Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Paul Morey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/04/2016
Length: 02 hours 51 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
A By Fire Spinoff
Justin Briggs can shout out directions all day on his job as a traffic cop, but put him in front of a hot guy, specifically firefighter Rock Sparks, and he clams up.
Rock finds Justin confusing. While saving a busload of children hanging off the edge of a highway overpass, the cute rookie is cool and confident. But when Rock tries to chat him up, he stutters and chokes. Frustrated, Rock teases Justin, and boy, is his temper hot.
Though Rock and Justin share a steamy kiss, Justin keeps his distance, still tongue-tied. Then, when Justin is injured on the job, Rock takes him to the hospital, and some of the barriers start to crumble. But getting his enigmatic boyfriend to open up brings up more questions about Justin’s past.
I originally reviewed Heat Under Fire by Andrew Grey as part of the larger “By Fire” series. It is technically a spinoff from the series.
Here is what I had to say about Heat under Fire in that review
Heat Under Fire does not focus on Dirk and Lee as their arc is completed with Burnished by Fire. Instead, we look at a couple of other first responders in cop Justin and EMT Rock. Justin isn’t closeted; he just can’t talk to men in whom he is interested. As such, there is a rocky road to love for Justin and Rock.
This was the first time I read this story, and I appreciated, once again, having a character I could relate to in Justin. He suffers from a type of anxiety. Neither of these men was a god. They were common men, doing heroic jobs, just looking for love.
HUF deals with a few serious issues. Obviously, there are the issues surrounding the dangers of first responders’ jobs. It also touches on a few issues that are more close to home for LGBTQ+ persons. Upon re-listen, it is probably my favorite of the series and one I will likely revisit in te future.
Oh and for you Andrew Grey fans, you once again get to visit Carlysle.
Paul Morey. What can I say about a Paul Morey narration that I haven’t already said? I adore his narrations. They are like coming home every time I start to listen to one. They are familiar and warm and like a fuzzy blanket on a cold night. His “normal” voice is smooth and rich, and he adds emotion and inflection where it is needed to bring a story to life.
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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