Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: "Where There's Smoke" (part of the 12-Alarm Cowboys box set) by Becky McGraw


Cowboy Austin McBride follows a herd to a new town, but firefighting is his passion, so he applies at a local station. Standing between him and the job is a blonde bombshell who thinks she's a shoe-in.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Review:

It's been a while since the last time I read a Becky McGraw book, but what I did remember of them was that they were hot. And she does not disappoint in Where's There Smoke. The hero and heroine start out at cross purposes from the very beginning, with our heroine trudging across a ranch yard in a suit and fireman's boots, and Austin dealing with a ranch hand who had been gored by a bull. Think about that for a minute and see what images it conjures. The entire book is like that. Can I just say "marijuana grow?" I laughed out loud as the fire crew fought to contain a brush fire that was anything but!

I think what I liked the most about this book is that the stereotypical male/female roles were reversed. Sunny is the ambitious woman who is making enemies among the crew, and Austin is the likable team mate that everyone wants to work for. The boorish attitudes in this book were coming from Sunny - her name not always a fitting moniker for her attitude or personality. But Austin recognizes early what is going on with Sunny and I love how he approaches the challenge: He applies for the job he knows she wants, a job he doesn't want, just to force her to take a look at what is going on in her life. He gets her to address her problems and she comes out better on the other end - and they come out the other end together. Love it.

Where There's Smoke is currently available as part of the 12-Alarm Cowboys Box Set
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About the Author:
A Jill of many trades, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Becky McGraw has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a real estate broker, web designer, graphic artist, and romance writer. She knows just enough to make her dangerous, and her humor-laced contemporary western cowboy, and military, police procedural romantic suspense novels varied and interesting. Becky resides in Florida with her husband of thirty-three years and her dog Abby.  She is a member of the Romance Writers of America Published Authors Network.


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