Driven by Fire (Firehouse Six #4) by Draven St. James
Publisher ~ Loose Id
Published ~ 24th March 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Taber Delane is lucky be alive, but his career as a firefighter ended the day a beam snapped resulting in a crushing spinal injury. Most of his friends are willing to give him space, everyone except paramedic, Deacon Hall.
Deacon hasn't met a challenge he couldn't tackle and he knows Taber needs someone in his corner who isn't afraid to stand up to the big bad fireman. The longer he’s around Taber, the more the sexy vulnerability of the man comes through. Deacon finds he doesn’t just want to be Taber’s live in caregiver, he wants a chance at the passionate man beneath the stubborn shell.
A shell that is cracking, no matter what Taber tries to hold it together. Without knowing how, Deacon being in his home starts to open his eyes to the man Deacon hides from the rest of the world and Taber craves to know more. A lot more.
Now if only Deacon can get Taber to see that it isn't so bad having him there to assist. Even if sometimes Taber is naked, dripping wet, and angry as hell.
Taber doesn't think he's been overly rude or anything, but when he ends up having Deacon, a paramedic, as a housemate because he has scared off his caregivers, Taber realizes he has backed himself into a corner. Taken out by an accident during a fire he attended, Taber is in a wheelchair, but determined to at least walk again. Now why won't anyone understand how hard it is for him to accept he will never fight fires again?
Deacon has been having a few problems of his own. He loves to play practical jokes, but it seems his willingness to help Taber, was based on more than being a nice guy. Or was it?
"Do you have any clue what that was about?" Stephen asked. "Because Deacon looks like someone kicked his puppy."
Deacon is openly gay, Taber is firmly in the closet. But as Taber pointed out to himself,
"This was the problem with being home all the time. He had way too much time to think, and now Deacon's proximity had made him a focal point."
The two men have an amazing sexual connection but what I love about the Firehouse books is that is quickly morphs into more, just as it does in this book. But Taber is worried that an additional surgery option he has been presented with may make his situation worse, and he has gotten to the point where he is terrified of being a burden on Deacon. I loved Deacon's strength in this - his no bullshit attitude. It made for delightful and realistic reading. I loved both men for different reasons – I could see why Taber was an ass so much of the time because he was fighting for his independence, and yet Deacon, despite his problems was a tower of strength.
The men from other books made an appearance in this one too and it was lovely to catch up with them. We learn a bit more about Firehouse Six and the...well I am not giving that away, you will have to read the book too find out more. But it was lovely that these two men had the warm and loving support of their friends and although this book is standalone, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you don't read the others. The scenes with the sugar were hot, there is no other word to describe them, and Taber defending Deacon on the dance floor, complete with wheelchair – epic. One of my favorite parts of the book.
Favorite Quote: [Deacon]
"You will get better, and no matter what, you're always going to be you, which is annoying, but I think I can bear it."
“You’re not giving me a sponge bath,” Taber snapped and glowered at Deacon as he wheeled himself into the locker bay. The sweat ran down his temples, his shirt soaked through with it. He took in his motionless legs and grimaced before shooting Deacon another irritated look.
Deacon sat with his feet on one of the peeling dark blue benches, his back reclined against a bank of gray lockers along the far wall in the physical therapy building. A book was balanced on his knees, and black-rimmed glasses perched on his nose. His shaggy auburn hair fell to curl around his ears in disarray.
Deacon peered at him with pale green eyes. “There go my dreams of rubbing you down and tweeting the pics.”
Meet Draven St. James
Draven St. James is a born and raised Oregonian. She has traveled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill her books. Her ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of stories. Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where she finds her peace.
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