Feel The Fire by Annabeth Albert _ Book Review

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Synopsis:

The third installment of Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series—the emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild .

 

When their career paths bring two high school sweethearts together again, the forest isn’t the only thing ablaze…

Fire behavior specialist Luis Riviera goes where his job takes him. But when he’s assigned to an arson investigation in Central Oregon—the place he left his broken heart twenty years ago—he’s afraid of being burned all over again.

Tucker Ryland had planned to join his first love, Luis, in LA after high school graduation, but life got in the way. Now a fire management expert and a divorced father of teen twins, Tucker’s thrown for a loop when he finds himself working side by side with his Luis, now all grown up and more intriguing than ever.

Though consumed by a grueling fire season and family responsibilities, the two men discover their bond has never truly broken. Tentative kisses turn to passionate nights. But smoking sheets aside, old hurts and new truths stand in the way of this time being the start of forever.

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts. Don’t miss the Hotshots series from Annabeth Albert: High Heat, Burn Zone and Feel the Fire. (less)

[I received a copy for an honest review]

Feel the Fire is the third stand a lone in Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series. A second chance contemporary romance between Wildfire Firefighters.

Tucker and Luis we each others first love when they were teens but when Luis’ family moves from Oregon to California their young love doesn’t survive the move. Now decades later Luis is and Tucker are thrown back together when he’s called in to consult on a string of fries beloved to be arson in Oregon. After they forgive and mend the past between them, they risk getting close even though Luis stay is temporary. They will each have to decide what they are willing to compromise in order for them to have a future.

Damn it, Tucker. Quit looking at me like that. Like what? Maybe playing dumb would help him. Like you’re dying for me to kiss you.

Feel the Fire is a low drama second chance romance. I have to say my favorite part of the story was the demisexual representation. It wasn’t just slapped on Tucker as a label, it wasn’t an afterthought. It fully affected his relationships with both his ex-wife and Luis. He acknowledges throughout that his connection and closeness to Luis heightens his sexual reaction to him. Coming for the other angle, Luis was a sweetheart and always asked permission when it came to doing things physical with Tucker and never pushed for more. He was more than satisfied just holding hands and kissing if that’s all Tucker ever wanted to do. Both men were well-rounded characters and level-headed, they balanced their personal relationship perfectly with work and Tuckers responsibilities as a parent.

It was strange how very right it all felt, like they’d been destined to end up here all along.

Feel the Fire was an overall pleasant read, while I did feel it dragged a time or two, it left me with a warm happy feeling. A mm romance filled with first times, meddling sons, family bonding, compromises and a grumpy cat. 

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