HOT MESS (Into the Fire #4)

HOT MESS                                           J.H. CROIX

Susannah is the only woman who’s ever tested my control.
Fighting fires is my life, but I can’t put out the fire between us.
I tell myself I can keep my distance, tell myself it’s nothing more than a little fun.
She fills every corner of my thoughts and kicks my control to the curb.
Still, I have this. I can handle her.
Then I find out she’s pregnant—with our baby.
All bets are off.
I’ll do anything to make her mine.

One night. Four years ago.
We nearly set each other on fire, but I never thought I’d see Ward again.
Then he comes walking back into my world—the epitome of tall, dark & dangerous.
I can’t withstand the heat.
We take another chance, thinking we can burn this fire to ashes.
But that’s only the beginning.
It’s a mess—he’s my boss and now…
He’s about to be a father.

*This is a steamy, full-length standalone romance with a guaranteed happily-ever-after. No cliffhangers. Nothing but steamy romance & HEA!


Once again, J. H. can grip you with her pairing of characters that just work. I do not know but the women of Alaska are a strong lot for sure.  I love how she writes her women so strong and capable and yet, so loving, and compassionate at the same time finding a special balance.

The best part is the men they attract, are no slackers that is for sure. Like the stories before her Susannah is a tomboyish independent all-woman character. She is a hotshot. One of only two in this area of Alaska. She is earned great respect among her fellow workers.

Four years ago, when she left her training there was a guy that pushed all those girlie buttons. Wade was the guy who was always sure of himself. A true alpha-male. He knew what he wanted and went after it. Even her, on the last night before they were all sent to their assignments, he wants her for only one night. It rocked both their worlds.

Now, four years later, a superintend position has opened up and Ward is coming to fill it. He says he did not know that Susannah was in Alaska but he did and he wants her bad. He gets the job. He is only there a week and he gets horrible news his mom is put on hospice and he has to leave for three weeks to be with her.

He takes a month off to be with her and there when she passes. But before he goes, he needs to be with Susannah. When he returns, all he can think of is her. She, him but, for a totally different reason. She wants him of course but will he want her when he finds out the news?

When all the truths are revealed I am truly enthralled with this story. Not with Susannah and how she was feeling. Because she was a crying mess. Something expected from an Alpha female so that was an interesting surprise that did keep me reading. Yet, just not her meanness at time.

But, how J.H. conveys Ward as the one who is the one, not the runner and wanting the relationship and wanting to be a part of hers and their bundle of joys life. This to me seemed like a role reversal compared to most stories. Keeping me hooked.

I give this: 5 stars. Free on Amazon. Follow us at

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