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Risk the Burn

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This was a decent story and I somewhat enjoyed both the hero and heroine. Charlotte and Hunter were well-written characters. However, nothing really stood out making it a great book.
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I have voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this title given to me via NetGalley. Wow what can I say about this title it was just an awesome read. This book was just something so wonderfully different I’ve never quite read anything like this. You should read to find out you won’t be disappointed. I’m definitely going to read more by this author.
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Over all a 4.5 read for me, it was just what I needed something quick but would still let me lose myself in the story .
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After an accident that nearly put an end to his smokejumping career, Hunter Buchannan is ready to get back to his training. But while his body has healed, he’s having panic attacks and only one person calms the tension and stirs a hunger in him to deal with just about anything in order to be the man she needs. She’s been hiding from a violent man in her past, but a dangerous encounters convinces Charlie that the worst isn’t behind her and she’ll have to decide if she’s strong enough to accept Hunter’s Help – and his love.

Both characters in this Smokejumper story are strong, captivating characters who are both vulnerable for different reasons and easily draw readers to them and ensuring that readers want to know their stories. The chemistry between Hunter and Charlie sizzles with lots chemistry, but this relationship is sweet but more a slow burn romance that builds the heat to inferno proportions with lots of gripping emotions that grip the heart.

The plots is steady paced and keeps readers glued to the pages with suspense and excitement as Charlie gets targeted with a series of attacks that convince her that her past has come back to haunt her. But this story has some unexpected twists that keeps the readers guessing and some additional adrenaline pumping thrills as Hunter finds various was to help him with his problem. Readers can’t tear themselves away from the pages of this heartfelt, heartwarming and suspenseful romance.
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Risk the Burn by Marnee Blake is book three in The Smokejumpers Series.  This is the story of  Charlotte 'Charlie' Jones and Hunter Buchanan.  I haven't yet read the previous books, so for me this was a standalone book. 
Hunter was injured in a parachute jump for his SmokeJumper training.  Now about a year later he has been cleared physically to get back to what he loves.  But he has panic attacks that seem only to be calmed by Charlie the therapist he had in his recovery.  Charlie has a past where she left the upset of having someone abusive in her life.  Charlie has been working on that fresh start that only Hunter can bring until her past seems to come back. 
Enjoyed their story.
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This is an OK book. I liked the premise and some of the secondary characters. My problem was the romance between Hunter and Charlie. I did not get a feeling of real emotional connection between them, it left the whole book feeling kind of flat.
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Risk the Burn by Marnee Blake is a smoke jumper story after the unthinkable happens. Hunter Buchanan’s mind needs to r heal and recover as much as his body does. Charlotte Jones, known as Charlie, is the trainer that helps him. They have great chemistry but she is wary of any romantic encounters in her life now. 

There is drama, romance, firefighting adventure and danger that comes from an unexpected place. In fact, Charlie is sure the danger is from her past but the present has it own threat. Likable characters who react like normal everyday people would who have been through the situations that they have. An enjoyable read.
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Book 3 in The Smokejumpers, Risk the Burn, was an ok read for me. I enjoyed the story and the support characters, however I struggled finding the connection between the main characters. I will continue to read this series and look to read more by this author
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This was the third book in this series, and had a character that's been intriguing me since book 1, but unfortunately it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for.

Hunter Buchanan has had quite a year. After a parachute jump gone wrong, thanks to his crazy older brother, he's been in physical recovery for a year, which he's almost completed. The mental recovery hasn't been so great. He's been having panic attacks intermittently, and he's been hiding it from everyone. He's convinced it's just a fear of the jump. If he can just make that first jump, he'll be ok. He's had a local reporter following his recovery, and he's glad to attend his final physical therapy session, so all the interviews, and the prying, will be over. But, when he's sidelined by yet another panic attack, he gets help from an unlikely source. 

