Friday, April 23, 2010

Firehouse Heat

Title: Firehouse Heat
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-126-1
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

New Assistant Fire Chief Leo Burkowski is feeling his age and after catching his former partner with another man, he’s reluctant to get involved with fellow firefighter, Sammy Lee. Living and working together in such close quarters makes it increasingly difficult to resist the subtle advances of the younger man. When the two work together on a chili cook-off contest to raise money for a community youth center, the men grow even closer.

The day comes when Sammy makes his move and Leo doesn’t resist. He knows an attractive man like his young lover won’t stay interested in a man eighteen years he’s senior, so Leo refuses to think of their relationship as anything other than a passing fling. What the wounded Leo doesn’t realize is that Sammy is looking for a long-term partnership, not a short-term affair. Can these two men work through their differences and find the happiness they both want or will their hope for the future be destroyed by pain from Leo’s past?

Firehouse Heat is the sixteenth release in Carol Lynne’s popular ongoing Cattle Valley series and it’s another enjoyable read in a keeper group of books. Leo and Sammy are both relatively new additions to Cattle Valley and Ms. Lynne did a great job making them a part of the community. In doing so, she’s brought back numerous characters from previous releases, as well as adding other new residents Zac and Jakob.

I loved the way Ms. Lynne expressed Leo’s fears and insecurities of getting involved with the much younger Sammy. Yet, when he finally acts on his attraction, he did it with fire, passion and his whole heart, knowing he could be hurt again. The author did an equally nice job with Sammy’s character. This man knows what he wants…and he wants Leo and allowing his love, tenderness and understanding to shine through was a wonderful way for Sammy to reach out to heart-heavy Leo.

Once Leo and Sammy get together there, isn’t much internal conflict but outside their relationship, there’s plenty going on, including the chili contest. A well-constructed near tragedy revolving around Zac is handled well and introduces another new character in Zac’s father, Butch Alben…a man described as looking like Ezra’s bigger brother. Add in an event which brings Neil’s former guardian to town and you have enough going on to fuel a couple of future books. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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