Controlled Burn by Em Petrova

Controlled Burn by Em Petrova
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: M/M/F, Anal sex, Ménage
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Carnation

Fire Chief Pearce Johnson has been struggling with his attraction to fellow team member and special ops guy Mitch Morelli. In the sauna, long looks turn into a steamy self-love encounter. Pearce runs home and tells his wife of fifteen years all about it—resulting in a five-alarm blaze between them.

Ellie has always suspected her husband would crave another relationship with a man. When he brings Mitch into their fantasies, she encourages Pearce to explore this newfound sexual link even as she longs for the big Italian firefighter to visit their bed. But taming two firemen might be tougher than she thinks.

Mitch can’t get enough of his rugged chief and Ellie’s femininity. But on the job, his boss pushes him away and purposely avoids working with him. Wounded, Mitch is finished trying to see his lover’s point of view, until one perilous event makes them all wake up and realize love is too precious to ignore.

Firehouse Five Chief Pearce Johnson and long-time friend and co-worker Special OPS, Mitch share a private and mutual desire for each other that goes back a long time. When they finally act on it while in the sauna after work, it becomes a dilemma in both their professional and personal lives.

While Pearce’s wife, Ellie is more than willing to allow the sweet, eager fireman into their lives and their bed, Pearce has a problem with jeopardizing his career for an affair that goes against Firehouse Rules. Mitch, Pearce and Ellie can’t get enough of each other on their personal time, but Pearce becomes increasingly cool and distant to Mitch while at work. The situation leads to a personal crisis for the three, who have quickly grown to love one another beyond their expectations.

How does the trio resolve this sensitive problem without giving up their careers and friendships? The solution becomes evident when danger intervenes and the level of their feelings and commitments are quickly defined. This story demonstrates the value of love and the choices we make when we honor that value.

This is also a vigorously hot and sexy read. Ms. Petrova does an excellent job of making the words sizzle right off the page. My only question with this story is whether there is a bit too much of that kind of action for the kind of relationship story this is. I felt there might be a bit of an imbalance in that way because this is very much a love story with an important message that earns center stage.

Given that, still I enjoyed every page. I’m delighted as always with Em Petrova’s story telling talents, and recommend Controlled Burn as a compelling romance that burns as hot as the title suggests.

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