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BLOG TOUR with GIVEAWAY and excerpt! Secret Fire by Morticia Knight


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Secret Fire (Uniform Encounters 5)

by Morticia Knight

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Publisher: Totally Bound

The Blurb

 

Police officer Zach and Fire Marshal Daryl would be perfect together—if they would ever quit fighting long enough to find out. A devastating fire and the secret behind it almost keeps them from getting what they really need—each other.

Mesa police officer Zach is a fun-loving guy. Now that he’s hit the big three-oh, he’s looking to stop the hook-up train and find someone he can get serious about. When a mutual friend suggests Fire Marshal Daryl, Zach assumes he must be joking. The surly marshal has given cranky a new meaning. It’s unfortunate, though, since he is one fine-looking man.

Daryl has sworn off relationships ever since he caught his ex-partner cheating. He’s always taken everything in life seriously—from jobs to relationships—and is afraid he might be alone in that regard. Certain he can’t risk love again, he panics when he sees his secret crush Zach approaching him at a police versus firemen softball game. He’s nervous, as he is socially challenged with a tendency to blurt out the wrong things. It gets worse when he realises their shared buddy gave Zach a push. He assumes that Zach is only talking to him out of pity.

Zach has been pissed off at Daryl ever since they got into a verbal sparring match at the park. Yet, when Daryl comes to his aid during an explosive fire, Zach wonders what secrets might be hidden beneath the layers Daryl has built to protect himself from the world—and love. A night of passion turns into the possibility of something more as they struggle to find their way to one another. But all of that is threatened when there is a devastating fire that causes many people to lose their lives. As they work together to uncover the truth, someone thinks they’ve asked too many questions—and plans to stop them before they can ask any more.

An Excerpt

Daryl picked at the blanket, relieved that Zach had enjoyed it, but there was still something nagging at him.

“What?”

Daryl glanced up to see Zach staring, his lips pursed.

“I know you, Daryl. What’s bothering you?”

Daryl cast his eyes down.

“Daryl, look at me. Talking, remember?”

He met Zach’s eyes again. “Yeah, we should talk about this. At one point when I put the ice on you, you yelled for me to stop. I wanted to keep going anyway because I knew what the pay-off would be.”

“You’ve had that done to you before?”

He frowned. “No, I just figured the sensations would be incredibly intense.”

“Yeah. That’s for sure.”

“But what I’m getting at is that I kept going and you had no way of stopping me since I had you tied up. I don’t want to go too far, or do anything that you hate. I think we should have an agreement as to how I would know to really stop if you wanted me to.”

He watched as an expression of understanding crossed Zach’s face.

“Oh, my God. You want me to have a safe word? No way. I thought you said you weren’t a Dom.”

Daryl scowled at him. “This has nothing to do with being a Dom or anything like that. It’s about you feeling comfortable with me so that you can relax and enjoy yourself. It’s about you knowing there’s always a way to stop me even if you can’t physically do it. I think that would enhance things between us even more.”

Zach rolled onto his side and moved in to kiss Daryl. It was soft and sensual, and Daryl thought he might be able to happily drown in it. Zach broke their connection and rubbed his nose against Daryl’s. He drew back enough so that Daryl could see the expression in his eyes.

“I…” Zach swallowed as if he had just caught himself. “You’re an amazing guy. I’m very lucky to have you in my life.”

Daryl grunted. “I’m the lucky one. However, I’m serious about this. Think about what word you would use and before I tie you up again I want to know what it is, okay?”

“Yes, Master.” Zach snickered.

“Knock it off, will ya?”

“You’re not the only one who likes to tease.”

About The Author

M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.

When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.

She is currently working on the Gin & Jazz series about the glitz and glamour of 1920’s Hollywood and additional installments of the Uniform Encounters series, with a new series about those luscious men in uniform coming out later this year.

