Robert "Bear" Barrington had no problem
keeping his sexuality a secret. That was until new
firefighter Dane Garrison arrived and joined his Search and
Rescue Team, his softball team and also to his firehouse.
Bear knew from the first look Dane would be dangerous for
him and that was before he knew Dane was gay.
Dane lived in the closet as well, but
not as far as Bear. Finding out that Bear was not only gay,
but was also attracted to him, Dane was not going to let a
chance to be together slip away without a fight.
Tie 'Em Up, Hold 'Em Down
had some great moments, but I felt there was too much going
on for one story. Caroline Valdez pretty much drummed it in
that Bear would die before revealing he loved men, even to
himself. There were too many typical plot twists and
contrived situations that you would find in several
homosexual themed stories, but crammed all into this one
story. I'm usually one who craves more, but in this case I
would say less is more.