Sometimes the strongest flames take the longest to ignite.
Firefighter Dean’s life revolves around his very ill son, Sammy. Caring for Sammy and working to make ends meet leave Dean time for little else, and romance isn’t something he can even consider—no matter how much he longs for someone special to join their family. Because money is tight, Dean couldn’t be more grateful to the photographer who does Sammy’s session free of charge.
After growing up in the foster care system, Marco knows how to rely on himself, and his hard work is about to pay off—he’s poised on the cusp of fame and success he could only have imagined as a lonely child. When Dean brings Sammy into Marco’s studio, Marco can see they’re struggling, and both the boy and his father stir Marco’s heart. The slow burn between the two men isn’t something either expected, but neither wants to lose the possibility of a loving future. With Dean’s dangerous and possibly life-threatening career and Marco’s demanding one, can romance and forever find a place to fit?
This is a book in a series, but does not have to be read in order and does well on it’s own. Andrew Grey mentions other characters from some of his other stories, but that’s about it.
Though this is in the fire-fighter series, the main character is a photographer and we spend most of the time in his head and though the issue of fire fighting is certainly there and a big issue, it’s not the main thrust.
I thought this was a lovely story about two men bravely willing to trust their hearts once again though they’ve been hurt before. Sammy is a cute kid but definitely doesn’t occupy the story.
There were some times when Marco acted in a way that felt inconsistent but in the end I really appreciated the way these two had to realistically assess their relationship and they made real life decisions.
Michael Pauley did a nice job differentiating all the different characters and giving Angus a fun accent!
Highly recommended in this format!
3.75 (rounded to 4) of 5 stars for the story and 5 of 5 stars for the narration, overall 4.5 of 5 stars