This contemporary m/m erotic romance sensitively touches on the difficult subjects of addiction and survivor’s guilt. Watching the seesaw between heat and nurturing as each man works his way through enormous obstacles is both gutwrenching and heartwarming and I was drawn into the struggle and rooting for a successful outcome. I like that the author made this a realistic journey that didn’t have an easy resolution although things did drag on a little long for me. I am not familiar with the series but had no problem reading this story as a stand-alone, and there are so many yummy males I would love to read more in the series as it looks like there are plenty sexy subjects with their own issues to resolve.
“Lost in the Fire” by Draven St. James is Book 5 of the ‘Firehouse Six’ series and features Wren Tucker, a fireman who has scars both inside and out, as he fights to save Aaron Evans from himself. They each have to let the other become a safe place to land, but that may be a goal that is too lofty to reach until they are willing to face their feelings.
Aaron Evans embodies every complication Wren Tucker knows he doesn’t need. The tempting go-go dancer refuses to leave him alone and his attempts to get into Wren’s bunker pants don’t stop at the club--even the walls of the Firehouse aren’t safe. Wren’s control is only so strong, and his desire for Aaron is turning into a clawing need that’s digging through the many reasons keeping Aaron at bay.
Aaron is two cold showers away from hypothermia if the hot fireman of his dreams won’t give in to the lust he sees blazing in Wren’s eyes. The only issue is, Wren is a forever man, and Aaron doesn’t have that in him to give, not with so many secrets locked behind the glitter and gold of his beautiful world.
As Wren begins to cave to Aaron’s delicious demands, he gets a deeper view of the tarnished landscape Aaron exists in. A murky pit of drug addiction that’s slowly dragging Aaron under, and Wren is going to have to fight like hell to save Aaron from it, to even have a chance at a new beginning with the man who brought him out of the shadows.