Author Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorticiaKnight

Tour Dates and Stops

Tour Dates: 6/9/14 – 6/27/14

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June 9: Parker Williams

June 10: The Blogger Girls

June 11: Amanda C. Stone

June 12: Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Wake Up Your Wild Side

June 13: Elisa Rolle, Kimi-Chan

June 16: LeAnn’s Book Reviews, Hearts on FireSmoocher’s Voice

June 17: Dawn’s Reading Nook

June 18: Love Bytes, My Fiction Nook

June 19: MM Good Books

June 20: The Hat Party

June 23: Fallen Angel Reviews

June 24: Velvet Panic

June 25: Jade Crystal

June 26: Prism Book Alliance

June 27: Two Men Are Better Than One

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EMS Heat Series by Stephani Hecht

 

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The EMS Heat Series by Stephanie Hecht

 Each book is short and sweet – little bite-sized stories when you want to pick up something quick to read (I read each one in one sitting).

This is one of those series (previously called St Michael’s) that centres on a group of men who work in emergency services. It is a glorious combination of EMTs, firemen, nurses, doctors…

Each book is relatively short (<100 pages)  and make the perfect quick read when you want something short but enjoyable. For such serious topics, there isn’t a lot of time to delve into each story in depth but there is just enough heartache and working through issues to reach a happy ending. Okay, so most seem a little unrealistic – love at first sight, overcoming issues quickly and even the over-abundance of gay guys in the town – but I read this series for a light enjoyment so didn’t mind a bit!

You can read the blurb to find out more about each story so I have included a little quote from each book to give a sense of the style…

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#1 Running Hot “Running to him, Calvin threw his arms around James and pulled him into a rib-crushing hug. They had a huge audience, but he didn’t give a damn.”

#2 Man Down “I told myself I couldn’t get close to you because I didn’t want any complications in my life. That I didn’t have time for a relationship because of school and stuff. The truth is, I didn’t want to grow attached to you because I can’t stand to lose someone else who I care about.”

#3 Lights and Sirens “Unlike Gary, Matt happened to be good looking on the inside too.”

#4 Priority One “This was it. Finally Dylan would be able to know what it felt like to be with another man. After tonight, there’d be no more lingering doubts. No more false hopes that maybe he’d been wrong all along and wasn’t gay and could make things right back home. If he did this, actually went through with it, these would be no question of what he was. “

#5 Code Blue “He wondered how this little brat had managed to mean so much to him in just the span of a day.”

#6 Red Lights and Silver Bells “Kaleb gaped at him in shock. Even after all these months of having to deal with Dylan’s insecurities, it still shocked Kaleb every time he realized just how little his lover thought of himself. If it was anyone who could have their pick of men, it was Dylan.”

#7 High Flow “Since he’d gotten away with touching him earlier, Patrick allowed himself to reach out and cup Forrest’s face. When the younger man briefly closed his eyes and turned into the touch, a thrill of victory went through Patrick. That’s it, babe, open up to me. It’s safe, I promise. Since he knew it was too early to speak those words aloud, Patrick simply went with, “I want you because you’re Forrest. I wouldn’t change a thing about you because you’re perfect the way you are”

#8 Three-Alarm Fire “Why it’s so easy to tell you things that I could never share with anyone else. It’s because you know what it’s like to be hurt by someone you love. You understand me in ways that nobody else could.”

#9 Shades of the Past “As Kiefer’s body seemed to mold into his side, Ray became aware of two things. One, that Kiefer made for a perfect fit. Second came the startling realization that Ray would do anything to protect the medic from being hurt again.”

#10 In His Hero’s Shadow “I don’t want to get hurt,” Brody finally admitted. “I know I’m not good enough for you and that it will only be a matter of time before you figure that out for yourself and dump me.”

#11 Life Over Limb “Nah, he was just being nice. There is no way in hell a guy that good-looking could be interested in me.”

