Love forged in fire is unassailable.
Fireman Salter Beauman, Beau to his friends, has had his eye on cute Marty Standish ever since he helped rescue Marty and his boss from the bombed out rubble of Temple Church. An analyst for the security services, Marty is cute, geeky and submissive through and through—even if he doesn’t know it yet.
With a serial fire starter making inroads into Beau’s life expectancy, he decides that there is no time to waste and introduces Marty to the D/s lifestyle. Marty responds with wide eyes, an insatiable desire to learn and the ability to turn Beau on with nothing more than a wiggle of his slim hips.
But Beau has a second, far more malevolent admirer. ‘See me dance’ is the message left at a series of increasingly dangerous fires. Beau and Marty must work together to catch a psychotic arsonist before their love goes up in flames. Literally.
Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene that includes sexual abuse.
I’m so glad Marty and Beau got their story. I ave wanted it since they were introduced as characters. They had some serious obstacles in their way, though they were mostly external. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book wanting to know who the arsonist was and if he was going to be caught. The emotions are written so well in this story. Marty’s nervousness, Beau’s fear, their love for each other. All of it is easy to see as you’re reading.
Marty was quirky and interesting. I love how his mind works and how he looks at the world. He’s so crazy intelligent and socially awkward you can’t help but love him right from the start. He was insecure and didn’t know his own worth. I adored watching him come out of his shell and gain more confidence over the course of the book. Once he was more secure in his needs and desires he was truly happy. By the end of the book you could see how content he was.
Beau was so dang sexy. He loved his job as a firefighter and had strong feelings for Marty right from the beginning. He’s got a super kinky streak a mile wide and knows how to use it too. But he also enjoys just spending time with Marty. You could feel Beau’s frustration as he tried to figure out who’s behind all the fires. Watching Beau fall for Marty was wonderful. He was cool under pressure but also worried about Marty and if he was building a relationship too fast or slow. By the end of the story you could tell he was happy with life and how things worked out. You could see the stress just gone from his shoulders.
I feel like each book I say that couple is my favorite. But Beau and Marty fit so well together they may just be my official second favorite next to Olly and Joe. Marty and Beau come together amazingly in this story and you can tell they’re going to make it long term. They are so deeply in love and I can’t wait to see more of them.
Four and a half
Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.