Title: Birthday Boy, Book 2: Fireman’s Cat
Author: Astrid Cooper
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Characters: Brendan, Aeric
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Shifter, Series
When the flames of passion are kindled between Brendan and Aeric, it gives a whole new meaning to c’mon baby, light my fire.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…
Brendan Tierney, a fireman, lives quietly in the outback Australian town of Greenhill. On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, when he and his crew respond to a fire, he is trapped by the flames. Rescued from death by something he cannot—dare not—believe, he returns home, expecting his lonely life to return to normal. He makes a birthday wish, never suspecting that wishes and dreams can come true—with a little help from his sister and grandmother and a wizard…
When Aeric walks into Brendan’s shop, the fireman’s world is turned upside down, because the sexy guy is not what he appears. Ric has spine fur. Bren hopes that the guy is long overdue for a waxing. No such luck. He discovers that his unwelcome guest is a firecat, the rarest of shifters, who can harness fire.
Aeric recognises Brendan as his forever-mate—for him, it’s love at first sight. True love is never easy when a human is involved. Bren knows nothing about cat shifters or magic. But worse—he’s been betrayed by love, and denies his own deep, burning passion for Aeric. How can Ric convince Brendan to open his heart to believe in a cat’s forever promise? Or will the past come between a fireman and his cat?
Fireman’s Cat is a fast-paced, fun and sexy story that kept this reader’s attention from start to finish. I’ve read several of Ms. Cooper’s books, and I’ve enjoyed them all. Not only are they very interesting, I think she has created a fresh take on the everyday shifter book.
The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story so I won’t rehash a lot of it. I will say that I immediately liked Aeric (Ric) and thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about him and the world he came from as the story progressed. He and Brandon had a very strong chemistry and I thought the love scenes they had together was smokin’ hot! But the best thing about them was how I thought they really fit well together. At first, Brendon is leary of Ric and doesn’t quite grasp the fact that he is Ric’s mate. At times, I thought he deliberately misunderstood the meaning behind Ric telling him they were fated (Mates) to be together because of fear of the unknown.
I liked how the two men really got to know one another. There is a big culture difference between them, so some of the misunderstandings were quite comical at times. Also, since the book is set in Australia it’s fun to read the different slang and traditions that they have compared to American ones. All in all this was a well-rounded, fun and sexy read and I highly enjoyed it.
Fireman’s Cat is the second book in the Birthday Boy series. Although it can be easily read as a stand alone in the series, I highly recommend reading the books in series order. These characters are sexy, memorable men who are all highly enjoyable to read about.
The Birthday Boy series in book order are:
Reviewed By: Gabbi