Title: Fire Inside
Author: Dawn Douglas
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
After ten years as an active duty Marine, Captain Eric Ramos is rejoining civilian life. His first job is chauffeuring, assisting, and generally keeping track of NBA young gun Tyler Haley. Tyler’s had a rough few months, and his team owner is convinced he needs some hand-holding if he’s going to keep delivering wins for the St. Louis Fire Foxes.
Instead of the arrogant, over-privileged athlete Eric expected, Tyler is a big, blond, lonely twenty-three-year-old who needs more than just an employee to keep him in line. While taking care of Tyler, Eric changes from employee to friend, to something more. And when Eric realizes that something is burning the kid up from the inside out, he’s determined to find a way to help him before Tyler’s carefully constructed façade turns to ash.
If anyone ever needed loving it is Tyler Haley! Straight out of high school into NBA he is young and successful. Behind closed doors his is stressed, confused and the cracks are starting to show. He is vulnerable and confused and it seems every adult that has ever had anything to do with his life has let him down.
Captain Eric Ramos is the latest person to come into his life when he takes on the position of his personal assistant. Ram has only recently returned to civilian life after years in the marines and is a man that feels a protective streak to any men he has had to look after, Tyler is no different. Instead of finding a cocky young athlete in front of him he finds an unsure young man prone to panic attacks and sets out with determination to help him.
I despise the rationale that a successful man needs a beautiful woman on his arm and his ‘friends’ literally throw these women at them, as though this will solve all their problems. I think Tylers reaction was a little extreme but it does go to show what damage can be caused by thoughtless idiots that think creating the perfect picture is all that matters. If you are a ‘friend’ you should be able to see when something is not right or a person is uncomfortable, or in Tylers case terrified.
Ram very quickly puts Tyler at ease. It’s a little sad that something as simple as cooking the young man a meal means the absolute world to him but as no one has bothered before all the little everyday things that Ram does are treasure by Tyler. As Ram is telling the story we quickly learn how his feelings change for Tyler but protecting him and keeping him safe are his first priorities so he doesn’t act on them for a long time.
When they finally admit their feeling towards the end of the book I was desperate to know how things were going to work out and if they would be to get past their worries and fears and have an open relationship.
I think this book would have rated more highly for me if the ending hadn’t been so abrupt. I enjoyed the story, fell in love with Tyler, liked Ram a lot but I felt like it just suddenly stopped and I was left hanging. It was a unique way to finish and absolutely the authors prerogative but I felt cheated, as though the story wasn’t quite finished and a little hacked off that two characters I was rooting for didn’t get a true ending.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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