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Christian Ryder is rich and lonely -- and a pyromancer. When the people around him keep dying, he forgoes personal attachments. The thought of his pyromancy hurting anyone else isn't something he's willing to risk.

Tanner O'Bannon is broke and desperate. The recent loss of his father has thrown Tanner into a tailspin of debt he can't afford to pay. Working as a rent boy all...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published December 25th 2007 by Loose Id
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Jen
Sep 30, 2009 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal m/m romance
Shelves: glbt
FINALLY in print! YAY!

~Read in March 2008 (this review is of the e-book version from Loose Id)~

Christian is a pyromancer -- a firestarter. People around him always seem to die, so he spends most of his life alone. He's a wealthy businessowner and a volunteer fireman. On one very lonely night, he decides to call an escort service for a quick release. Instead, he meets sweet, young Tanner, who stirs feelings that go far beyond sex.

Christian is a fantastic hero. He's big and powerful, but he's also...more
Jon
Mar 22, 2013 Jon added it
I greatly enjoyed this story by A Young. Once again, she proves a gift for bringing romance to a m/m story and including enough eroticisim without becoming overly pornographic. Fans of Ms. Young will no doubt love this story. My only wish is that she provided more insight into the protagonist's pyro abilities, how they came about, his struggles in life, etc - enhanced the paranormal aspect of the story; it was almost like reading a portion of a much larger body of work (hint, hint, Ms. Young - y...more
Carole
Christian Ryder is lonely. So lonely that he hires a rent-boy, almost more for companionship than anything else. But his guilt won't let that be a good experience. Still, he meets Tanner O'Bannon and starts a series of events that lead to their falling in love.

The plot structure of this book is a little different than the uusal m/m paranormal. While Christian is a pyromancer, a fire-starter, a pyrokinetic -- very little is made of this in the book except at fortuitous moments. There's no explana...more
Charles
This story seems fairly realistic to me, in terms of how the POV character feels cursed by the power he has. He is a firestarter, just like Charlie in Stephen King's book, but he isn't hunted by the government or pushed to create epic destruction like King's character. Instead, he struggles to control his power and, working as a firefighter, uses it to help people. And he is devastated by guilt over those he couldn't save. He is lost and he needs someone to know the truth and still accept him.

Ea...more
Taylor
May 13, 2012 Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Wow. I must say that this book surprised me. By looking at the cover, one would think this was one of those cheap porn novels you pick up for fifty cents and skim read for the sex scenes. But this wasn't like that. Yes... The sex was hot, but there was more of a story to it. There were times where this book almost made me cry. Then... There was so much suspense. This is my first Amanda Young book I have read and I really thought she was a skilled writer. Her characters are even realistic and em...more
Ami
Based on the title, I thought this book would focus on the superpower, but it turned out that this book was more on the angst-contemporary romance. There is nothing wrong with that, actually.

I enjoy reading Christian and Tanner's relationship. The two guys are lost souls, in a way -- 32 years old Christian who hides his fire-starter power. The loneliness eats him when he realizes he doesn't have anyone to come home to. AND 20 years old Tanner, with the weight of the life on his shoulder trying...more
Sheila
Christian is able to control fire. Tanner is making a living as a male escort to pay off his late father's debts and to keep his home from being foreclosed. After seeing Christian in a bar, Tanner decides to get out of the escort business but his boss won't let him. I enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. It was action packed. I liked Christian and Tanner. I also liked how the book went back and forth between the two so you knew what each was thinking.
Ayanna
1) What exactly did the pyromancy have to do with anything
1a) Where exactly does it come from?
1b) Why did something we were led to believe is very important end up so skirted over?
2) Why the hell did the two of them get together?
3) Why is Tanner so TSTL?

There are probably more points of contention, but I read this a couple of days ago and clearly didn't like it enough for much to stick.
MsMiz (Tina)
I struggled with the rating on this one going between a 2 and a 3. It is really more like a 2.5. I have read a lot of really good books that I have rated a 3 and this just does not stand up to them. The concept, excellent, the characters had a good foundation, but I just found the whole thing underdeveloped and oddly put together.
Vincent Diamond
Another stellar romance, rough-edged and believable, from Amanda Young. This woman can write! Christian and Tanner have literal and figurative sparks between them, and the pages heat up along with their journey. Strongly recommended.
Elisa Ramblings
This is a strange story, a mix of paranormal and reality, but the paranormal element is dealt with a so normal "way" that it seems a normal thing.

Christian is a pyromancer, a man who controls the fire, better who is controlled by fire: when his emotions are too high to be suppressed everything aroung him could burst in flame. The positive aspect is that he can control the flames, and so it is pretty convenient that he has chosen to be a firefighter. Plus he is a very rich and handsome man, havin...more
Alina
Oct 16, 2013 Alina added it
Sadly this book didn't live up to my expectations :/
At first I thought I'm gonna love it! I liked the MCs: Christian seemed like a 'strong and silent' type and Tanner's a troubled soul who'd let Christian take care of him eventually.

