Title: Fire Balls (Balls to the Wall #2)
Author: Tara Lain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 8, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 107
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands five foot six, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate—and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe—humiliating Hunter in front of his dad!
Hunter lives a dream life—his father’s dream. While he’d like to teach literature in college, read poetry in the sun, and find a strong guy to top him, he fights fires for his dad. Hunter hates flamboyant guys like Rodney. So why can’t he resist him? Maybe it’s time to admit this is one flame he has no desire to put out.
First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2012
The Art of Romance
A gay straight fireman and an out and proud gay painter. Can any two that are so opposite find any kind of common ground? These two can, and it is one beautiful, encouraging, sweet story.
“Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.” Christina Westover
This book is amazing. The cover art is fantastic. I wish I had hair like that. This story is the perfect unrequited love story. Rod is a brilliant painter who has a booth showing his paintings in the Laguna Beach Arts Festival (That is a real Festival). Hunter goes to the festival and stops at Rod’s booth and loves the paintings he sees. He talks to Jerry, who’s Rod’s friend manning the booth for him. Jerry is captured by the beauty of Hunter and would really like to go out with him. Rod sets them up, even though it breaks his heart. He just wants Jerry to be happy.
I won’t share any more details, except that Rod has to be around Hunter more than he would like because it hurts every time he sees him and has to talk to him. We’re introduced to Hunter’s parents and we get a peek at Jerry and Hunter’s relationship and Hunters problems at the firehouse.
The relationship between Jerry and Rod is a beautiful friendship. Rod helps Jerry in any way that he can. He is a real true friend. The relationship between Hunter and Rod is full of tension and longing on Rod’s part. They do get together at the end which is beautiful and great. So the story has a wonderful HEA.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. If you love painters and the beach and hunky Firehouse men and unrequited love stories then you will absolutely love this book and you’ve got to get it.