Redemption by FIre

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Title: Redemption by Fire
Author: Andrew Grey
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link:  Redemption by Fire (Redemption by Fire Series)
Genre: Contemporary m/M fiction
Length: novella ( 96 pages)
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Sammy

Review Summary: A story of a life that fears living outside the “closet” and the love that makes it possible.

Blurb: Dirk Krause is an asshole of the first degree. His life is a hell of his own making, and he makes everyone around him just as miserable. When he’s injured on the job while fighting a fire, he’s nearly unbearable to the hospital staff, and of course no one from his unit cares enough to visit.
Lee Stockton is the new guy at the station, so he gets saddled with the job of bringing Dirk a sympathy bouquet from the guys at the firehouse. To Dirk’s surprise, Lee sees through him like a pane of glass and doesn’t take any of his crap. Lee’s determined to get Dirk to stop being a dick just to push everyone away. When their fighting turns to fucking, will the fireworks shine brightly on a possible relationship or leave them with nothing but ashes?

Review: Every once in a while a story comes along and I wish I could contact the author and tell them how much I enjoyed it. Now, I know that I could–I could send a note or leave something on their blog. However, this kind of note–the kind that gushes ever so slightly–that sounds like I might be a 16 year old girl with her first crush–well those kinds of letters are ones I rarely write. Till today. And so, I beg your indulgence for a review written in a slightly different format–in the form of a letter to the author about his book, Redemption by Fire

Dear Mr. Grey,

I wanted to write you to tell you how much I liked…no, loved this story. I felt at times like I was standing in the corner of Dirk’s life, with a bird’s eye view of everything that happened to him…of his pain, and his longing, and his redemption.

When the story opened with Dirk falling through the floor of a burning building while rescuing a child, I must admit I immediately worried that this story might be too cliched–too formulaic. You know those kinds of novels right Mr. Grey?? The kind where the macho guy is a gruff , insensitive bastard who has a similar type of bigoted father and lives in fear of anyone finding out that he isn’t “normal”. In fact–that could really describe who Dirk is at the beginning of this story; but it certainly does not come near defining who he becomes after he meets Lee, that young, musclebound new firefighter he works with at the station.

Lee…sigh…I liked him, Mr. Grey. He was a no-nonsense guy, who refused to let Dirk hide behind his fear of exposure. Lee understood what it was like to be ostracized by your family for being gay and yet, he lived life on his terms and no one elses. When the guys at the station send him to deliver the flowers to Dirk in the hospital, he decides that there is something more than the rough, overbearing ass that Dirk has been portrayed as–if ony he can wake this guy up so he can see what a jerk he has been. Lee helps him do that.

This was such a beautiful love story. Such woundedness, such need. I enjoyed…well, loved, really, how I could feel the emotions of each of these men. You paint such beautiful pictures with your word choice. I felt as though these men were some how real–fleshed out–well matched. As their relationship blossomed into more than lust, I really liked how you didn’t have Dirk just “cave in”. Rather, you chose to make this transition from the closet to the out and proud, gradual and, at times, painful, But…but…you allowed for Lee to help, to forgive when there was misunderstanding, to concede when he could no longer keep his love inside.

Mr. Grey, you let us see how these men both took risks and came out wiser, changed, in love. And, I must admit–you gave us some pretty hot sex to boot! More than that, however, you gave us a story that kept us wanting just a bit more…that stopped just a bit too abruptly for my taste. So sorry Mr. Grey, but that is why I gave the story only 4.5 stars instead of the whole 5. We needed just a bit more story to round out the ending. Other than that, I can honestly tell you that I was hard pressed to find any flaws in this beautiful novella.

So, Mr, Grey…in closing, I want to say thank you! Thank you for a smart, clever, poignant, compelling story that left me a bit misty-eyed and very satisfied.

Now…about that sequel I think you should write…

9 thoughts on “Redemption by FIre

  1. Wave

    Sammy
    I started this book last night and I’m half way through. So far I totally agree with your review. Dirk was so wounded and lived his life with no friends or family (except for his father who was a dick) – I can’t imagine what that would be like. I really loved how the relationship between Dirk and Lee evolved and how sensitive Lee was to what Dirk (who I thoroughly disliked initially) needed. Great job.

    1. Sammy Post author

      Thanks Wave!! I do think the gradual unfolding of the love these two guys develop for each other was by far the best I have ever read in an m/m romance novel. Andrew Grey has a great sense of pacing–and it really shines here. I did notice that this story was the beginning of what looks likes a new series for Mr. Grey–so I am looking forward to seeing where he takes the series overall.

  2. Lasha

    Okay, you’ve sold me. Normally I find Andrew Grey’s books a little too sweet for my tastes, but hot firemen and a wounded hero? I am so there. Thanks for the review!

  3. Larissa

    Did not see this review

    Did not see this review

    I’m sooooooooooo not seeing this! Otherwise I’d be running over to get it.

    Uhuh. Nope. Didn’t see it!

  4. Arlene

    Doesn’t this cover resemble Hot Heads by Damon Suede, are is it just me??

    Looks interesting.

  5. MC Houle

    I’m always weary of a main character who’s is said to be an asshole, but I’m a huge Andrew Grey fan and couldn’t resist buying Redemption by Fire. I didn’t regret it. Kirk is more compelling than I expected. It’s a really great book.

  6. Andrew Grey

    Thank you so much for the review and the comments. I’m so very glad you’re excited about the story. There are two more stories, so you will see more of Dirk and Lee.

    Hint: Chicken and Beefcake – It’s what’s for dinner.

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