Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Rekindled Flame
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 182 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 13, 2016
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.
Firefighter Morgan Ayers is just doing his job when he rescues a paralysed man from a house fire, yet when he goes to visit the hospital the next day to check on the man he’s shocked to learn the man is his first best friend Richard “Richie” Smalley.
Richie never expected to see his childhood friend again let alone be rescued from a house fire by him! Richie is a former marine who has been medically discharged because his last mission went bad and now he’s in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Since the house Richie was living in has been burnt to the ground he is virtually homeless until Morgan decides Richie will live with him. Morgan can’t believe fate has bought Richie back into his life. After almost twenty years apart he’s not going to let another minute go by without doing all he can for Richie.
Morgan’s good friend Angus is the fire inspector looking into the fire that almost killed Richie and discovers that it was deliberately set but they don’t know who was the target. As the weeks go by Richie has started having flashback nightmares and his PTSD returns with a vengeance and Morgan has his hands full trying to get Richie to either talk to him, a therapist or anyone to help him with his nightmares.
While Morgan views meeting up with Richie again as fate, Richie can’t understand why someone as good-looking as Morgan would want to have anything to do with a “half-man” like him. Both Morgan and Richie have their hands full trying to juggle a new/old relationship, Richie’s PTSD, the arson investigation and falling in love with the adult version of each other.
Forming a relationship is hard in the best of circumstances, starting and maintaining one whilst trying to find an arsonist and working on your PTSD? Near impossible! And yet, Rekindled Flame shows you that with a lot of dedication you can achieve anything! I definitely recommend Rekindled Flame as you get an in-depth look into what a person with PTSD goes through and what the people who love and support them do as well.