A big welcome to Grace Kilian Delaney as part of her release blitz with Gay Romance Reviews Tours for Flirting With Fire.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’ll be looking for more. Although this is the 3rd book in this series, I still followed this story without any trouble, although of course I want to read the others now.
Tate and Endre are both men recovering from tragedy, and damaged in their own way. Although it’s Endre who has depression and is battling addiction, Tate isn’t managing to put the death of his twin brother behind him. I thought the author did a fabulous job in showing the twin bond, and Tate’s reaction is especially poignant when he realises they’re not identical anymore. He’s grown older and changed while Mazi will be forever frozen in time as he was when he died. I was impressed with the sensitive way she wrote depression, and addiction especially in that neither are not a do this and fix it situation, but a constant battle. She writes a fabulous emotional scene too. I really felt for both these guys.
The yoga and stunt scenes felt very realistic. I enjoy a well researched story.
I loved both Tate and Endre. Endre’s a lot stronger than he—and in particularly—his family give him credit for. In many ways, I thought he was the stronger character of the two. I loved how their relationship started, then grew over time. The final scene between them is very touching, especially as their person in common is revealed. I did guess that part of the plot early on, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story as I kept waiting and wanting Endre and Tate to figure it out. I got invested in their story very quickly and wanted them to have a HEA together.
The supporting cast is great. I loved the family vibe between Tate’s friends, and how they welcomed Endre into their group. I like the interactions between Tate and Endre’s mother too, and that she worked out the truth of their relationship before they did. I also liked the final scene between Tate and his dad, and his realisation that deep down they’re not that different. People cope with life in different yet similar ways.
5 out of 5 stars.
Release Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Flirting with Fire by Grace Kilian Delaney
A Shore Thing Novel, Book 3
A stuntman with a love for fire.
A yoga teacher in search of zen.
A holiday season neither will forget.
Stunt performer and self-declared badass, Tate Astbury returns to his hometown to spend another dreaded Thanksgiving with his dad. But his father forgets and makes other plans, resigning Tate to a quiet and depressing holiday alone unless he can find someplace else to celebrate.
When Tate’s mischievous friend learns about the unfortunate twist, he dares Tate to enter a radio contest to become a fake boyfriend for a desperate caller’s holiday dinner, and Tate never turns down a dare.
Endre Michel is a mess. His yoga business is on the cusp of ruin, and his moms are visiting from out of state for the holiday, intent on meeting his boyfriend, a person Endre invented. Through the contest, he meets Tate, a crude, tattooed older man who plays the role of doting boyfriend so well, Endre suspects and hopes it’s not all for show.
Neither man can deny the unintended connection, and they struggle to overcome the distance between Tate’s put-together Hollywood career and the chaos surrounding Endre’s unsteady future—a situation that intensifies when an unthinkable tragedy uncovers a dark and painful truth.
Will Tate and Endre’s future together perish in flames, or can their love rise from the ashes?
Flirting with Fire is a standalone holiday romance with several cups of angst, questionable jokes, a bird with a wicked sense of humor, a bed with loud, squeaky springs, and an HFN/HEA ending.
Brown leaves crunched as Tate Astbury walked to the granite headstone symbolizing the division of his life into two parts: Before and After. Winter lingered in the air; that clean, cold scent seeped into his bones, bringing back childhood days in New England with family celebrations and weeks that carelessly slipped by into spring then summer.
That was Before. Before the guilt festered. Before he saw two people in the mirror instead of one. Before he took the one person who meant everything to him for granted.
Tate approached the headstone with the name he learned to spell at the same time as his own, the date of birth he shared, and the date of death he didn’t. He plucked off the dried leaves and twigs that had fallen on the plaque and put a single white rose down.
“Never thought I’d make it past thirty, yet here I am, thirty-three years old. All the dumb shit I’ve done since you…since I last saw you, you would think I’d be the one interred.” He should’ve been. They had done everything together. Death shouldn’t have been any different.
Tate squinted, staring across the field of headstones to where a couple stood holding hands in front of a grave.
“It’s gotten easier. Like, some days, I don’t think about you or what happened right away.” Until he looked in the mirror. Then he saw the irreplaceable soul whose face he would never forget, a blessing and a curse. “You’d tell me to quit being so dramatic and get on with my life. But today it’s hard, so cut me some slack, aight?”
A cardinal perched in the tree above him and whistled, its song like someone calling for its dog. And then it shit, missing Tate’s head but landing on his shoe with a splat.
“Fucker.” Tate laughed, figuring he must look like a crazy person out there laughing alone. Well, not entirely alone. There was that bird with a wicked sense of humor.
“I get it. Enough with the pity party. I’m going to celebrate with the boys later. But this one’s for you.” He unscrewed the miniature Jack Daniel’s bottle, not his favorite but his twin brother liked the brand, and poured the entire contents on the grave.
“Happy birthday, Mazi.”
Enter the Giveaway:
To celebrate the release of Flirting with Fire, Grace is giving away 2 e-copy bundles of Books 1 & 2 in The Shore Thing Series and a $10 Amazon Voucher
Direct Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cc0f2a5788/?
About the Author:
Author, musician, and human slave to the dog and cat that rule her house, Grace Kilian Delaney enjoys giving her characters a dark sense of humor and a happily ever after.