Seeing Red

Seeing Red

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by Jill Shalvis
     
 

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IT ONLY TAKES A SPARK
Summer Abrams left everything behind-the warehouse fire that took her father's life, the town where her world fell apart, and her best friend in the world, Joe Walker. All she carried with her was guilt. Now, twelve years later, another fire has devastated the same warehouse, and Summer returns to Ocean Beach to search for answers.

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IT ONLY TAKES A SPARK
Summer Abrams left everything behind-the warehouse fire that took her father's life, the town where her world fell apart, and her best friend in the world, Joe Walker. All she carried with her was guilt. Now, twelve years later, another fire has devastated the same warehouse, and Summer returns to Ocean Beach to search for answers. But what she finds first is an old flame that never went out . . .

Joe Walker has become the town fire marshal-sexy, strong, and an expert at keeping people at bay. The only person he ever let into his heart broke it and left town without a word. Now that she's back, Joe swears he won't fall for Summer again . . . but the heat between them is irresistible. As he tries to help her heal the past, can he take a risk on building a future with Summer?

(Approximately 75,000 words)

Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews
"Ms. Shalvis characters leap off the page"
RT Book Reviews on Lucky in Love
"4 Stars! Shalvis pens a tale rife with the three "H"s of romance: heat, heart and humor. LUCKY IN LOVE is a down-to-the-toes charmer..."
RT Book Reviews on At Last
"4 Stars! Shalvis's latest Lucky Harbor novel is a winner-full of laughter, snark and a super-hot attraction between the main characters. Shalvis has painted a wonderful world, full of entertaining supporting characters and beautiful scenery."
RT Book Reviews on Forever and a Day
"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Laughter is served in doses as generous as the chocolate the heroine relies on to get through the day. Readers will treasure each turn of the page and be sorry when this one is over."
Robyn Carr
"Count on Jill Shalvis for a witty, steamy, unputdownable love story."
Carly Phillips
"Shalvis writes with humor, heart, and sizzling heat!"
Suzanne Forster
"Jill Shalvis is a total original! It doesn't get any better."
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"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Laughter is served in doses as generous as the chocolate the heroine relies on to get through the day. Readers will treasure each turn of the page and be sorry when this one is over."—RT Book Reviews on Forever and a Day"

4 Stars! Shalvis's latest Lucky Harbor novel is a winner-full of laughter, snark and a super-hot attraction between the main characters. Shalvis has painted a wonderful world, full of entertaining supporting characters and beautiful scenery."—RT Book Reviews on At Last"

4 Stars! Shalvis pens a tale rife with the three "H"s of romance: heat, heart and humor. LUCKY IN LOVE is a down-to-the-toes charmer..."—RT Book Reviews on Lucky in Love"

Count on Jill Shalvis for a witty, steamy, unputdownable love story."—Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Harvest Moon"

Heartwarming and sexy...an abundance of chemistry, smoldering romance, and hilarious sisterly antics."—Publishers Weekly on Simply Irresistible"

Jill Shalvis is a total original! It doesn't get any better."—Suzanne Forster, New York Times bestselling author"

Ms. Shalvis characters leap off the page"—RT Book Reviews"

