Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Fire on the Mountain
Author: P.D. Singer
Narrator: Finn Sterling
Series: The Mountains #1
Heroes: Jake Landon/Kurt Carlson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book 212 Pages / Audio 7 hours and 8 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – June 21, 2012 / Audio – September 18, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Take a break from academics, enjoy the Colorado Rockies, fight a fire now and then. That’s all Jake Landon expected when he signed up to be a ranger. He’ll partner with some crusty old mountain man; they’ll patrol the wilderness in a tanker, speak three words a day, and Old Crusty won’t be alluring at all. A national forest is big enough to be Jake’s closet—he’ll spend his free time fishing.
Except Old Crusty turns out to be Kurt Carlson: confident, competent, and experienced. He’s also young, hot, friendly, and considers clothing optional when it’s just two guys in the wilderness. Sharing a small cabin with this walking temptation is stressing Jake’s sanity—is he sending signals, or just being Kurt? And how would Kurt react if he found out his new partner wants to start a fire of a different kind? Jake’s terrified—they have to live together for five months no matter what.
Enough sparks fly between the rangers to set the trees alight, but it takes a raging inferno to make Jake and Kurt admit to the heat between them.
First Electronic Edition published by Torquere Press (2009).
Bonus Short Story: Into the Mountains
Long before he met Jake, Kurt Carlson climbed Yosemite with his best friend, Benji. But after a storm traps them halfway up the face of El Capitan, Kurt has to accept that their friendship isn’t what he thought.
Review – Book: Jake had a bad experience with coming out and is determined to stay in the closet for the foreseeable future – unless he can be absolutely assured of not getting hurt. Since that is not likely to happen – the closet looks mighty tempting. He takes a summer off from academics to fight forest fires over the summer, hoping for an old, crotchety partner, who won’t serve as temptation. Unfortunately, he pulls Kurt, a super hot, young fire fighter, and the stress begins.
Kurt seems to be straight, though he gives off conflicting signals now and then, and pushes all Jake’s buttons. Though they begin to become friends as the summer moves on, it takes all Jake’s self control not to expose his desire for Kurt.
It takes a brush with death for Kurt and Jake to expose their desires for one another and even then, they aren’t sure the other wasn’t simply motivated by a “this could be the end” mentality. It takes some talking, but the two figure things out and essentially enjoy the rest of the summer together. That’s not the end – now that they are together there are still obstacles to face: mainly Jake’s closet, and Kurt’s job(s). Luckily there are 4 more books in this series, so we get to follow these boys deeper into their relationship and see where it takes them.
This was a slow, slow burn. (See what I did there?) Lots of internal dialog and vacillation on the part of Jake as to should he/shouldn’t he act on his feelings for Kurt. However, it’s well done, and all the while, we get to learn about fighting fires in the mountains of Colorado.
I enjoyed the background story almost as much as the love story, and when the two MCs do finally get together, it’s very hot (Jake is a virgin) and very satisfying.
I give the book a 4 of 5 stars – I really liked it.
Review – Audiobook: I had listened to a few of Finn Sterling’s other narrations, and I like him. He does a little voice manipulation and seems to have a good understanding for pacing and seems to “get” what he’s reading so that you can lose yourself in the story and not be distracted by his inflections or pronunciations.
I really, really liked his voice for Kurt. Deep, rumbly, kind of growly. Very hot. Jake was a little too effeminate for me, but not so much that it was distracting.
I give the Audiobook a 4 of 5 stars as well, and overall rating of 4 of 5 stars. I really liked it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*