Nothing but Smoke

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Nothing but Smoke

Fire and Rain, #3

This is the third book in the Fire and Rain series. In this installation we see Michael who we have met before. (He works at the coffee shop with Jesse from book one.) Michael is running in the park one night when he meets Nicky who is there looking for a hook up. Nicky is a fireman and he is deeply closeted. He's never had a boyfriend and has only had one offs with guys in parks. In addition he has the added stress of living with and care giving for his mother who is dying of cancer.

This story was just OK for me. First off I had a hard time connecting with either character. Their relationship starts pretty sleazy and then jumps to something pretty serious really quickly. Nicky was whiney and emotional and while I understood his mother was sick he still bugged me with his neediness. The relationship moved along at an unrealistic pace and while it wasn't insta-love it was really close. Nicky also moved from deeply closeted, never been with a guy before, to out and proud too quickly to be believable for me. There were also a lot of similarities to another famous m/m book and I kept feeling like I had read this plot before.

This is one of those books that didn't have anything major wrong with it in writing, editing etc but it still just didn't work. It’s one of those books that you don't have a concrete reason for not liking, you just don't. If you are a fan of this series you will probably really enjoy this. If you have not read any of the other books in the series you can read this as a standalone.

Book Blurb for Nothing but Smoke

Sometimes good boys do bad things.

Michael Larson considers himself one of the good guys. He recycles, eats mostly vegan, and volunteers. But one night, while on a jog through a Seattle park, he encounters a sexy man on a motorcycle he wants to be bad with.

Firefighter Nicky O’Brian barely has time to even think about a sex life. Between his job and caring for his critically ill mother, his only pleasures involve a few racy videos and occasional nighttime forays to find men willing to help him forget his troubles.

It was supposed to be a one-time, anonymous hookup—until fate intervenes and their mutual attraction blossoms into a furtive affair. Michael doesn’t date closeted guys, but for the haunted, lonely Nicky he makes an exception.

When Nicky’s mother takes a turn for the worse, Michael is forced to make a choice between idealism and compassion. And as Nicky’s needs spiral out of control, Michael realizes that a new set of ideals could be exactly what he needs to keep love in his life—for good.

Warning: Contains sex in the trees, sex in parked cars, and sex in other uncomfortable places. Tissues are required, because the ending will make you cry—and maybe make you want to call your Mom.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2014 3.00