Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Virtual Blog Tour: Driven by Fire by Draven St. James (Firehouse Six series, book 4) Excerpt, ARC Review + Giveaway

Author Name:  Draven St. James

Book Name: Driven by Fire

Series: Book 4 in the Firehouse Six                      

Release Date: March 24, 2015


Taber Delane is lucky to 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 how Taber tries to hold it together. Deacon being in his home starts to open him up—and open his eyes to the man Deacon hides from the rest of the world. Without seeing it coming, Taber soon craves 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 and maybe especially when Taber is naked, dripping wet, and angry as hell.

Pages or Words: 43,556 words

Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


“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.”

Mari's Review: 

*** ARC provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Draven St. James is one of my favorite authors and this book just made me even more of a fan of her writing! Taber and Deacon’s story was amazing! Emotional, sweet, sexy and despite dealing with difficult issues, it wasn’t overly angsty.

Last we saw Taber in book 3 in the Firehouse Six series, Fused by Fire, he’d suffered an spine injury during a fire and the doctors weren’t sure if he’d ever regain the use of his legs. In this book, he’s depressed, unsure what he’s going to do with his life now that he can’t be a fireman anymore. He’s scared off (or been scared by, heehee) his previous caregivers, so his physical therapist enrolls Deacon, who is an EMT and one of Taber’s friends, as his new caregiver.

Deacon visited Taber every day at the hospital and now that Taber’s back home, he is intent on helping the other man as much as he can. He wants to win Taber’s trust, even if he feels he can’t share all of himself with the other man, because of his rather, uhm, colorful, past. He’s loyal and gives Taber what he needs to feel more independent given the circumstances.

I loved the progression from house pest to friend to lover on Deacon as he gained Taber’s trust, and I loved how he was exactly what Taber needed at that moment. Their relationship was sweet and very hot. I also adored the way Draven dealt with Taber’s spinal injury and his depression over it. It was realistic and heartbreaking, but filled with hope at the same time.

The secondary characters, some of whom we already met on the previous books, and some new, were awesome, too!

All in all, a fantastic read! I’m so looking forward to more stories in this series!

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About the author:

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.

Where to find the author:

Facebook Author Page: https://dravenstjames.wordpress.com

Publisher: Loose ID
Cover Artist: Dar Albert. 

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