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Seeing Red (Firefighter #3)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  1,072 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Summer Abrams nearly died trying to save her father from a warehouse fire that, in the end, took his life. Consumed by guilt, she never set foot back in the town where her world fell apart. But now, twelve years later, another fire has ripped through that very warehouse, drawing Summer back to Ocean Beach--and to the man who was once her best friend...and is now a wildly s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by Signet Eclipse (first published 2005)
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Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5 stars
It's unusual to read books that have the hero more into the heroine than vice-versa but this book had this. The hero used to be the fat kid with an abusive father and the heroine was his best friend who he had feelings for but she never saw him that way and when her dad died she went away. Twelve years later there is another fire, the hero is no longer fat and the heroine appears on the scene again. The hero for the entirety of the book is shown as more vulnerable than the heroin
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
This was a nice romantic suspense story - kind of mystery lite. Shalvis really draws out the romance on this one, and the steam is on a more palatable level.

The audio by Laura Heisler is passable but not great. She's largely unemotional and there's no range for the voices she does. It was far more like she was reading rather than voice acting. That said, she wasn't horrible enough to put down the audio and pick up the print book.

Overall, it's Jill Shalvis and I love that every time I pick up on
Summer Abrams and Joe Walker were best friends. They grew up together, went to school together, and she stood by him when he was being bullied by their peers. She was always there for him when he’d creep into her bedroom after going another round as his drunken father’s punching bag. She was his rock and he loved her. She loved Joe, but as a friend. Though his stigma of being the “fat kid” didn’t bother her, she was hopelessly besotted with the school jock. Then an altercation and a tragic accid ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

3.5 stars

As some of you may know, I’m a pretty big Jill Shalvis fan. Her publisher decided to rerelease this book that was no longer on the shelves for readers to have and devour. Of course when I learned it was about a firefighter, I jumped at it like a rabid dog.

SEEING RED has all the sparks that makes Shalvis’s writing shine, but for me it lacked that finishing touch that I think years of experience with writing can bring to a book. This is one of Shalvis’s earlier works and you can definite
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was ok

My first JS book....It wasn't a bad book per se... the story was well done and well written, and I loved the Hero (Him and his firefighting goodness was definitely a highlight!)

What I didn't like... or rather couldn't like was the Heroine... While her actions and responses seemed more reality inspired, they didn't make me like her very much. And we didn't get to see nearly enough of her family, for me to get a real feel for them.

So this one gets just two stars from me, as well as the hope the n
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Awww, Jill Shalvis is so good! One of the best of the genre, for sure! This isn't even one of her best books and still very enjoyable!
Joe Walker was a overweight high school kid who had few friends and try to hide from his abusive father. The only person he trusted in the world was his best friend Summer who lived next door. He friendship was more important that the deep feelings he had for her, until one day it became hard to hold them in; and he ran. Joe ran to one place he felt safe, the warehouse her parents used for their store, the one place Joe and Summer would go to talk. Summer oblivious to Joe’s feelings followed him ...more
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
It was a pleasure to read an older work by Jill Shalvis. It is because of this talented author that I became obsessed with firefighters, so it only seemed appropriate to try one of the books in her Firefighter series.

I loved the relationship between Summer Abrams and Joe Walker. There was so much chemistry, yet so much struggle. It was fun to experience the resolution of all of their feelings for each other. This friends to lovers plot was well-written and the angst behind each character was exc
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mystery isn't really Shalvis' strength but tortured heroes are. I enjoyed this series!
FTC : I originally requested this on NetGalley but failed to download it in time. I bought this copy but my review will also be posted to NetGalley.

Quick Scores :

Plot – 2/5
Romance – 2/5
Sexy Times – 4/5
Characters – 4/5 for Joe and 2/5 for Summer
Chance of a re-read? – No.


#second-chance-romance #suspense #fire-fighter #previously-unattractive-hero #annoying-heroine

Nix Synopsis

After a viscous fire took her Father, Summer left and never once looked back. She left everything and everyone to e
This Firefighter Brings the Heat
He was her best friend. She was his world. Then tragedy struck and tore Summer Abrams' life apart. Crippled by grief and forged by loss, Summer ran from her hometown of Ocean Beach. She ran from the loss of her father. She ran from the suffocating emotion of her family. She ran from the strength and importance of her friendship with Joe Walker. She ran, and never stopped running. Then the call came.

Twelve years after the warehouse fire that irrevocably altered her
Margreet Asselbergs
**ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in return for an honest review.**

Twelve years ago, Summer Abrams barely survived a fire that destroyed her family's warehouse and took her father's life. It was also the last time she saw her next door neighbour and best friend. She packed up and left town shortly after she recovered, to get away from the grief and the memories. She makes her life as an outdoor guide and only returns for br
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Sometimes reading a reissue of a book presents many challenges; times have changed, technology has changed, and we all know how much the world has changed. What I’m beginning to realize though is that if a writer is strong, if they have a well developed story, interesting characters, fun dialog, and some great superb sexiness it doesn’t matter what’s changed because you are so involved with the
3.5 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

After surviving the devastating fire that killed her father, Summer Abrams fled her hometown of Ocean Beach. It’s been twelve years since that fateful day, and now Summer is back in O.B. after another fire occurs in the same warehouse her father died in. But painful memories aren’t all that Summer left behind over a decade ago. Returning to O.B. throws her in the path of sexy fire marshal Joe Walker, a m
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted here:

I’m a huge fan of Jill Shalvis, so now that Forever Yours is going back and re-issuing some of her older titles, I’m all over getting the chance to read more of her backlist.

