Hot Shot by Karina Halle

Title: Hot Shot

Author: Karina Halle

Publisher:  Metal Blonde Books

Format: eBook

Publication Date: January 09, 2018 

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Publisher

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.

I really felt like I identified with Delilah in this book. Personality wise I felt like we were pretty similar in that we’re family oriented caretakers. She’s smart, and she could probably be living a different life, but she wanted to stay in her hometown and take care of her mother. In doing that she did end up carving out a great life for herself. I love that we got to see Delilah take care of herself, she was always in love with Fox but by the end she knew she was strong enough to stand on her own. Even if she didn’t always want too.

I thought Fox’s struggles were very captivating, and really showed what having a destructive personality can look like. I didn’t love that he kept what happened with his mother inside, and even towards the end of the book it’s not clear that he told Delilah. I was so happy that he got help, but my heart ached for the little boy who’s loving family failed him. I know at the time he was a child, therapy wasn’t as big of a deal, but I hope in this day and age if a child loses a parent that they get some kind of therapy to make sure they aren’t carrying around demons that big.

Overall, I think this was a solid showing from Karina Halle, I wouldn’t say it was lighthearted romance, but it was a well developed, thoughtful, and sexy book. 4 out of 5 stars.

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“My name is Delilah Gordon, and all my life I have been head over heels in love with the boy next door, Fox Nelson. And all my life I have been acutely aware that he is not in love with me.”
― Karina HalleHot Shot: A North Ridge Novel