Set Ablaze (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Set Ablaze
Author: K.C. Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 24th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


California firefighter Hayden Hurst is starting to realize there’s more to life than fighting fires and drinking with his buddies. He has room in his home and his life for someone special, but no one has stood out among his hookups. And while he’s out at work, admitting he’s gay is very different from showing up at social functions with a man. He’s afraid that’ll be too much for his less-than-accepting “friends.”

Broadway dancer Jez Bouchet hasn’t been mistaken for straight since he was gay-bashed at seventeen. After getting a lucrative job offer in Hollywood, he uproots his life in New York and drives to Los Angeles. His brother, who is Hayden’s best friend, arranges for him to crash at Hayden’s place.

The attraction between Hayden and Jez is unexpected but fiery, and they succumb before they’re even sure they like each other. But Jez hates Hayden’s homophobic friends, and Hayden knows Jez is too flamboyant for him to fly under the radar. Then there’s the complication of Jez’s brother.

Despite those hurdles, they fling themselves into a relationship. But Jez has secrets: a tiny spoiled dog and a determined stalker. If he doesn’t come clean, he might torch their burgeoning relationship before it has a chance to bloom.

I truly enjoyed this book. I was kind of skeptical at first but once I started reading I could not put this book down. I am glad that I read it. I really felt sorry for one of the main characters.

Hayden is out as far as being gay and he is out with his fellow firefighters but as far as bringing anyone around his friends he never has. At first I thought that maybe he had not done so because he had not found the right person but then I realized it was because some of he people that he called his friends were not actually his friends after all but bigoted instead.

When Hayden’s best friend Miguel comes to him for help, he cannot refuse. Jez is Miguel’s brother and is moving back to town for a job. So when Jez needs a place to live, Miguel goes to Hayden. Hayden is not too happy about it first but once he gets to know Jez better Hayden has other problems to consider.

Hayden is extremely attracted Jez. But Hayden has to worry about the fact that even though he is out, he really is not out and Jez is. And not to mention that Jez is his best friend’s brother.

Jez also has some issues of his own that he needs to work through also. Can these two work through all the issues that they have between them? Or is this a fire waiting to happen between them.

This was such a good read. I really enjoyed the ups and downs. I look forward to more books by K.C. Burns in the future. This was truly one of my favorite books by K.C. Burn.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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