Author: Avery Giles
Book: Too Hot!
Page/Word Count: 215 pages, 58K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 8, 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Sparks aren’t just flying . . . they’re catching.
Eli Johnson is not a hero. He’s just a guy who’s doing his best. His mother was a hero, though, and when she died, he dropped out of college to become a firefighter—a vocation she would have been proud of. He might not be able to save everyone, but he can do what she taught him: put more good out than bad.
Charlie Kinnear is definitely not a hero. When he ran into a burning building to save a trapped child, he was acting on instinct. He’s not expecting a medal, or for a handsome firefighter with a stunning smile to give him his oxygen mask. Charlie’s light-headed, and not from smoke inhalation.
Right as their romance begins, a serial arsonist terrorizes the city. As if that weren’t bad enough, Charlie appears at the scene of every fire. Eli hates to think it, but if someone wanted to get a firefighter’s attention—say, a certain sexy someone who coincidentally wandered into Eli’s life—what better way than by starting fires? Sparks are flying all right, and things may get too hot for Eli and Charlie to handle.
3.5 ✨s – Eli is a dedicated, talented firefighter who wants nothing more than to help people. And maybe someone to share his life with. At the scene of a fire at an elementary school, he meets Charlie. They have an instant connection and begin dating. When Eli questions Charlie about his past, Charlie is evasive which raises Eli’s suspicions. Eventually, Eli confronts Charlie – accusations are made and truths are revealed and both of them end up hurt.
I enjoyed the book, it was well written. Throughout the book, I felt like both MC were keeping their whole-selves guarded from each other – like they were developing feelings for each other but didn’t quite convince me to feel what they were feeling. I personally didn’t feel like their confrontation was resolved whole-heartedly – not enough to support the epilogue. I also thought that the author got pretty technical with respect to the firefighting aspect of the story – which shows great research, it just didn’t add to the story for me. I was looking for more FEELINGS and wanted a better connection with the characters.
About Avery Giles:
Avery Giles is a brown-eyed, fair-haired, moss-covered swamp witch who subsists on energy drinks and the hearts of her enemies. Her day-to-day routine involves waking up, writing three sentences, staring at those three sentences until her brain tells her why they’re wrong, watching eighteen hours of Netflix, and luring bandits away from the safety of the well-lit path. If asked about her favorite books, she’ll mention the Percy Jackson series, Good Omens, and the blackened scroll on which she detailed an encounter with a crooked librarian that led to two marriages and a beheading. She enjoys eating Italian, French, and German lovers after mating with them.