This m/m erotic romance was a fun read and a great demonstration of the importance of not falling prey to assumptions about stereotype. The genuine affection between Rod and his friends as well as the challenges faced by those who follow their hearts provide a nice backdrop to a sweet story about hot hunky males and the importance of being true to yourself. A cameo from the characters featured in “Volley Balls” helps tie the stories together but this story can definitely be read as a stand-alone.
“Fire Balls” by Tara Lain is an entertaining contemporary m/m romance novella that presents the complicated relationship between flamboyant artist Rodney (Rod) Mansfield aka Roman and firefighter Hunter Fallon. A combination of missed opportunities and reluctance to interfere with a friend’s attraction result in Rod acting as a reluctant shadow mentor facilitating a relationship between his good friend and the man of his dreams. A modeling session allows Rod to get closer to Hunter and sparks fly between them but it will take an even bigger conflagration before they both can admit to their true feelings.
Renowned artist Rodney Mansfield stands five foot six, has pink hair, six earrings, a black belt in karate—and a desperate yearning for firefighter Hunter Fallon. But Rod, the Runtback of Notre Dame, knows he’ll never land the beautiful “straight gay” guy, so Rod musters his altruism and helps his more masculine friend Jerry attract Hunter. As if a broken heart wasn’t enough, Rod saves Hunter from a firehouse homophobe—humiliating Hunter in front of his dad!
Hunter lives a dream life—his father’s dream. While he’d like to teach literature in college, read poetry in the sun, and find a strong guy to top him, he fights fires for his dad. Hunter hates flamboyant guys like Rodney. So why can’t he resist him? Maybe it’s time to admit this is one flame he has no desire to put out.