Title: Set Ablaze
Author: KC Burn
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Hayden Hurst, Jez Bouchet
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance,
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.
Set Ablaze by KC Burn is an opposite attracts story about two interesting characters whom I liked very much.
Hayden’s life is a pretty good one. He is a respected firefighter, a good friend, a nice guy and lives a comfortable life. Even though Hayden is tentatively out to his firefighter friends, and he seems like he has it all together, he really doesn’t. Some of his firemen friends are clearly prejudiced against homosexuals and though they know Hayden is gay, it doesn’t stop them from saying inappropriate, often hurtful things and Hayden either tries to shrug it off or ignore it altogether. Hayden isn’t truly proud and open about his sexuality and does not discuss his love life with others. But, when his best friend’s gay brother moves in with him, Hayden is forced to look at his life and his decisions about brushing aside obvious hurtful prejudices from people he supposedly respects.
Jet is a flamboyant, lovable and out and proud man who is working on his dream to be an actor. He is fun and honestly doesn’t take a lot of crap from people and I loved this about him. Even though he has been down on his luck and has moved temporarily in with his brother’s best friend, Hayden, Jet is ready to save some money, move out and live his life as he wants, too.
I liked these two men together. The moment Hayden sees Jet sleeping on his porch, Hayden knows his life will never be the same. As Hayden and Jet become friendlier, Hayden is forced to look into his own actions-or nonactions when it comes to ugly remarks made by coworkers. I liked how this made Hayden take a long look at himself and decide what kind of man he wants to be.
KC Burn writes romances with likable, down-to-Earth heroes who you can’t help but fall in love with. Between their well-written story and the heated chemistry, they share together, Set Ablaze is a satisfying story filled with many feel-good moments and an ending that will leave you with a smile on your face.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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