Charlie Jones is a physical therapist, with a secret. She ran away from an abusive man she put in jail, back in Chicago, and she's been in Oregon for a few years, and fallen in love with it. She's made a good friend in Meg (the heroine from book 1, and this hero, Hunter's, sister), and she loves her job. Her boss is sick, so she's filling in for Hunter's final appointment, and the interview. She helps him through his panic beforehand, and sticks by him, though she was hoping to skip out of the interview part. She doesn't really want her face everywhere announcing her location, just in case her ex might still be looking for her. She didn't change her name for nothing! Later, when weird, bad things start happening to her, she hopes it's just a coincidence, but pretty soon, she's not so sure. She and Hunter have a connection but she's scared to get into it, in case she has to run again.

Hunter and Charlie have known each other in passing for a couple years, with their common connection to Meg, but they've never really noticed each other beyond obvious physical attractiveness. But once they really get to know each other, they realize they have a connection, and Hunter is drawn to it, while it scares Charlie to death. Her judgement in the past about men has been less than stellar, and she doesn't think she can trust herself. Hunter feels that Charlie grounds him, and keeps the panic at bay, but doesn't know if he can handle anything beyond that. It was quite a bit of push and pull, but they both seemed a bit wishy-washy to me.

The side characters here were mostly the characters from the prior books, which was fun, as I enjoyed both of those stories. The suspense plot here was interesting, if a bit unexpected, but I'm not sure if I bought the bad guy. I can't really get into it without spoilers, but it just didn't quite ring true for me as believable. Also, poor Charlie went through the ringer, and it was hard to watch her constantly hurt and feeling scared, and not knowing why.

Then there was the matter of Hunter and Meg's older brother, who was the villain in book 1. He clearly had some sort of mental break, but in this book, he's out of jail, getting counseling, and living in another city. I was sort of confused by this, as there was the whole attempted murder thing from book 1, which resulted in Hunter's accident, and his having to re-do his smokejumper training. Meg, and their mother had seen the brother, but Hunter hadn't yet, and didn't know if he wanted to. We did get to see Meg and Lance (the couple from book 1) get married, which was fun, but even that was a bit odd, since their brother, who tried to kill the groom, was invited?! It all just seemed a little swept under the rug for my taste, and I don't feel like we had any good resolution to it.

Overall, the story was just ok for me. I liked each of the characters, but I wasn't 100% sold on them together. Something about it just didn't quite fit for me. Plus with all the weirdness with the brother, and then the suspense plot, it just wasn't my favorite. I liked the first two books in the series much better. This definitely wouldn't keep me from trying this author again, as this was the first series of hers I've read, and I really enjoyed books 1 & 2.
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Risk the Burn is book three in the Smokejumpers series by Marnee Blake, and while I enjoyed the story, it was middle of the road and nothing overtly exciting. 

Things that I liked: Strong secondary characters and satisfactory world building throughout.

Things that I didn’t like: 1) the romance between Hunter and Charlie was stilted and missing the emotional impact I expected; 2) for a book about firefighting, there was little in the way of high octane or adrenaline-packed scenes.

Will I keep reading the series? Most definitely. There are still some intriguing characters who I’m eager to get their HEA. So, don’t write the series off if you haven’t read the first two books, as the series overall is thoroughly enjoyable.
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This is the third book in this series and is the story of Hunter Buchanan and Charlotte (Charlie) Jones. Both are trying to handle their past Hunter was hurt in a parachute jump and it almost ended his career as a smoke jumper but he has struggled hard and is now physically fit but he is still battling panic attacks. Charlie has spent four years running from her past and the violent man in ti but she sure isn't ready for a new man in her life. Charlie gives Hunter the calm that he needs to overcome his panic attacks will he give her the strenth to face her demons or will she continue to run. I must admit that Charlie annoyed me she was always full of reasoins why they couldn't be a couple. In parts this story is an emotional roller coaster that will draw you in altogether it is a good read that I thoroughly enjoyed
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This is my first book from this author.  I realized after starting it that this was part of a series.  However, the author did a good job of providing a background of the other characters who were featured in the previous books.

