Hot Shot

Hot Shot

by Karina Halle

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Hot Shot by Karina Halle

A standalone friends-to-lovers romance that will bring on the angst, steam and heartache - from the NYT bestselling author of The Pact and Bad at Love.

If love is friendship set on fire, then theirs is about to go up in flames

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 heads 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.

***This is book #3 of the North Ridge Series, however like the previous two books, Wild Card (#1) and Maverick (#2), it stands alone and can be read without reading the others***

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781983752599
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 643,153
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Karina Halle, a former travel writer and music journalist, is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty wild and romantic books, including Love, in English; Dirty Angels; and the Artists trilogy. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia.

Alexander Cendese is a New York-based actor/narrator whose credits include roles on and Off-Broadway, in films, and on popular television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He holds a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Alexandra Shawnee is a New York City-based actress who has narrated numerous nonfiction, romance, and fantasy titles. A graduate of the University of the Arts, Alexandra also has performed in dozens of Off-Broadway and regional theater productions and readings.

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Hot Shot (North Ridge #3) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
The world is too big, this life too short, to want anything less than magic with someone This book broke my heart from the very beginning, such a sweet sweet torture. Hot Shot was definitely not what I expected, Karina took these characters that we knew little about but we desperately needed to know more from and gave them a whole new level of broke and complex. I had no idea what Fox was going through in his life; it was a complete surprise reading his PoV realizing how complex and truly broken he was. And Del! Oh Del, so in love with Fox, unable to hide is emotions and tortured by all the feelings that he brings out in her. The story took many twists and turns and I was right there along for the ride, at times I didn’t know if I was going to make it of if there was going to be a true HEA at the end but I knew that whatever Karina wanted to take Del and Fox I was going to be there. I’m so happy to have read this book, definitely going to make it into my all time favorites.
Books6565 More than 1 year ago
This is the final book in the North Ridge series and is about the oldest bother Fox and his best friend Delilah(Del). We finally find out what happened to Fox with his mother's suicide and he came to blame Shane. This book is definitely a heavier book than Maverick and deals with real life issues, especially with someone with the type of job that Fox has. Del is also a very likable heroine.....she is the light to the darkness surrounding Fox. This book brings everyone together and finishes off the series very nicely. We get more of Rachel/Shane and Riley/Maverick. And again Riley was just as annoying here as she was in her own book. I know she is supposed to come off as this fun, goofy, say whatever kind of girl, but unfortunately, she just came off as crass and rude. On the other hand, Del came off as the patient, long-suffering "girlfriend"......who developed a bit of a spine towards the end. And Fox with his issues definitely needs someone like Del. I really enjoyed the whole Nelson clan, esp the grandfather!
BBBGirlsBlog More than 1 year ago
Hot Shot is a friends to lovers romance and Book 3 in Karina Halle's North Ridge series. It is a standalone and having not read the two previous books I'll confirm that the book stands well on its own. This is the love story between oldest Nelson brother, Fox, and Delilah, local bar owner and his best friend. Delilah has secretly been in love with him for years while Fox has been oblivious. Fox fights wildfires and is a smoke jumper. A "hot shot". I enjoyed the details regarding his job and the dangers he faces on a daily basis. I loved the journeys of the characters to find their HEA. Especially Fox, a man who suffered some emotional damage as a child which shaped him in heartbreaking ways. A key message in this book is that you have to love yourself in order to be able love others and this was not an easy journey for Fox, the "hero with the broken soul". The character of Delilah was likable and relatable. I felt her pain and frustration with her unrequited love. Overall, I loved this story. Halle excels at creating alpha males with big hearts that manage to shine through at the end. I recommend this book for lovers of a great contemporary romance that has a lot of heart and a good bit of steam. And oh the steam!!! I loved this so much I am going back to read Shane and Maverick's books. Well done, Ms. Halle!!! Reviewed by: Jamie B.
