Book Reviews

Burnished by Fire (By Fire 3) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 05-November-2012

Book Blurb

Firefighters Lee Stanton and Dirk Krause need a vacation. Work seems to have other ideas: they spend the day before their holiday begins battling a fire that claims three lives. Thankfully, Lee and Dirk will have a whole week on the high seas to recover.

They’re having a wonderful time—until they spot Dirk’s miserable, closed-minded father on the ship. Between his father’s presence and his guilt over the lives he couldn’t save, Dirk feels sure his romantic cruise is going to tank. But then he saves another passenger’s life—and maybe he can salvage something else too.

Book Review

The third and final book in this very hot mini-series very nicely rounded off Lee and Dirk's story, while also solving the biggest issue that remained in Dirk's life: that of his interfering father. I loved seeing Lee and Dirk really comfortable with each other, supportive where needed and challenging when required. The difficulties of dealing with a fire fighter's nightmares (about the people they were not able to save) play just as much a role in their lives as the happy occasions when they get to be heroes. This book brings both into perspective and shows the effects of achieving a healthy balance.

Dirk has definitely grown and changed for the better pretty much overcoming his status of "resident asshole" in the first book. Only one real weakness remains: the relationship with his father. When the man suddenly appears on the same cruise ship Lee and Dirk are spending their vacation on, Dirk comes this close to reverting to asshole status. Luckily he not only has Lee to help keep him on an even keel, Dirk himself is a different person and manages the situation much better than he would have eighteen months ago when he and Lee first met.

Lee is still wonderful, and very much in love with Dirk. He helps him through the work crisis, and having gone through similar situations himself, he knows what it's like. Lee has learned how to deal with Dirk pretty effectively, and their relationship is stronger than ever. I loved how h keeps reminding Dirk what is really important, and his forceful take-charge attitude in the bedroom makes for very hot, yet emotional reading.

If you like firefighters who have learned to manage the fires in their personal and professional lives, if an emotionally and physically intense relationship is what you're looking for, and if you, like me, want to find out what Lee and Dirk are up to, then you need to get hold of this book. It is a very satisfying third volume!




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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 90 pages/21714 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-October-2012
Price $3.99 ebook, $6.95 audiobook
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