The Fire Underneath

Joe Allegretti is a fourth generation firefighter whose life seemed good except he has not met the right woman. He dates woman but none of them click with him. However upon meeting Dallas Williams, his life is turned upside down. Now Joe is rethinking everything he ever thought. Can Joe accept that he is attracted to a man and is falling in love with one?

The beginning of the story leaves you wanting to know more. By the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to finish the book. The author did a good job of creating a realistic world and had the ability to draw the reader into it. The author did a great job of giving the reader a sense of time and location. The story was fast paced all the way through but considering the length of the story at 92 pages, it’s not unexpected. The main characters and the secondary characters were interesting and true to life. Both Dallas and Joe had faults that they each had to deal with, making them realistic.

The point of view stayed with Joe all the way though the story, giving the reader a detailed idea of someone struggling not just with their sexuality but also with how their family will accept them as a result of it. The main conflict of the story keeps the story moving along and leaves you wondering how Joe and Dallas will deal with the future. The characters fit not just the story but their respective roles in the story. The level of conflict is perfect, any more and it would have detracted from the overall story. The dialogue between the characters was genuine and distinctive. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but the author takes the reader on a wonderful journey. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.

Book Blurb for The Fire Underneath

Firefighter Joe Allegretti has some flames that need putting out the minute he meets sexy fellow firefighter, Dallas Williams. But the heat he's feeling has nothing to do with the burning buildings nearby.

Not counting one curious kiss with another guy in college, Joe has always dated women. But as soon as Dallas appears Joe can't seem to ignore the scorching fire underneath that rages for the other man. But Joe struggles with what others might think of him if he dates Dallas openly, and Dallas isn’t interested in hiding what he feels for Joe. Joe’s a brave man, but is he brave enough to fight for what he wants?

Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 5.00