Author: Morticia Knight
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Hunky fire chief Eric is out of the closet after twenty years of marriage. Can he find true love, or will a spate of arson fires destroy his chances with Tom, the sexy young fire-fighter?
Eric is a fire chief in Mesa, Arizona where he’s lived all of his life. A hunky Norse god like man, he has finally come out of the closet after twenty years of marriage. Now his wife hates him, his son won’t speak to him, a town crazy wants him fired, and there’s a rash of arson fires destroying some of the beautiful historic homes in the area. To let off steam, he’s been tempted to explore his long repressed sexuality with his son’s twenty year-old friend.
Tom, a twenty-eight year-old fire-fighter from Texas, is desperate to get away from his dad’s prejudice about his sexuality, and an unstable relationship that just recently ended. He takes a temporary position in Mesa where he sets eyes on the most gorgeous male specimen he’s ever seen in the form of the fire chief, Eric Anderson. Convinced the chief is straight, he accidentally catches him one night with a young guy, and is now determined to let the chief know he’s interested.
Eric is adamant that they can only be friends, even though he finds the sweet young Tom adorable. The pressures on Eric increase as his ex-wife becomes a suspect, and the town crazy tries to blame the arson fires on him. Will he allow himself to find real love with the sexy Tom, or will his world be destroyed by all of the city’s accusations and his family’s lack of acceptance?
I first read Set Ablaze a while ago. After reading it I wrote off Morticia Knight and never picked up another book. I alluded to all of this in my review for her Copping an Attitude. After enjoying that title, I decided to give Set Ablaze and her Uniform Encounters series another chance.
Here is my original (short) review:
I waffled between 2 and three* for this one, but in the end there was just WAY too much eye rolling and way too close to PWP for me. The plot was WEAK; the sex was hot and too big of a percentage of the book. Usually, there is not a 5-page sex scene between the M/C and a non-entity character… The Texas stereotypes thrown in just really annoyed me (I am a Texan, so sue me). Luckily it helped on a couple of other challenges, and I only paid $1 for the book.
Though, none of my points then are invalidated, I did give the book the benefit of the doubt an up my rating to 3*. It is still basically porn without plot. The huge long sex scene with the non-entity character still irked me. The Texan stereotypes, yeah they still niggled. However, I knew all of this going in and still chose to still it.
I decided to ignore those pet peeves and just enjoy the story for what it is… two hot firefighters getting together and dealing with homophobic idiots. Yes the dirty talk is over the top. The basically virginal Eric being such a terrific lay for Tom is a bit to porno-plot for me. The almost immediate declarations of love are a little too unbelievable. But what you end up with is two men who want to be everything for the other and go through everything united as one. Where is the bad in that?
Mostly I re-read this title in order to get to the rest of the series. I hope to see Ms. Knight grow as an author throughout the series. I want to see what else she can do. In short reading it was a means to an end, but not one I regret.
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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