Reviewed by Ami
Title: Set Ablaze
Author: KC Burn
Heroes: Hayden & Jez
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: California firefighter Hayden Hurst is starting to realize there’s more to life than fighting fires and drinking with his buddies. He has room in his home and his life for someone special, but no one has stood out among his hookups. And while he’s out at work, admitting he’s gay is very different from showing up at social functions with a man. He’s afraid that’ll be too much for his less-than-accepting “friends.”
Broadway dancer Jez Bouchet hasn’t been mistaken for straight since he was gay-bashed at seventeen. After getting a lucrative job offer in Hollywood, he uproots his life in New York and drives to Los Angeles. His brother, who is Hayden’s best friend, arranges for him to crash at Hayden’s place.
The attraction between Hayden and Jez is unexpected but fiery, and they succumb before they’re even sure they like each other. But Jez hates Hayden’s homophobic friends, and Hayden knows Jez is too flamboyant for him to fly under the radar. Then there’s the complication of Jez’s brother.
Despite those hurdles, they fling themselves into a relationship. But Jez has secrets: a tiny spoiled dog and a determined stalker. If he doesn’t come clean, he might torch their burgeoning relationship before it has a chance to bloom.
KC Burn’s stories are hits and misses with me … and her latest, unfortunately, is a miss. I genuinely didn’t understand WHY Hayden was willing to deal with his homophobic friends. Seriously, the things that came from their mouth are derogatory! I felt myself fuming on his behalf. Because of this, I thought Hayden was quite a doormat.
In addition, this story seemed to rely on our heroes making LOTS of internal assumptions and lack of communication. There was a scene where they got into an argument and immediately Hayden thought they broke up… which left me with “huh” reaction.
Also, Jez thought his brother was unwilling to deal with his sexuality – which was totally weird case for me considering Michael was the ONLY one in their family who cares for him. For the things that Michael did whenever Jez needed help, it was very strange that they didn’t really TALK or see each other face to face for EIGHT bloody years.
On that note, Michael’s reasoning for his behavior towards Hayden and Jez was so lame.
There were moments that I thought was important to be dealing with off page – like the two of them making appointment with therapist, or when the stalker made a more serious threat – but things that were not explained to be described on page, like Hayden’s obsessive cleanliness.
Yeah, this story didn’t work for me. At all. Sorry, book.
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*