Book Reviews

Heat Under Fire (A By Fire Spinoff) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-May-2013

Book Blurb

Justin Briggs can shout out directions all day on his job as a traffic cop, but put him in front of a hot guy, specifically firefighter Rock Sparks, and he clams up.

Rock finds Justin confusing. While saving a busload of children hanging off the edge of a highway overpass, the cute rookie is cool and confident. But when Rock tries to chat him up, he stutters and chokes. Frustrated, Rock teases Justin, and boy, is his temper hot.

Though Rock and Justin share a steamy kiss, Justin keeps his distance, still tongue-tied. Then, when Justin is injured on the job, Rock takes him to the hospital, and some of the barriers start to crumble. But getting his enigmatic boyfriend to open up brings up more questions about Justin’s past.

Book Review

Not being able to speak to the people you are most interested in, because you are too shy to the point where you freeze and clam up, must be utterly frustrating. Especially when you're an in-charge kind of guy who has no issues talking in any other situation. This is what Justin's life is like, and the story of him and Rock, the hot EMT he falls for, is very interesting for that reason alone.  I mean, how do you overcome something like that? Add the mystery around Justin's past to the picture, with a few hints that the two might somehow be connected, and I was glued to my seat as I read this book.

Justin is a cop on traffic duty. He isn’t really enthusiastic about it, since it is mostly boring, but there are enough other activities he gets involved in to make up for that lack. From rescuing kids in a school bus, to assisting at a fire, Justin's life is never monotonous. And he may not be able to talk to any of the men he is interested in, but Rock quickly becomes an exception. And that is only the start of their adventures!

Rock is an EMT, and he gets really angry with Justin at first. Once he understands the problem, all of that anger goes away, and the passionate man underneath emerges. Rock is a wonderful ally to have, and when the proverbial mess hits the fan, he is right there for Justin. And even though Justin is an idiot at first and really hurts Rock, he doesn't give up. Rock has his own issues, but we don’t get to see many of them in this book. I sure hope there'll be another sequel so we can find out more about this amazing guy!

Justin ends up having to work through a lot of issues, family and his past included. I loved the way he deals with everything, and how Rock was right there with him. If you like stories with quite a bit of drama, growing relationships, and dealing with the past as the main character redefines his place in the world, you will probably like this book. I think it's a very touching story, with plenty of passion that makes it a very emotional read.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 122 pages/37737 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-March-2013
Price $4.99 ebook, $6.95 audiobook
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