Title: Firecracker
Author: Jaye Valentine
Publisher: MacLeod & Valentine
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Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Naughty Nibble (39 PDF pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Summary Review: This book is not for the faint of heart. It’s not just edgy but over the edge and sizzling!
Isaac Lang is deeply in love with his live-in life-partner, Baltimore City police officer Jeff Clark, and has a serious kink for risky role-play sex with strangers. Jeff finds Isaac’s wild ways incredibly hot, and he’s more than willing to help facilitate Isaac’s lustful cravings. 
Jeff trusts Isaac to be emotionally faithful despite the sexual experimentation, and Isaac trusts Jeff to watch his back and keep him safe from harm. Not a lifestyle everyone might aspire to or could successfully manage, but Isaac and Jeff make their quest for kink work to keep the sparks flying in their relationship.
The blurb for Firecracker hit all of my hot buttons and the ride was even more exciting than I expected. However, I must warn you that if you like traditional gay romances this is not the book for you.
Isaac and Jeff have an open relationship, which simply means that they have sex with other people with their partner’s approval. The book opens with Isaac taking a walk on the wild side as he checks out the action in the alley behind a well known gay club. After looking over all the prospects on display who were patiently waiting for some action he found one who was just perfect for him, and he did his thing, on his knees, with his lover looking on.
Isaac and Jeff have a unique relationship that it would be difficult to find elsewhere. They truly love  each other but Isaac loves lots and lots of sex, especially of the risky variety, the riskier the better for him to get off. Jeff takes care of him and gives him what he needs, by helping him to have sex in public with other men. 
Firecracker is a hot, intense read. If you like public sex you will love this book. Not only is the sex risky, but the story really pushes the definition of love. Clearly Jeff and Isaac love, and more important, trust each other and Isaac depends on Jeff to keep him safe. For such a short book there is a lot of content and a few surprises – it was also very funny and the dialogue sparkled. I thought that Isaac, the little adrenalin addict, 🙂  was well drawn, vibrant and likable. He was flamboyant, and knew how to show off his assets to make men notice what he was offering. His partner Jeff’s personality was a little muted but just as three dimensional, and he had a few hidden depths. When I thought that the show was entirely Isaac’s he managed to surprise him a few times and give him a lot more than he ever imagined in his quest for the ultimate high. This pair was definitely well matched in and out of bed. The other character that I liked was Leo, an old friend of Jeff’s, who showed that a third can enhance an otherwise perfect twosome.
Jaye Valentine is a terrific writer who gives readers a thrill a minute and is known for his unusual stories featuring couples who are looking for the extreme turn on. He pushes every kink to its exciting conclusion and then some, and takes readers along for a mind blowing ride.
Firecracker is recommended for those readers who have strong hearts, are looking for something different, and are open to non traditional relationships.


  • Hi Wave,

    this sounds really intriguing. I get in moods where I want my romance to be less traditional. I haven’t read anything by Jaye Valentine yet. This one goes on the TBR pile for sure.


    • Patricia
      It’s a fun story and you will like Isaac and Jeff as well as Leo. If you read Firecracker I hope that you will come back and let us know how you liked it, no matter how long it takes.

  • I just wanted to come back and let you Wave and Jaye know that I’m still thinking about this story after reading it a few days ago. I loved it that much. Jaye and his partner Reno have made a lifelong reader out of me. I’ve loved everything of theirs so far.

    I also agree with simsala about open relationships sometimes being more real than a typical HEA. In fact, two of my best friends were in a menage relationship for 4 years. Although, it was a lot more trouble than it was worth (I think, anyway)! NOT something you’d want to read about!

  • Hi Wave,I`m coming back as requested.*lol*
    The book was exactly as you told!
    As I said,I like “different” and I don`t mind open relationships in my m/m romance books. Most likely they are more real than most of the HEA`s.
    It was a quick,hot read with likeable characters – a solid 4 star read.


    • Hi Sims
      I can’t believe it – you agree with my rating. lol.

      I know why you were giggling about Evangeline’s book you little wretch, but I think my rating was correct. 🙂

      I understood what you meant about the HEA.

      • Not fair! *lol*
        I didn`t laugh about your rating for Evangeline`s book.
        (My personal rating was indeed a bit higher.)
        I laughed about the similarity of our thoughts! I thought that was clear.*hangs head in shame*

        sims 🙂

        • Well you are a devil. 🙂 The next book I’m going to tackle is Til Kingdom Come but it won’t be for a few weeks.

          I have a few more of Jaye’s and Reno’s books I want to review – their advantage is their books are shorter, although I believe that the complete D.N.A. will be a novel but that won’t be for a while.

  • Hi Wave,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, and I’m happy to see it getting some attention. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste, but it happens to be one of my personal favorites.

    I’m quite fond of these guys, so there will be at least one more story with Isaac and Jeff (with a side order of Leo), tentatively scheduled for publication in April 2011. Again, it will revolve around a specific role-playing kink. It’s shaping up to be a pretty wild ride.


    • Hello Jaye
      Thanks for stopping by.

      I’m looking forward to the next instalment of Isaac and Jeff and the side order of Leo. I think Leo deserves his own story too at some point in the future since Jeff and Isaac are obviously a couple, but maybe I should wait to see how the new story shapes up. lol

      Please keep me posted about the progress of this new book. 🙂

  • I ought to know by now that you and me have almost similar tastes in books.

    I had this story but it was in the TBR pile. So, last evening when I saw your review I read it.

    Like Cole said, the opening scene was… three times hot. And the rest was exciting, thrilling but… too short.

    I wish Jaye wrote another page in this story with the scene between the tree of them. I really like Leo.

    Do you think that Jaye Valentine will write another Isaac and Jeff story, developing their characters and their relationship, preferably with Leo?

    Thank you, Wave.

    • Hi Alina
      I’m so glad you enjoyed Firecracker. lol. This book is in Noble’s line called a “Naughty Nibble” where stories have to conform to a certain length so I suppose Jaye had to stop at a predermined word count. However I’ll pose your question about whether he’ll bring back this couple and Leo.

  • Good review, but I’m one that can’t handle my OTP’s sharing. Can’t read threesomes, either. Sounds like I’m in a minority though, and you’ll get lots of interested buyers after your review, Wave.

    • Gaycrow
      It’s quite understandable that this is not something you like to read about. Jaye’s writing won’t appeal to some readers and I even asked him which of his stories won’t be to my taste because he walks a very fine line. 🙂

  • I’m kind of curious – is there any conflict at all in this story? Or it’s all fun and games? 😀

    I get their relationship, although it’s not my favorite thing (Soul Mates series excluded, for the reasons you kind of mentioned), but, while I like hot sex in my books – I also like to have something more.

    • Hi Lady M
      So here’s what I can say. While there are no real conflicts between Isaac and Jeff because this is something they both want to do, there was sort of a dangerous situation for Isaac in the book. I don’t know if that answers your question but I can’t say much more without revealing spoilers.

      • You answered me perfectly. I’ll put this one aside for now. But, you know, there always comes a time when hot is needed. XD


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