Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Guns & Hoses
AUTHOR: Brenda Cothern
PUBLISHER: Brenda Cothern Books
LENGTH: 226 Pages
Tigger Flint and Thomas Flame shared an instant mutual hate for one another from the day they met in sixth grade. Their dislike grew into competition and rivalry throughout high school as they were stuck in the same honors classes and played the same sports. That hatred and rivalry followed them into adulthood as one became a cop and the other a fireman.
Sharing the same haunt, Guns & Hoses, gave everyone from both departments plenty of opportunity to witness their personal war. Being forced back onto the football field for charity gave both men another venue for their hatred and rivalry to make an appearance.
But those feelings weren’t the only emotions in attendance and the winner of games could just be both of them.
I loved this book the first time I read it, and I loved it again this time. The author does a great job of telling a story, while at the same time building a believable setting and characters. Since she lives in the Tampa area, I’m guessing the settings for this one were pretty easy for her!
Tigger Flint (Tig) and Thomas Flame (Flame) grew up across the street from each other from the sixth grade on. To say they disliked each other would be an understatement. Their relationship has always been one of hate and utmost loathing. Their rivalry in sports and scholastics kept them competing with each other all through school, and has followed them into their adult lives where Tig is a Cop and Flame is a Fireman. Since they both work in Tampa, they’ve been seeing each other on mutual calls.
Now they’ve been thrown together again in a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. A series of three tag football games, TFD against TPD. And guess who the reps are from the two departments? Both are looking forward to beating the other yet again.
As Tig and Flame are thrown together on a more regular basis, can they work past their mutual dislike or will they try to destroy each other on the football field? What will happen when they each discover the other is gay? Will it change their dynamics on and off the field?
Ms. Cothern did a great job with this book. I really felt I got to know the characters and really got into their story. I’ll be honest, there were a few typos that should have been caught in editing (i.e. passed instead of past), that caught me as I was reading. But overall, it was a good enough book that I looked past those issues. I highly recommend the book to anyone who likes tales of hot firemen and hot detectives!