Title: Firecracker Author: Jaye Valentine Publisher: MacLeod & Valentine Buy link:Amazon.com 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.