Book: The Fireman's Pole
House Line: Dreamspun Desires
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
Length: 220 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
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.
I want to be honest here, the title of this book made me go back and forth on reading it. But the blurb sold me on it. This is a story about a rich Lord and a hunky fireman. That’s what got my attention too.
Dale has moved across the country because his then boyfriend was cheating on him. Ben is a Lord who starts off in a relationship with a woman. Then these two meet. There’s accusations of negligence, fires, crashing into poles, more fire, a lot of flirting, a slow burn, and a happily ever after.
This is a very low angst love story. Minimal suspense and I thought there was a mystery but there wasn’t. We are following these two guys seeing how they can make it work. A Lord and a Fireman is an odd mix but when these two are together there sure are flames.
What I loved was the chemistry between the MC’s. I believed each moment they were together was genuine. The communication was good and they were believable on a mental and physical level. I loved them. I also LOVED the secondary characters and Dale’s porn worthy dreams of the hot butler and the burly gardener. Hilarious.
I wished we saw more closure on the ex-girlfriend’s father. I thought the story was going somewhere with that but it really didn’t and I would have loved more there. I also wasn’t a fan of the abrupt ending. It was so sudden I thought my kindle screwed up somewhere and I was missing pages. I would have loved either an epilogue or a closing chapter.
It was enjoyable and sweet and if that’s your cuppa tea then go for it.
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