Title: Fireline (Oceanside Series)
Author: Tory Temple
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary love, firefighters, anguish, misunderstandings, Series bundle
Page Count: 366 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sparks fly when Chance meets Tucker, and the flames aren’t far behind.
Chance has a job he loves as a fireman, an ocean view, and a great bunch of friends. There’s no reason to change until he meets Tucker, a paramedic who works his shift. Tucker might even be worth coming out for. But when Chance is injured, it takes a toll that could shatter everything they’re working to build. Can they get through the first test of their new relationship and come back better than ever?
Chance and Tucker return when a family tragedy forces Tucker back to Kentucky to wait out the probate on the old homestead—but they can’t be together for long, because Chance can’t leave work. Their few stolen moments are plagued by adversity from the locals, problems in their personal lives, and even the weather as they try to settle the farm enough to leave it behind. Can they keep it together when the fire burns high enough to flash over their heads?
Flesh and Blood
After they endure those hardships, they still face the daily dangers of their jobs and the uphill battle to prove their love is as legitimate as anyone else’s.
I am glad that I did not read this series until it all came out in one go. I really enjoyed reading about how Chance and Tucker came to be a couple.
These two men are both firefighters and being such a male dominated job that could have some kind of discrimination against being gay, Chance his that part of his self from most of his co workers. Their was only a select few that knew that he was gay but that had not been a problem in the past, well not until Tucker came along that is. What started out as a possible book up only between the two men quickly turns into something more when first Tucker is hurt and Chance puts himself to his fellow fire fighters and then when Chance is injured while out on a call. Tucker’s injury was not serious whereas Chances was more serious and put a major strain on their relationship. The problem I found was these two men just did not communicate properly with one another. Chance felt sorry for himself when he was hurt and instead of Tucker telling him to man up, he let him carry on with his pity party until it put to huge of a strain on their relationship to repair. Then to make matters worse they still lacked the social skills between them to repair the damage they did until it was almost too late.
After working out their problems eventually Tucker had to return to Kentucky to his family farm after he found out his uncle passed and the farm had been his the whole time after his mother passed away. Going back to Kentucky was not good for Tucker because he does not know how to deal with emotional situations well and his go to is to drink and fight. Which is what he does and once again the two men have a strain out on them because Tucker becomes so distant and starts to push Chance away.
No matter how much Chance tries to reach Tucker it seems that Tucker withdraws further and eventually Chance comes to realize that if Tucker wants to come back to him and he Home they have started creating that he will have to do so on his own and in his own time.
Tucker does return but they still need to work through their issues.
Last but not least, once things are back on even ground between them again, Tucker starts to question the fact that if anything happens to either of them they are not related and could not legally do anything to be with the other. He questions whether they are really a family because of this and the worth of their relationship in other people’s eyes. It takes Chance bringing in their closes friends to open up Tucker’s eyes to the fact that family is who we chose not what others think.
This was a great series. I will be honest and say that I felt like for the most part Chance acted as the adult in the relationship whereas Tucker acted like a whinny spoiled brat if things was not going his way. I hate to call him that because I did like Tucker but that is honestly how I felt. But I guess in some ways they balance each other out, Chancebeing to serious and Tucker being an adult kid at times. Regardless when these two men are on even ground their relationship is explosive in and out of the bedroom. It was a very entertaining read because never knew what would set one or the other off.