I really enjoyed this book.  It had great characters and just the right amount of mystery, danger, and romance.  I will be reading more books from this author.
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Risk the Burn
(The Smokejumpers #3)
by Marnee Blake

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: August 27th 2019 by Lyrical Liaison

Goodreads synopsis:
The fire within . . . 
A parachute jump gone horribly wrong nearly put an end to Hunter Buchanan’s smokejumper career. But with his body on the mend, the rugged firefighter is ready to get back to Oregon’s Redmond Air Center and his training. Except, while he’s conquered his physical injuries, he hasn’t been able to do the same for his panic attacks. Enter Charlotte Jones, aka Charlie, the trainer who tames his tension like nobody’s business. It doesn’t hurt that she’s easy on the eyes. Or that she stirs a hunger in him to deal with just about anything in order to be the man she needs . . . 
After four years of hiding from a violent man in her past, Charlie is ready to face the world again. She knows this has more than a little to do with the potent mix of strength and vulnerability she’s found in Hunter’s arms. But when a dangerous encounter convinces her the worst isn’t behind her, she’ll have to decide if she’s strong enough to accept Hunter’s help—and his love . . .


4.5 Stars

This is the third book in the Smokejumpers series by Marnee Blake.

Basic Premise: Hunter Buchanan was injured in a parachute jump that was sabotaged. He spent a year on the mend working in physical therapy where Charlie was a PT. He is working hard on his therapy in order to get back into Smokejumper training. Funny thing is now that he has attained his goal he isn’t sure he wants it any more. Then someone begins to target Charlie not long after she and Hunter get together romantically. Now they are rushing against time to discover who is out to do in Charlie before she gets spooked and leaves Hunter behind.

This is one of those books where you are going to have wait for it. And wait for it. And still wait for it before the two love interests get together. I swear I wanted to Gibbs-slap Charlie Jones on the back of the head a number of times during this book. Where Charlie was a ‘friady-cat jumping at her own shadow, Hunter was patient and kind. I found it hard to believe that someone in the healing profession would push someone away on purpose who was having a sort of PTSD experience. That is not what they called it in this book but I think the anxiety attacks Hunter experienced was exactly that. I was waiting for Charlie’s actions to put Hunter in full out panic mode.

It was hard to get a handle on what exactly Charlie was so afraid of during this book. She had changed her name before coming to Bend. I thought it was odd she told the policeman in the beginning of this face. You’d think if you went to all the trouble of changing your name you might want to keep it a secret, especially if you think someone might come after you in the future.

This book was good but frustrating to read. I spent most of my time angry at Charlie for pushing away this amazing man she had managed to snag. I wish she would have treated him with as much care as he gave to her.

If you love a good romantic suspense book, definitely check this one out.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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This is the 3rd book in the Smokejumpers series and can absolutely be read as a stand alone story, although some things spoken about happened in previous books. This one is about Hunter and Charlie. Hunter was hurt in a jump accident and has been slowly trying to get back into it without showing the others that he has issues from it. Charlie steps in to try to help him, and he feels like he is helping her as well. But when someone starts messing with her, he steps up and tries to protect her. And it changes their whole relationship.

