Rekindled Flame, by Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Firefighter Morgan has worked hard to build a home for himself after a nomadic childhood. When Morgan is called to a fire, he finds the family out front, but their tenant still inside. He rescues Richard Smalley, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in years and the one person he regretted leaving behind.
Richard has had a hard life. He served in the military, where he lost the use of his legs, and has been struggling to make his way since coming home. Now that he no longer has a place to live, Morgan takes him in, but when someone attempts to set fire to Morgan’s house, they both become suspicious and wonder what’s going on.
Years ago Morgan was gutted when he moved away, leaving Richard behind, so he’s happy to pick things up where they left off. But now that Richard seems to be the target of an arsonist, he may not be the safest person to be around.
Character With Disability (Paralyzed)
For the most part I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and had two friends reunite and fall in love. This book also had two character types that I love to read about: military and firemen. Which is funny because when I see firemen or military people in real life I tend to avoid eye contact and flee if I can. I like people to be attractive at a good distance from me and not have to interact with them.
Another thing I liked about the book was the mysterious arsonist and how Morgan’s firefighting buddies all came together to solve the mystery. Morgan was a super caring, hot fireman busting his ass to save his true love. Awww yesss.
The only downer about this book for me was the amount of ANGST that Richard had. So much angst! I really felt for Richard, but his insecurities put me off after a while. I mean I get it but I also feel like that is the easy route to choose to write.
I wish instead the book focused on his growth after he chose to deal with his PTSD. Reading about people’s growth either as an individual or part of a couple is one of my favorite things about reading romances and this one fell short for me on that.
This was a great book otherwise. Great writing, characters, plot etc. and I enjoyed reading it.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world, visiting every continent except Africa and Antarctica. Andrew adores meeting people from cowboys, to executives, artists, police officers and everyone in between. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
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