Monday, August 6, 2018

Shift's End by A.R. Barley

Title: Shift's End
Author: A.R. Barley
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m) 
Series: Smoke and Bullets #3
Main Characters: Jack and Diesel
Release Date: August 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
With a couple failed marriages under his belt, Captain Jack Tracey knows how tough it is to balance a personal life with his job. But nothing in his long career has prepared him for the moment Diesel Evers walks into his firehouse. Sure, Jack’s contended with cocky young recruits before, but this seriously hothotshot rookie is poised to crash and burn. With early retirement in sight, Jack can’t afford to get involved with a subordinate.

Having transferred to Jack’s house after a disastrous relationship, Diesel isn’t looking for another commitment. But that doesn’t mean he can’t have a little fun with his sexy silver fox of a new boss. Sometimes you have to bend the rules a bit…or shatter them completely.

With an unidentified saboteur endangering his squad, Jack doesn’t want to draw any more heat, but Diesel is too damn tempting to deny. Indulging their desires feels worth the risk—until trouble on the job lands Jack in the hospital, forcing them both to decide what’s worth fighting for.

This book is approximately 63,000 words
My Review:
OMG, this book was so, so good. Jack is the fire captain and he's already dealing with enough. Someone appears to be sabotaging his crews equipment, endangering lives. It's something that definitely get him fired, but worse, it could mean that the entire station/his crew are separated and put onto other teams. For guys that spend a lifetime building trust in who has your back, that could be devastating. So, yeah, Jack is dealing with a lot. He doesn't need to add a forbidden relationship with one of the rookies on the crew to devastate his career.

Diesel is new to this fire department. He moved from Atlantic City after a horrific relationship ruined his life...both personal and professional. In the end, the guys who were supposed to have his back came after him with bats. Yeah, Diesel hasn't had it easy either. Add on, he has a bit of PTSD to cope with, he doesn't need this forbidden attraction either. 

But that's the thing about attraction...you can't control when and who it happens with. 

So, we have a forbidden attraction, hot firefighters, and danger lurking every time the team goes out on a call. Seriously, this book was like romance candy. So, so good. I loved Jack and Diesel together. There's a big age gap, but Diesel is smart and resourceful and with his life experience is more than a good match for Jack. Jack is a bit world/romance weary at this point. After two marriages, he isn't sure relationships are a thing he should do anymore, although he's a serial monogamist. Hook-ups are not his thing, so he's in a bit of a hard place. 

Everything tied together to create a fantastic story that I enjoyed reading for every moment I spent immersed in the story. 

I HIGHLY recommend this book! You will not be disappointed when you read it. 

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

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