Summer and Joe were best friends as kids. When a warehouse fire kills her father, Summer escapes her hometown and runs as far and as fast as she can, not even bothering to say goodbye. Now that she is back to assist her mother with another string of fires
Jennifer Wardrip
May 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I wracked my brain to come up with enough superlative adjectives to thoroughly describe my love for SEEING RED. I even relented and consulted my trusty thesaurus for the task, but in the end, I decided that "I loved, loved, loved this book" would have to be endorsement enough.

Ms. Shalvis has always been on my list as a queen of romantic suspense. With SEEING RED, the honorary title of queen was just upped to "oh supreme divine one." The characters in the book are so real, the scenes so vivid, a
Book Reading Gals
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title: Seeing Red

Series: Firefighter bk 3

Author: Jill Shalvis

Summer Abrams left everything behind-the warehouse fire that took her father’s life, the town where her world fell apart, and her best friend in the world, Joe Walker. All she carried with her was guilt. Now, twelve years later, another fire has devastated the same warehouse, and Summer returns to Ocean Beach to search for answers. But what she finds first is an old flame that never went out . . .

Joe Walker has bec
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc
I am a fan of Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series and, when I saw that her publisher was re-releasing one of her older and unavailable books as an eBook, I jumped at the chance to read it.

Summer Abrams and Joe Walker have been best friends since childhood. Until one day a terrible warehouse fire changes everything for the both of them. After high school, Summer leaves town and doesn't look back. Years later a similar fire bring Summer back to town and she finds that Joe is no longer the chubby, a
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Summer Abrams nearly died trying to save her father from a warehouse fire that, in the end, took his life. Consumed by guilt, she never set foot back in the town where her world fell apart. But now, twelve years later, another fire has ripped through that very warehouse, drawing Summer back to Ocean Beach--and to the man who was once her best friend...and is now a wildly sexy fire marshal who ignites her deepest desires.

Walker Montana has spent most of his life keeping people at b
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually own this book in the original print edition and was excited to get an opportunity to re-read it for the re-release of the book. I was approved for a review copy thanks to the publisher from NetGalley.

I loved both Summer and Joe from the very beginning. They were best friends as kids but lost touch after Summer left town following the fire that killed him. After twelve years, Joe and Summer are pretty different people, but I could feel their connection to one another all those years la
Patti K
This is a reprint of an earlier Jill Shalvis novel. It's laden with more action/suspense stuff than I typically gravitate toward and I will admit that her Wilder, Lucky Harbor and Animal Magnetism series are all more to my liking than this firefighter series. But I did enjoy it. 'Cause, well, firefighters are sexy.

I've seen reviews where people didn't like Summer, but I liked her okay. She grew over the course of the story and that's always a good thing. I think that happens often when a female
Katie Fink
***Thanks to NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing me with a copy for review***

I'm pretty sure that I had read this book before, and its quite possible, as it is an eBook reprint of a book printed in 2005.

Joe Walker and Summer Abrams grew up next door to each other and were best friends from elementary to high school. Summer's house was a refuge for Joe who had a cruel, abusive father--until Summer's father died in a tragic warehouse fire, after which Summer left (withou
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Read this on the heels of J.S's _Always on my Mind_ and to be honest, it felt like she plagarized herself with this book to write that book. Considering _Seeing Red_ was written some while ago, and just released for e-book by the publisher, and _Always on my Mind_ is brand new, I was terribly disappointed to find out that _AomM_ was really kind of a rip-off of _SR_, and not a particularly well done rip-off.

Let's see. Summer (SR) and Leah (AomM) are both willowy red-heads with a tendency to run a
Kelly at
Ah, Jill Shalvis always knows how to draw me into a story. Seeing Red was originally released back in 2005. But they are doing a re-release of this book and I am very glad that they are. I really enjoyed is this story.
This was a good story of two kids who went through a horrible event. Both went in separate direction until another unfortunate event brings Summer back home. Not only to face the family she left but to face the best friend she left so many years ago withou
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally printed in 2005 - third in the Firefighters series

Boy, author Shalvis does like to write about dysfunctional people. None of the characters in this series are what I would call well-adjusted.

"Seeing Red" is the third book in the Firefighters series, after "White Heat" (#1) and "Blue Flame" (#2).

"Seeing Red" was okay but the heroine - Summer Abrams - is one screwed up woman. Of course, she has a pretty dreadful past and her present has some problems too. Fire Marshal Joe Walker is tryi
"Seeing Red" is one of a trio of color-themed titles about firefighters. The H/H are Joe (formerly fat high school friend, now fightingly fit arson inspector) and Summer ("Red" apparently flighty world-traveler who is never home for long.
Their friendship seemed in breakable in high school. Joe used to sneak over to Summer's house when his dad was drunk and they were fairly inseparable at any point. Until the fire. Summer was with her crush in the basement of her family warehouse while Joe was t
Kate Dirty Girls' Good Books
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Seeing Red by Jill Shalvis
B, blaze, contemp, no kink, 352 pages

Summer rushes back to her hometown when she hears her mother's warehouse has burned down. She left town after a similar fire and has never looked back. What she finds when she arrives in town is her old best friend Joe. While Joe, a fire marshal, is investigating the fire, the last thing Summer expects is to feel flames for Joe.

If there is one thing Shalvis excels at, it's the characters she creates. In Summer and Joe, she has manage
Danna Iuliana
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves
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Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
I'm not sure about this book. There were things I really liked about it, like the rekindled relationship aspect of the two MCs and the rebuilding of trust between the family. And of course there are parts I didn't care for, for example it seemed as if the roles were reversed between Summer and Joe. Summer was a user of people, using men for a distraction and never sharing her feelings. Running from anything was also a specialty of hers. There were quite a few times when Joe said no, but she kept ...more
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