Vik_BookLover More than 1 year ago
This particular book is going to hold a special space in my heart. Karina literally ripped my heart out with this one and played with it like putty. After spending my nights sobbing through the story AND trying to fight my tears while reading on public transportation I was sad to say goodbye to the North Ridge aka Nelson gang. This story hit all my favorite tropes: friends-to-lovers, stubborn damaged men (and boy was Fox Nelson extra damaged), and my all-time favorite… well I’m not going to say what it is because it’s a pretty big part of the story. But trust me, it’s soooo good, but also if you have followed my previous reviews you SHOULD KNOW what my favorite trope truly is. Delilah Gordon is a no-nonsense bar owner and a pretty big part of Nelson family. After devastating death of Nelson brothers’ mom, Delilah’s mom becomes babysitter/platonic caregiver/surrogate mother to the boys. Essentially Delilah grows up with the Nelsons and for all intents and purposes, she is part of the family. However, as much as Shane and Maverick might be her “brothers”, the same does not apply to Fox. A huge problem is that Fox doesn’t seem to feel the same… or does he? In no way is this book considered insta-romance, considering how long it actually takes for Fox to SEE Delilah. Where the sobbing and puffy eyes come from, well it’s from reading through their journey that takes them so long to permanently click. Fox is a broken mess that needs a lot of work in untangling his issues with his brothers, himself, and generally his attitude towards love. Overall, Karina wrote a very knowledge book that delves into human nature when you look beyond the surface. Karina Halle really doesn’t shy away from diving deep into examining the broken psyche of a boy who took on too much guilt at a young age. Psychology books were written just for the sole purpose of examining his trauma. Another thing I found very interesting was all the research Karina did on Fox’s job as wildlife firefighter which was so relevant to everything that has happened over the summer during the fire season. The end does provide a much-needed relief to all the angst and finally finding that HEA. What doesn’t drown you in tears, makes you a better swimmer, amiright?
RockchickCU More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing on so many levels for me. First of all, this is my first time reading author Karina Halle and in no way was I disappointed. This was a friends to lovers story about Delilah and Fox. Delilah has been in love with Fox since she was a little girl. Fox knows that Delilah is one of his favorite people in the world but he has so many demons of his own that he doesn't look at her that way. Ok, where do I start with this one... I really liked Delilah. Like REALLY liked her. I think that she was an amazing character. She was strong, she worked hard to be happy for Fox and honestly wanted him to be happy. She was hurting and it was getting harder and harder for her to deny her feelings for him. She has a great relationship with her mother, and Fox's family and her relationship with Fox is great. I think that was was extremely level headed about things and honestly my heart just broke for her. I wanted so bad for her to get everything that she wanted. I don't feel that she was whiny, or unreasonable. She just wanted to be loved and she is right everyone deserves to be loved. Fox, okay, I have to be honest, I liked him. He truly had a big heart, but he was lost. He was hurting and he was struggling with his mother's death and with his own form of depression. My heart hurt so bad for him. I wanted to rail at him at times, but coming from where he was, I can see where he struggled and why he he struggled. (I don't want to give away details) I think that he was as strong as he could have been, he didn't know how to cope with things and I think that Ms. Halle did an amazing job relaying his struggles. It was like I was in his head the entire time while things were spiraling out of control. It was just heart breaking. This book really, really hit way close to home. I had moments were I was actually sobbing because it opened my eyes to another side of depression. The destruction of those left behind. I don't typically go into details about my personal life, but I struggled with postpartum depression. Thankfully I was able to get help, but for me to read about the children and family left behind was gut wrenching. I have to congratulate the author on opening my eyes and dealing with the repercussions of this subject. Most just gloss over things but I felt that she did an outstanding job in dealing with things and not brushing it under the rug. It was a very, very emotional read for me, but at the same time the