Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: The Fireman and the Cop
SERIES: Ellery Mountain #1
AUTHOR: R. J. Scott
PUBLISHER: Love Lane Books
LENGTH: 31000 words
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
Rescuing a cop from a burning precinct is in Max’s job description; falling in love was never part of the deal.
Max Harrison moved from the city to take up a role as assistant to the mayor, while also a volunteer firefighter. When he meets Finn Ryan in Ellery, he falls in lust that burns as hot as the fires an arsonist is setting in town.
Finn Ryan is a cop, and somehow he’s attracted trouble. Going back into a fire to rescue the town drunk is just the start. Now he has to rely on the man he’s falling for to make sure it doesn’t end with him dying.
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I mostly enjoyed this novella. It was short and to the point, a bit too rushed at some points, but I never lacked for understanding of the lust and love between Max and Finn. Both Max and Finn were likable characters and I connected to them and their ormance almost instantly. I would have liked more on the page about them as individuals so that I understood Finn’s freak out a bit better, but I never questioned the instant attraction or said attraction turning into more. It felt real and natural and it really worked for me.
I did struggle a bit with the bad guy reveal and his motivations. It felt a bit out of left field for me, but the mystery itself was set up well. There needed to be more time devoted to the characters and their histories to really make the bad guy reveal work because it was reliant on a past that was never explored. I can see the potential for this one to have been great has it been a bit longer.
Finally, this story set up some promising secondary characters. I am looking forward to Kieran and Daniel’s stories and Luke, the mysterious absentee son has really captured my attention. I am glad I have book two in my possession.