Title: The Fireman in Unit C
Series: A Mockingbird Place Novel
Author: Kris Cook
Genre: M/M Romance Standalone
Published: February 15, 2016
A serial arsonist sets fire to the unit next to Jackson’s apartment—the unit the sexy fireman Eli lives in.
Things really heat up when Jackson offers Eli a place to stay until Unit C is livable again. Jackson, being OCD, requires everything in his life to be neat and orderly, but Eli’s life is chaotic and messy, especially because of the man’s ex, who keeps pushing his way back into the fireman’s life. Living with Eli turns out to be much more than he bargained for. As much as he would love to just throw caution to the wind, Jackson believes it is best to keep things between him an Eli on the friend level. Nothing more. But an unexpected kiss rocks his world and he must figure out the real reason he’s terrified of the feelings Eli is bringing out in him.
Will Jackson see that a future with Eli can help him let go of the guilt from his troubled past?
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After an arsonist sets Unit C on fire, Jackson offers to share his own unit with sexy fireman Eli. However attracted Jackson is to Eli, he's not too sure about giving into his feelings, seeing as Eli's ex is still very much present in Eli's life and Jackson is dealing with a lot of emotional baggage himself. As if that wasn't enough, the arsonist seems to be fixated on Eli, although is he who the real target is?
The arsonist storyline was very good. I had my suspicions on who it might be, but the author managed to keep me interested in that part of the storyline.
I also loved that the Mockingbird Place family is such a tight-knit group. I loved how they all rallied to help when something happened to one of their own and how some of their stories got intertwined with the main story in this book.
I loved Eli. Sweet, sexy, very dependable Eli. And after a bit, I warmed up to Jackson, but he was too much of a hot mess, going on and off and hot and cold with Eli most of the time. I think I would've enjoyed the book a whole lot more if it'd been Eli's POV and not Jackson's, or at least if we'd gotten a dual POV book.
Anyway, the book is well-written and enjoyable for the most part, although I could've done without the mushiness in the last portion of the book, it was still a good read.
Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Though starting in straight erotic romance, Kris's total focus now is on gay romance. When asked why recently, his answer was "My muse finally came out of the closet. Isn't it about time? I’ve been out since I was twenty-five." A voracious reader, Kris loves many genres of fiction, but this writer's favorite books are romances that are edgy, sexy, with rich characters and unique challenges. Kris' influences include Anne Rice, JR Ward, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. Last year, Kris married the love of his life Stephen.