I just adore “men in uniform” stories – all that yummy manly, hero action …
Author: T.K. Paige
Publisher: Totally Bound
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
When James falls for the new guy at the station is he just setting himself up to be burned?
Welcome to Deacon, Oklahoma. Straight population—seven hundred and ninety-six. Gay population—James Hara. Except it really isn’t that bad, because when he came out to his hometown, something wonderful happened. They still loved him…most did anyway. The only problem is the lack of a dating pool.
Then he meets the new firefighting volunteer and he has a bigger problem. Mason is gorgeous, friendly and straight. Soon James is doing his best not to fall for his new friend. Hard to do when Mason is everything he dreams of, with his humor and flashes of vulnerability.
But after a set of stressful events, he finds that maybe it is not impossible after all. If he can be patient with a man wounded by his past.
Here for You is a story of two halves – the first half of the story is filled with luscious sexual tension between gay firefighter James and presumably straight Mason. James and Mason meet, and James is immediately smitten with “straight” Mason, and they become friends. Their friendship and growing mutual attraction is very well written with James’ increasing longing for his straight friend, and Mason’s obvious affection for James. It’s the perfect set up for a “will they, or won’t they” story, with a touch of “gay for you” tossed in …
Mason’s unexpected confession to James that he is indeed gay, and that he has feelings for James, begins the second half of the story. Mason’s tragic history of sexual assault and having been victim of a hate crime explains his reticence to admit he’s gay, but he and James fall into a privately comfortable, supportive relationship. Unfortunately, the escalating (and quite hot!) sexual tension building between James and Mason just sort of fizzles when they actually admit their feelings, and their sexual relationship is surprisingly lukewarm. Also, when James is seriously injured in a robbery after he and Mason become a couple, Mason acting as James’ power of attorney (a nod to the issue of gay partners having equal rights when making health and legal decisions for each other), as well as Mason outing himself, at times feels a bit unnatural.
Overall, this is a fair men in uniform story with two hot firefighters, and some important messages about the importance of equal rights for partners, and the lingering pain of gay bashing and assault. The characters are interesting and likable, and the men clearly care for each other. Unfortunately, the story of the relationship between James and Mason, which is so very well written at the beginning of the story, seems to become secondary to these messages and loses much of its passion along the way.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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