FireStarter (SmokeJumpers Book 1) by Elle Boon

Keanu uses his powers as a Fire Elemental to fight the fiercest forest fires. He lives his life dangerously as a Smokejumper knowing his abilities can save lives where others can’t.

Called home to investigate threats, he finds a woman who calls to his soul. He has no clue that the biggest blaze he would ever fight, would be the one that Cammie Masters stirs in him.

Cammie has never forgotten her girlhood crush for Keanu, but what she feels now is a woman’s desire. Can she trust he’ll stay, or will he blow out of town like he’s done every other time?

When Cammie’s life is at stake, will Keanu find the men or beings who have targeted the woman he loves, before they destroy her and his hometown?

Keanu uses his powers as a Fire Elemental to fight the fiercest forest fires. He lives his life dangerously as a Smokejumper knowing his abilities can save lives where others can’t.
Called home to investigate threats, he finds a woman who calls to his soul. He has no clue that the biggest blaze he would ever fight, would be the one that Cammie Masters stirs in him.
Cammie has never forgotten her girlhood crush for Keanu, but what she feels now is a woman’s desire. Can she trust he’ll stay, or will he blow out of town like he’s done every other time?
When Cammie’s life is at stake, will Keanu find the men or beings who have targeted the woman he loves, before they destroy her and his hometown?

FireStarter Excerpt

She looked up, stunning him with her gorgeous smile. “I’m free all weekend. Oh, God, I didn’t mean that I want, or that I meant…” Cammie’s face scrunched up. “Dang it, I’m messing this all up. I meant to say, that I don’t have to work next weekend at all. What did you have in mind?”
Stifling a laugh, Keanu squeezed her hand. “I was thinking that maybe we could go for a picnic and do some hiking. I haven’t roamed the forests around here in years, and you said you still like to climb trees.”
“I’ll never live that down.” She covered her face with one hand. “Do you know my mother still teases me about that? And to add insult to injury, I had to wear a stupid boot thingy, all because I’d bruised several bones.”
“No shit? I’m glad I insisted on carrying you all the way home. You could’ve seriously injured yourself.”
Cammie peeked at him from between her fingers. “Well you did, and I’m fine, so let’s pretend it didn’t happen.” She cringed, her embarrassment clear to see.
Keanu loved the blush that stole up her neck and into her face. Thinking about Cammie blushing as he made her come had his comfy jeans a little tight. He shifted in his seat, adjusting himself discreetly.
He reached across the small space and tugged her hand away from her gorgeous face. “Thank you for having dinner with me. Would you like some dessert?”
“I couldn’t eat another bite.” She rubbed her stomach. “I had a really great time tonight.”
“You sound surprised.” He smiled and watched her yawn again. “I did, too. Are you ready?” At her nod he motioned for the check.
He paid the bill and waved the waiter away, telling him to keep the change. When Cammie made a move to get up, Keanu stood and pulled her chair out, placing his hand at the small of her back. He didn’t miss the way her body shivered; it was a feeling he wholeheartedly agreed with. The small gesture caused flames to lick up his torso. He banked down the internal heat, leading her out to her car.
“Did I tell you that I love your Jeep?”
She turned to look at him. “You do, huh? Would you like to drive her next weekend?”
Keanu groaned. “Please tell me you didn’t give her, and I stress her, some silly name?”
“I did not name her something silly.” She waited a beat. “Her name is…wait for it, wait for it…Lightning.”
The little minx was laughing at him, and damn if he didn’t enjoy it. “Like Lightning McQueen?” he joked.
“No, like the lightning in the sky.” Cammie slapped his arm. “She’s a big bolt of it.”
“I like that a lot. Lightning and thunder are my favorite parts of a storm.”
“Mine, too.”
When they reached her vehicle, Keanu turned her to face him, smiling down at her upturned face. He traced her bow-shaped mouth with the tip of his finger. Keeping her anchored to him with one arm, he wrapped the other around her waist, loving how she fit perfectly to him. He gave her plenty of time to reject his kiss. Seeing her eyes close, and feeling her body molding to his was his undoing.
Keanu meant to take it slow, to give her a light, almost friendly kiss. But having her softness, against all his hardness, sent him reeling, and devouring her mouth became his goal.

* * * *

Cammie wrapped her arms around his shoulders. In her three-inch wedge espadrilles, she reached his chin, making them a perfect match. His tongue invaded her mouth, tangling with her own, the taste of the spicy food they had eaten exploding in her mouth, like another sweet temptation.
She sucked in a breath, aching from the kiss, her heart thudding with excitement at her first real taste of him.
He gentled the kiss, brushing his mouth lightly over her parted lips, then nipped her bottom one. Cammie felt the tremor that wracked his large frame, happy to realize that she wasn’t the only one affected.
She had known since the age of twelve that this man was it for her. Now, ten years later, she realized her desire for him had only intensified, had become a woman’s need in place of a young girl’s infatuation. The times she had seen him in town over the years had always awoken a hunger, but she hadn’t thought she had a chance since he didn’t live there anymore. Now, with him pressed against her, she was aware of his powerful erection jutting against the juncture between her legs. Her own desire flooded her panties, but Cammie was shocked to feel Keanu pulling away.
“You’re fucking amazing,” Keanu murmured.
“What?” she asked dazed.
“I don’t want to rush you. I want to savor every moment, every sigh you make.” He captured her lips in another heated kiss.
Kissing him was a major feast to her starving senses. All thoughts fled her brain as he deepened the kiss, and drew her closer to his arousal. She sucked on his tongue, and nipped his lip like he had done to her, before licking the small hurt. Rushing sounded really good to her at that moment.


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