#12 FUBAR “The victim finally looked up and Danny sucked in a breath as he found himself instantly attracted to the other man. Damn it though, he knew he shouldn’t be having that reaction, after all, this guy barely avoided being viciously attacked. The last thing he needed was his would-be rescuer drooling over him.”

#13 Status Dramaticus “Are you even listening to me?” Ah, no. I was too busy drooling over you and imagining how it would feel to have you fuck me into the mattress.

#14 Tagged and Bagged ”The good think about Housten being asleep, aside from the fact his mouth was shut, was that he wasn’t aware of how sappy Rich was being. And Rich was being sappy with a capital S.”

#15 Blamestorming “Intrigued because I’m gay and working in such an alpha dominated field, or because you’re interested in me for something more than a friend?”

#16 Circling the Drain ”Would you think I sound young and dorky if I said that if I wasn’t careful I could fall in love with you?”

#17 STAT “For some reason, Wells felt a flash of jealously over Jaret being so close to another man. Which was crazy. He and Jaret weren’t even friends, much less in a relationship.”

#18 City of Fire “Awww….you better watch it, people will say we’re in love.” “I see that you’ve been watching Oklahoma again.” “What can I say, I’m just a guy who can’t say no.”

3 Stars

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To find out more about Stephani Hecht and her books visit her website.

Buy the series from Amazon.

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Fire Dreams by Tamsin Baker

Fire DreamsFire Dreams by Tamsin Baker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Dylan is living his dream: fighting fires and saving lives. Bruised ribs call for a doctor visit and he meets Zach. The sexy ER surgeon tempts Dylan, with more than the casual one night stands he usually indulges in. However Zach’s life means long hours and pressure. He’s left wondering if he can cope.

Zach meets the gorgeous young Dylan, who is the answer to his silent prayers. The hardworking Firey is beautiful, smart and funny. What more could he ask for?

But these two shift-workers have no relationship experience. Will their lives get in the way of their new love or could their incredible passion conquer all?

So what did I think?

I read this last month and didn’t do my review then – shame because a bit of time has passed and the book had faded a bit in my memory – maybe that’s a sign that it was only so-so?

Anyway, I’ve read through my notes and they consist of mainly highlighting parts where I found inconsistency in the use of language. The book is set in the US based on the cars, restaurant address and cities mentioned but the language and slang is very Australian and I found this distracting – mum, arse, trackies, grog, mate…There were also some sentences that just didn’t make sense.

I also thought the plot was a little thin and that the men breaking up over one missed date was very shallow and intolerant. Mind you, the characters admitted this too….“I’m sorry I broke up with you over it, especially because I do weird and crazy shifts too. I was pretty stupid.” Yes, it was! There were also a couple of other things that I didn’t fully understand the significance of in the story (e.g. Dylan’s nightmares).

All in all, I think this story had potential but didn’t quite follow through. 3 stars because it contains a doctor and a fireman!

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To find out more about Tasmin Baker and her books visit her Goodreads profile.

Buy Fire Dreams from Amazon.

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☊☊☊☊☊ Hot Head by Damon Suede ☊☊☊☊☊

A highly recommended audio book!

  • Hot Head (book #1) – in this review
  • Hard Head (book #2) – release date is unknown

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Hot Head (Head, #1)Hot Head by Damon Suede

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Where there’s smoke there’s fire. . .

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181: Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately Dante is strictly a ladies’ man and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For 10 years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.

Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until Dante is nearly bankrupt and proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay-porn website where uniformed hunks get down-n-dirty… Now Dante wants them to appear there— together.

Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?

So what did I think?

I read this book and loved it but then bought the audio version because I heard rave things about Charlie David’s narration and I wanted to check it out!

I still love the story – two tough and gorgeous firefighters and Griff’s secret love for his best friend Dante. It has it all – heroics, heartache, hot porn, passion, Griff in a kilt and sexy Dante!

