Title: By Fire Series
Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Redemption By Fire
By Fire Series: Book One
Dirk Krause is an asshole of the first degree. His life is a hell of his own making, and he makes everyone around him just as miserable. When he’s injured on the job while fighting a fire, he’s nearly unbearable to the hospital staff, and of course no one from his unit cares enough to visit.
Lee Stockton is the new guy at the station, so he gets saddled with the job of bringing Dirk a sympathy bouquet from the guys at the firehouse. To Dirk’s surprise, Lee sees through him like a pane of glass and doesn’t take any of his crap. Lee’s determined to get Dirk to stop being a dick just to push everyone away. When their fighting turns to fucking, will the fireworks shine brightly on a possible relationship or leave them with nothing but ashes?
Strengthened By Fire
Sequel to Redemption by Fire
By Fire Series: Book Two
Lee Staunton and Dirk Krause have been seeing each other for a couple of months when they get the bad news: the firehouse they work at will be closed unless they can come up with the money to complete some maintenance and repairs. The union wants to stand and fight. There’s just one problem: the only suggestion for how to raise the money is Lee’s. And Dirk hates it.
Unfortunately, everyone else thinks Lee’s “Chicken and Beefcake” dinner—which they’ll attend in just their hats, boots, and fire pants—is a great idea, and Lee goes ahead with the organizing. But interference from the borough council and low ticket sales threaten to rain on Lee’s parade. If Dirk can’t put aside his pride and stubborn nature for one night, it could cost both him and Lee their jobs—never mind their relationship.
Burnished By Fire
Sequel to Strengthened by Fire
By Fire Series: Book Three
Firefighters Lee Stanton and Dirk Krause need a vacation. Work seems to have other ideas: they spend the day before their holiday begins battling a fire that claims three lives. Thankfully, Lee and Dirk will have a whole week on the high seas to recover.
They’re having a wonderful time—until they spot Dirk’s miserable, closed-minded father on the ship. Between his father’s presence and his guilt over the lives he couldn’t save, Dirk feels sure his romantic cruise is going to tank. But then he saves another passenger’s life—and maybe he can salvage something else too.
Heat Under Fire
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.
My View – Story:
Redemption by Fire was my first ever Andrew Grey book, followed shortly by Strengthened by Fire and Burnished by Fire. They still remain some of my favorites of his. They have two hot firemen who are hot as hell together. Seriously, what could be better?
When I first read the series, I gave all 3 of the titles 4 stars each. That was a few years ago when I was a more free in my ratings. However, as they standup under repeated readings, I stand by my earlier rating. Unfortunately, I did not review them when I read them, so I don’t know why I rated them as I did. They are hotter, I think, than some of Grey’s later works.
All 3 titles are quick enough reads that I finished them all in one day along with the spinoff title Heat Under Fire. Let’s look at each of the stories in the series.
Redemption by Fire
We are introduced to Dirk and Lee. Dirk is a jerk to everyone around him. He is so deep in the closet and full of self-loathing, he can’t keep it in and takes his anger out on everyone. Following a near-death experience, and with the help of fellow fireman Lee, he begins to change his ways.
We are also introduced to Dirk’s conservative and controlling father. The source of much of his self-loathing. This is a somewhat overused plot device, but Grey does it well enough to believe.
Strengthened by Fire
Strengthened by Fire is just as the name implies. It is a look at Dirk and Lee a few months down the road, settling into their relationship. They face Dirk once again exhibiting his less admirable qualities, but this time he is a little quicker to get his head out of his posterior and be the man Lee knows him to be. It is a sweet, and hot, look into what Lee and Dirk can do together.
Burnished by Fire
Burnished by fire takes our hunky firemen on a cruise, where they inevitably meet up with the aforementioned jerk of a father. This story is about Dirk and his father finding each other again as much as it is a look at Dirk and Lee’s happily ever after.
Heat Under Fire
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.
My View – Narration:
The first three By Fire titles are my first titles narrated by Peter B. Brooke. He does an admirable job conveying each of the characters. Dirk is gruff, and his dad is haughty. He had a little trouble settling into Lee’s voice, however, so that detracted a little from my ability to follow the story instinctually. I did enjoy listening, however, and will likely re-listen when I am in the mood for some hot firemen.
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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