Title: Fireside Romance, Book 1: First Flames
Author: Drew Hunt
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Simon Peters, Mark Smith
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
All four novels in Drew Hunt’s best-selling gay erotic romance series, Fireside Romance, are now available in one box set! Contains the stories:
First Flames: One evening, when the loneliness becomes overwhelming, Simon gathers up his courage and goes to the red light district of the town to buy a little human companionship. As the weeks pass, Simon and Mark find warmth and friendship indoors. When an explosion injures Mark, Simon has to make a decision. Can he offer Mark shelter and nurse him back to health without revealing his true feelings?
Burning Brighter: After declaring their love for each other on Christmas Day, Simon Peters and Mark Smith settle down to a cosy life of domestic togetherness. Snuggle up in an easy chair and toast your toes in front of the fire as you read Simon and Mark’s continuing romantic adventures.
Heating Up: Simon and Mark’s social life grows. However, a near tragedy reminds them to celebrate such togetherness because it could be snatched away. Simon discovers he has a kinky side, one which he and Mark often explore. Join them as they navigate the highs and lows of life.
Glowing Embers: Numerous challenges face Simon and Mark. Because of his time on the streets, Mark worries about HIV. Mark’s dad gets back in contact and brings issues of his own. Can this unconventional family pull together despite all the world has thrown at them?
Simon is a lonely man who longs for male companionship. Not only does he long for a companion, he wishes to have someone special to share his life with. But, being a librarian and a little bit introverted, Simon doesn’t have a lot of opportunity to meet people.
One night he is so lonely he opts to buy a male prostitute for a couple of hours of his time. Though he knows sex is always an option, Simon wants to just hang out with a man, maybe watch television and cuddle for a while. When he spots “Jim” and purchases some of his time, Simon isn’t prepared for the unexpected feelings he has for “Jim”.
As the two men get to know one another, both seem to crave an emotional connection. Both Simon and “Jim”, who has now confessed his name is truly Mark, enjoy the time they spend just in each other’s company and a budding friendship begins to form.
As time goes by, when Simon finds out that Mark has been injured, he leaps to the young man’s rescue. As their feelings continue to develop, both men must learn to face their insecurities if they want to truly have something special between them.
First, Simon is a likeable man. He’s a hard worker and enjoys his job. Since the story is told entirely through his eyes, we truly get to see how his feelings for Mark, as well as his own insecurities, grow as the story continues. Though I liked Simon, I thought he needed to spruce up his life a little bit. At times, he was a little bit too much into his routine and maybe a tad bit dull, so I was glad to see Mark come into his life and bring some sparkle into it.
Mark is also a likeable man. He comes from a difficult home life, leading to his lifestyle choices. I found myself charmed by his sweetness and thought he was well-matched for Simon.
If you are looking for a romance between two likeable characters without a lot of angst, but with plenty of sweet moments, First Flames is definitely the book for you! I liked these two men and enjoyed the story the author had to tell.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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