Why I read this book:
I agreed to review and promote Fused by Fire, Draven’s latest release in the Firehouse Six series, as part of a blog tour this month. When she told me it would release on May 20th, my birthday, I was really excited. Since I like to read a series in order, she graciously agreed to provide them for me. In exchange, I said I would review them all. The reviews for Grey’s Hidden Fire and Fire and Mistletoe are available on Rainbow Gold Reviews’ blog. Also, see my interview with her on my blog here. And now, book 3 in the Firehouse Six series: Fused by Fire! Yum!
Michael prides himself on being the man that everyone can depend on until one of his firefighters is severely wounded on the job. Will he be allowed to process the situation alone? Not when a loud and persistent Simon Winters shows up on his doorstep. The man hasn’t met a boundary he didn’t skip across.
Simon has had the biggest crush on Lieutenant Firefighter Michael Donovan since the first day he saw him. Which just happened to be at an interview for a job to work as a firefighter. Before his desire to lick the gruff older man from head to toe affects his work, Simon transfers over to being a paramedic. Just when he’s begun to build a life that doesn’t include hot shower fantasies of Michael, the object of his angst is thrust into his path.
All too quickly, Simon begins to barrel through Michael’s defenses and dig up the desires Michael has fought so hard to hide. As passions flare out of control, tragedies collide from every side. Michael’s struggle to keep Simon at a distance starts to crumble beneath the weight of the secrets that Simon is hiding. Will Michael be able to protect Simon when he needs it the most or will he lose Simon forever?
Publisher: Loose Id | Publication Date: May 20, 2014 | Page Count: 113 pgs
Simon Winters is a paramedic now, formerly with the Firehouse Six, as he had left there to move on with his career and get away from his unrequited attraction for his Lieutenant, Michael Donovan. We first are introduced to them in Book One, Grey’s Hidden Fire while Simon still worked at the firehouse and Michael was his boss. Then, we have a little more information with Simon and Michael’s farewell in Fire and Mistletoe. Which brings us to the start of the story where Simon is caring for him and another former co-worker, Taber, after a particularly nasty fire injures Michael and Taber.
It follows Michael’s guilt for permanent injuries Taber has received and the scorching second looks at Simon, while Simon is still attracted to Michael even though it has been several months. The heat between them is as explosive as ever, but more sweetly and deeply as they grow their relationship and get to know one another. There are bumps along the way but it is written well to show them. I cried through some of it and rejoiced through other scenes; and so, the emotions are depicted better. There is still not a lot of details about where the story takes place but one small reference to a possible location, and not much more past that. It didn’t detract from the flow of the read and I loved the story. I wonder if the next story is for Taber? 🙂 I give Fused by Fire a 9.5 out of 10 pots of gold.
A little teaser made by Karrie Jax with a quote from Fused by Fire posted on our Rainbow Gold Reviews Facebook Page.
Draven St. James is a born and raised Oregonian. Draven has travelled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill the pages of each new story. Draven’s ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of tales. Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where Draven finds peace.comprehended.