“High Heat” by
restaurateur Roman Geary loses nearly everything when a fire
destroys his restaurant’s kitchen. To keep himself solvent
until rebuilding, Roman has to keep his catering business
going, and to do that he has to find a kitchen he can use.
When he rents the catering hall of the local fire
department, Roman is relieved to find everything needs…and
Jacob Niemczyk is gorgeous, friendly, and no slouch in the
kitchen himself. But where Jacob’s confident in
relationships, Roman isn’t. Roman isn’t sure he’s ready to
jump into a relationship, but the desire he feels for Jacob
is too tempting to resist. And Roman’s about to learn that
the right kind of heat is worth risking a few burns.
Though a fire
nearly destroys Roman’s business in the beginning, it also
gives him, and readers of “High Heat” something wonderful
back – a charming romance that’s both sugar and spice. The
mix of sweet and spicy-hot love scenes in “High Heat” is
perhaps fitting for two heroes who know their way around a
kitchen. One of the best things about this story is that
Philippa Grey-Gerou has created characters that are
incredibly likeable. Roman, Jacob, and their friends are
all people I would love to be friends with, were they real.
For that reason, not to mention Ms. Grey-Gerou’s writing
style, once I started “High Heat” I couldn’t stop reading
until I had finished the tale. Roman and Jacob’s romance is
simply a perfect afternoon read.
Lover” by Michael Barnette
On Endurium Moon
Three, the “suits” and “grunts” of Rowland Mining Company
don’t mix. But rules, even unwritten ones, are made to be
broken and when firefighter Del Preston responds to a mine
fire he’s immediately captivated by executive Aaron Halford.
The gorgeous blond is everything Del could have wanted, and
more than he could have expected.
Aaron’s life is
anything but average. Blessed, or cursed, with a strong
psi-talent, the telempath is used to being rejected by most
those who can’t bear his ability to read emotions and
thoughts. Aaron knows the handsome firefighter who saved
his life is attracted to him. What’s more, Aaron feels the
same. Yet, for all his desire to be with Del, Aaron fears
that going against the unspoken social structure could ruin
his career. It’s up to Aaron to take that chance and gamble
everything for a love that could last a lifetime.
The title says
it all for this red-hot story by Michael Barnette.
“Five-Alarm Lover” is sexy as hell, with two heroes who know
how to turn up the heat on both the physical and mental
plane. Aaron is a perfect match for his dominant lover,
fitting Del like the final piece in the puzzle. I adored
both men and cheered their determination to make their
relationship work, despite the professional risk. In the
end, all I can say about “Five-Alarm Lover” is that it’s
interesting, erotic, and, despite the tragedy that begins
the tale, fun.
features two stories that have some wonderful similarities,
despite their different settings. Both “High Heat” and
“Five-Alarm Lover” feature strong, patient firefighters and
their work-conscious lovers. Each tale is also supremely
sensual and utterly fulfilling, making Hearts Afire:
September a wonderful read any month of the year.