Controlling the burn of a fire makes sense, but controlling your heart’s burning desire is never a good idea.
Drew Ward is the newest member of an elite group of smoke jumpers. Wesley Payton is a senior member of the same team and 20 years older than Drew. Drew has wanted Wesley since he first met him over a decade ago and has just been biding his time. Now that Drew met his professional goal, he is focused on his personal goal of making Wesley a permanent part of his life.
The life of a smoke jumper is explored in detail in this story. In addition to learning about their daily training, we are also exposed to what takes place during a real forest fire. The fire scenes were exciting and nerve-wracking since you could really feel what was happening but weren’t sure of the outcome. Although it made it more authentic, the constant use of fire jargon also hurt the flow of the story just a little bit.
The romance between Drew and Wesley was very sweet. Although Wesley was anxious about starting a relationship, he didn’t stand a chance against Drew! Drew knew what he wanted, and had the patience to work through Wesley’s concerns. There were a few steamy scenes, a lot of good conversations, and some interesting interactions with the other jumpers. Overall, it was a touching romantic story with some great suspenseful scenes!
Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
The last story for this couple in this series takes place during Dirk and Lee’s much needed vacation together. Unfortunately, Dirk’s father ends up vacationing at the same place leading to some interesting interactions. The best part of the story was watching Dirk and Lee continue to show how much they loved each other through their actions.
The second story in this series is told by Lee, and we get to see the relationship between him and Dirk progress. The focus of the story is on saving their fire station from closure. It served as a nice backdrop to the strengthening of their relationship. We also got to know Lee quite a bit better which was a real treat. These two guys really seem to connect well with each other, and this made for an enjoyable romance.
Enjoyable series which I read straight through. All three books focus on one couple, and I liked the way each book ended with its own HEA. The first story, “Redemption by Fire”, is told by Dirk. He is such a complete jerk in how he treats others, but at the same time, he never hesitates to risk his own life to save somebody. Dirk’s father is extremely homophobic which makes it harder for Dirk to admit he might be gay. Lee somehow manages to see the good side of Dirk. As Lee helps Dirk recover from an injury, the two spend some time together and begin a nice relationship. Lee is one of the nicest guys around, and I loved that he never took grief from Dirk.The time they spent in the fire station was also interesting.