Friday, December 2, 2016

Release Day Review ~ Fireline (Oceanside Fire Series) by Tory Temple

Release Day Review ~ Fireline (Oceanside Fire Series) by Tory Temple

Title: Fireline

Series: Oceanside Fire Series

Author: Tory Temple
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Release Date: Contemporary
Pages: 350

Sparks fly when Chance meets Tucker, and the flames aren’t far behind.
Chance has a job he loves as a fireman, an ocean view, and a great bunch of friends. There's no reason to change until he meets Tucker, a paramedic who works his shift. Tucker might even be worth coming out for. But when Chance is injured, it takes a toll that could shatter everything they’re working to build. Can they get through the first test of their new relationship and come back better than ever?
Chance and Tucker return when a family tragedy forces Tucker back to Kentucky to wait out the probate on the old homestead—but they can't be together for long, because Chance can't leave work. Their few stolen moments are plagued by adversity from the locals, problems in their personal lives, and even the weather as they try to settle the farm enough to leave it behind. Can they keep it together when the fire burns high enough to flash over their heads?
Flesh and Blood
After they endure those hardships, they still face the daily dangers of their jobs and the uphill battle to prove their love is as legitimate as anyone else's.
First and Second Edition of Heat published by Torquere Press, 2005, 2008 respectively.
First and Second Edition of Flashover published by Torquere Press, 2006 and 2008 respectively.
First Edition of Flesh and Blood published in To Seve and Protect by Torquere Press, 2009.
Second Edition of Flesh and Blood published by Torquere Press, 2013.

5 Stars!!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Chance and Tucker meet when Tuck, a Kentucky transplant is transferred to station Eleven, in Oceanside, CA, as the newest firefighter/paramedic and also Chance's new partner. The attraction is instant, but they skate around it for a few weeks before they finally give in to the temptation.

I originally read these books, because Tory was about to release a collaboration with Chris Owen featuring Tor, Jake, Chance and Tucker. I had read Tor and Jake's stories, but I hadn't read Chance and Tucker, so I thought I should get to know them. I picked up book one and absolutely fell in love with these two characters. Chance and Tuck share an undeniable chemistry. They are one of my all time favorite couples. Some couples just touch you and are special even if you can't pinpoint why. For me, Chance and Tuck fall into that category.

Throughout the series, Chance and Tuck face different trials and tribulations, demons and prejudices, but they always face them as you should: together. They get through it with their love still intact. Even if that love isn't always spoken, it's there in their actions and sometimes actions really do speak louder than words.

I loved this series. It's well written and jam-packed with emotion and hot sex. The love Chance and Tuck feel for one another shines through on each and every page. I loved them so much that I'll be honest, I never finished the collaboration series. I read books one and two, but couldn't make myself go any further. I wanted Tuck and Chance to always be just the two of them, not a foursome, so I'm happy to have been able to reread their story and get back to them as a couple. I can't recommend this series enough. Chance 💗 Tuck forever!!!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Fireline contains two novellas, Firefighters #1 and #2. Chance has a life that he loves. He's a fireman, has a house on the water where he loves to surf, has a great bunch of friends and is ambitious. He's very professional and keeps his activities away from the firehouse but all of that changes when their shift gets a new paramedic. Chance is instantly attracted and distracted by Tucker but he tries to hide how he feels. Tucker figures out how Chance feels and makes the first move. They decide that they can meet to have hookups but don't want anything series, and keep it out of the firehouse. But things between the two become more serious, and when Chance is injured, Tucker can't hide how he feels. The two will have to work out the difficulties of Chance's injury and figure out what they both want. 

In Firefighters #2, both men are faced with a new challenge that tests their relationship and forces them to make hard decisions.

I liked both Chance and Tucker. The men are complete opposites. Chance is all about the warm weather, surfing and water. Tucker is a farm boy that escaped from Texas, he's used to cold weather and doesn't know the first thing about surfing. Both men love their job, but Chance is ambitious and preparing to move up the ladder. This book was a good insight into the lives of firemen and firehouses. We saw the relationships among the firefighters, and the issues with everyone being together so much. I really enjoyed Firefighters #1 and the push and pull of Chance and Tucker. The angst and relationship issues felt very natural, as did the resolution. 

I enjoyed Firefighters #2, but not as much. I didn't really understand why Tucker went off the deep end like he did, and it felt like all of this was just for the drama of relationship issues. Maybe I just missed the deeper understanding of Tucker's issues; regardless, I was happy with the outcome of the second part and happy when things got back to normal.

I haven't read anything from Tory Temple before, and would recommend this book! The characters were interesting, engaging and the sex between the two was hot!

Rating: 4 stars

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