Thursday, September 11, 2008

A review (and contest) for Jill Shalvis's FLASHPOINT



I was fortunate enough to get one of the latest releases from Jill Shalvis - FLASHPOINT - for Romance Junkies review. I've shown the split bookcover photo again because while my review is for FLASHPOINT, I have a copy of FLASHBACK, the second book in this series, very generously donated by Jill for a giveaway! Thanks, Jill!
I'm fairly certain that neither of these books will be found on bookstore shelves by now, but they are still available at your favorite online bookseller, so be sure and check them out if you missed them when they were first released.
My (4 blue ribbon) review:
In FLASHPOINT, the first in Jill Shalvis’s latest firefighter series, readers are guaranteed one hot hunk of a hero. Add a sexy little EMT and you’ve got a romance worthy of at least five alarms!

Brooke O’Brian has spent her entire life on the move, having been raised by a free spirit of a mother. When she inherits her grandmother’s house in California, she decides to take a temporary EMT job while preparing the house for sale. The first person she encounters when she arrives for work is firefighter Zach Thomas, and the sparks begin to fly almost immediately. Regardless of the chemistry between them and knowing that Zach might be interested in more than just a quick fling, Brooke knows that her time in Santa Rey is limited and there’s no room in her life for a lasting relationship.
Zach Thomas has dedicated his life to firefighting, having lost his parents in a fire. While his job and his friends have always been enough for him, he finds himself restless for something, or maybe someone, to round out his life. When he meets Brooke, the attraction is instantaneous and it is definitely undeniable. Zach understands that Brooke has always been content to live in a constant state of motion and total independence, but he’s hopeful that he can convince her to consider a serious, long-term relationship with him.
Jill Shalvis never fails to deliver characters and settings that are believable and realistic; Zach and Brooke are no exception. They both have painful pasts that are reflected in the adults they have become. Both are insecure as to what they have to offer in a lasting relationship so they’ve simply avoided becoming involved. Now that they’ve met each other, it looks like they may have to rethink their plans for the future. I highly recommend this book for all contemporary romance readers.

The giveaway will be simple - post a comment here and you'll be entered. Chatter about these books or any of Jill's other books, previous or upcoming, is welcome and encouraged! Send a friend and have them mention you and your name will go in an extra time for each mention. I'll draw a name on Monday, September 14, when a new review and contest will be posted. Please pop back then and say hello to LuAnn McLane!
Because I've had recent issues with readers not checking back to see if they're winners - a reminder - it is up to you to check back to see if you're a winner within the required number of days. Otherwise, a new name will be drawn. If you've ever missed out on a contest win here because you didn't check back in time - please, please, please don't let that stop you from entering another contest, ok? Trust me, I think we've all done this at one time or another and it is not a big deal. Also, US/Canada addresses only, please.
Thanks!
Laurie

14 comments:

flchen1 said...

Wow, thanks for the review, Laurie! I read Jill's related short story on eHarlequin and loved it! These sound like trademark Jill--hot and heart-warming fun!

Ann M. said...

I love Jill Shalvis' firefighters. Strong, antsy. :)

Laurie said...

I've loved Jill's books for years. Her character's relationships always have this intense chemistry. Believable people & situations with tons of humor thrown in.

Dev said...

I've been wanting to read Jill since I saw her interview over at Book Binge. This sounds like a great book to get started with.

Jane said...

I'm a big fan of Jill's. My favorites include "Shadow Hawk" and "Get A Clue."

robynl said...

I love Jill's firefighter stories and she delivers them very well.

Judy F said...

Don't enter me. I have read almost everything by jill. I love her firefighter books...

tetewa said...

Love this author and she has a funny blog also! Discovered her when I read Get a Clue, a fun read.

Caffey said...

Love Jill's books! I haven't had the joy to read these but now I see what I missed!

Anyone remember the South Village books from Temptation of Jill's? They were three friends, three books, that gave up on relationships but when they found them, they so sizzled!

ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

Hi Lauren, great giveaway. I would love to be entered thank you. I love Jill's blaze books :-)

Caffey has sent me here thank you Caffey.

Hugssss
LindaH

Susan said...

I'm a huge fan of Jill's! If someone wants to try one of her books for the first time "Get A Clue" is an excellent place to start.

limecello said...

I need to check - I love Jill's books and have one or two of hers in my TBR - but I loved the Sky High books most, I think. (I also hope I got that right - my brain has melted.)

Patty L. said...

I love Jill's books. She has the best hero's and kick-a$$ heroines.

ArkieRN said...

I'm so glad it was extended! I've had the most horrible virus for the past week. And then I get a bacterial infection on top of it. Seven days of fevers up to 103.6! So miserable!!! And now I have a chance of winning one of Jill's books - YEA!