If you like a story with men in uniform this may well scratch your itch.
Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Totally Bound
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
This is book five in the Uniform Encounters series
Police officer, Zach and Fire Marshal, Daryl would be perfect together—if they would ever quit fighting long enough to find out. A devastating fire and the secret behind it almost keeps them from getting what they really need—each other.
Mesa police officer, Zach is a fun loving guy. Now that he’s hit the big three-oh, he’s looking to stop the hook-up train and find someone he can get serious about. When a mutual friend suggests Fire Marshal Daryl, Zach assumes he must be joking. The surly marshal has given cranky a new meaning. It’s unfortunate, since he is one fine-looking man.
Daryl has sworn off relationships ever since he caught his ex-partner cheating. He’s always taken everything in life seriously—from jobs to relationships—and is afraid he might be alone in that regard. Certain he can’t risk love again, he panics when he sees his secret crush, Zach, approaching him at a police versus firemen softball game. He’s nervous, as he is socially challenged with a tendency to blurt out the wrong things. It gets worse when he realises their shared buddy gave Zach a push. He assumes Zach is only talking to him out of pity.
Zach has been pissed at Daryl ever since they got into a verbal sparring match at the park. Yet, when Daryl comes to his aid during an explosive fire, Zach wonders what secrets might be hidden beneath the layers Daryl has built to protect himself from the world—and love. A night of passion turns into the possibility of something more as they struggle to find their way to one another. But all of that becomes threatened when there is a devastating fire that causes many people to lose their lives. As they work together to uncover the truth, someone thinks they’ve asked too many questions—and plans to stop them before they can ask any more.
Reader Advisory: This book contains elements of light BDSM.
Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
Darryl is a man that does not exude friendliness. After catching his previous partner with a lover he has closed himself off from the world. If he doesn’t have friends or lovers in his life he can’t get hurt again. He might be smoking hot, look good in his firemans uniform, but when he open his mouth he has the personality of a cold fish.
Zach is fun loving and popular with everyone that knows him. Having recently come to the conclusion that life is ticking on and he needs to think about settling down he allows his friends to push him into a conversation with the prickly fireman at a softball game. After less than 5 minutes it becomes apparent that was a huge mistake and he walks away angry with the hot fireman for being such an ass!
When Zach is injured whilst at work Darryl takes charge of the situation and shows that there is another side to him and the two begin a tentative relationship. Morticia Knight can write a hot sex scene and there are plenty to be found in this book. With Darryls previous boyfriend being adventurous in bed and enjoying a little kink the heat is scorching.
Although their relationship worked well where sex was concerned I couldn’t quite ‘feel’ it the same outside of the bedroom. Darryl liked to moan and sulk, didn’t easily talk to Zach and was too quick to jump to conclusions. He seemed to prefer the drama to a simple conversation.
When a fire at one of Darryls local haunts raises too many questions to be considered an accident their working worlds collide and not in a good way. Although the fire is a bit of a back story overall the fallout from the investigation may be the thing that decides whether they get their happy ending or whether they have left it too late.
I would like to thank Totally Bound for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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