Christian's self-esteem issues got on my nerves BIG TIME! I mean, he's rich and gorgeous and he can summon fire by his will - okay, maybe the last one's not so good, but still I just couldn't get why he's so insecure and needy all the time!

And Tanner's been surrounde...more
Jimmy Hanson
Second time I've read Pyromancer - and second time I've enjoyed the read.

When trying to think of a suitable review I find I've got few words. Christian is a pyromancer - who hardly shows any sign of even having it until the last 20 pages or so - and Tanner is a smart-mouthed, prideful kid. Fate and circumstance bring them together, Christian's caring heart - and yes, a little desperation for company - keeps them together.

The primary conflict ended up being pride, and then tacked on at the end w...more
Riva
This was a sweet novella and I listened to the audio version, which is very good. However, I'm not sure why the author choose to give one of the MC's firestarter powers, especially since we are left with no idea how or why he has them. It really didn't add anything to the story; it would have been just fine without it. Christian and Tanner are a lovely couple, but not a lot of backstory about them. I enjoyed their story.
Barbara ★
Christian Ryder, pyromancer, is afraid to get too attached to anyone since his powers manifest badly when he gets overly emotional. This is his story of meeting and wanting Tanner O'Bannon but hesitating for Tanner's own good. I enjoyed the story but found too many typos (well actually missing words) which made the reading tedious as I kept having to stop and backup to see what I missed only it wasn't me that was missing something.

I figure ebooks are the wave of the future but how do they expec...more
Alina
2.5

Nice, sweet, angsty, and uncomplicated story with pnr elements.

However, I started losing interest after getting about a quarter of the way through the book because:
1) the plot was very predictable
2) the matter of Tanner's prostitution was glossed over
3) the characters were rather one-dimensional and also predictable
4) the author's style of writing was irritating in places because of a tendency to over-dramatize, especially in the end.

I did finish the book, but will keep in mind that Miss You...more
Marc
Entre écrire une bonne histoire et écrire une histoire de cul, il faut choisir. Amanda Young, elle, a fait son choix, probablement pas le plus judicieux qui soit mais tant pis pour elle.
Les clichés sont légion dans ce livre sulfureux sans saveur, la partie paranormale n'a aucune espèce d'intérêt tant elle est sous-développée, l'intrigue est assez minable, etc.
Ce bouquin renforce lui aussi la mauvaise opinion que j'ai de ce genre de littérature : c'est mauvais et ça n'essaie même pas d'être bon.
Ashley E
I really like the characters in this book. Tanner and Christian have some really great interactions and how they relate to each other feels very... honest. Of course, I'm always a fan of paranormal, so Christian's "gift" is a nice treat for me, but it's not a real in-depth part of the story. Surprisingly, since this is one of the few things that can squick me, their age difference, though noted, is not very obvious at all. Instead, their relative naivety about relationships is kinda cute. :)
Julia ♥Duncan♥
There were lots of things about this that kept me from enjoying it more:

- Lots of typos, verbs conjugated incorrectly, and sentences that referred to things that didn't happen
- Christian was supposed to be 12 years older than Tanner, but most of the time he acted like he was 12 years old, period
- The plot was very predictable and hinged on some stupid misunderstandings
Adara
This story really just didn't appeal to me all that much. There was no explanation for the reason he had this power, nor whether this was intended to be this universe or a slightly parallel one. The power itself was only vaguely described. The character interactions felt rushed. I felt like this story had a whole lot of potential that just wasn't realized.
Chris
After mentioning that Young’s m/m books haven’t seemed to really grab me, Tam convinced me to try Pyromancer, which is about a man who can control fire, but only to a certain extent. He can also be incredibly dangerous to the people around him. While I did like this more than the non-paranormals, I ultimately didn’t get completely drawn into this one either.
Brewergnome
Well... I finished it.

It got two stars because I finished it, and it was SO bad that it came around to amusing. So tropish it's not even funny. So many literary cliches you might just gag (hint to authors, if a character is 5'8" he's not going to have to look up, then look higher, then crane his neck... to look at a 6'6" person. Really.)
Renee (ren213)
I started out really liking this book but ended up not being crazy about it. It was ok. I just don't buy the -Hi nice to meet you, I think I'm in love with you. Some of the dialogue seemed a little silly to me, too. I didn't love the book but I would probably check out another book by this author since I really did like the beginning of the book.
Melanie
I know 2 stars look a bit naff, but I really did think this was just okay.
Nothing really clicked for me and it felt like it was constant attack, attack, attack.
I dunno... it wasn't a bad story, I just didn't feel anything for it.
Anne
Despite the editorial errors and the implausibility of the villain's motivations, I really enjoyed the story. 3.5 stars.
UrbanFirefly
At some point I felt like I was read a bad piece of hurt/comfort fanfiction. I didn't finish this one.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
I think I expected a bit 'more' based on the blurb, but all in all a good book.
Christina
3.5 stars of 5
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