Monday, December 18, 2017

On Duty by A.R. Barley

Title: On Duty
Author: A.R. Barley
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Smoke & Bullets #1
Main Characters: Troy and Alex
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Number one rule for a firefighter: never take your eyes off the flame. Male/male author A.R. Barley is back with a new contemporary romance series.

Former marine and seasoned firefighter Troy Barnes has always kept his sex life on the down low, until he takes back-to-back hits: physically injured in a suspicious warehouse explosion and emotionally blindsided when he’s ditched by his boyfriend. When a flirty young paramedic offers him a place to crash, Troy’s not so willing to give in. He’s never needed help before. But if anyone can break through his tough-guy act, it’s Alex Tate.

Alex has crushed on Troy since the minute he saw him. Now here he is, stripped of his turnout gear and recuperating in Alex’s bed. The tattooed hero may be a fantasy-come-true, but Alex wants more than rebound sex—and he’s not sure Troy’s ex is gone or forgotten.

As each night brings them closer together, Troy realizes there’s more to Alex than he’d ever imagined. And with an arsonist loose in Manhattan, neither he nor Alex realizes just how combustible things are going to get.

This book is approximately 64,000 words

My Review:
Quick overview of my review...I'm going to like this series. This was a great start!

This book starts with Troy. He's a firefighter whose body got put through the wringer as he saved a teenager from a collapsing building. He didn't call his boyfriend/roommate when he checked himself out of the hospital, and when he got home said 'roommate' told him that he had been cheating and that Troy had 5 days to move out because the new girlfriend was moving in. Troy, on the verge of collapse, just went back to the firestation which is where paramedic, Alex, found him. The thing is...Alex has been crushing on Troy for months.

That's where the book begins...and then it just gets better. Because of events in the past, Alex doesn't think he's boyfriend material. He's a one-night-and-done kind of guy which makes his attraction to Troy difficult now that they're living together. It's kind of hard to go back to just platonic friends when the two of them live in a tiny 450 square feet. And Troy's a mess. The thing he just had with his 'roommate' was a thing that lasted 12 years. It may not have been love, but that's not something that a guy just gets over. 

But they're attracted to one another and as the danger from an arsonist ramps up, so does their attraction to one another. Nothing like life and death to make a person realize just what's important.

I liked this one. There's a bit of suspense, but it's definitely secondary to the romance story line...but that's the way I like it...enough suspense to keep the story flying and the anticipation boiling. I liked how, despite the fact that Troy was hurt a lot in this book, he still comes off as this huge, tough guy who's stronger than the average bear. The visuals between the two of them were great. 

I liked this one and can't wait for more to come in the series...LUKE!! I definitely recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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