Storming Love by T.A. Chase

DARRAGH
Storming Love by T.A. Chase
Wild Fire – Aubrey and Darragh

Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual, LGBTQ
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Aubrey Rabinstern is prepared for the wildfires sweeping across the land around his house. He’s even accepted the fact he’ll lose his home. But Aubrey doesn’t expect to find a man he can love in the midst of the ashes left behind.

Darragh O’Flannery never thinks he’ll meet a man like Aubrey Rabinstern while fighting the wildfires destroying acres of land and homes. Yet in the middle of the chaos, he and Aubrey forge a connection. Can it withstand the normality of life once the fires are put out?

Darragh is a firefighter, working against the wildfires to save as much land and as many homes as he can. Aubrey is trying to defend his home against the fires but knows his chances of saving his home aren’t good. While they’re both instantly attracted to each other, with Aubrey evacuating his home and Darragh fighting the fire the men don’t have much time to exchange pleasantries. Darragh finds an orphaned kitten in the fires and is delighted when he finds Aubrey working at the local clinic.

I found this to be a lovely, well paced story. Who can possibly go past a hot firefighter? Darragh is a sexy hero with a heart of gold – I wasn’t the least surprised how quickly Aubrey fell for him. And it was a delight to read that the instant attraction was mutual. I enjoyed how sweet both guys were and found their excitement at getting to know each other addictive. I would have enjoyed if the plot was a little deeper – possibly being able to see more of the wildfires going on and more of the action/conflict of the firefighters against the fire itself. While I immensely enjoyed the story, I felt the loss of not having a strong conflict in the plot itself.

There was nothing missing, though, between Aubrey and Darragh. I greatly enjoyed their interactions and loved watching them come together. While there were a few chaste kisses, and some steamy looks and talking, there was no sex at all. In many ways I found this to be quite a sweet romance. Both Aubrey and Darragh take their time and both are happy to move slowly as they build something lasting and worthwhile. Readers looking to dip their toes into M/M romance, or who like a softer style of story should really enjoy this. I’d happily recommend it to friends who like their romance steamy but in no way explicit or spicy.

I feel this is a lighthearted, emotional and very heartfelt story. I loved the happy ending and greatly enjoyed reading about Aubrey and Darragh.

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