2.5 stars adult - 18+ Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Firefighters Friends to lovers Gay Gay Homophobia m/m Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

Release Day Review: Set Ablaze By KC Burn

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents


California firefighter Hayden Hurst is starting to realize there’s more to life than fighting fires and drinking with his buddies. He has room in his home and his life for someone special, but no one has stood out among his hookups. And while he’s out at work, admitting he’s gay is very different from showing up at social functions with a man. He’s afraid that’ll be too much for his less-than-accepting “friends.”
Broadway dancer Jez Bouchet hasn’t been mistaken for straight since he was gay-bashed at seventeen. After getting a lucrative job offer in Hollywood, he uproots his life in New York and drives to Los Angeles. His brother, who is Hayden’s best friend, arranges for him to crash at Hayden’s place.
The attraction between Hayden and Jez is unexpected but fiery, and they succumb before they’re even sure they like each other. But Jez hates Hayden’s homophobic friends, and Hayden knows Jez is too flamboyant for him to fly under the radar. Then there’s the complication of Jez’s brother.
Despite those hurdles, they fling themselves into a relationship. But Jez has secrets: a tiny spoiled dog and a determined stalker. If he doesn’t come clean, he might torch their burgeoning relationship before it has a chance to bloom.

I’ve read several KC Burns stories that I’ve really loved.

This wasn’t one of them.

To me it felt disconnected and uncertain and I didn’t feel the chemistry between the MCs like I’d wanted to.

I also strongly dislike (you might say hate) “Big Misunderstanding” as a trope and that’s a big theme here.

I’m not sure I understand why these “friends” are friends and why – since we aren’t really told why – they aren’t just dropped. I always support reading of many reviews before judging and this just might be me, but this wasn’t a great fit for me.

3 of 5 stars

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