“Rekindled Flame” by Andrew Grey showcases firefighter Morgan Ayers as he unexpectedly reconnects with Richard Smalley, reminding him of the intense but all-too-brief connection they had when they were both young boys. I love watching the way each man works through past issues and finds a way to trust in what they can be together. The hint of danger is a nice twist, but for me the story centers on learning to embrace and accept the person you are, and the author expresses my philosophy perfectly with the statement, “everything that happens makes us the person we are.”
The matter-of-fact way Morgan copes with Richard’s physical limitations and welcomes him back into his life is heartwarming, and the embers that flare to life (yes, I am on a roll, lol) between the men is delightful. This is an enjoyable quick read and I look forward to stories about some of the secondary characters.
This m/m romantic suspense story is the first book in the 'Rekindled Flame' series and follows Morgan, who goes above and beyond his normal duties when he encounters a fire victim in need of rescue in more ways than one. Discovering Richard, a veteran with both visible and non-physical injuries, is the boy he once knew and cared for, Morgan is determined to discover whether their connection still exists. The challenge is complicated by the possibility that the fire that brought them together may have been no accident, and they may have found each other again only to be driven apart again.
Firefighter Morgan has worked hard to build a home for himself after a nomadic childhood. When Morgan is called to a fire, he finds the family out front, but their tenant still inside. He rescues Richard Smalley, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in years and the one person he regretted leaving behind.
Richard has had a hard life. He served in the military, where he lost the use of his legs, and has been struggling to make his way since coming home. Now that he no longer has a place to live, Morgan takes him in, but when someone attempts to set fire to Morgan’s house, they both become suspicious and wonder what’s going on.
Years ago Morgan was gutted when he moved away, leaving Richard behind, so he’s happy to pick things up where they left off. But now that Richard seems to be the target of an arsonist, he may not be the safest person to be around.