“I can’t let that part of me win.”
“This guy is boyfriend material.”
Santa Barbara firefighter Liam Knight is in hot water for showing up late after chasing yet another pretty guy into bed. It’s just an accident—Liam’s never let hookups get in the way of work before. He only agrees to therapy to keep the chief happy. When he bumps into a pretty guy working in the craft store below his apartment, Dylan seems like the perfect thing to relieve Liam’s stress… until he catches Liam’s interest and protective instinct, not just his eye.
“I’m not good enough for him.”
The only thing Dylan Waters needs less than the distraction of love is the alternative medicine his mother wants to foist him into. He’s juggling part-time jobs at a therapy office and craft store while attending college to become an art therapist. Worse, he’s about to transfer to a huge campus, but his childhood left him afraid of crowds. When hunky firefighter Liam blusters into his PTSD knitting support group, Dylan spots the familiar signs of a man hiding from his past, but he can’t stop thinking about him.
“It was nothing. I thought I was over it.”
It’s more than fleeting attraction between them, but Dylan’s stubborn fear of help and Liam’s low self-esteem are a deadly combination. When it all goes up in smoke, they only have themselves to blame. Can Liam get to Dylan in time to save him and the one relationship that could make him believe in love?
Firefighters are hard to resist and this book with Liam as a sexy one was no exception. 🙂 He already captured my heart, right from the start. As well as Dylan.
Damn, both men were so fitting well together, the chemistry was palpable, as well as Dylan’s fear and his “illness”. He is suffering from PTSD and have hard times to deal with others. The vulnerability was one thing how Liam and he met and their development feel really natural.
Betweent the two are totally sparks, ignited by the passion for each other. I was really intrigued by the tension, the emotions but also the deep feelings.
I was also not prepared to read about Liam’s past though this part could have been better developed.
The drama was high in this book due to certain events. You get your “action”, in bed as well as in the daily life of the guys, especially because of Liam’s job. 🙂
I really liked the minor character, so we learned about Chris, Liam’s best friend. :3 But read below what I think about this book.
This one was so totally hot and sexy – baby, where is my fire extinguisher XD :3 Really loved the character and their behaviour. :3 I had my fun, was excited and thrilled. ❤
5 out of 5 stars.
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
“I’m not used to people being nice to me for no reason.”
“You’re lonely, too.”
Chris Black, a firefighter in Santa Barbara, is finally out and trying to make up for lost time. He has no trouble finding men, but their first dates end behind his bedroom door. Nobody sticks around except his ex, who leaves him feeling rotten after every booty call. Being passed over for a promotion thanks to his loud mouth is another blow. Most of all, it’s coming home to an empty house that’s wearing down his optimistic spirits. Answering a cry for help sends him straight to the side of a man who’s his opposite, but everything he wants.
“No more me. Good.”
The last glimmer of hope for Ash’s future vanished when he came home to find his now-ex, drugs, and four guys in their living room. With nobody by his side, in a hotel room in the small hours, the fog of depression lifts and pushes Ash into action at last. Standing on the balcony railing, he sees a glimpse of freedom and takes a step toward it. Seconds later, his body and spirit broken, Ash is pretty sure he’s died after all when he sees a gorgeous stranger fighting to keep him alive.
“I’m safer on the ground.”
When Ash falls through his porch on the way home from the hospital, Chris can’t resist offering his guest room. Ash will get the help he needs to adjust to his new limits, and Chris will get a friend, even if he wants more. The close quarters push them both to realize life is brighter and more fleeting than they knew. Each man faces danger from within and outside. Can they make it through the flames to fall in love?
Afterglow is a steamy, stand-alone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.
Even better than the first volume *^* Loved this so much. ❤
Chris is such a sweet person, you want to hug him and want to laugh along with him. You also accept his damn childish pranks. xD
I love when friends turn into lovers, this times it is even better because Chris didn’t know Ash and so he gave in all his generosity. Boom baby, you got my heart.
Also the appearance of the minor character and of Liam and Dylan from book 1 was great, you can read the book though as a stand alone. 🙂 But it is only half the fun.
This one get also 5 out of 5 stars. Explosive mixture with Ash and Chris, especially Ash seems like to rise out the dirk like a phoenix. 🙂
I am really interesed in the next books of the series and so I can’t wait to read the third book – Aftermath – with an unknown main character so far. 🙂