Book Reviews

Hot Wings (The Hot Cannolis 2) by Eli Easton and Tara Lain at Easton Lain Publishin

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Firefighters / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 05-May-2022

Book Blurb

The alpha meets his match.

Most macho of all the super-alpha Canali brothers and proud of it, Donny’s famous for his gorgeous face, his firefighter prowess, and for going through girls his family doesn’t approve of as fast as he changes jeans.

Donny’s biggest hero is his fire captain dad, until his life gets saved from the skies by fire pilot Dell Murphy.

Dell’s certain about most things. He’s been proud to be gay since he was ten, handled a helicopter in Afghanistan like it was part of his body, and can fly a fire bomber in the worst conflagration. And he’s absolutely certain that Donny Canali belongs to him.

Dell also knows how to show a lover he’s in charge.

Donny’s shocked to discover how much he’s turned on by dominant Dell, but Donny’s not gay. He’s not. He can’t be. It would break his father’s heart.

Leaving Dell will break Donny’s.

Book Review

“What is exciting is not for one person to be stronger than the other ... but for two people to have met their match and yet they are equally as stubborn, as obstinate, as passionate, as crazy as the other.” ~ Barbra Streisand


Donny, of ‘Hot Wings’ by Eli Easton and Tara Lain, and his fellow firefighters are rescued by pilot Dell Murphy when they get cut off from their rescue path. They are all grateful and can’t wait to meet the pilot and thank him for saving their lives. When Donny meets Dell, he is puzzled at his reaction to him. He can’t seem to keep his eyes off him. Donny follows him around like a puppy dog, hanging on every word. Donny has never had this reaction to a man before. He tries to chalk it off to hero-worship but has an uneasy feeling that it may be more than that.


Dell knows one of the Canoli brothers is gay like him, but he doesn’t know which one. Considering Donny’s almost undivided attention, Del assumes it is him. Since he feels an attraction to him, Del acts on it by flirting with Donny and planning times for them to be together. While jogging together, Del falls. Donny stops to help him up, and Del goes for it and kisses him. He is excited when Donny kisses him back, but just as suddenly, Donny pushes him away in shock, anger, and a declaration that he is not gay! Dell apologizes, explaining that he thought Donny was the gay brother and asking if they could be friends instead. Donny reluctantly agrees.


Kissing Del has thrown Donny’s entire world off-kilter. Since his brother, Mike, came out as gay, it has given him a different perspective. He has seen what keeping it a secret did to Mike. But Donnie has dated many women. There’s no way he could have such feelings for another man; there’s no way he is gay! If that is true, why is he parked outside Del’s apartment?


I enjoyed Del and Donnie’s story even more than Mike and Shane’s. Since Donny never even suspected he might be bisexual, he was even more conflicted than his brother. Also, since Donny considered himself super macho, always in control, giving Del control made the situation even harder to accept. I look forward to the next book in the series. Thanks, Eli and Tara.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 324 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-March-2022
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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