And Charlie David’s narration definitely does complement the telling of the story beautifully. At first I was worried that the story would be somehow diminished if the narration did not live up the expectations set by my own reading, but I was not disappointed at all. I loved the sexiness of Charlie’s voice, his accents, tone and pace, all of which captured the character and spirit of the book perfectly.

If you are looking for a good book to read, particularly if you are after an audio book, then Hot Head is highly recommended!

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To find out more about Damon Suede and his books visit his website.

Buy Hot Head from Amazon.

Buy Hot Head from Dreamspinner Press.

or visit Audible where the audio book is on sale for only $3.49! Brilliant value!

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F.A.S.T. Balls by Tara Lain

The Balls to the Wall Series by Tara Lain

  • Volley Balls (book #1)
  • Fire Balls (book #2)
  • Beach Balls (book #3)
  • Snow Balls (book #4)
  • F.A.S.T. Balls (book #5) – in this review

See the link below for review of the first four books in the series.

F.A.S.T. Balls (Balls To The Wall, #5)F.A.S.T. Balls by Tara Lain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Firefighter and surfing champion, Jerry Wallender, looks like a hero to the world, but he can’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who end up making him feel dumb and unneeded. On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Then one day Mick’s nice to Jerry and, at the Firefighter’s Ball, Jerry offers a helping hand and ends up with a hand-job. What the hell is going on?

Mick Cassidy is great with fighting fires and solving math problems but rotten with people. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick’s carefully constructed world of gay bashing starts to crumble when he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known. Mick’s never wanted a woman and can’t stop thinking about sex with Jerry. In fact, he can’t stop doing it. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what happens to his whole life? A hook-up between sweet Jerry and mean Mick might be total disaster — or the smartest idea Jerry ever had.

So what did I think?

A little bit of mixed feelings about this one. While I enjoyed the continuation of the series I did find there were a couple of things that slightly dampened my enthusiasm.

The plot seemed slightly familiar, centreing around around a guy (Mick) who has been raised with an extreme preacher for a father. His father is leading his ‘community’ in the ways of hate, encouraging intolerance to the point of violence. “And they’re armed, Jerry. They’ve got guns in trucks and closets and under beds.” Due to his upbringing, Mick needs to overcome his own prejudices and gain a better understanding of what being gay means before he can accept his own nature.

My issue with this story line was the resolution – there was strong conflict with Mick’s father but nothing like I would have expected given his beliefs and Mick seemed to deal with it a bit too easily. After a life-time of listening to his father’s sermons and rantings, I would have thought some heavy counselling would have been needed before he could accept his own sexuality.

I also found some of Mick’s dialogue uncomfortable. The words he used when talking about sex and body parts just seemed too childlike…“Then there was the thing. Turns out it was pretty big. He smiled. He knew from the shower at the station. That was supposed to be a good thing. Guys always bragged about how big their things were.” I know he was virginal but this just seemed too extreme, particularly for someone living in a world surrounded by masculine firemen!

What I did like was Jerry, who had been unlucky in love, getting his happy ending! I thought he accepted Mick and gave him another chance way too readily but it all worked out in the end.

This makes a nice addition to the series.

3 Stars

To find out more about Tara Lain and her books visit her website.

Buy the Balls to the Wall series from Amazon.

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☆☆☆☆ Grey’s Hidden Fire by Draven St James ☆☆☆☆

Grey's Hidden FireGrey’s Hidden Fire by Draven St. James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Grey’s entire life is wrapped around his job as a firefighter. It is all he has ever wanted. That is until his new coworker Mica Cruz saunters through the door with his smoldering dark looks and dimpled grin. Suddenly he finds himself wanting to get to know what Mica looks like out of his gear and between the sheets.

Mica has one rule…keep his work life and his personal life separate. It was easy enough to follow until he meets Grey and finds that his rule can’t stand up to the fire that Grey ignites. There’s one big thing standing in the way of all of his lust filled musings. Grey is straight.

