Reviewed by Susan
TITLE: Jackson & Nick
SERIES: Storming Love: Wild Fire
AUTHOR: Laura Baumbach
PUBLISHER: MLR Press
LENGTH: 73 pages
Fireman Jackson Kain and ER physician Dr. Nick Kirby would both like nothing better than to leave behind their high-pressure NY City lives for a just a few days in the peaceful wilds of Northern Ca. Two ordinary men exploring their growing relationship in glorious, undisturbed beauty of nature. Before this trip is over, both men will need all their specialized abilities and training to survive their romantic interlude turned WILD FIRE.
Recuperating from a work-related injury, NY City fireman Jackson Kain convinces new boyfriend Dr. Nicolas Kirby to spend a few days at a secluded California cabin in the woods far away from the hustle and bustle of their stressful worlds.
Nick is a cautious man with protective walls around him that persistent, persuasive Jackson is determined to breakdown, scale or tunnel under. These few days are Jackson’s best chance to convince Nick he is sincere and reliable in all things, including matters of the heart. Unfortunately, both men are going to get more opportunities to prove themselves than either bargained for.
What was supposed to be a relaxing break from the world to get to know one another better turns into a struggle for survival that pits both men against nature and time.
I really enjoyed this story. For such a short one, it really was jam packed with drama and emotion, romance and heat. Jackson is fiercely determined to make Nick completely his, to convince him that they belong together. He feels like some time away from everything in their everyday lives is just the way to convince Nick of this. Nick was badly burned by his last relationship and he is incredibly gun shy about trusting anyone else again. He wants to trust Jackson, but is just not sure if he can let himself.
But their time together puts them directly in the path of a raging fire. This part of the story is intense and gripping with a climax that has you holding your breath. I loved how the two men immediately meshed together and let their respective training kick in and did not question each other’s expertise.
My feeling when I finished Jackson and Nick’s story was that I really wanted more.
This book is part of a series, but the series is connected by topic not characters.