Book Reviews

The Fireman's Pole by Sue Brown at One Hat Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Firefighters / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-January-2021

Book Blurb

Sparks of passion ignite between the lord of the manor and the hot, new firefighter. But when Ben’s home goes up in flames, will Dale be in time to save his life?

Dale runs from the big city to a rural fire station to nurse his broken heart. But he immediately incurs the wrath of the handsome lord of the manor when he knocks over the village maypole.

Ben is used to people avoiding him. But the sexy, new firefighter is not like everyone else. Everywhere Ben goes; Dale is there too, and Ben can’t ignore the magnetism between them.

Will Ben ever forgive Dale for knocking over the maypole? Will Dale wait for Ben to disentangle himself from a relationship he was forced into? Will the villagers, the fire fighters, and the staff at the manor house, stop interfering in their relationship?

So many questions and no time to answer them, as an arsonist’s crimes are escalating, and Dale is worried that Ben could be his next target.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2017.

Book Review

Sometimes people fall in love despite themselves and the fact that they have totally different backgrounds and an almost opposite perspective on life. Dale and Ben prove this point after meeting under less than favorable circumstances, despite Ben’s irascible nature, multiple temper tantrums, and not hindered (much) by an arsonist and Ben’s crooked business partner. Set in a quaint British village, this tale offers twists and turns, a touch of mystery, quite some humor, and lots of British sarcasm and banter. It definitely made me grin more than once.

Dale has moved to a small village for several reasons, but a bad breakup with a closeted ex is top among them. So when the hunky firefighter meets Ben, and assumes the man is either straight or in the closet, a relationship is not exactly Dale’s first order of business. But the physical attraction quickly gets the best of him and everything else – well, the sparks may be flying, but Dale also (eventually and very gradually) discovers a lot he likes about Ben.

Ben may be an aristocrat, and he definitely has the arrogance to prove it, but this protective layer is only superficial. He is able to set all that attitude aside once he gets to know someone, making me suspect it’s more of a protective wall than who he really is deep down. Ben has a lot to learn about relationships and how to deal with people who do not share his privileged background, but he is willing, and that is all you can ask, right?

If you like your romances with lots of action, a great cast, and conflicted characters, if a touch of mystery is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that doesn’t (I think) take itself too seriously, then you will probably like this novel. All in all, I found it to be very amusing!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 195 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-January-2021
Price $3.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
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