Shift’s End (Smoke & Bullets #3) by A.R. Barley

With a couple failed marriages under his belt, Captain Jack Tracey knows how tough it is to balance a personal life with his job. But nothing in his long career has prepared him for the moment Diesel Evers walks into his firehouse. Sure, Jack’s contended with cocky young recruits before, but this seriously hot hotshot rookie is poised to crash and burn. With early retirement in sight, Jack can’t afford to get involved with a subordinate.
Having transferred to Jack’s house after a disastrous relationship, Diesel isn’t looking for another commitment. But that doesn’t mean he can’t have a little fun with his sexy silver fox of a new boss. Sometimes you have to bend the rules a bit…or shatter them completely.
With an unidentified saboteur endangering his squad, Jack doesn’t want to draw any more heat, but Diesel is too damn tempting to deny. Indulging their desires feels worth the risk—until trouble on the job lands Jack in the hospital, forcing them both to decide what’s worth fighting for.

I’ve liked all the books in this series so far, but I think that Shift’s End might be my favorite so far.

Jack was a man that demanded respect. He not only led his team, more often that not, he was right in the thick of things with them. He was more than a Captain, he was a true part of the team. Diesel had a past that he was trying to get away from. He takes his job just as seriously as Jack though and when they find out that someone’s sabotaging the equipment that’s meant to keep everyone safe, he doesn’t hesitate to offer to help.

This story had action, danger, loyalty and just the right amount of heat to keep the pages turning. I loved the connection between Jack and Diesel and the respect and sense of family that was evident between the crew. So yeah, there were a lot of reasons why Shift’s End is one of my favorites. I’m really hoping there’s more to come in the Smoke & Bullets series.

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