Book Reviews

The Fireman and the Cop (Ellery Mountain 1) by RJ Scott at Love Lane Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 23-January-2018

Book Blurb

Rescuing cop Finn Ryan from a burning precinct was easy; it's keeping him alive after that which fireman Max Harrison finds difficult.

Ellery is a quiet town in the Smoky Mountains, at the base of Ellery Peak, and nothing ever happens. Max is escaping from his firefighting job in the city to take up a role as assistant to the Mayor whilst also holding the position of a volunteer fire fighter.

Finn Ryan is one of only three cops in the small town and it soon seems to Max that someone is out to hurt the sexy cop. Rescuing Finn from a burning precinct was the easy part; it's keeping him alive after that which fireman Max Harrison finds difficult.



First edition published by Pride Publishing in February 2013.


Book Review

Disaster often brings people together and 'The Fireman and the Cop' by RJ Scott is no exception. This is a story about two men with very dangerous jobs, who come together in a very explosive manner. Max Harrison, the fireman, is new in town, needing a new start. He rescues Finn Ryan from a burning building and, while recovering, Finn makes his attraction to Max known. They both have skeletons in their closets, some of which refuse to stay there, which inevitably causes some miscommunication. If they are to be together, these issues need to be dealt with.

Both Finn and Max prove from the start that they are brave young men, who are both responsible and dependable and will not hesitate to go above and beyond for their jobs. It's not surprising that they are attracted to each other or that they have trouble sorting out their feelings about being together. They are both strong willed and determined. One of my favorite parts in the story is his first conversation with Max after the fire incident is especially hilarious as Max repeats what was said while Finn was mostly delirious which is best read rather than explained. Extenuating circumstances prove to hinder their efforts to get closer. Finn is a complicated person; he has a mental running commentary that is informative and useful in understanding what he is thinking.

Several incidents make it clear that someone is trying to kill Finn, which adds suspense and intrigue to the plot .There are clues in the early part of the book that mentions who the culprit might be but it takes a while to discover exactly who has it out for Finn and why. It takes Finn a while to believe someone would want to hurt him. Fortunately, Max is there every time Finn gets in trouble and helps him get to safety. He also helps nurse him to health which brings them closer. With each incident, Max becomes even more determined to protect him, but that is easier said than done. It' is especially hard to protect someone when you have no idea where or when the threat is going to come.

This is a short, but action-packed love story which is a good beginning to what promises to be an exciting series. I'm interested to see how some of the other couples fare and how RJ weaves their individual stories together. I'm looking forward to the next sequel. I'd recommend this story to anyone who likes action, intrigue, hot cops, and hot firemen. Thanks, RJ, for bringing Max and Finn into our lives.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 133 pages/31000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-May-2017
Price $3.60 ebook, $11.99 paperback (Vol 1)
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