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Through Smoke: Firefighter Heroes Series (Book One) by [J.R. Tate]
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"An absolute must read......I have loved the entire series. I would suggest this series to anyone that has a firefighter in their lives." ~ Mary Wetherhold; Amazon Reviewer
"I truly enjoyed this book! It had a great live story but had typical life scenarios and difficulties! Loved how solid Michael was, even when his head told him Casey was lying he still had to try to take care of him. True Big Brother fashion ~ great read!!!" ~ Heatherobx; Goodreads Reviewer
"Tate's characters are believable and realistic. She has developed each person so that you are drawn into their struggles and find yourself loving and hating at the same time. You are attracted to the hero, Michael McGinnis, and begin rooting for him from the very beginning of the story." ~Kay P. Marziale; Amazon Reviewer

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Through Smoke is a gritty story about a firefighter in New York City. Michael is a hero, whether he wants to admit it or not. Not only is it about romance and firefighting, but a tale of brotherly love between two men who couldn't be any more different - Michael, a recovering alcoholic who is thriving and Casey, the younger brother who has not found his way out of his drug addiction. Michael wants nothing more than for Casey to get into rehab and begin his road to recovery.
I love stories about brothers overcoming obstacles. Through Smoke is full of suspense and emotion, as well as romance between Mikey and Eva. I enjoyed writing this story, and I'm happy to share it with the world. 

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  • File Size: 1052 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: J Tate Publications (December 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OL26JO
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By Kay P. Marziale on December 28, 2012
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In Through Smoke, J.R. Tate stirs up a recipe for not only trouble but danger and disaster. This is no cookbook thriller, however, because the ingredients of drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling, and family dysfunction create a mixture that is volatile, explosive and altogether edgy.

Tate's characters are believable and realistic. She has developed each person so that you are drawn into their struggles and find yourself loving and hating at the same time. You are attracted to the hero, Michael McGinnis, and begin rooting for him from the very beginning of the story. His family relationships are sadly all too familiar. His own struggle with alcohol, his brother's drug addiction and gambling problem lead Michael down the primrose path of enabling an addict and all the while rationalizing why he is putting himself and his girlfriend, Eva, in harm's way by protecting Casey, his younger brother.

Stir in the consequences of finding himself on the wrong side of Casey's bookie, mounting danger as the bookie seeks retribution, a workplace romance, some guilt and shame and you have a thrill ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You cheer Michael on as he does his job as a search and rescue firefighter and you hiss and boo as Viper, the bookie does his vilest to destroy not only Casey, but Michael and his girlfriend and their very lives. Plot twists, fire and death are the order of the day and Tate ties it all together in her recipe for trouble.

A fast paced read, you will find yourself hurrying to see what happens, who will live and who will die. Who will be victorious and who will get their just desserts? I was left hungry for more and Tate does not disappoint. Some of the characters move on with their lives in a sequel as thrilling as Through Smoke. No spoiler from me, however, you'll need to seek out "Backfire" to find out who has survived Viper's ungodly payback.
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Downloaded it to my Kindle because it was free and sounded good. Well, this book was so much better than I expected and worth so much more than the normal $0.99 price. The characters were so real you could just visualize them and almost hear them talking. Although not all of the geographic references were spot on it certainly does not detract from the story (unless you are ultra ridiculously picky). The plot flows smoothly and keeps you wanting to read until you are late for work. As soon as I read the last word I immediately downloaded the 2nd book (for which there is a link to click right at the end - very convenient!!!!!).
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I read this author's first book, Modern Day Drifter, and said I would like to see her add some depth and complexity to her story. Well, she certainly added those items for this book. In Through Smoke, the characters were well-developed and the story was well-plotted. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen with Mikey, Casey, and Eve. I cared about these characters and wanted to see their lives settle down and be good for them. Mikey and Casey are brothers and seemed very different from each other at first, but I don't think they were really that different. Casey was a true drug addict and gambler and Mikey struggles with alcohol. They had lost their father when they were very young and had a tough time dealing with his death, having never really grieved properly. Although their brotherly relationship has issues and Casey's gambling debts cause both brothers to become involved with a violent bookie, the love between the brothers is always evident. Eve is Mikey's love interest and also likeable. Their relationship develops and grows throughout the story, and they seem to be good for each other. This book held my interest until the end. It was filled with action and emotion, and I recommend it to others.
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I normally only purchase romance novels, and this was classified as one. There really wasn't a whole lot of romance in it to be honest with you. But that was okay actually, the story rocked!

The book takes us on a journey with Michael McGinnis and his dealings as a NYC firefighter and the troubles he has come into, courtesy of his brother, Casey. Casey, a druggie with a betting habit, comes to Michael looking for a place to stay. He brings one friend over, and it all goes downhill from there.

On the romance side of the story, he has been working along side Eva Crisante, a Paramedic stationed at the same firehouse as Michael works at for quite some time. They were partners back in the day, and always remained friends. But a hang out here, and a date there, there friendship blooms into something bigger.

This book left me in suspense every turn of the page. What I thought would happen didn't. This is only book one in Jessica Tate's Troubled Hero series, and I can tell you that it won't be the last book of the series that I read....
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Basically a romance set in a firehouse/rescue station. The hero Mike or Mikey ( what adult male firefighter would want to be called Mikey?) Spends more time having days off, recovering from injury, or other incidents ( I won't spoil the story line ) than he does fighting fires. The villain of the story is pretty one-dimensional , while parts of the plot are pretty transparent. Once the characters were in a situation, you pretty much knew how that situation would end . Been there, read that before a hundred times. That said, the writing itself was actually enjoyable . No complaints there. You may have been able to guess that the book was going from point A to point B, but the trip getting there was quite well done. I would have like to give this book 3 1/2 stars if possible . But half stars are not an option . It's not a bad book by any means, just one that you've read before with different characters in different settings. Good escapism when you want to get away for a few hours .
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