Title: Into the Flames
Author: Morgan Lee
Length: 4,172 words (17 pdf pages)
Publisher: Demanding Romance
Genre: m/m contemporary
Gabe Moretti is reckless and daring. But Captain John De Luca isn’t interested in hot as hell firefighters who charge into flames…regardless that it was to save his sorry ass. Only Gabe isn’t as rash as John believes. His motivation for risking his life is personal…sexual. He’s fallen for the captain and sets out to convince John that some chances are worth taking.
The story starts with the firemen returning to the station after a fire and Gabe is on a high, but John is furious. Gabe broke protocol, and it doesn’t matter it was to save John’s life, he’s not willing to risk losing someone who won’t follow the rules. You discover that John’s lover, another firefighter, was a dare-devil who died on the job and despite being attracted to Gabe, there is no way in hell he’s going to get involved and risk that again.
I could understand John’s position, and I think following the rules is very important in dangerous jobs, but I never got the feeling that beyond this one time, Gabe was really a hot-dogger. Enthusiastic and young yes, but there didn’t seem to be evidence that he pushed it too far so I wasn’t sure why John was riding him so hard. However, Gabe’s done waiting for John to make a move and things get super steamy late at night in the shower.
There wasn’t anything that I particularly disliked about this book, the sex is hot and gritty in the shower and both guys seemed likable enough, I just didn’t feel a real connection to them or between them, and I didn’t care enough about them to WANT them to get together against all odds. The ending is a potential HEA, as it’s really the first time they acknowledge their attraction let alone any deeper feelings, but I didn’t feel the connection between them except based on the lust and it just fell a little flat for me.
However, firefighters are always sexy, and if you’re in the mood for some steamy shower-room sex with a hint of the risk of discovery, it’s a quick little read that some readers will find enjoyable.