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(Boys of Brighton #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Fifth-generation firefighter Gabe Mason saves Johnny from the flames of an office building fire, and Johnny will save Gabe from himself.


Gabe Mason is a fifth-generation firefighter unable to move forward with his life after a devastating betrayal two years earlier. Graphic designer Johnny Jeffrey relocated to Brighton, Texas, to flee persecution and fear, a
Kindle Edition, 119 pages
Published September 8th 2016 by Boroughs Publishing Group (first published September 2016)
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Sep 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Spoiler tag for plot points.

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This wasn't bad, i
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Total OTT instalove which is perfect for me. It was cute with some lol moments with a bit of suspense thrown in. I will definitely read more by this author.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I actually really liked this. But of course I love insta-love/lust. So if you don't like it, this book isn't going to be for you. Because it happens really fast. I get it. I met my husband, from the day we met we were inseparable and married 4 1/2 months later and have been married 29 years. Sometimes you just know. I loved the family. I read to escape and this worked for me. I enjoyed the writing. ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to read something sweet and ridiculous. This absolutely fit that bill.

Instant love at first sight to the nth degree. Calling someone else's parents "mom" and "dad" within minutes of meeting them. Huge, glaring, enormous plot holes. Blatantly ridiculous plot points.

Even with all of that...I enjoyed it.

And you know what I liked most? Johnny is seriously injured several times, and he never gets miraculously better. He has scars and lasting damage.

Nothing else in this approached reality, b
Dec 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mm-romance
I was a little worried right from the start when the first three characters were Johnny Jeffrey, his intern Josie and assistant Janice. I'm horrible with names, so if you give me two female characters in the span of a few paragraphs with similar names, I'm not going to know who is who. And from there, it only got worse. Gabe is related to pretty much half of Brighton, and a lot of them make appearances. And then there are the co-workers and friends. I honestly couldn't keep track of who anyone w ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
For all the fans of insta-love out there, this story was meant for you. The story starts off with a bit of suspense and drama, and amongst it all Gabe sees Johnny and feels an instant that he immediately latches on to and refuses to let go. Gabe is very alpha, extremely protective and needs to be in control so he knows Johnny is taken care of.

Now, I have to admit--if I was Johnny, I personally would have been more than a bit unnerved with the immediate attention and acceptance o
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not a bad start to this series. I like it. Characters with good personalities, sexiness, and a family that never backs down, no matter the cost. I love this family.
Johnny is doing his best to hang on. He just moved to this town, working a new job and seemed to love being there. But the fire destroying the building is not his idea of fun. Especially when one of the girls he’s trying to help goes flying out the window and he’s trying to hang on to her for all his worth, no matter the damage to hi
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yes this was way over the top and instalove, but I don't care! I liked it and it sucked me in. I guess this sugary goodness was exactly what I needed and there is no shame in my reading game. ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Honestly? I really shouldn't have liked this book. It was cliché, dramatic, and sometimes completely over the top. It was also the most epic instant love ever. But I did. Like it that is.

Maybe it is the mood I'm in that I didn't want a deep, profound love. I wanted the soap opera. A cleanse. And this book was definitely the soap opera.

Johnny is trapped in a burning building and helps save the three women he is stuck with before getting pulled out also by a fireman. Gabe is that fireman. Gabe f
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
I didn't love this, but I didn't hate it either.
Only because I liked all the side characters and am hoping for the best for them.

The beginning of this book was very intense and sucked you in, but all the events after seemed overly dramatic. Poor Johnny couldn't catch a break.

All that aside, the one thing that most bothered me was Johnny kept getting lumped in with the women. Just because he is the smaller more submissive one, doesn't mean he's weak or "feminine" As if the men were too manly fo
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
What we have here is a sweet light instant-love romance, between firefighter Gabe Mason and shy graphic desiner Johnny, who is new in Brighton. Relationship between Gabe and Johnny developed to fast and was unrealistic. And that side-story with Chris was simply idiotic.
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
omg this was amazing.. it was sexy and fun.. it was interesting and fast paced.. it held my attention and i love love love fireman.. i also love how gabe's family is.. and i love johnny was amazing and sweet.. it was wonderful and i cannot wait to see who is next in this series. it is def an instalove type of story but i liked it
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
I enjoyed getting meet some of the men of the Boys of Brighton series. I found Gabe's bromance to be quick, drama filled, dangerous, and entertaining. It was a fast paced romance that gave and gave and of course sometimes that means insta-love. This was a good read that kept me entertained. ...more
Cecilia Rodriguez
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars
Karolina Cebula
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, in-english
When Johnny's office is on fire, he heroically saves his colleagues' lives while risking his own. At the same time he himself is saved by a charming firefighter, Gabe. Unfortunately, because of his wounds, Johnny needs constant care and there is no one he can rely on. That's when Gabe and his crazy family, who immediately takes care of Johnny as if he has always been one of them, come to the rescue. Love is definitely in the air, but unfortunately the fire and its consequences are not the only p ...more
Sue bowdley
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So...after reading a quite harsh review I decided to take a chance on this....That's me...I never avoid a book because of the review...Yes this is insta-love...all of the books mainly are in the series.....But....This is also fiction and I loved Gabe and Johnny...Poor Johnny never got a break from Gabe's ex..But Gabe was always there for him...A great short story x ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sorry to say that but really too easy.Not credible, too marshmallow and the characters are too cliche. Everything is predictable, it was like an «ebauche» of another novel. Keep trying and I will come back.
Leslie Smith-Lagan
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
A little fast and easy...

