On Fire

on fireTitle: On Fire
Author: Drew Zachary
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.

  • 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.


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