Title: Where There’s Smoke
Author: Nico Jaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Page Count: 58
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
If he can make room in his life and his heart, an isolated medieval history professor might find a real life knight in shining armor.
A terrible breakup in his early thirties left David shying away from relationships. For years he’s been content with his solitary life, finding fulfillment in his career, books, television show marathons, and his cat’s companionship. When David meets his neighbor Zach, he can’t tell if Zach is just being friendly or if the handsome fireman might actually be interested in him. The more time they spend together, though, the more David questions his resolution to remain single. If Zach can extinguish the flames left by David’s past, David might finally break away from his structured life and take a chance on love.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”
David Waterman, a collage professor, is gun shy about relationships after going through a bad breakup 5 years ago. With his life going basically nowhere, and his ex, Alvin, constantly under foot, he decides a move to a new town where no one knows him and make a start fresh.
One day, not long after his move, David’s cat Astrid is chased up a tree by his neighbor’s yippee dog Mitzy. Big, buff and beautiful firefighter Zach Ford to the rescue! He helps Astrid out of the tree and the two men start a friendship. It takes a bit for these two to figure out each other is gay, but when they do the sweet, smoldering fireworks start.
This is an utterly delightful story of two men dancing around each other, blanketed in a sweetness that was refreshing to read. I mean, Zach brought David flowers! And once they both realized that the other was gay, they hugged good night instead of falling into bed! How frickin’ cute is that? Yes, I love the wam-bam-thank-you-man, but sometimes a slow coupling is just what the doctor ordered. And, yes, these boys do eventually get to the good stuff and when they do it is hot hot hot!