Title: Fireline – Oceanside Fire Series
Author: Tory Temple
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Page Count: 366
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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 one of those annoying people who moan and groan about serials. “Ack, I can’t start reading the first book until all books are out!” And if you look on my GoodReads shelves, there are some pretty stellar serials that I haven’t even started yet for that reason. Cut & Run for example. And the THIRDS series. I know. I’m a terrible M/M romance fan.
Getting back to Fireline. This is a re-release of Tory Temple’s Firefighters series that focuses on one couple, Chance and Tucker. I read all 6 books in 2012, but not all in a row. (I think knowing that the books are competed and available calms me down a bit and I’m not in as big of a rush.) I loved the Firefighters series very much, but… reading them all in one big dose didn’t work for me. (Fireline is all books condensed into one new book with 3 stories.)
Don’t get me wrong, Chance and Tucker are awesome together, hot as sin and they have a passionate relationship and real firefighter action. That is all kinds of win in my book. But I got bored reading their story in one big 350+ page wallop. I actually stared skimming the sex to get to the story line. That is unusual for me.
My recommendation for Fireline is to get this book, but read the first part then wait a bit to read the second. Then read the second and wait a bit to read the third. It’s a great series and my memories of it are incredibly fond and I enjoyed Tucker and Chance all over again, warts and all.
Bonus points for the sinfully sexy cover and real firefighter action!