Title: Fire on the Mountain
Author: PD Singer
Narrator: Finn Sterling
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
The Mountains: Book One
Take a break from academics, enjoy the Colorado Rockies, fight a fire now and then. That’s all Jake Landon expected when he signed up to be a ranger. He’ll partner with some crusty old mountain man; they’ll patrol the wilderness in a tanker, speak three words a day, and Old Crusty won’t be alluring at all. A national forest is big enough to be Jake’s closet—he’ll spend his free time fishing.
Except Old Crusty turns out to be Kurt Carlson: confident, competent, and experienced. He’s also young, hot, friendly, and considers clothing optional when it’s just two guys in the wilderness. Sharing a small cabin with this walking temptation is stressing Jake’s sanity—is he sending signals, or just being Kurt? And how would Kurt react if he found out his new partner wants to start a fire of a different kind? Jake’s terrified—they have to live together for five months no matter what.
Enough sparks fly between the rangers to set the trees alight, but it takes a raging inferno to make Jake and Kurt admit to the heat between them.
First Electronic Edition published by Torquere Press (2009).
Bonus Short Story: Into the Mountains
Long before he met Jake, Kurt Carlson climbed Yosemite with his best friend, Benji. But after a storm traps them halfway up the face of El Capitan, Kurt has to accept that their friendship isn’t what he thought.
My View – Story:
Fire on the Mountain by PD Singer first caught my attention fairly early in my M/M education, but it never made it from the TBR pile to the kindle… Then it showed up on Audible, and I just had to have it.
Jake and Kurt are and interesting pair. They are both in some form of the closet, though Jake more so than Kurt. To the point where it takes them one hell of a long time to figure out that they just might both want the same things. Even after they first get together, their past damage doesn’t allow them to see that they just might be in for a happily ever after.
There was something about this story that just stuck with me. From a plot perspective, there isn’t anything overly emotional or overly unique. However, Singer’s turn of phrase, her voice, just painted such a beautiful picture for me, I could not stop listening. I could open to almost any chapter and find numerous examples where she captivated me with her prose.
The sky was the darkest I’d seen since I came to the mountains. The sky, normally swept with stars, showed ugly gray and could have been mistaken for concrete. It wasn’t all smoke, though that still flowed from the pine and oak torches. Lightning flared again, farther away this time, letting the thunder have half a second to catch up.
I bookmarked a few passages while I was listening, which I rarely take the time to do. I just wanted to make sure you understood the beauty of her words.
I enjoyed that Kurt and Jake are not perfect together. They aren’t Adonises who get everything right the first time. They make mistakes; they fumble; they are oblivious and unintentionally cruel… but they make up for it all in the end.
This book is not perfect. There are a few places that drag on a bit or get a bit confusing, especially when listening. I had to rewind a couple fo times to understand exactly what was happening on a few scenes, but that didn’t take away from my love for these two characters. I am looking forward to the next in this series. I am debating waiting for it on audio or just reading it right the heck now.
My View – Narration:
Finn Sterling narrated this first person title, and he did a fabulous job. He was easy to listen to and just sucked me right into the story. It was a little weird to go from Him narrating as Jake in the main story to him narrating as Kurt in the bonus story, but Kurt’s voice was the same as the one he used in the main story, so in the end I was able to adjust.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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