Leigh’s review ~ Up In Smoke by Annabeth Albert

Posted April 27, 2021 by Sharon in Erotic, GLBTQIA, Leigh, LGBTQIA, M/M, Purest Delight, Reviews / 0 Comments

This story was just beautiful. Low on angst and high on feelings, it was a true romance and showed that family was what you made it. ~ Leigh – Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews





Three Men and a Baby meets Backdraft with explosive chemistry and heartfelt feels.

Freewheeling smoke jumper Brandt Wilder thrives on adrenaline. He’s never met a parachute he can’t repair or a dangerous situation he couldn’t wrangle his way out of. He’s popular and fun-loving and not at all looking to settle down or form lasting relationships. It’s a lifestyle that’s served him well…right up until the day he finds a baby on his doorstep.

Shane Travis is used to putting his country music career—and his own happiness—on hold after his sister rolls through his life. Like last spring when she convinced him to try skydiving for his birthday—and she walked away with the hot parachute instructor.

Now he gets to deliver the piece of news that will upend Brandt’s carefree life: he very well might be a dad.

Shane’s niece is safe in Brandt’s strong, capable hands, but too many questions remain unanswered. Co-parenting while they sort it out leads to late-night talks, and soul-bearing confessions lead to a most inconvenient attraction. Still, Shane can’t leave this makeshift family behind—even if it means playing house with the one man he can’t resist.





I have just adored this series about daredevil smoke jumpers. And while the image of the rugged firefighter does create a level of heat, this author brings so much more to all of her books and characters than just a pretty face and sex appeal.

Up in Smoke focuses on Brandt and Shane. Both of these men never had a stable upbringing or roots, but when songwriter Shane finds his niece has been abandoned with him, he takes her to her father to allow her to have some stability.

Brandt is probably the last person anyone would think of as capable of settling down. He’s wild and nomadic, a sky cowboy going where the winds and fires take him. That is until an RV shows up in the driveway of his rented house, complete with a baby and the man he met a year before and hasn’t been about to get out of his mind in all that time.

Learning how to care for baby Jewel, Shane and Brandt form what they feel is an unlikely family. However, in reality, it couldn’t be more perfect of a union. These two men who both care for this little diva find that their shared interest in the baby isn’t the only connection they have. Even as they both reject the idea of needing someone to depend on, each man is unaware that they truly thirst for a person of their own. Watching Shane and Brandt slowly open up to one another was sweet and sexy and really heartbreaking to know that this was something they never had before.

This story was just beautiful. It was a true romance and showed that family was what you made it. Regardless of how Brandt, Jewel and Shane came together, these were three people that needed one another, cared for each other’s well being, and made each other complete. The plans that they each had for themselves took a drastic turn the moment Shane was left with his niece and Brandt found out he was a father, but these changes were necessary to get them to the place where they were meant to be. Low on angst and high on feelings, I gobbled this story down in record time, and still want more of the music to this couple’s love story.


5 stars

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Posted April 27, 2021 by Sharon in Erotic, GLBTQIA, Leigh, LGBTQIA, M/M, Purest Delight, Reviews / 0 Comments