After reading the first book in this series, I went into this one expecting one thing...quick, sexy, fun. AnThis review was posted at Under the Covers
After reading the first book in this series, I went into this one expecting one thing...quick, sexy, fun. And for the most part that is exactly what A LICK OF FLAME was. But I also like to have a little bit of a romantic connection and that aspect of this story wasn't as developed as I would've liked.
Madison Kelly was a cop until she was almost killed in the line of duty. Sean Adams, local firefighter and her lifelong crush, was the one to rescue her that fateful night. From then on she's been recovering, working security and dealing with the fact she now has a huge scar down the side of her face. Constant reminder that she almost died and constant reminder that she's a survivor. But on the bad days, constant reminder that she has no business lusting after a man as perfect as Sean.
With the whole Boys of Beachville calendar thing going on, she's been hired as Sean's bodyguard/security since he has a crazy/stalkerish fan who has gotten a bit creepy.
This whole setup worked wonderfully for me until things went from 0 to 120. One minute Madison is simply his security detail and saying how they've never really even talked (even as teenagers) then he sees her at the local bar says a few sweet nothings in her ear and takes her to the rooftop to have sex. Not that I have anything against hot rooftop sex against the railing, absolutely not, but I thought something was missing to convince me that these two should actually be talking about sex and more importantly relationships after we've determined they've only said a few words to each other their whole lives.
The author also adds in the element of suspense (just a dash) with the stalker that goes after Sean and Madison but it was pretty obvious who it was. I almost wished that it would've been someone else at the end of the day to have a surprise twist.
But in the end, I enjoyed this story. It was fun and sexy and I can't wait for the next!
This was totally an impulse buy. I saw a review for the last book in this series on a blog that I love and fThis review was posted at Under the Covers
This was totally an impulse buy. I saw a review for the last book in this series on a blog that I love and follow and being the stickler I am for reading in order, I rushed and bought book one. Loved that it was a short story because I was feeling some m/m withdrawals in between all my "required" review reading so this hit the spot.
However, writing a short story I think has to be hard and as a reader it's difficult to connect on all levels with the story. I think that's what lessened my enjoyment of this story. This is the first I read by this author and it was very well written and I did enjoy what was presented. However, I felt that something was missing.
In a nutshell, Dirk is a firefighter who almost dies in a fire while rescuing a baby. He's always been an asshole and really none of his co-workers like him. While he's recovering at the hospital, the new "kid" at the station is the only one that goes to visit him. And the first thing he does is he throws in his face that he thinks he's gay and because he has to live in the closet, that's why he's such an ass.
Of course, Dirk is and he feels an immediate attraction to Lee. And while Dirk is recovering things heat up between them. And then Dirk has to deal with the repercussions of going back to work and whether or not he will come out to his friends and family in order to keep Lee, who is happily out.
I think there was a lot of growth for the characters that happened "off the pages" and that's what I didn't like because I felt that people just changed who they were so quickly and with no real reason as to why. But time had passed so I'm sure things and feelings prompted those changes. That's just something you lose when reading a short story and I think this one was affected by that.
However, that being said, I did enjoy Dirk and Lee together, as well as Dirk's turnaround with this co-workers and friends. I'm not sure if the next story will still be about the same couple since the issue of coming out to his father wasn't really addressed at the end of this book. But I will definitely continue reading the series either way. Quick, hot and entertaining read!...more
This book started out great for me. We have a cop, Justin, who knows he’s gay, just never came out to everyone and hasn’t really had any experiences.
This book started out great for me. We have a cop, Justin, who knows he’s gay, just never came out to everyone and hasn’t really had any experiences. He’s extremely shy around guys he likes as well, and seems to freeze and not be able to speak to them. Hmmm this could be a problem. Of course he has the hots for a sexy EMT, Rock.
Rock is the larger than life type, big muscular, seems very alpha. Of course there’s no way he could be interested, right? Well, turns out he’s openly gay and Justin didn’t know that. At the slightest show of interest from Rock, Justin can’t communicate.
I really liked Rock. He tiptoed around Justin enough to make him comfortable and dealt with all the problems Justin threw at him in a perfect way. He seemed to truly care for Justin. Justin on the other hand, I might’ve wanted to slap on the side of the head a bit. Yes, he has a problem. Which by the way, when it’s resolved the why I was left a bit scratching my head and not believing it. But that’s a different subject. Justin never took life by the horns and tried to take charge. He continually lets things happen to him, instead of him being the one to be proactive.
I normally would’ve liked this combination a lot, from everything … jobs to personalities and physical types. But this particular book fell a bit flat. It would be build up and I was getting excited about something to come, and then it was a bit anti-climactic.
I’ve enjoyed this author in the past, so I’ll definitely read anything I’ve missed, but I don’t think this was one of his best. It was an ok, enjoyable read but it stopped at that. And I was looking for more.