ugliness and rawness of the emotions made for a beautiful story that gives you that HEA that we all long for. I think the strength of her characters, and the supporting characters helped her pull this story off. This was an extremely well written story, with some funny parts here and there and an adorable squirrel to throw in. The pacing and flow of this book was excellent, I couldn't put this down. I read it entirely in one setting. The depth of the characters was suburb. You can't pull of this emotional of a book without the depth that Ms. Halle was able to achieve. This is the third book in the series, but can be read as a standalone (I haven't read any before this one and understood what was going on). This is currently one of my top reads so far of this year and I highly recommend this book. I plan to go and devour more of Karina Halle's books. This was a very emotional book but like I said, I loved it and I can't wait to read more from Ms. Halle
Arys More than 1 year ago
Hot Shot by Karina Halle is book three in her North Ridge series but can be read as a standalone. A friends-to-lovers contemporary romance novel featuring Delilah Gordon who has secretly been in love with her best-friend, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old. However, it's an unrequited love with Fox being oblivious to her feelings. A hot shot or wildland firefighter, Fox parachutes into fires everyday to save lives. Heroic and brave, he appears in control. However, inside he is anything but as he continues to battle his demons from his past. No one really gets him or can get past the walls he's raised, except for Delilah. But will love be enough to overcome the obstacles to getting their happily ever after? Filled with emotion, Hot Shot by Karina Halle will have you completely invested in these characters. Well-written, and told through dual POVs, Ms. Halle really gives us the opportunity to connect with her main characters and go along on the emotional journey of characters overcoming the past and finding their future with them. The story of Fox and Delilah is filled with pitfalls and fires that only a firefighter like Fox and the woman who loves him, Delilah, can battle through to the other side for each other. Overall, Hot Shot by Karina Halle is a complex romance novel that will have you alternately in tears and cheering as the characters fight for each other and their future. I also enjoyed the epilogue! I recommend Ms. Halle's book and hope for more. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Janeen More than 1 year ago
This book was full of angst. I mean, just when I thought the two of them would get it together - more angst. This isn't your light, fluffy read for a weekend - that's for sure. This book is about Fox and Delilah who grew up as best friends, but Delilah has a secret - she's in love with Fox. Fox, however, has a new girlfriend and everyone in town knows Delilah loves Fox except Fox. When his girlfriend dumps him because she knows a little too much about "all the feelings" swirling between them, Fox can no longer justify staying away. There's just one problem - he's got a couple secrets of his own he's been hiding behind everyone's back. One night of passion and a couple of months later Fox is back from his job as a Hot Shot firefighter and he's got a surprise waiting for him at home. Can him and Delilah work things out or are his demons going to work out in the end? This book had some deep dark topics - Suicide, addiction, blame for the death of a loved one, dangerous job of being a Hot Shot - what they deal with on a daily basis. This is not a book for the faint of heart. I had not read the previous two books so I wasn't prepared and I'm glad I didn't because now I'm gonna go back and read those. This was a relatively new author for me and I liked her style of writing. An ARC copy was provided for free or at a discount by the publisher without expectation or any attempt to influence or manipulate this review. All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect anyone else's.
kimrisa More than 1 year ago
5 “MADLY, CHAOTICALLY IN LOVE WITH YOU” STARS! “Even on my darkest days, she’s always been the sun.” HOLY FREAKING SMOKES!!! I just devoured the most PHENOMENAL contemporary romance by new-to-me author Karina Halle and I want to scream about it from the mountain tops!!!! HOT SHOT owned me from page one and that's saying a lot because I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately. Well guess what? No more!!! Firefighters are HOT, HOT, HOT in romance right now so naturally my heart raced when I read the blurb for this book, an emotionally-charged best friends to lovers story featuring ruggedly sexy smoke jumper Fox Nelson who risks his life every day to fight wildfires but the one thing he could not endanger is his heart. Which is too bad for his secretly love smitten best friend Delilah Gordon who wants him more than her next breath!!! There was