Book Reviews

High Alert by Becca Seymour at Rainbow Tree Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Firefighters / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 24-September-2021

Book Blurb

It’s a tale as old as time.

I’ve crushed on my brother’s best friend since I sprouted hairs on the unmentionables. Once upon a time, he was straight, until he wasn’t… and talk about bad timing.

And when we’re finally at a place for me to make my move, sexy rural firefighter Dan clams up and acts weird and I’m left with pants that are too tight and my heart feeling bruised… but he’s a good friend and I’m grateful he’s in my life.

Because of course Dan is a good guy.

Though him being “good” and ridiculously easy on the eyes and possibly the best man I know only makes me want him more.

When we’re thrust into a situation that brings both of us close to danger, it’s hardly the time to be chasing first kisses or finally acting on my crush. But Dan doesn’t seem to mind.

I just know that when the stakes are high and emotions are running wild, sometimes you have to show your hand and go all in.

And that’s exactly what I plan to do.

 

 

Author's Note: 'High Alert' was originally a 7,000-word short story in the March 2020 charity anthology 'When the Smoke Clears'. It is now a 64,000-word full-length novel, complete with smouldering low-angst loveliness and a group of Aussie men who will capture your hearts.

 

Book Review

“To regret fully is to appreciate how high the stakes are in even the average human life; fully experienced, it turns our eyes, attentive and alert, to a future possibly lived better than our past.” ~ David Whyte

 

After a failed relationship, Dan, of ‘High Alert’ by Becca Seymour, returns to his hometown and a simpler life. That means seeing his best friend Craig and brother Ross. The challenge for Dan is not to act on his feelings for Ross. If things went wrong, he would not only lose Ross’s love, but he would lose Craig as his best friend as well.

 

It’s good to be back home, but Dan is anxious. Ross isn’t the scrawny kid he was when Dan left. Now, he is a man, and Dan finds him even more irresistible. Still, he believes that keeping Ross as a friend is the safest course of action, but he can’t seem to stay away from him. Since Dan’s profession is cabinetry, he and Ross spend a lot of time together remodeling Ross’s kitchen. Dan’s conflicted feelings for Ross keep him in turmoil, with his mind going back and forth between acting on his feelings and the consequences of doing so. He’s miserable. When it gets to be too much, Dan avoids Ross, leaving him hurt and confused.

 

Dan, along with Craig and his father, are firefighters which often put them in harm’s way. The fires that are raging in Australia are threatening their area as well. When they come too close to the farm owned by Craig and Ross’s parents, they all spring into action, including Ross, who has no training. The threat terrifies everyone, but Dan is even more frightened that Ross is with them. Suddenly, he realizes that he wants to protect Ross at all costs. He can’t bear to lose him. On an impulse, they kiss each other. After that kiss, neither of them can deny the attraction they have tried to hide for so long. Ross and Dan know they need to have a serious conversation, but first, they need to save the farm.

 

‘High Alert’ was an exciting, action-packed, friends-to-lovers story. The well-developed characters were endearing and vibrant. The close-knit family elements in the story were heartwarming and appealing. Dan and Ross’s romance was one of the slowest burning ones I’ve ever read, but in the end, love prevailed. Thanks, Becca, for a great read.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 344 pages/64000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-August-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/High-Alert-Sweet-Heat-Romance-ebook/dp/B096WLQ58V