Shalvis writes with humor, heart, and sizzling heat!"—Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455547562
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
545,699
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Seeing Red 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
ABOUT THE BOOK: Summer Abrams nearly died trying to save her father from a warehouse fire that, in the end, took his life. Consumed by guilt, she never set foot back in the town where her world fell apart. But now, twelve years later, another fire has ripped through that very warehouse, drawing Summer back to Ocean Beach--and to the man who was once her best friend...and is now a wildly sexy fire marshal who ignites her deepest desires. Walker Montana has spent most of his life keeping people at bay. Summer was the only person he'd ever let in, but she'd broken his heart--and then took off without a word. After all these years, she's back--and she won't leave until they track down the arsonist responsible for this latest fire. Now Walker, who swore he'd never fall for Summer again, discovers he can't resist the scorching heat between them--and suddenly he's wondering if all these hot nights could be become something more lasting... MY REVIEW: Okay, this was my first book by Jill Shalvis, and I gotta say—and I already warned her—I officially have a new author to stalk. I don’t know why I haven’t read her stuff before, but now that I have, I really don’t know how I am going to read anything else until I get through each of her releases. Saving Red was a fun, sexy read that left me hot to trot and on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it down and wanted to ignore my body’s call for sleep. The pacing of the book felt good, and the description and drama was spot on. I saw a few reviews before reading this, and I understand this is a rerelease, so I have to say I am extremely confused at the lower ratings, but then again, I completely get how some individuals have their different tastes. What I can say is I totally recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a spicy story with a bit of Nora Roberts, Julie Ann Walker, and Nicolas Sparks mixed up. FYI—that’s the recipe of Jill Shalvis. Five out of five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic...it was happy, sad and it had you on the end of your seat a few times. Joe didn't want to get hurt again and Red was afraid anything she touched would go away like everything else in her life. It was great once she figured out that was not always the case and they both got their HEA. I highly recommend this book.
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I really enjoy reading Jill Shalvis books. Wonderful characters and story with a bit of mystery. This is a great one!
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I adored our hero. He's everything you would want! Handsome, gentle, honorable, strong. Then we have our heroine. I want to slap her across her head! But, it makes for good reading. And the mystery that our romance is wrapped around. Wonderful book.
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Love everything by Jill Shalvis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written recommend
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Ok, I normally really enjoy Jill Shavis books. The story of Summer and Joe working toward their HEA in 263 pgs. I struggled the first 100 pgs and just had enough of Summer's character and skipped to the last chapter and epilogue. I just could not take her one more page. Joe was likeable from the beginning and Summer was so self-absorbed and acted like a spoiled brat. Summer is that person you want to scream "The world does not revolve around you and your problems. It is not MY purpose in life to cater to you and your needs, especially when you could never be bothered to help anyone but yourself. So stop your whining!!" I get the author was using Summer's personality as what she became in a way to deal with her dad's death. Yet, as an only child who dealt with the aftermath of losing my father young... I could not relate to the heroine's actions.
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
A story from Jill Shalvis' Firefighter Series, originally published in 2004-2005 and re-released in 2013, this is the third and last book. As a romantic suspense novel, SEEING RED, does not disappoint! Engaging from the prologue onward, there wasn't a moment where I wanted to rush the story along, or felt dissatisfied. The pacing was perfect, the buildup of suspense nicely executed, and the chemistry flawlessly translated into words, just as I have become accustomed to in Ms Shalvis' writing. The characters, Joe and Summer, had me a little frustrated at times. The push and pull of their interactions and the indecisiveness with respect to their relationship is just something that goes against my nature. I am all for throwing your stuff out on the table and dealing with things head on. The fact that Joe continues getting suckered in to letting Summer use him for what amounts to a physical release, without him laying down he law, just doesn't sit well with me. But this is all about differences in personality, between the characters and myself....and the fact that I managed to get engaged enough to actually get frustrated with them, shows the quality of the author, in making the characters come alive on paper. So if this is a reflection on Ms. Shalvis, it would only be in the most positive of ways, her talent in creating credible people from words alone. Having said that,  I would not have minded seeing some of the secondary stories a bit more highlighted......in particular the connection between Joe's partner and Summer's mother. Now that is an interesting sub-plot right there, older woman with tons of baggage, with younger man.  