Book Reviews

Heating Up (Fireside Romance 3) by Drew Hunt at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Historical / Recent (1980s) / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-November-2012

Book Blurb

The third book in the Fireside Romance saga sees Simon Peters and Mark Smith return from their summer holiday in Menorca, Spain, where they exchanged wedding rings.

As a committed couple, Simon and Mark widen their social circle. However, a near tragedy reminds them that togetherness needs to be celebrated because it can all too easily be snatched away.

Much to his surprise, the serious and conservative librarian Simon discovers he has a kinky side, one which he and Mark take every opportunity to explore, even in unlikely places such as inside their new garden shed.

Then Christmas arrives, which heralds their first anniversary, and along with it comes a new addition to their household.

Join Simon and Mark as they navigate through the highs and lows of life in late 1980's northern England.

Book Review

It was great to see Simon the librarian and Mark the ex-prostitute again as they settle into married life together. After the more turbulent first two books, this one is more of a slow burn. I love how the fire analogy in the titles (first flame, burning bright and heating up) is designed to go with the feel of the books. Apart from their romance, we also get to see their neighbors' kid, Sam, and his new boyfriend, Billy again; as well as many of the other continuing characters. All in all, a very enjoyable and satisfying third book.


Simon is getting truly comfortable in his new life as a married man. He's still hesitant about letting people know they are a couple, but as they tell all the important people in their lives one by one, and here are no major issues, his confidence grows. So does his love. There is a mix of work-related stories at the library, episodes of his life with Mark, and their ever developing relationship.

Mark has made enormous progress as well, beginning to feel comfortable about telling friends about his past and developing his side-career as a singer. His self-esteem is ever growing and the sense of family he develops gives him a lot of joy. He also opens up to his and Simon's friends, and when one of them gets into trouble, he is there to help and support him.

This book, like the first two, is not one about great adventures or dangerous undertakings. It is a story about day-to-day life and mastering the everyday issues we are all dealing with. It makes for entertaining and heart-warming reading, and if that is the kind of book you like, you will probably love this book as much as the first two.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 57779 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-September-2012
Price $4.99 ebook, $13.50 paperback
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