Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Heart's Afire: September

Title: Heart's Afire: September
Author: Philippa Grey-Gerou and Michael Barnette
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN: 978-1-59578-583-1
Genre: {M/M}, Sci-fi, Interracial/Multicultural
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Critter Nymph

High Heat - Philippa Grey-Gerou - 3.5 Nymphs

Roman Geary has a lot on his plate; his restaurant is going well and so is the catering sideline. Unfortunately, everything comes crashing down when his dreams go up in smoke - literally. When fire-fighter Jacob Niemczyk, comes to the rescue, he never expected to meet someone as hot as Roman. Can two men from different backgrounds make a go of it or is their relationship doomed from the start?

Philippa Grey-Gerou's High Heat is a hot, sexy, story centered on two men who meet under less than ideal circumstances and while each is intrigue by the other, Roman is not at all sure he is ready for a relationship. The author does a great job showcasing Roman's confusion and insecurities, which are understandable with all that has happened to him lately. When these two do get together, the author makes sure that they smolder and rather than make everything prefect, she allows some of Roman's insecurities to linger. Ms. Grey-Gerou rounds out the story with Roman's acceptance of Jacob and everything that is involved with loving a fire-fighter.

Five Alarm Lover - Michael Barnette - 3.5 Nymphs

Del Preston has fulfilled his contract and can't wait to leave the mining colony Moon Three. The bonus he gets from rescuing a couple of "suits" during a recent mine fire is just what he needs to help him leave. Things start to change though after he meets one of the men he rescued.

Aaron needs his job, regardless of how he feels about the company he works for. That means not telling anyone how the fire really started or getting into a relationship with the hunky grunt that saved him.

Set off-world and with characters that are slightly other-worldly, Michael Barnette's Five Alarm Lover, has something for everyone. The characters are hot, their attraction immediate, and the mystery they find themselves in intriguing. The author brings across the fear, anxiety and need each man feels as they struggle with their desire for a loving relationship, in a manner that is believable to the reader. The mystery, while not the center of the story, is a nice subplot that helps seal the men's relationship.

Each month, Liquid Silver Books has brought the reader two stories centered on fire-fighters and those they love. September's addition to the Heart's Afire anthologies is sexy and intense, holding the readers attention and leaving them wanting more.

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