M. Tasia is an author who’s been on my ‘to be read’ list for quite some time now. I’m glad to finally have the opportunity to sit down and start the Boys of Brighton series. I’ve been eyeing it for a while but didn’t really have the time to read the books even though they’re not that long. But, with the way things are going in the world now, and because of the Gay Book Promotions group, I was able to not only find the time but also get my hands on the series.

Gabe is the
Erica Chilson
DNF @37%

Automatic 3 stars.

The entire time I thought of how a rational person would react... and not a single word of this novella was it.

Do I believe many readers will lap it up? Sure. But that reader isn't me.

Injured in a fire, woke up to have the hospital staff/random stranger/random stranger's mom tell you how you were moving in with a random stranger, treated like you just married into a family of 50+ members. Keeping track of them would be the opposite of healing, draining & stressful, not
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
I want to start with the positives. This is a solidly written book. The dialogue is solid if in places still a little clunky. There’s a big cast of characters adding some richness to the back drop.


What the hell? Gabe, your resident alpha Dom fireman, saves Johnny, your typical slim boy sub from a burning building, where Johnny’s bravery also saves other women from the town connected to Gabe and his family. This all sounds great. Right?

But Gabe falls instantly in love with Johnny who is
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 Stars!

This series is probably best read in order, but since most of what happens with each couple is contained in their book, you could read those that appeal to you as standalone stories. That being said, the series is set in a town with lots of accepting people, a set of grandmas who help everyone out, plots with some danger, alpha men, and in some cases, insta-love.

Gabe Mason is a firefighter and hasn't moved on since his ex betrayed him. When he and his team respond to a fire, he see
MMy Thoughts and Review

Nothing says **SWOON** like, being rescued by a hotter than the flames licking the building around you fireman. This is after all the stuff dreams and the multi-million dollar romance genre in film and books based around. Goddess bless the swoony moments, right? Even if they were ninety percent caused by adrenaline, smoke inhalation, rushing to save his work colleagues before himself causing burns to cover his hands and other parts of his body. The sexy fireman carryin
Brianne McCallum
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free arc copy from the author for review.

Love at first sight
Super short

Johnny moved to Texas where he is starting over after escaping his homophobic controlling abusive family. He's off to a rough start when he is in the middle of a fire at his work trapped with 3 others. Gabe is the firefighter who comes to his rescue telling him they need to go leaving the last person behind but Johnny refuses and together they get everyone out. When Gabe realizes Johnny s
Georgette B
May 28, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a nice introduction to the series. If you like instalove stories this is for you. The relationship between Gabe and Johnny develops NASCAR fast, so you will need to suspend belief, tuck in, and enjoy the ride. The instalove is not limited to the MCs, Gabe’s entire family falls in love with Johnny and vice versa.

Johnny recent transplant to town is escaping his self involved father end brother (you never meet them-all interactions appear off the page). The story begins when his office is
Morgan  Skye
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2017
This is a series that is best read in order, but you can hop around if certain aspects draw/repel you from one story or another.

In general each book is fairly similar: One very “alpha” male (or 2!) finds himself attracted to a more submissive male and the desire to protect and love and care for him drives him to be super adorable, mushy and overprotective!

Of course there is a life threatening danger putting our guys on the line and usually something horrible in the past making them seem even mor
Emily Pennington
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Gabe and Johnny's Story . . .

I don’t object to insta-love, but this was absolutely too fast. Johnny Jeffrey, a shy graphic designer new to town, is trapped in a burning building, saving the lives of three women despite his own injuries. A fireman, Gabe Mason, sees what he is doing and rushes to save him -- and then Gabe falls for Johnny right then and there. He goes alpha, take-charge, dominant, obsessive, and I guess he inherited that from his family who meets and instantly adores Johnny. But t
Coastie  Mom
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read from M. Tasia and I have to say she has a fan. If you like fast paced stories that don’t take 3 or 4 chapters for the main characters to even like each other, then this is the series for you! This is a feel-good story, with love at first sight, with a crazy ex thrown in to make things interesting.

This is the story of Gabe and Johnny. Gabe is a firefighter in the town of Brighton, TX. He has a guarded heart and is tired of one-night stands and is looking for so
Faye K
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new author of me. 
LOVED IT.💖  I laughed and felt sadness. The fast connection between these two was beautiful with a look of the eyes sparks fly. I loved all of the characters especially Gabe's mum (and there's a lot of them). Written brilliantly includes romance, chemistry and danger. I'm interested in what the next books will be like, hopefully just as great as this.
Johnny (29) and 3 of his employees was stuck in their burning building. He was a talented graphic designer. He was new in town
Shannon  M. Williams
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a Sweet Love Story!
I got a chance to read “Gabe,” the first title in M. Tasia’s new Boys of Brighton, TX series, and I’m so happy I did. Gabe Mason is a sexy, loving alpha protector who serves as a firefighter in the small town of Brighton. When he rescues a beautiful young graphic designer named Johnny from an office building fire, he is immediately smitten, a feeling that is only magnified by the fact that Johnny put himself at risk to save Gabe’s cousin and another woman in the blaze. Bo
Barbara Cerda
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gave this little honey five stars and I'm sticking to it.

Big But.... it is a little too syrupy. If you like your coffee overly sweet and every day delivers everything you ever want in life.... this is the book for you.

But if you're a young adult looking to escape into a world of instant love and family filled with doting women this book is perfection.

I kept waiting for the family to reveal that they were fattening Johnny up for dinner.... like the main course. LMAO. I found the family scary.
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M. Tasia is an mm romance author who lives in Ontario, Canada. Michelle is a dedicated people watcher, lover of romance novels, 80’s rock, and happily ever afters (once the MCs are put through their paces), who grew up with a love of reading. She’s a firm believer that everyone deserves to have love, excitement, and crazy hot romance in their lives. Love should be celebrated and shared.

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