Life has been grinding Dayne Mills down almost for as long as he can remember. First he lost the love of his life in an accident that also left him with a permanent injury, and then his mother passed away a year later. When his house burns to the ground, it’s the last straw. He can’t take any more, and if it wasn’t for kind and handsome firefighter Lawson Martin offering him a hand up and a place to stay, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Dayne would love for his relationship with Lawson to evolve into something beyond charity, but he knows going after a man so far out of his league will only lead to yet more heartache. It’s best to just keep his mind on his research.
It’s that research that leads Dayne to an old student journal that not only provides clues to the Native American heritage Lawson has been searching for, but chronicles a century-old love story. The tale that unfolds might be just what Dayne and Lawson need to remind them that no matter how dark life becomes, love can find a way to shine through.
Tams gives this one 5 stars... If Dayne Mills didn't have bad luck, he wouldn't have any luck at all. So when the hunk from the library shows up to put out his house fire wearing a uniform and carrying an Ax, Dayne is hard pressed to believe the mans sincerity when he offers a helping hand. Lawson Martin is somewhat of a daredevil - a bungee jumping, skydiving, first firefighter in the door daredevil. When he sees the adorable guy at the library, all self conscious and oblivious to the fact that he's attractive and smart; Lawson is hooked. Dayne has mastered the art of self-deprecation, eager to believe the worst about himself and constantly putting himself down. Lawson is only a smidge better. He knows he's attractive, not cocky in any way, but he has trouble believing that another man could be attracted to him. It takes time, patience and love for them to get to a place where they can open up and allow someone to get close enough to see past the pain. Dayne really stole my heart in this story. He has every reason to feel the way he does, and feel like all he could be to anyone is a burden. And I really enjoyed how patient Lawson was with him, slowly peeling back each layer until he got down to the heart, digging in an refusing to let Dayne push him away. Who doesn't want a tall, dark, handsome, brooding firefighter to look at them, to see them the way Lawson sees Dayne. The obligatory wish list is all there.. hot firefighter, lonely guy down on his luck, hot & sweat man sex... but there is so much more. Love, passion, depth of feeling and a sold story with flawed characters. I was pulled in from the start and almost sad to come to the end. I hope there will be more in this Fireman world Grey has created.
Andrew Grey writes contemporary Gay Romance. He grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew's hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world's most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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