Hot Shot (North Ridge #3) by Karina Halle
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.
Those Nelson boys… so much sexiness, so much conflict, so much wasted time with the typical family drama. I loved the series but these men made me almost want to rip my hair on the regular. Shane, from Wild Card, is almost too good to be true and the man gives devoted new meaning. John, from Maverick, I thought was almost perfect until he lost it in the worst possible way at the worst possible time. And then we have Fox Nelson in Hot Shot.
What a broody fucker!
He makes Shane and John look like the epitome of well adjusted and blissfully happy. I’m not saying I didn’t like him, because of all the brothers he’s my favorite. He’s got his issues. I don’t think he even understands what happiness is, let alone how to get there. And, he has got to be one of the most willfully oblivious men I’ve read. I get the trepidation behind going from friends to lovers, but this man might as well be deaf, dumb and blind to the love that’s right in front of him. It was frustrating as hell reading it.
Del is either a fucking saint or in training for town martyr. I’m going to go with the kinder saint, she’s not morose enough to be a martyr. That woman has faithfully carried a torch for Fox since childhood. All to be passed over again and again, while he made no effort to hide his fuck buddy/girlfriends. I think I might have been pushed to nut the guy when he finally tells her that he thought they’d be more to each other when they were younger. Can you say completely crushed? I just wanted to throw up my hands and walk away…
Fox and Del definitely had a ton of issues to work through before they could be together. There were a lot of things I kept hoping that Fox would realize and correct before he destroyed everything. I’d say he was about fifty percent successful in avoiding the threats to them ever being happy together. But it made the story a lot richer in my opinion in seeing how Fox finally figured out that everything he ever wanted, and never thought he deserved, was right in front of him.