Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Redemption by Fire
Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Peter B. Brooke
Series: By Fire #1
Heroes: Dirk Krause/Lee Stockton
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 2 hours, 29 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 13, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Dirk Krause is an asshole of the first degree. His life is a hell of his own making, and he makes everyone around him just as miserable. When he’s injured on the job while fighting a fire, he’s nearly unbearable to the hospital staff, and of course no one from his unit cares enough to visit.
Lee Stockton is the new guy at the station, so he gets saddled with the job of bringing Dirk a sympathy bouquet from the guys at the firehouse. To Dirk’s surprise, Lee sees through him like a pane of glass and doesn’t take any of his crap. Lee’s determined to get Dirk to stop being a dick just to push everyone away. When their fighting turns to fucking, will the fireworks shine brightly on a possible relationship or leave them with nothing but ashes?
Review – Book:
Dirk is a big ole jerk. Nobody likes him at the firehouse, and his dad thinks he’s stupid for throwing away a career in finance to be a fireman. He doesn’t really have any friends and has never had any sort of romantic relationship. It turns out he has to sneak away to back alleys and bar bathrooms to get some lovin’, because he’s gay, and in addition to hating his career, dear old dad is a big homophobe.
Lee is the new guy who saves Dirk in a fire when Dirk rescues a baby at his own risk. Lee gives Dirk the benefit of the doubt, and when Dirk shows signs of batting for the same team as Lee, he pushes Dirk to admit his attraction.
Dirk isn’t going to change his spots so easy and is pretty much a jerk to Lee for weeks and weeks until finally Lee gives up and leaves Dirk to his own devices.
Life is lonely for Dirk and he does some soul searching and groveling and he and Lee begin a relationship. It’s not all candy and roses from there. Dirk still has quite a lot of growing to do, but the two work through their problems and when another disaster puts Lee in the line of danger, Dirk finally figures out exactly how much Lee means to him.
This first book in the By Fire series sets the ground-work for the relationship between the two lovers. Lee shows infinite patience and helps Dirk to become more worthy of his love. I really like Lee as a character – he never backs down or lets Dirk walk all over him, but he’s sweet and genuinely caring and a really good guy, just what Dirk needs.
The sexual tension is pretty hot and the ending is very satisfying, even though there are two more books to follow.
I really liked this book (and the series) and I give it 4 stars.
Review – Audio Book:
I was excited to see Peter B. Brooke as the narrator, as he had done a really nice job with the Dark Horse series by Kate Sherwood, and I figured he’d do a great job here, too.
He did not disappoint. His gruff imitation of Dirk’s gravelly voice is great, and his vaguely mid-western accent for the chief is a nice touch. The story takes place in Pennsylvania, and I don’t know where Peter is from, but he sounds like people who grew up in the area. That added a nice layer of realism to the narration.
His narration is just enough “acting” and “background” that it made for a really nice listening experience.
Overall Impression (audio and book): I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*