Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Where There’s Smoke
Author: Nico Jaye
Series: 2015 Daily Dose – Never Too Late
Heroes: David & Zach
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 58 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: If he can make room in his life and his heart, an isolated medieval history professor might find a real life knight in shining armor.
A terrible breakup in his early thirties left David shying away from relationships. For years he’s been content with his solitary life, finding fulfillment in his career, books, television show marathons, and his cat’s companionship. When David meets his neighbor Zach, he can’t tell if Zach is just being friendly or if the handsome fireman might actually be interested in him. The more time they spend together, though, the more David questions his resolution to remain single. If Zach can extinguish the flames left by David’s past, David might finally break away from his structured life and take a chance on love.
David’s moved to a new town to start over and embrace his singleness. Except when he meets his very handsome and VERY nice neighbor, David’s thoughts of staying single are seriously tested. As they get closer, David can’t tell if Zach is just a nice neighbor or flirting with him. With the help of a feisty old lady, David and Zach just might get the push they need to start something they’ve both been yearning for.
This was a seriously cute story. I absolutely adored that Zach came to David’s rescue multiple times and that David couldn’t tell whether Zach was flirting with him or not. I loved that they danced around each other without actually pursuing the attraction between them until they were pushed towards it. Most of all, I loved David’s cat. She was an adorable little brat but then again, I have a soft spot for haughty kitties lol.
I really enjoyed this story but it was too short, IMO. I wished it had been a little longer so that it was more fleshed out. I wanted to explore more about the characters because I felt like I barely know them. I wanted to see them interacting more and seeing them get to know each other. While there was a connection between them, I felt like it was more told rather than shown.
Still, in the end, I actually really enjoyed this one. I loved the no drama sweetness to it. I liked that it was simply about two neighbors dancing around the attraction they have and I loved that Zach was always there to help with David’s needs. I hope the author considers writing a sequel because I’d love to know where their relationship goes from here!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*