Hot Shot (North Ridge #3)
no. 3, North Ridge
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Delilah Gordon has a secret.
She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.
And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody, rugged mountain man are anything but tame.
Fox Nelson has a secret too. As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.
As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.
And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.
A secret that will change both their lives…forever.
If the prologue doesn’t do you in, I don’t know what will. Karina Halle has a magical way with words and evokes intense emotion with such ease. I can always feel how much heart and soul she pours into her stories and it’s such a rewarding experience to read them. This book was no exception to any of that. I didn’t read the synopsis prior to starting and this allowed for my basic of expectations to be wow’d and surpassed.
Fox, the strapping smokejumper, has a painful past that has shaped the way he lives his life and handles certain situations. His best friend of over twenty years, Delilah, is a sweet, kind-hearted woman who has been by his side through thick and thin. The unrequited love propels this story, but it’s these two charming and easily lovable characters that take hold of your heart. Their relationship isn’t an easy one; so many obstacles come barreling their way, but it’s an emotional ride worth going on.
The angst, the passion, the well-written storyline from start to finish; it all serves to deliver a raw and fiercely beautiful friends-to-lovers romance. I highly recommend picking this title up, even if you haven’t read the other standalone novels in the series.
5 Conan Stars
Hot Shot is about a girl and a boy who grew up together. The girl loved the boy so much but never told him. She thought he hung the moon and stars but he was too deep into his own thoughts to realize what was in front of him. They were best friends and she accepted this because if she couldn’t have him any other way she didn’t want to give up the one thing they had.
Fox is the boy and Delilah is the girl. Fox is stubborn, brooding, quiet. Filled with so much hurt and anger that you have to ask yourself what happens when it all comes to a head. Delilah is strong, determined, hard headed. She tries to turn a blind eye to what’s happening but she can’t when it’s her that is getting hurt.
I loved them both equally. For their weaknesses, stubbornness, strong ness. The love, passion and angst. For how they had to fall before they could climb. When it was hot it was hot and when it was cold it was cold.
Karina wrote another great masterpiece. I didn’t read the first two in the series to compare this one to but I’m definitely going to now. Hot Shot is funny, sad, angsty, hot and makes you wish for a family and friends that you can’t have. I’m so happy I read this book. It’ll take awhile to leave my heart.
**received an arc in exchange for an honest review***
This book is the book you have been waiting for in the North Ridge Series! Karina Halle has saved the best for last with Del and Fox and every moment will have you on edge. Fox will have to face the things that he has been running from while Del will have to find a way to be there for him and protect herself at the same time. This story won’t be pretty and will make them both face some difficult things but will find each other in the end.
Del has loved Fox since she was 6 and he has no idea. Every time he leaves to fight a fire he takes her heart with him. But when he comes back with a new girlfriend she can’t keep how she feels to herself any longer. The only question is will Fox feel the same.
Fox knows that Del is special, she lights up the room with her smile and always makes him feel calm. But when his new girlfriend makes him question his feelings for her, he wonders what it would be like to act on those feelings.
Once Fox and Del sleep together it seems like things have changed, but only for Del. Fox still wants to be friends and doesn’t want to chance their friendship. While Del agrees she can’t help but wonder why The can’t be more. And when Fox comes back from a nasty fire he finds comfort from Del.
But not everything will be okay, and soon they will be faced with a challenged neither one of them expected. Will they finally have a chance together? Or will Fox continue to not truly give into what he is feeling and continue to let the past haunt him?