Saturday, November 28, 2009

Hearts Afire: November

Title: Hearts Afire: November
Author: Pepper Espinoza and India Harper
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN: 978-1-59578-623-4
Genre: {M/M} Anthology, Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

To Heaven Resembled - Pepper Espinoza - 4 Nymphs
After growing up with a fireman for a father, Jakob Fox understands the sacrifice and courage required to perform in this dangerous field. The day Jakob lost his father left him with heartache, but he always takes a moment to thank firefighters when he sees them. What begins as a simple gesture of gratitude changes into an opportunity for friendship and more. The trouble is Jakob may not be able to commit to Firefighter Lance Stuart. However, if Lance has his way, he’s going to have the handsome Busker.

The Arsonist's Apprentice –India Harper – 4 Nymphs
Former arsonist turned insurance investigator Dylan Anderson understands fire. He remembers the rush of creating the destructive beauty of each of his fires, but refuses to return to that life. He meets Firefighter Josh Brooks, while investigating what is believed to be an arsonist’s handiwork. The men were on opposite sides of the spectrum at one time, a fact that Josh knows would be an issue with his family and friends. However, when all signs point to Josh as the culprit, will Josh go to jail or will he find an ally in the man who has taken over his senses?

Pepper Espinoza and India Harper both deliver well written, thought provoking stories in the Hearts Afire: November anthology. Both of the firefighters loves their job, but are still open-minded enough to understand the impact of their career on the men in their lives. I think Lance won me over just because he was able to prioritize what he deemed important and was willing to make sacrifices for love. The interaction between Dylan and Josh definitely turns up the heat in their story. A few of their scenes were sensual, raw, and exciting. For those who have read the monthly anthologies for Hearts Afire, you will definitely find this month’s release worthy of a read or two.

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