Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Fireman’s Pole
Author: Sue Brown
Series: Dreamspun Desires #44
Heroes: Dale Maloney/Benedict Raleigh
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The flames of passion rise for the lord of the manor.
It’s springtime in Calminster village, but things are already heating up. Sexy firefighter Dale Maloney is new to the local station. When Dale backs the company fire engine into the village maypole, he attracts the ire—and attention—of Benedict Raleigh, the Baron Calminster.
Soon after meeting Dale, Ben breaks off his relationship with his girlfriend, and the sparks between Ben and Dale are quickly fanned into flames.
Unfortunately the passion between the two men isn’t the only blaze in the village. An arsonist’s crimes are escalating, and it’s up to Dale and his crew to stop them. Meanwhile, as they investigate, an unscrupulous business partner attempts to coerce Ben into marrying his daughter. The May Day parade is around the corner, but they have plenty of fires to put out before Ben can finally slide down the fireman’s pole.
Review: I requested the ARC because I was smitten with the cat. Well, the cat is NOT present in this book. If there was a cat, maybe I would have enjoyed it better. *shrugs*
Kidding aside, both the romance and the mystery didn’t work for me. Dale and Ben started off the book not with a good note. Ben was quite snobbish in the beginning. Heck, Ben was quite snobbish for the second meet too. So the whole process of them suddenly being attracted to one another, with Dale actually mentioning that his sister was willing to be a surrogate after only mere days when they hadn’t even consummated their relationship totally turned me off. I mean, do people really do that in real life? That is creepy, in my opinion. *sorry*
I felt that there were a number of plots scattered around the book but without real purpose. We had Ben’s ex-girlfriend whose father was a total douche who wanted her to get married to Ben so he could get his hand on Ben’s estate. We had Dale’s cheating ex suddenly appeared for only one scene. I didn’t get that part at all!
And that arsonist part felt totally random!
I am rounding this up because I happened to love the secondary characters, as in Dale’s firefighter friends AND Ben’s staff. Oh, and Ben’s dogs! They were great! I loved reading about them. They made this book bearable. I didn’t love Dale and Ben. In fact, I thought they were boring.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*