I had a hard time getting into this story. Parts of it are great and I enjoyed the interactions between Hunter and Charlie. It just seemed extremely slow to me. On a whole, it's not a bad story at all. Charlie has been through a lot and has somehow managed to move on and try to have a life. And she doesn't let anything define who she truly is. Hunter went through literal hell and has some major issues because of it, but he is trying to figure out a way to move on and still achieve his goals and dreams. It was just extremely slow for me unfortunately.
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a very intense and interesting story from Marnee. I love the way the story goes. what a great writer.
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Charlie worked at Myers and Long Physical Therapy and saw her boss Leslie had already opened up. Leslie didn’t feel good but there was an interview that had to be got through today. When Leslie vomited and looked so pale Charlie called her husband and told leslie she would handle everything today. The local newspaper was following the rehabilitation of a local smoke jumper after a parachute malfunctioned. The local was Hunter and he had been forced to drop out of last years smk=oke jumping class. A concession, a broken arm and leg, and a handful of other life threatening made a long road to recovery. A path that lead him to Myers and long. Today would be his final physical therapy treatment , only two weeks before Hunter was scheduled to join this year's smoke training jumping classes. The paper wanted to be there to witness Hunter’s triumph. Charlie now had to be in charge  with a reporter,  maybe a photographer, and a definitely hot as hell Hunter. She had noticed Hunter long before he came to Myers and Long. Her best friend Meg here in Oregon was Hunter's sister.  So she had already met Hunter a couple of times. When he had been hurt so bad last year her heart had broken for Hunter. There was some energy between them . After his stint in rehab Meg had referred him to Myers and Long. Charlie had kept her distance and asked Leslie to work with Hunter. Charlie didn’t trust how much she might like being that physical with Hunter. But today she might not have a choice with Leslie being sick. Charlie was scared of the interview, but the photographer -terrifying. For the past few years Charlie had done everything in her power to stay off the Internet and out of the public eye. That’s what you did after changing your name and starting a new life  one  thousand miles away from home. She’d do her best to stay out of the pictures. It had been three years. Joshua should have long forgotten her . Surely the danger was gone for Charlie with Joshua. Mitch had suggested Hunter talk to the paper, that would go a long way in relieving some of the scandalous  taint from his accident. As a man had caused the near death of his own brother-Hunter- in his attempt to kill the man he blamed for his father’s death. Which was why he agreed to the human interest story. If the public believed he had recovered maybe his family could move on. He also had to persuade mitch he had recovered. A sthe Redmond Air center manager he hadn’t agreed to let hunter join the rookie training class. Starting in a couple of weeks. His arm and leg nagged at him when there was moisture in the ai. Hunter wondered if eh rubbed Charlie in the wrong way. Had he offended her somewhere along the line? Something about Charlie was on edge when he was near. Hunter was having an anxiety attack and slipped into Leslie’s empty office. Than Charlie came into the office she put her hand on his back and asked him, “ What is going on?” The heat and firmness of her touch took the sharp edges off his breath. He didn’t want to tell Charlie anything, this had been his secret this past months, something he’d dealt with. Not because he’d been ashamed, but because he needed them to stop. Smoke jumping and panic attacks didn’t mix. Meg was dating the man Hunter’s brother had been trying to hurt. Charlie figured her reaction to Hunter is because she hadn’t slept with anyone for three years. But she felt more than attraction for Hunter. Being on the Internet was scary, attraction to someone like Hunter was terrifying.  Hunter’s older brother that he had been very close to -Will- had been the one who sabotaged the parachute, assuming Lance-His sister-Meg’s boyfriend would use it. 
Excellent boo. I really loved this read. I didn’t want to put this book down as I wanted to see what would happen next. I loved the pace and plot. I loved the danger, intrigue, and suspense. I loved Charlie and Hunter together and how they interacted. I loved how close Hunter was to his mom and his sister Meg. I loved how it showed you can be healed physically but not necessarily mentally after a near death or violent experience. I loved how strong Charlie was/tried to be and protective of those she cared about even if she hurt herself to protect them in her mind. I loved the characters and the ins and outs  of this book and I highly recommend it. 
**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
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Love the hero Smoke jumpers.  If it is not scary enough to enter a burning building; this Oregon team jumps out of a plane to battle fires in dense forest terrain.  This series can be read as a stand alone easily.  Great characters and plot.  Hunter Buchanan was injured in a jump and is working hard to get back to his career through vigorous training.  Charlotte Jones is a physical therapy/trainer with a past she is hiding from.  Together Hunter and Charlotte build a romance.  "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review.  Comments here are my honest opinion."
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Marnee Blake has written a thrilling and well- developed romance. I was hooked from the 1st page. Enjoyed
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This is a great story with wonderful characters.  It has mystery, suspense and danger. There are many twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.
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This story was more about Hunter recovering from his injuries and fear from them. Than it was fire fighting. Charlie helped him through a lot. I liked her adventurous side.
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