Title: Firemen, Flames, and Fettuccine (Love’s First Response #2)
Author: Sara York
Publisher: MLR Press
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Grady Madison thinks his goofy clown suit is a huge turn off for the hot bear, Paul Sessa. But sometimes goofy is more appealing than suave.
When Grady Madison was forced out of the closet he thought his life would change for the worse, but he soon realizes he can date men without having to hide it from his co-workers. Attraction fires when he runs into Paul Sessa, filling him with fiery hot desire. Taking things slow is the plan, until they wind up with pants around their ankles before their first real date.
Paul Sessa wants a man of his own and not just another hookup. But that guy has to pass his daughter’s scrutiny, and she’s one smart cookie.
I love the premise of this series. First responders (cops, firemen, and other men in uniform) battling against traditionally bigoted career fields to find love and HEA. I loved the story in Firemen, Flames, and Fettuccine. Two men with self- image issues, finding each other and accepting the other as he is, flaws and all. There is even an overweight main character (this is extremely rare in M/M books). The promise in this story drew me in and appealed to my inner self-conscious self.
However, I rated this installment a 3.5 out of 5 stars because I felt as it was rushed and incomplete. This was very much an instant lust equals love story. From initial meeting to moving in and having the marriage discussion was 1 week. There was little to no character development or plot. There were gaps in the relationship where the two men simply ignored warnings from their guts in favor of rushing the attraction growing between them. I feel like this was thrown together simply to produce an end product, maybe even to meet a deadline. Sara York’s writing is good and this story could have been great, if it were fleshed out and developed more.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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