something about this premise that grabbed me and I felt it in my gut that this book was going to decimate me. And DECIMATE ME IT DID! Beginning with that prologue from little Fox’s pov, which was so devastating it shattered me to pieces, setting the stage for the impossibly heavy burden this damaged lost soul would carry into manhood. Gah!! These Characters. This Storyline. The Angst. The Passion. The Writing. The sum total of which culminated in a novel that incinerated my heart and then ever so miraculously healed it to the extent that I am still feeling the tear tracks on my cheeks!! HOT SHOT is the third book in the North Ridge trilogy, featuring the rough and rugged Nelson brothers—Shane, Maverick and Fox--but I can fully attest it can be read as a standalone. Of course, now I will most certainly be going back and reading WILDFIRE and MAVERICK because this story was so amazing!! This beautifully layered novel, set in the picturesque ranching town of North Ridge, BC had an intoxicating infusion of romance, adventure, aching emotion, pulse pounding peril and scorching sensuality. From start to finish, my heart was throbbing because this novel was OVERFLOWING with intense emotion, SMOLDERING with pent up passion and PULSATING with excitement and palpable tension!!! Although Fox and Del's romantic journey is fraught with difficulty,it’s worth every heartbreaking, gut-clenching moment. The feels—and the fireworks—between these two are OFF THE CHARTS! And speaking of sizzle, you might need a fire hose on hand, because the sex scenes are hot AF! And that ending? Prepare for gloriously happy waterworks! Bottom line: I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Very angsty. I'm glad about the development of Fox's character from a scarred little boy to a very intense and likable man!
KDRBCK More than 1 year ago
After Wild Card and Maverick, Hot Shot is the third book in the North Ridge Series by the outstanding author Karina Halle. While every book can be read as a standalone, I recommend to read the books in order. Hot Shot is Fox and Delilah´s story. Delilah Gordon is in love with Fox Nelson for forever. And while everyone knows, only Fox is clueless. He has deeply friendzoned her. Fox is the oldest of the Nelson brothers and he carries guild and darkness in his heart and battles his demons. He´s a Wildland Firefighter, a - "hot shot". And sometime he realizes only Delilah can cure him. Fox is burned out, lost and suffers from PTSD. She brings him peace when his world spiurals out of control. Delilah is owner of the lokal bar and cares for her ill mother. Her best friends are Rachel and Riley, Shane and Maverick´s girlfriends.While they cheer for Del and Fox there´s only so much they can do. Del and Fox is not a match made in heaven. Their story is raw and gritty. The hero with the broken soul and the heroine who has to stay strong when the only thing she wants to do is wallow in selfpity. Hot Shot made me laugh, it made me cry and it made me angry at the characters. Hot Shot is my favorite read in the series and I highly recommend this 5 stars read !
AmandaKozi More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh did I love this story. The prologue alone killed me! This story packed so much in and I could not put it down, I read it in about 24 hours. Delilah and Fox have such a long history of friendship and everyone around seems to see how much more there is to the two of them. Delilah is such a strong female character and I loved that about her. She was very endearing and I wanted so much for her. Fox is such a puzzle of a man. I just wanted to hug him at times, others I may have wanted to shake him. I felt so much for  him and all that is going on in his head. I absolutely loved the story and the arc of their relationship. It has so much emotion to  it. I really liked how much the characters grew throughout and seeing what they conquered. I just loved the ebb and flow and how deep the story was. I highly recommend!
Sara_Sue More than 1 year ago
I’ve been hearing about Karina Halle books for a while. I’ve never read her but I was interested; so when I was able to read an early copy of Hot Shot, I jumped on it. I can see why people talk about her so often. She writes super smoothly and her characters are fun and interesting. I didn’t realize I was starting off in the middle of a series, and I really hate when I do that. However, the story was totally intact in this book. I don’t feel like I missed anything of Fox or Delilah’s story. I know I missed the stories of all the supporting characters which bums me a little that I got that sneak peek into them because you can bet your last buck that I’m going back and buying every single one of the previous books from the North Ridge series! Halle creates a story with a really solid background. Fox is intense, he’s moody and brooding… everything us ladies want from our leading man! I love how clueless he is to Delilah’s feelings for