Craig Gilchrist is the oldest of five siblings, the captain of the Parkerburg Fire Department, and all around buddy his friends run to when they have a problem. Unfortunately, he’s keeping a secret not only from the whole town, but his family as well. Living in the shadows works for him until one fateful night when a hot stranger walks across a smoky barroom, forcing Craig to make a move that could rock the foundation of his existence…and fill the void in his heart he doesn’t realize he has.
Melrose escaped the end of a bad relationship to start over in Parkerburg. With the support of his cousin and a job waiting tables at a great restaurant, he thinks his life is finally going pretty smoothly. That’s when his path crosses that of Craig Gilchrist, local fire captain. The big, beefy firefighter is definitely not his type. So why does he suddenly star in all of Melrose’s fantasies?
With Melrose at his side, Craig finally has the motivation to step out of the shadows and let Parkerburg see the real him…until trouble arises and the truth comes to light that perhaps he doesn’t know the real Melrose.
Lies and fears play havoc with their newly acquired relationship. Luckily, once ignited, the hearts of Parkerburg don’t burn out so easily.
The Hearts of Parkerburg stories can be read as standalones, each with a HEA…but trust me, you’ll want to read about all the sweet happenings in this quaint little town.
If I could live in Parkerburg I totally would. Though maybe only in the warm seasons because I don’t do snow. The people and the atmosphere are definitely something everyone should experience. I am glad we get to see Craig and Melrose find each other and their happy ending in this story.
Craig was wonderful in his waffling about coming out. You can feel his fear of rejection by his friends and family. His family was so much fun. They were so crazy but it was from a place of love you couldn’t help but adore them.
Melrose though! He broke my heart. His past is so rough but I love how he got out and took back control of his life. However I wasn’t a fan of his lying. I understood why he did it and his thinking process for it. But he should have owned up to the lie long before it got as out of hand as it did.
It’s always great seeing characters from previous books. You don’t have to read them to enjoy this one, however I suggest you read them anyway. They’re good and worth the time. I loved getting to check n with Dermot and Xander, and Sprocket and Chaz again. You can see that not only are they still fabulously happy. They’re also progressing in their relationship and forming an even deeper bond.
All of the characters, even the support ones, are well written. They’re thought out and deep. You really get a sense of knowing them after just a few pages. All of the single characters that live in Parkerburg I pretty much want a story for. I’d read the heck out of anything written in this series. The ones I want the most though are stories for Diego and Benny. Diego has a reason why he acts the way he does and I want to know what it is. Benny is intriguing and I want to know more about him! I’m on the fence about wanting Bas’ story. Though if he shows up in another story that’ll pretty much be a “yes please”!
Four and a half
About The Authors:
Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it’s nevertheless one hundred percent true.
Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.
Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don’t belong? Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don’t fit?
Someone hands you a book, and then you turn the page and see… There you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are…beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.
I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now. It’s why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it’s why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.
If I’d had my way, I’d have been a fencer…or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and I’ve come to realize that’s the best thing in the world to be, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.
If I hadn’t learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college…teaching…or writing.
I annoy, love, respect, scare, seduce, hurt, anger, infatuate, frustrate, flatter, envy, amuse and tolerate everyone. I just do it better in writing thanks to a little thing called…edits.
Okay no, seriously…I’m a simpleminded person who enjoys the escape from real life through a book. I write with the group Story Orgy and hope to continue doing so for a long time. I also am privileged to be with the Pulp Friction writers, creating intermingling books in a world all our own.
I recently took the drastic step of quitting my EDJ (evil day job) and am now living in the gorgeous desert in Arizona making a go at this writing stuff full time…and I can’t see me regretting this decision ever.
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