Wildfire and Roses by Hope Malory

Wildfire and Roses by Hope Malory
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (229 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

Sparks fly when tenacious mountain climber and hiker Beasley McLemore meets hot smokejumper Will Gregor on a search and rescue mission in Yosemite. Getting together, however, isn’t easy. Strong-willed Beasley is bent on building a thriving landscaping business back home in the foothills of the majestic Smoky Mountains. Busy working 24/7, she has no time or energy for a man in her life…she thinks.

Scorched by love in his past, Will is content to live near awe-inspiring Lake Tahoe where he saves lives and forests as a remote wildland firefighter. He doesn’t need a committed relationship complicating his dangerous lifestyle…he thinks.

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When I read “Sparks fly when tenacious mountain climber and hiker Beasley McLemore meets hot smoke jumper Will Gregor on a search and rescue mission in Yosemite.” in the blurb, I couldn’t wait to read this story. That snippet sounded like a nice juicy medium rare steak to me. Top that off with “Through life-changing events and a family mystery,” I thought I was in for a delicious book glow.

I had to adjust my expectations a bit. Even though the story wasn’t as strong as I hoped, I was still satisfied with the scenic descriptive writing style, the well-developed side characters and pace of the book. Those are important characteristics for me and if a book is good, they’re in there. That’s a strong plus for Wildfire and Roses.

Instead of a book glow, the novel left me feeling like I do when I go to my favorite restaurant, order my favorite steak and it arrives not cooked as expected. Instead of complaining and returning it I still eat it because, hey, steak. So, while it still tasted good, it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. That’s pretty much sums up how I felt about this book.

The author switched things up with her character’s personalities. I found the hero, Will Gregor, to be relatable but his character was suppressed to an unrealistic humbleness, mixed with a slightly elevated estrogen level. It wasn’t exactly a match for his job description. As for Beasley McLemore, the heroine, she had a bit too much testosterone going on with her skill set. I love a strong leading lady but there needs to be a delicate balance between the two characters to convince me of their chemistry.

If I were to compare the book to a recipe, a baker needs the right amount of flavoring and spices to make it work. And, I know reviews and taste buds are all subjective. While I still connected with Will and Beasley, I struggled with the on again off again dynamic between them.

Overall I enjoyed the plot thread and found Wildfire and Roses to be an entertaining read. I loved the moral message of prioritizing work, love and life. I think that was a realistic struggle that many of us deal with on a daily basis. I loved the flare of drama and thought the ending was complete. Will and Beasley left me with a satisfied ending. There’s enough solid writing in this book to make it worth a recommend.

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