Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Fire Flow
SERIES: The Guardian (Book 4)
AUTHOR: Max Walker
PUBLISHER: Walking Press
LENGTH: 198 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 18, 2016
Sexy firefighter, Colton Drake, has everything going for him. From a prize-winning smile to a washboard set of abs, all mixed together with a playful sense of humor. He wasn’t the type to have one-night stands, but he knew he wouldn’t have trouble finding them. So why was he having such a terrible time finding someone to spend his life with?
Well, until he meets the man that changes everything.
Mason Bleu, a fire investigator, is moving back to Los Angeles after getting a job offer he couldn’t refuse. Even though the city held some terribly painful memories, Mason thinks everything will be fine. It felt like a second shot.
Then, his entire world is rocked the moment his eyes land on Colton’s. Their connection is immediate and that terrifies Mason. To top things off, he’s thrown into a case involving a serial arsonist terrorizing the community.
Colton and Mason are on a path that could end either in paradise or in a nightmare. Things only heat up further when the arsonist sets his sights on one of them.
Can they make it through the fire or will they be turned to ashes?
I have been eagerly awaiting this next book in the series. I have loved all the books, but “First Down” with Sean and Connor has been my absolute favorite. At the end of the book we meet their wonderful little son they adopted, Colton. I fell for Colton immediately and when I found out that we were going to get his book, I was on pins and needles in anticipation. Max Walker did not disappoint me.
Colton Drake is the son of famous professional quarterback, Sean Drake and his husband, Connor Hawk. He has had a charmed life, living with two fabulous role models who have demonstrated the true meaning of love and acceptance every day of their lives. Colton did not choose to follow either of his fathers footsteps either into pro football or professional body guarding. He is a firefighter in Los Angeles. He, and his best friend Roger, are the model of heroes, putting their lives on the line daily for the safety of the community they are charged to protect. Unfortunately there is a serial arsonist on the loose and houses are going up in flames with people trapped inside. When the fire house company’s fire investigator is suddenly killed in an accident, a new member is joining their squad. Mason Blue is returning to LA from a sleepy town in Oregon. His new assignment will come with much more work and challenges. Not only is the work challenging, but Mason has ghosts in his past from LA as a child. His first moments in the new fire house prove even more challenging. In walks a smoldering hunk of man that grabs his attention immediately. Mason is a one-time only kind of guy but he knows he has meet his match with Colton, who just happens to be the son of his greatest idol. “Fire Flow” is the story of how these men learn to trust and lean on each other as horrible things are happening all around them.
Mason was a hard character to read. You know that he has demons that chase him in his head from a horrific experience in his youth. He has closed himself off and built a huge wall to surround him and protect him from feeling. Colton knows one thing, he is going to break down those walls, make that man learn to genuinely laugh and live again. Their chemistry is as sizzling as the fires that Colton fights. And Colton is as persistent as his dads have raised him to be. He is also a wonderfully romantic and sweet guy. When they are threatened both men go into protection mode for their man, the one they are realizing is “the one” and the “L” word is burning inside to come out.
I really like how the author didn’t rush these men to bed. He developed a relationship built on trust and loyalty before ever letting them embark on exploring their carnal desires. There is explosive sex scenes but they are much later in their budding relationship. This story is one of mutual growth and learning what they need.
I have to warn you, there are some really challenging scenes in here also. This isn’t just a sweet, sappy love story. Firefighters and serial arsonists do not make for all fun and games. But it is so worth the rapid, page turning that happens to make sure all are okay. I read this in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down.
I really, really love series’s. That you get to meet and make the characters part of your “family”. The Guardian series is one of my favorite series and I can’t wait for more. I love how we went from the initial characters to their children. I am hoping we get to discover the next generation also.