Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

63%

36 Critic Reviews

There were two things, though, that bothered me: The writing, and the villain.
-All About Romance

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestselling author delves into the world of elite firefighters who thrive on danger and adrenaline—men and women who wouldn’t know how to live life if it wasn’t on the edge.

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. But there’s also little else as thrilling—at least to Rowan Tripp. Being a Missoula smoke jumper is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home—even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.

One of the best of this year’s rookie crop, Gulliver Curry is a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. And though Rowan, as a rule, doesn’t hook up with other smoke jumpers, Gull is convinced he can change her mind…

But everything is thrown off balance, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull—any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.

 

About Nora Roberts

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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Jove. 464 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Chasing Fire
All: 36 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 13

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 01 2011

Popular, prolific Roberts (The Search, 2010, etc.) delivers hair-raising smoke-jumping sequences along with the obligatory thrills, sex and a mystery even the greenest armchair sleuths will be able to solve.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 28 2011

Roberts fans can expect another bestseller.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Hillary Wagy on Apr 18 2011

Once again, Roberts makes the reader proud of heroic, strong women who know how to fight a fire, solve a mystery, and get a man all in one short summer.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Morgan on Mar 25 2011

...Roberts fills Chasing Fire with details that really brings the story's world to life...Chasing Fire is a keeper.

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All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Jane Granville

There were two things, though, that bothered me: The writing, and the villain.

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Suite 101

Excellent
Reviewed by Caroline Trent-Gurbuz on Nov 11 2011

It makes for a shocking, sad and satisfying ending. Chasing Fire is a book to pick up now.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

Excellent
Reviewed by Erica Greco on Aug 09 2011

At every turn, Roberts makes Chasing Fire a book you will not want to put down.

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Fiction Addict

Excellent
Reviewed by Lori Twichell on Apr 16 2011

Dealing with heartache, guilt and issues that many of us deal with on a smaller level in our own lives, Roberts takes us on a journey of love and healing at the same time we navigate a tense and thrilling mystery.

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Coffee Time Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Laurie

This well-researched and absorbing extreme adventure romance is sure to appeal wildly to a broad cross-section of readers.

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Smexy Books

Below average
Reviewed by May on May 17 2011

The lackluster suspense combined with the drawn out, predictable plot made this a C+ read.

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Book Loons

Below average
Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Too many fire-fighting scenes ultimately bog down the story and leave little room to build suspense. Halfway through, I found myself skipping ahead to learn more about the ongoing hunt for the killer, whose identity was easier to figure out than Roberts' usual villain.

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Book Binge

Below average
Reviewed by Rowena on May 31 2011

...overall this story dragged for me. There's a lot of unnecessary information going on in this book.

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The Romance Dish

Good
Reviewed by Gannon on Apr 11 2011

Action, suspense, humor, red-hot sex, and heart-melting romance, and so much more make this a book that you won't want to miss.

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Feeling Fictional

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah on May 15 2012

Gull was a hero it was easy to fall for but I felt he deserved to find someone so much better than Ro.

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Errant Dreams Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Feb 08 2011

The true treasure of Chasing Fire lies within the setting, relationships and characters, all of which were well worth delving into.

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The Brazen Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 16 2011

...it’s a suspenseful read with just enough romance and humor to make me late to work because I couldn’t put it down.

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Books, Books, and More Books

Good
Apr 26 2011

What's great about Nora Roberts is picking up one of her books, you know what to expect...her books work for me and Chasing Fire was no exception.

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Inside of a Dog

Good
Reviewed by Kathy Martin on Mar 31 2011

I recommend this story to lovers of romantic suspense but who don't want a sweet romance.

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Book Thingo

Below average
Reviewed by Kat on Dec 16 2011

The thing about Nora Roberts is that I almost always enjoy her books—just never enough to want to buy her next one and let’s not even contemplate her backlist. Chasing Fire is no exception.

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Jandy's Reading Room

Below average
Reviewed by Jandy on Jun 11 2011

To any seasoned reader, this book is fairly obvious fairly quickly. There is really only one person who fits in the antagonist's description. The person is hidden in plain sight.

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The Reading Frenzy

Good
Reviewed by Debbie Haupt on May 19 2011

The love scenes will scorch so be sure to have your extinguisher handy.

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Romance Around the Corner

Below average
Reviewed by Brie on Apr 26 2011

...just plain, the romance lacked a bit of spice and drama, the plot and mystery dragged a lot in the middle, and I think maybe a shorter book would have been better.

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Rosario's Reading Journal

Good
Reviewed by Rosario on Jul 13 2011

Each new Nora Roberts single title is a guaranteed treat.

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The Allure of Books

Good
Reviewed by Allison on Dec 19 2011

A book full of smoke jumpers definitely makes for an incredible read!

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Valeehill

Good
Reviewed by Virginia Travis on Apr 25 2011

I had a feeling who was stirring up trouble and why. Nora ably kept me wondering about that feeling until the end...

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About Happy Books

Good
Reviewed by Sabrina on Apr 11 2011

The story is thrilling and fascinating, there are two wonderful love stories in the book, the camaraderie between the smoke jumpers is amazing and their fight against the fire is breathtaking.

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Book Loving Mommy

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica Manning on Dec 03 2011

The mystery was good but not as suspenseful as some of Roberts' other books...Rowan...acted pretty childish

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Thrifty Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Ames on May 02 2011

Despite being fascinated by smoke jumping, I found the romance a bit bland.

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Kaetrin's Musings

Good
Reviewed by Kaetrin on Apr 16 2011

It has all the trademarks of vintage Nora Roberts, while being a fresh new story with an interesting backdrop and is a very enjoyable read.

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Welcome to Mary's Garden

Good
Reviewed by Mary Martinez on Dec 27 2011

...I didn't know much about fire jumping, but Ms. Roberts makes it interesting even as she tells a compelling story.

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Suite 101: Romance Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Caroline Trent-Gurbuz on Nov 11 2011

As the descriptions of fire fuel Chasing Fire, so do Roberts’s descriptions of Rowan and Gull allow the novel to grow and develop depth.

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In So Many Words

Below average
Reviewed by Trish Doerrier on Jul 28 2011

I’m not sure if it’s fair to read a romance/suspense novel and then complain that the story drags a bit or that the whodunit is too predictable – it sort of comes with the territory, I suppose.

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Renee's Book Addiction

Below average
Reviewed by Renee on May 25 2011

...the book started feeling really long. Rowan and Gull’s relationship seemed to be in a holding pattern while they continued to work on the fires...

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Swept Away Again

Good
Reviewed by Ally on May 01 2011

Overall I really like and enjoyed Chasing Fire, I would highly recommend this to any romantic suspense or Nora Roberts fans.

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Shannon Stacey

Good
Reviewed by Shannon Stacey on Apr 27 2011

...this one stands out for me. I definitely recommend it.

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Katidom

Below average
Reviewed by Kati on Apr 22 2011

Since I don't read Nora books for the suspense, the fact that it was predictable didn't really bother me. But this is definitely not the book for hard core romantic suspense readers.

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