Reviewed by Carissa
TITLE: Where There’s Smoke
SERIES: Daily Dose–Never Too Late
AUTHOR: Nico Jaye
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 58 pages
If he can make room in his life and his heart, an isolated medieval history professor might find a real life knight in shining armor.
A terrible breakup in his early thirties left David shying away from relationships. For years he’s been content with his solitary life, finding fulfillment in his career, books, television show marathons, and his cat’s companionship. When David meets his neighbor Zach, he can’t tell if Zach is just being friendly or if the handsome fireman might actually be interested in him. The more time they spend together, though, the more David questions his resolution to remain single. If Zach can extinguish the flames left by David’s past, David might finally break away from his structured life and take a chance on love.
David is pretty sure that he is going to spend the rest of his life alone–well, at least now. His last relationship was a bit of a bust, and he is so not ready for that again. Then he finds himself moving to California, somehow gaining a nosy neighbor with an even nosier dog, and the attentions of Mr. Blue House–normally just called Zack. Zack is nice, like really nice–but David can’t tell if it is ‘really nice’ or ‘really nice.’ Hell, he doesn’t even know if Zack is gay or just really willing to let David occasionally leer at his fireman hotness. And even if he is gay, who’s to say he would want someone quite as bookish as David?
When we at Love Bytes divided up the Daily Dose books for the coming month, you can bet your ass that I went straight to this one. I love Nico Jaye and she does the most wonderful fluffy–with a side of smutty–books. They just make me so happy when I read them. So, yeah. I might have be a little happy to see that she had written a book for this Dreamspinner event.
And then I read it and it was like all the warm fuzzies in the world came together in my soul and I was filled with so much fluffy my cats tried to use me as kitty-bed. This book was so sweet, but the end was so hot, and David is a freaking professor of all things Viking–which I LOVE–and now I kinda just want to read it again because it made me feel SO HAPPY I COULD DIE.
Oh, and Zack is a hot, older, incredibly nice firedude who rescues cats from trees.
This is a simple story, and there is not a lot of background noise. Just two guys (and a cat) falling in love, but being rather reluctant to be the first one to say ‘please snog me silly.’ There is also a somewhat pushy older neighbor(ish), but she kind of grows on you. I’m not a dog person so I was kinda biased against her and her cat-treeing yapping doggy. But hey, at least it gives Zack a reason to do his ‘I’m such a nice man, don’t you want to spend the rest of your life with me, please???’ routine.
Don’t you want to read it yet? You must, because it is like 33 kinds of awesome.