Book Reviews

Smoldering Flame (Rekindled Flame 3) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Firefighters / Artists/Actors/Musicians / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 12-March-2018

Book Blurb

Sometimes the strongest flames take the longest to ignite.


Firefighter Dean’s life revolves around his very ill son, Sammy. Caring for Sammy and working to make ends meet leave Dean time for little else, and romance isn’t something he can even consider—no matter how much he longs for someone special to join their family. Because money is tight, Dean couldn’t be more grateful to the photographer who does Sammy’s session free of charge.


After growing up in the foster care system, Marco knows how to rely on himself, and his hard work is about to pay off—he’s poised on the cusp of fame and success he could only have imagined as a lonely child. When Dean brings Sammy into Marco’s studio, Marco can see they’re struggling, and both the boy and his father stir Marco’s heart. The slow burn between the two men isn’t something either expected, but neither wants to lose the possibility of a loving future. With Dean’s dangerous and possibly life-threatening career and Marco’s demanding one, can romance and forever find a place to fit?


Book Review

Talk about smoldering! I love a good slow-burn romance, and ‘Smoldering Flame’ is a perfect example of how this can work really well. Dean and Marco have reasons to be hesitant – reasons that only emerge slowly - but each man knows how to support the other as well. Their first meeting is adorable, and it shows how caring Marco is as well as Dean's love for his sick son, Sammy, who is fighting cancer. Both Marco and Dean are extremely likable men who do not easily let things get them down. I loved them – and Sammy – from the start and was crossing my fingers for things to go well from beginning to end.

Marco grew up in foster care and is now a very successful photographer doing mainly portraits and pet photos. His thoughts as he completes sessions with various clients are as realistic as they are entertaining. Marco has never really known love, his latest ex was a bastard, but Marco is very selfless and capable of giving love. He yearns for a partner and maybe even a family of his own.

Dean is a fireman who slept around to try to find "the woman for him" - resulting in Sammy, whom he now cares for with the support of his parents. His job is important to him and leads to more than one shorter-than-planned date. Being a firefighter is also very dangerous, and that leads to issues with Marco. Dean’s mother is great and very supportive, but his father (ex-Army) has an issue with Dean being gay.

Both men grow and change due to their relationship and learning about each other's needs. Dean realizes fighting fires all the time is too dangerous for his liking, so he begins to think about some changes. Marco has to learn to trust, having never been able to rely on anyone but himself, and while this is easier said than done, he is determined to change and makes steady progress throughout. Most of their obstacles are very practical, everyday issues, but very credibly presented and engaging because it makes everything they go through very "real".

If you like multilayerd characters who deal with real-life issues, if you believe that empathy and perseverance are as important to a relationship as physical attraction, and if you are looking for an emotional read that might just have you cheering the characters along, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It pulled me in on page one and didn’t let me go until the end. Loved it!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/60413 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-February-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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