Conquer the Flames by Ariel Tachna ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline

18386330 Title: Conquer the Flames

Author: Ariel Tachna

Narrator: William James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Thorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world’s hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction.

While Thorne longs for the home he could share with Ian at Lang Downs, he fears his own instability might make him a danger to others. And Ian’s always believed that the foster care nightmare he escaped before coming to Lang Downs would make any relationship impossible. Trust doesn’t come easily to Thorne or Ian until the fire’s aftermath forces them to see past the scars keeping them both from healing.

My View – Story:

This was quite a hard book to read in some places and it is also quite difficult to write a lengthy review without giving too much away. With that in mind I will give you the bare bones and let you all read it for yourselves to discover the full story.

Thorne Lachlan was a Commando and used to working under pressure and in dangerous spots around the world. He is now working for the Royal Fire Service and helping put out grass fires that are out of control near Lang Downs. His previous life has left some huge emotional scars and he is a danger to others without meaning any harm.

Ian Duncan has been at Lang Downs for years and lives firmly in the closet. Sadly, it is not just the closet that keeps him from looking or having a relationship. He was brought up in the foster care system and the last home he was in before he aged out has left permanent damage.

If you want to read about two hunky cowboys having lots of hot sex then this is not the book for you. These guys are damaged, albeit it in very different ways, but are drawn to each other and progress in a relationship of any kind is going to slow and careful. It is refreshing to see that sex isn’t the be all and end all in every relationship and that sometimes it is the most difficult thing in the world but not the most important.

This was a re-read for me and the story remains as powerful as the first time. This is an emotional read and one I would highly recommend. If I had to choose whether to listen to this story or read it on my kindle – I would choose the kindle.

My View – Narration:

This narration just wasn’t for me. When William James was narrating the story line it was smooth and easy to listen to. When he was narrating the dialogue between characters it threw me out of the story. I just didn’t enjoy his Aussie accents and I felt I was listening to a group of older men talking rather than young cowboys. Accents are difficult and other people may find his interpretation just didn’t work for me.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US

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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