As a mother, one thing tugs at my protective instincts, though. Would I ever, in any way, put my sibling's needs over even the remotest possibility of a threat to one of my children??? The answer is a solid NO.  And once you have read the book, you will hopefully understand what I am alluding to with that statement. A scorching hot and twisted tale of love and connections!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wracked my brain to come up with enough superlative adjectives to thoroughly describe my love for SEEING RED. I even relented and consulted my trusty thesaurus for the task, but in the end, I decided that 'I loved, loved, loved this book' would have to be endorsement enough. Ms. Shalvis has always been on my list as a queen of romantic suspense. With SEEING RED, the honorary title of queen was just upped to 'oh supreme divine one.' The characters in the book are so real, the scenes so vivid, and the dialogue so heartfelt and witty that I guarantee that once you pick up this book, you won't be able to put it down until the last word is read. SEEING RED revolves around Summer Abrams and Joe Walker. Friends from childhood, their strong bond was held together by the glue of not-so-normal adolescent feelings. Summer loved Joe because of the emotions he wore on his sleeve, for the way he survived his father's beatings, and the way the two of them could talk about anything, anywhere, anytime, without worrying about what she could say and how she could say it. In turn, Joe loved Summer for her sense of purpose, for her never-failing smile and joy of life, for her strong family connections and ability to see who for who he was and love him anyway. But with Joe dubbed the fat-boy loser of the high school, and Summer in love with Danny the jock, their friendship was tested to the limit in a warehouse fire that took the life of Summer's father. Twelve years later, fire is once again threatening to destroy the lives of Summer and her family. Called home by her mother, Summer 'Red' Abrams returns to Ocean Beach, California, to discover that the warehouse that her father died in has once again burned down. Whether accident or arson, no one seems to know, but Joe Walker, now Fire Marshal of Ocean Beach, intends to find out. As Summer brings up feelings in Joe that he thought had long since passed him by, and Red realizes that Joe isn't the same insecure, beaten-down boy that she left behind all those years ago, someone is trying to make sure that Summer leaves Ocean Beach-the quicker the better. As more fires consume places where Summer has memories, and threatens her very life, Joe and Red are drawn deeper and deeper into a problem that could very well kill them both. Ms. Shalvis has written an excellent story, full of powerful emotion and believable characters. SEEING RED will have you cheering for both Summer and Joe, as they come to terms with the fact that the past, present, and future may well be all bound together in a cord that can't be broken. As the two of them, along with Summer's family and Joe's coworker, Kenny, attempt to figure out what happened in that warehouse fire all those years ago, and who is intent on burning down buildings in the here and now, love and passion war with the necessity of keeping everyone safe. SEEING RED is definitely not a book to be missed, and I promise that you won't be disappointed once you start reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heartbreak, loss, and a fire sent Summer on a flight away from home that was intended to be one way. It only took minutes for her to shatter her best friend's heart and lose her father in a fire. Twelve years pass before a second fire leads to her homecoming when her surviving family needs her. Yet, Summer holds herself aloof from her kin, determined not to become involved, and they are equally determined not to re-accept the woman who rejected them. Her best friend has transformed himself from a chubby teen into a veyr hot fire inspector, who happens to be in charge of the investigation. There's no way Summer can avoid seeing Joe now. Soon, flames of passion spring to life between them, but both fear being hurt again. Besides, Summer has no intention of staying in town. However, she keeps staying, even as the mystery heats up, and danger increases. If she's not careful, she'll leave in a casket. .................. Though at times, the plot is thin, this is a fairly enjoyable read. Summer does seem shallow for the majority of the book, but Joe is a complex, interesting hero. .............Reviewed by Amanda Killgore, Freelance Reviewer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read! Just when you think Jill has written her best book she manages to top it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chubby loner Joe escaped from his abusive father through the friendship of next-door neighbor Summer. She won his heart and then broke it when she left town after a tragedy. Years later, after a fire destroys her family business, Summer is back to reclaim what she threw away - her family and her friendship with Joe. But it doesn't take long for her to realize that it isn't just friendship she wants from Joe. Arson Investigator Joe, along with her family, is wary of her, hesitant to let her back in to their lives. While investigating the fire, the two slowly make their way back to each other. Jill Shalvis writes characters that are real, with emotions and problems that the reader can relate to. But she doesn't stop there. For some authors, secondary characters are just that, background,present only for the advancement of the main characters story. Ms. Shalvis' secondary characters are just as alive as the hero and heroine, just as full-bodied, so that you care about what happens to them also. The mystery is good, and, as romantic suspense should do, does not overwhelm the central love story. 'Seeing Red' is a wonderful blend of romance and mystery, with just the right amount of humor thrown in to make it real. Jill Shalvis is undoubtedly a rising star in the romantic suspense genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teenager, Summer Abrams narrowly escaped death in a fire at a warehouse owned by her family; her father was not as fortunate and lost his life. Summer left town as quickly as she could after she recovered, never to return. Her best friend was Joe Walker; he had always loved Summer and wanted more than just friendship with her. When a second fire occurs in the same warehouse some twelve years later, Summer's mother asks her to come home to help her deal with the aftermath, leaving Summer to do some soul-searching. Joe still loves Summer, a fact that he cannot ignore once he sees her again. When the two of them team up in an attempt to solve the mystery of the fires, new flames are kindled. Joe is reluctant to trust Summer with his heart, out of fear that she will once again break it by leaving. Summer is equally reluctant to offer herself to completely to Joe. Jill Shalvis pens the most amazing characters. She is always able to capture their joy and pain, and every emotion in between. This is an incredible series with great detail and creativity. These characters worm their way into your thoughts for a long time after you finish reading. Her characters are written with little quirks and imperfections that make it hard to remember that they are simply characters in a book. The cast surrounding Joe and Summer are equally wonderful and they are imperative to the story. A high recommendation for Seeing Red comes very easily.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seeing Red by Jill Shalvis is an emotional, suspenseful, sexy and funny book. *** Summer Abrams left town twelve years ago unable to face the traumatic death of her father in a fire. Now a new fire has happened in the same warehouse her mom still owns. Summer comes back home to help her mom get through another fire. She hadn¿t planned on running into her old best friend, who is not the fire marshal. *** Joe Walker had given his heart and soul to Summer, she was the one bright spot in his troubled home life. But then she left without a word he vowed to move on. Summer is back and they most work together to find answers to these fires that are affecting her family. *** Joe and Summer form a partnership of sorts that leads to a searing passion that neither can ignore. The struggles that they each face, makes you pull for them to succeed at love. *** Seeing Red make you feel everything that is happening. It pulls you in and doesn¿t let go. Jill Shalvis writes with such compassion and compelling suspense that you can¿t put this book down.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Ocean Beach, teenager Summer Abrams barely survives a warehouse fire that kills her father. Feeling she failed her dad, Summer flees town. Joe Walker loves Summer, but feels betrayed when she left without a look back. She misses Joe, but considered him as her best friend.................. Twelve years later a second warehouse fire occurs, which Summer plans to ignore. However, her mother needs Summer so she leaves her job as an adventure tours guide to come back to her hometown. As the Fire Marshal, Joe investigates the fire. He is concerned that Summer is back in town as he still loves her though he vows not to allow her to hurt him again. However, this time around Summer does not want to just renew their friendship as she finds her teen buddy quite attractive. As she falls in love, someone wants the couple to fail at uncovering the arson source and is willing to kill to remain hidden. If they survive that culprit, their chances of a permanent relationship remain nil as Summer also has commitment phobia issues fostered ever since she felt she failed her dad........................ SEEING RED is an interesting romantic suspense starring two likable heroic protagonists struggling with a murderous arsonist and their own feelings. The who-done is cleverly designed so that the audience will appreciate the amateur sleuth investigation that forces the fire marshal to allow Summer to join his official inquiries because he fears for her safety. The gender bending switch of having the female struggle to commit while the male is reluctantly willing having been burned once before provides an added touch to a strong romantic mystery......................... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Sure why not"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jake res. 14