him, sometimes men are so clueless! I adored Delilah. She was so scared of taking things further with Fox and ruining everything wonderful they had. I guess I was just expecting a hot story but I got so much more! Hot Shot was so much deeper than I ever expected. It was full of heart and pain, oh man, the pain, oh the angst! Fox and Delilah didn’t have an easy path to each other. They worked for it. I can’t recommend reading about their trials more! So good!! I received an ARC of this book with the hope that I will leave an Unbiased Opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so sad this is the last book in the North Ridge series. I've come to know this family and love them. This book tells Fox and Delilah's story, but we also get to enjoy the other Nelson brothers and their ladies as well. Fox is probably the most frustrating of all the Nelson brothers. He is his own worst enemy in many different ways for different reasons. He doesn't know love when it's staring him right in the face and God, did I feel for Del. She gave a lot with not a lot in return for many years because she has loved Fox since they were kids. Fox's story was heartbreaking because things that happened when he was a child were still affecting his life and his relationships in a negative way, but sometimes you have to burn it all down in order to start over fresh. This was my takeaway from Fox and Del's story. Great conclusion to this series of standalone romances!
Betul90 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "She was always something separate, the girl next door, a light that would always lead me out of the black. She was my saving grace and the one constant thing I had in my life, the one person who could turn things around." Hot Shot is my favorite book in the North Ridge series. I had been highly anticipating Delilah and Fox's story because both of them intrigued me. Especially Fox, because he was such a complex and intense person. He doesn't let people, even his family, get too close to him. He has built a wall around himself and wants to stay in a dark place to punish himself. He doesn't think he deserves happiness. Del, always had his back and is such a great support. She is a friend everyone needs in their lives. However, Del has been wanting more than just a friendship but never wanted to ruin things between them "I don't want to be lost. I don't want to be angry. I don't want to blame myself. I want to be free, to have peace, a future. I want love." When they finally take the leap to things further, things get complicated. My heart broke for both of them so much. There were moments were Fox really said stupid things and disappointed and broke Del's heart, but I couldn't really blame him too much because he was battling his own demons. It was really difficult for me to see them go through the things they did. They deserved their HEA so much. If you read the previous two books, you'll know that especially the relationship between Fox and his youngest brother Shane was bad. I was glad that they finally worked things out. Del and Fox's road to happiness wasn't an easy one, and the author did a great job in putting it into words. "It will eventually consume me and I want to be consumed, Del. I want to love you, burn for you, until there's nothing else left. Just your heart and mine." The writing like always was phenomenal, and very easy to read. I love Karina's books so much, and I appreciate her coming up with so many different characters who I end up loving. I am going to miss them so much, and I hope Karina will consider writing a novella set in North Ridge series. I highly recommend this series, and I hope when you read it that you'll end up loving these characters as much as I did.
ValleyBookDoll More than 1 year ago
If the prologue doesn’t do you in, I don’t know what will. Karina Halle has a magical way with words and evokes intense emotion with such ease. I can always feel how much heart and soul she pours into her stories and it’s such a rewarding experience to read them. This book was no exception to any of that. I didn’t read the synopsis prior to starting and this allowed for my basic of expectations to be wow’d and surpassed. Fox, the strapping smokejumper, has a painful past that has shaped the way he lives his life and handles certain situations. His best friend of over twenty years, Delilah, is a sweet, kind-hearted woman who has been by his side through thick and thin. The unrequited love propels this story, but it’s these two charming and easily lovable characters that take hold of your heart. Their relationship isn’t an easy one; so many obstacles come barreling their way, but it’s an emotional ride worth going on. The angst, the passion, the well-written storyline from start to finish; it all serves to deliver a raw and fiercely beautiful friends-to-lovers romance. I highly recommend picking this title up, even if you haven’t read the other standalone novels in the series.