In a profession where being gay is often kept quiet Grey must come to terms with his growing attraction to Mica. How much is he willing to sacrifice? Can they come together before someone’s hatred threatens to destroy them both?

So what did I think?

One fireman in a book is fantastic, two is even better!

I think I was always going to enjoy this book just because it was a story about fireman. There is something so sexy about firefighters and their stories that blend smoldering hotness and heroic drama.

This is the story of Grey and Mica who meet when Mica, who is rumoured to be gay, joins the fire house. I LOVED that Mica has a heroic moment right at the start of the book – total hero rescuing a little girl while one of his colleagues let’s his homophobia and other things put life at risk! Oh, I so love a hero!

The kindle of the romance between these two was quite unique. There is an attraction which Mica flames by sharing the details of a fantasy he had about Grey with the man himself. It was a strange level of detail to provide to a straight, well supposedly straight man, but so so hot – no wonder Grey couldn’t help but be turned on! “Mica moved off Grey. What exactly was the etiquette after coming on your new co-worker?”

An excellent mix of sexual discovery and romance with some co-worker intolerance and some fireman drama thrown in!

I was hoping we get Simon’s story next and just took a peak at Draven St James’ website. It looks like I’ll get my wish! Make sure you visit because there’s a photo that inspired Simon – gorgeous!

4 Stars

Find out more about Draven St James’  books visit the website.

Buy Grey’s Hidden Fire from Amazon

Buy Grey’s Hidden Fire from Loose ID.

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From the Ashes by Daisy Harris

Fire and Rain

  • From the Ashes (book #1) – in this review
  • After the Rain (book #2) – expected release February 2014

From the AshesFrom the Ashes by Daisy Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

He wanted a boyfriend. What he got was a hero.

When an accident burns down Jesse’s apartment, he’s left broke and homeless, with a giant dog and a college schedule he can’t afford to maintain. And no family who’s willing to take him in.

Lucky for him, a sexy fireman offers him a place to stay. The drawback? The fireman’s big Latino family lives next door, and they don’t know their son is gay.

Tomas’s parents made their way in America with hard work and by accepting help when it was offered, so he won’t let Jesse drop out of school just so he can afford a place to live. Besides, Jesse’s the perfect roommate—funny, sweet and breathtakingly cute. He climbs into Tomas’s bed and tugs at his heart. Until Jesse starts pushing for more.

Their passion enflames their bodies but threatens to crush Tomas’s family. Tomas is willing to fight for Jesse, but after losing everything, Jesse isn’t sure he can bear to risk his one remaining possession—his heart.

Warning: Contains an angry older brother, judgmental best friends, a slobbering bull mastiff, and enough red-hot gay loving to make a porn star blush.

So what did I think?

This wasn’t the book I was expecting – I was hoping for more action and more heroics of the physical kind – instead it was a journey with heroics of a more emotional kind.

I quite liked the combination of Jesse and Tomas – in the beginning it wasn’t all fireworks but there was something special about each of them and they somehow worked together. I didn’t quite understand their immediate attraction and why Tomas would put himself out there to bring Jesse into his home, so near his family, particularly his brother with his homophobic attitude.

Tomas was a puzzle. I struggled to understand the way he thought about sex and what he deemed was acceptable behaviour. I loved that he was respectful of Jesse and didn’t want his actions to demean him, but his ideas seemed a bit odd. Plus he seemed to resolve, what were seemingly deep rooted ideas, pretty quickly. Once they started having sex it was pretty passionate!

Other than those minor points, it was an enjoyable story and provided an interesting take on how one man accepts his sexuality with the love of another. I also loved seeing Jesse blossom under Tomas care, become part of the family and bond with his dog. After rejection by his family and losing his home and all his possessions, he definitely deserved his happy ending!

3.5 stars

To find out more about Daisy Harris and her books visit her website.

Buy From the Ashes from Amazon.

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