy. And the plot sweeps you away into a fervent storyline filled with friendship, family, light drama, danger, smouldering chemis
I was really looking forward to this new series from an author I enjoy a lot. This was fine but overall did not meet my expectations. I struggled with Linc's character a lot. He was difficult for me to like. Jacob I really liked and I ran out of patience with both his family and Linc in how they treated him. There was also too much sex in this imo. I would have liked more relationship development outside the bedroom.

Overall though it was a fine start to the series. The excerpt for the next book
Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
Can't wait for the next!
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Rating: 3.5 Stars – that place between like and love
Annabeth Albert's "Frozen Hearts" was a great series (my average rating was 4.5 for the three books) so I am looking forward to diving into Albert's new Hotshots series, which centers around wildfire fighters in Central Oregon.

Veteran smoke jumper Lincoln Reid is still mourning the death of his best friend and fellow smoke jumper Wyatt Hartman, so when Wyatt's younger brother Jacob shows up among the new recruits, Linc has a million reasons why Jacob shouldn't pursue his dream of becoming a smok
I've given this an A- for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 (and a bit!) stars.

Book one in Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series about the members of the elite wildland firefighter crew based in central Oregon, Burn Zone is a sexy age-gap romance between two smoke jumpers (and I had to look up exactly what that job is!) – Lincoln Reid, who’s been on the job for a number of years, and rookie Jacob Hartman – who happens to be the younger brother of Linc’s best friend Wyatt.

Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, queer
Albert is always a very solid hit or a near miss for me and I have finally discovered why.
While her writing is always good, some of her books simply cater to an audience that isn't me.

Linc and Jacob's story is one full of angst and miscommunication that finally gets it's start with a friends with benefits arrangement.

Also, a major issue I had with this book was how the homophobia from Wyatt was brushed aside again and again. Yes I know he wasn’t actively in the book, but Linc stuck by his sid
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Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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  • High Heat (Hotshots, #2)
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