Title: Nine One One (Second Edition)
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Release Date: December 18, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary/Firefighters/Law Enforcement
Page Count: 76
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Damon can’t forget 9/11 and all the precious things he lost…
It’s ten years after the horror of 9/11. Former NYPD cop Damon Summerfield was there. He lost his firefighter partner, Justin, in the collapse of the Twin Towers and fled to Canada to attempt to rebuild his shattered life. Now he is back in New York for Christmas with his family for the first time since his loss. Still deep in mourning with no end in sight, he visits Justin’s favorite bar near Ground Zero and there meets Simon, a firefighter with the FDNY and a fellow survivor of 9/11. Simon is smitten by him from the start, but despite feeling the same way, Damon can’t bear to give them a chance, not when he thinks Simon’s job will tear them apart someday too…
This short story is heartbreaking and there is a lot of anger in it. The sex was hot, but it felt a little wrong. You’ll have to read it to know what I mean.
I dropped a star because the ending was incredibly unsatisfying. HFN and it desperately needs an epilogue or sequel. Also $3.99 for a short story is a lot to ask.