Dana reviews All Fired Up (Sin City Uniforms, book 1) by Morticia Knight (Published by Totally Bound Publishing, October 2, 2014, 174 pags) Blog tour and Giveaway!
Why I read this book: I am a fan of Morticia Knight’s writing, and when we were offered a copy in exchange for an honest review I was happy to read this one.
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Officer Shawn Everly patrols the Strip and one night, fireman Trent Marshall saves him when danger strikes. But it’s still uncertain whether Trent can save himself from getting his heart broken by Shawn.
The party never ends on the Las Vegas strip but neither does the danger. Officer Everly is new to the beat, having recently relocated to Vegas from Los Angeles. Foot patrol on the Strip is a demanding assignment because he’s up close and personal with the public. But what he’d really like to do is get up close and personal with Station 32’s hunky fireman, Trent Marshall.
Trent has been a fireman for over ten years and is dedicated to his job. He’s built tough and is a no-nonsense man of few words. At a local blood drive, Trent meets the handsome new officer on foot patrol but won’t let himself get too close. He’s lost love before when his policeman lover was killed in the line of fire.
During an emergency, Trent’s over-protective instincts kick in when he believes Shawn is in harm’s way. He ends up embarrassing and angering Shawn in front of their fellow officers, which seems as though it will end any hope of Trent having a chance with the young man he can’t push from his mind. Shawn can’t decide whether he wants to punch or kiss Trent. Kissing wins. Once they spend some time together away from the stresses of their jobs, they find that they’re not just compatible—they’re combustible.
But Trent can’t seem to accept that there are hazards that come with working in law enforcement. Right as they’re discovering how much they mean to one another, the danger escalates on the Strip. The underground vigilante group, The Citizens Against Immorality, have raised the stakes. Will Shawn and Trent be their next targets?
“Let me help you Shawn.”
He remembers my name?
Trent wrapped his arms around Shawn’s torso and guided him to the edge of the water. The crowds cheered and he noted that two other firefighters leaned over the balustrade, ready to haul him up and over. He was frustrated as hell that his normally strong limbs wouldn’t allow him to do it himself, his muscles still like jelly.
Moving behind him, Trent then grasped his waist with his large hands and lifted him up right as the other men grabbed his arms. Just as he was being pulled up by the rescuers, Trent planted one of his strong hands on Shawn’s ass and gave him a hearty push. He cleared the top of the stone barrier, groaning over the fact that he’d been publically felt up by a sexy firefighter.
He supposed that was an exaggeration, but he couldn’t help but be a tad embarrassed. First he’d had to be saved—then everyone had seen him get groped by Trent.
The extra officers who had shown up for support held the crowds back as a stretcher was brought through. The sight of it jarred something in him.
“Where’s the guy who was in the lake?”
“You mean the dumb ass?”
Shawn peered up at Trent. He wanted to say something, but instead all he managed was a lame nod. As he’d almost just drowned, he hoped Trent would excuse him for not being more articulate. The gurney stopped next to Shawn and Trent pushed on his shoulder, encouraging him to sit. One paramedic wrapped a blanket around his shoulders while another took his vitals. Still Trent stood there, towering over him, looking at him.
Holy Christ. Say something already.
My Review: Lately I’ve really become interested in books with policemen/detectives and crime solving in their plots, and this one was a good one. Morticia Knight did such a great job describing Las Vegas and it’s busy area known as “The Strip.” It’s been year since I was able to visit Sin City and several of the casinos she mentioned weren’t built at the time I went, but it still evoked memories of my trip.
Shawn was a very likable character from the beginning. He is open and honest, though not about his sexuality to his fellow police officers. His partner Vicki is a great side character and the two of them have a good work relationship. Trent is a little rougher to become invested in at first. He is a little closed off and jaded. It is easy to understand when you learn of his past and his loss of his former lover and partner who was a police officer, why he is that way though. You can understand his reluctance to get involved with another member of that department.
In the beginning of their relationship Shawn and Trent seem pretty comfortable with each other and the jobs they do, that put them in harm’s way but when Trent’s feelings develop further he becomes a nervous wreck every time Shawn gets into a tight spot, and he manages to get them frequently. His over protective attitude and actions are a little hard to handle for me as the reader, so I wasn’t surprised that it was almost a deal breaker for Shawn.
There are things Trent needs to deal with in order to trust in Shawn and his ability to take care of himself. At the same time there is a vigilante group causing troubles on the strip keeping both the metropolitan police department and the fire department busier than ever. It made for an exciting read, as well as a sweet journey Trent and Shawn had to make together. There was little to no angst and an ending that satisfied my love of romance.
9/10 pots of gold
M/M and M/M/F Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on the Sin City Uniforms Series and a BDSM spin-off to the Gin & Jazz series entitled The Hampton Road Club. A follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story in Rockin’ the Alternative will be available in 2015.
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