On Fire

on fireTitle: On Fire
Author: Drew Zachary
Publisher: http://www.torquerebooks.com
Genre: Contemporary (M/M)
Length: Novel (232 pages print)
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Robert and Sam meet at a Canada Day fundraiser for a local firehouse, and man do the sparks fly. Sam is a college kid, only a year over legal. Robert is a studly thirty-something fireman. They come together and make a blaze that’s hard to put out.

There’s a lot of living between nineteen and thirty-something, though, and Sam and Robert find they have a lot to work out. Can they keep fanning the flames of their romance, or will family and friends, and their different places in life, throw a wet blanket over their love?


It started out as a perfect summer’s day in Victoria, British Columbia where everyone had turned out to celebrate Canada Day. 19 year old Sam who loved men in uniform, was having a great time checking out the firemen’s charity car wash when he saw the incredible 6 and a half ft. fireman whose uniform was totally soaked as he was washing a car – pure Grade A Canadian Beef as the author described him. Sam immediately decided that he had to meet the fireman of his wet dreams and when he ‘arranged’ a convenient meeting he didn’t waste any time getting Robert into the sack. Robert at 32 felt that Sam was much too young for him but there was no way that he was looking this gift horse in the mouth. What started out as a simple one night stand evolved into something more when Robert calls Sam two months later to invite him out and they realize that maybe they were both looking for something more than 1 night.

The plot centered around their diverse lifestyles and age difference and the family and work conflicts this generated. Robert had to play “catch up” most of the time with Sam who is the typical 19 year old with priorities like school and a father who didn’t approve of their relationship. In addition, Robert’s friends had very little in common with Sam the sex kitten who wasn’t even old enough to drink in a bar. Robert loved Sam and wanted him as his life partner but can two such different people make it together?

This is a May/December love affair that I really liked mainly because of the characters. The book is sweet and funny as the two protagonists try to merge their lives which was difficult at times. Sam’s protective father who was just a little older than Robert couldn’t see his son in a relationship with an older man and Robert had some convincing to do about his good intentions. The characterizations were very good. Sam was wonderful – young and bubbly and so likeable that I wanted to take him home. He was a mix between a man slut and a happy puppy but he was quite serious where it counted – his relationship with Robert and his education, but boy did he love sex which was hot and frequent. I wondered how Robert had the time to work and Sam to study because they spent more time in bed than they did upright. I know that I keep repeating myself but Sam was the horniest character that I can remember in a long time and sometimes I felt sorry for Robert who it seemed didn’t get any recovery time. I can honestly say that this book is probably in the top three of those I have read in terms of the amount of sex.

On Fire was really enjoyable because of Sam and Robert and the sex was just right for this couple (lots of it) who never thought that their quickie the day they met would turn into something lasting. I have to hand it to Drew Zachary who created two truly memorable characters. As some of you may know, Drew Zachary is the partnership of Chris Owen and Vic Winters. I definitely recommend this book when you want to read something that is just pure old fashioned fun.


I live in Canada and I love big dogs, music, movies, reading and sports – especially baseball


This was a re-read for me and I loved it just as much the third time around. Haven’t read On Fire II or the Painted House as yet – maybe I should wait until I get my TBR down to a more manageable list *g*


I loved this book! It shouldn’t have worked for me, but it did. Chris Owen is really good at turning “iffy” ideas into great stories, and her books are great whether she’s writing on her own or as part of a team. This reminds me that I’ve been meaning to buy the sequel.

The Painted House is another great one by this team. It’s light and fluffy, but also super steamy.


Hi Lily
I till have to read Book II but if it’s anything like this one I know it will be hot *g*


This book definitely is a hot combo of sex and fun. Sammy, the horny young guy and Robert, the sexy older stud were great fun to read. I really enjoyed both of the books.


I’m also Canadian and so is Chris Owen, part of the Drew Zachery writing partnership. Like you it was interesting to read a book with a non US background. I believe Sean Michael as well as a number of other M/M writers are from the Great White North *g*.


I bought this one awhile ago and really enjoyed it. Maybe its because I’m Canadian, you don’t see many books set in Canada. LOL I haven’t bought the second one yet, not sure I wanted to get into more serious issues, this one was just fun.


I haven’t read Bk II which is still in my TBR pile. Looking forward to the boys’ further adventures.


Lots and lots of sex – no kidding *g* This kid can’t watch Robert eating a hot dog without getting off. But even though personally I prefer a lot of plot I thought this book was very entertaining and funny; it certainly was different and good fun!


But Sam was still a little bunny in the sequel, which took place years later. Sam was an elementary school teacher and Robert the fire chief in that one. Little bastage was still rubbing off every time Robert moved, lol.


I love a May/December romance (but honestly, Robert is not THAT old… lol), so I would give this a go. Even though I am not quite sure the amount of sex is too much for me (you know I like it intense but sparse *g*), but a 19-year-old probably can’t control it, so maybe it’s realistic… lol.

Thanks for the recommendation.


Hi Lesley and Emmy

This may not be great literature but it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. Emmy you’re right – Sam was like the Energizer Bunny in many ways, but I guess some male teens have similar characteristics when it comes to sex. Poor Robert – I did feel sorry for him at times but what a way to go!


Hi Ozakie
I think you’ll enjoy On Fire because even though the sex at times overwhelmed the plot, *g* it was a really funny book. Bk.II is much more serious and plot driven, with Sam all grown up and having to cope with adult problems. I liked this one better.


I liked this book. (On Fire II wasn’t bad either, but Sam was much more emo in that book. Bastages in their town were *mean*, but hey, at least Robert finally made an honest man out of Sam. I do love a good wedding, but hate the dreaded Gay Lynch Mob plot device.)

Sam walked that very fine line between a little too bubbly…the technicolor haired kid spooged his pants watching Robert eat a hot dog, for chrissake…and being someone I wouldn’t mind snuggling with. Poor Robert was working overtime trying to keep up with his personal Energizer bunny.


Hmmm, I now have The Kings of Leon in my head – which I guess is appropriate. LOL



You didnt say in your review that there is a sequel!!!!!!! What a surprise when I visited Amazon..lol (sighs. Take a deep breath) Oh my M/M addiction keeps getting stronger and stronger I tell ya. Heavens to Murgatroyd! ;-P LOL



Heavens to Murgatroyd!!!!(My new catchphrase..lol) A May/December romance!!!! Firemen!! The top three of the books you have read in the terms of the amnt of sex! Oh goodness that makes my manly bits want to do a jig..lol..I think im going to have to put this on my amazon cart first priority and ASAP

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