Author: Draven St James
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Firehouse Six 1: Grey’s Hidden Fire
Grey’s entire life is wrapped around his job as a firefighter. It’s all he has ever wanted. That is until his new coworker Mica Cruz saunters through the door with his smoldering dark looks and dimpled grin. Suddenly Grey finds himself wanting to get to know what Mica looks like out of his gear and between the sheets.
Mica has one rule: he keeps his work life and his personal life separate. It’s easy enough to follow until he meets Grey and finds his rule can’t stand up to the fire that Grey ignites. There’s one big thing standing in the way of all of his lust-filled musings. Grey is straight.
In a profession where being gay is often kept quiet Grey must come to terms with his growing attraction to Mica. How much is he willing to sacrifice, and can they come together before someone’s hatred threatens to destroy them both?
Firehouse Six 2: Fire and Mistletoe
When Greyson Hayes envisions the perfect first Christmas with Mica Cruz he sees twisted sheets, a bottle of wine and a roaring fire. What he doesn’t see is a holiday spent with the uproarious Cruz family. Grey hasn’t taken part in a family Christmas since the death of his parents. Despite his misgivings, he can’t seem to form the word no when it comes to Mica.
Mica knows that Grey’s not a grinch. Hell, the man shares so much Christmas cheer during the holidays that he leaves no time to experience any for himself. Not this year. Mica plans to make a few changes, starting with a few wicked and whimsical gifts. He enlists the help of his co-workers at Firehouse Six. They band together and strive to provide Grey with the same joy he gives to everyone else–with five a.m. tree hunts, strategically placed mistletoe and Mica playing Santa’s not-so-little helper.
But while Mica is busy being nice, Grey has plenty of time to be naughty…
Two hot firemen? Yes, please. It is quite the fantasy, isn’t it? The trick is writing in them in such a way as to transcend the fantasy and make them real. In Grey and Mica’s stories, Draven St James manages this task.
Greyson and Mica’s story is told in two parts, Grey’s Hidden Fire and Fire and Mistletoe.
In Grey’s Hidden Fire, the two sexy firemen get together. It takes some soul searching on Grey’s part and banding together to counter a homophobic attacker. In Fire and Mistletoe, the men celebrate their first Christmas together and find a way to meld their holiday traditions.
Together, Grey and Mica are stronger than their individual parts. That is the goal of a partnership, after all. Mica allows Grey to be himself. The Self he has spent years denying. Grey allows Mica the support he needs to be out. There is no fighting old demons; there is only fighting one’s own notions. Grey has to come to terms with a shift in his self-view. He takes the time he needs, then handles his desires in a mature (and hot) way.
The homophobic stalker angle could have been played up a little more, but I suspect it is setting up a story later in the series, or I can hope. Otherwise, I needed a little more to that storyline.
Overall the first two books in the Firehouse Six series are fun short reads and enough to make me want to continue the series.
Follow this link for a review of book 3, Fused by Fire, Simon and Michael’s story.
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