Smoldering Flame (Rekindled Flame, #3)by Andrew Grey Published 13 Feb 2018
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Sometimes the strongest flames take the longest to ignite.
Firefighter Dean’s life revolves around his very ill son, Sammy. Caring for Sammy and working to make ends meet leave Dean time for little else, and romance isn’t something he can even consider—no matter how much he longs for someone special to join their family. Because money is tight, Dean couldn’t be more grateful to the photographer who does Sammy’s session free of charge.
After growing up in the foster care system, Marco knows how to rely on himself, and his hard work is about to pay off—he’s poised on the cusp of fame and success he could only have imagined as a lonely child. When Dean brings Sammy into Marco’s studio, Marco can see they’re struggling, and both the boy and his father stir Marco’s heart. The slow burn between the two men isn’t something either expected, but neither wants to lose the possibility of a loving future. With Dean’s dangerous and possibly life-threatening career and Marco’s demanding one, can romance and forever find a place to fit?
"Smoldering Flame (Rekindled Flame, #3)" Reviews
Talk about smoldering! I love a good slow-burn romance, and ‘Smoldering Flame’ is a perfect example of how this can work really well. Dean and Marco have reasons to be hesitant – reasons that only emerge slowly - but each man knows how to support the other as well. Their first meeting is adorable, and it shows how caring Marco is as well as Dean's love for his sick son, Sammy, who is fighting cancer. Both Marco and Dean are extremely likable men who do not easily let things get them down. I loved them – and Sammy – from the start and was crossing my fingers for things to go well from beginning to end.
Please find my full review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
This is my favorite of the 3! The story with the little kid is touching and they have a nice development. But still I feel this is not one of the best Andrew grey series :/
Also the ending... not as HEA as I used to , bit disappointed.
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ AUDIO ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Half-dressed fireman posing to the side of flames. Nothing to express the gravity of the book's content. I love the synopsis.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person
Fireman and single father, Dean, met photographer, Marco, at the prompting of his ill son, Sammy. Sammy noticed a photo taken by Marco and wanted to see the prop in person and the men develop a slow-building relationship.
The main characters were solid and Sammy felt age-appropriate. The secondary cast were varied. The chemistry between them was nice. Their relationship built slowly but felt natural. There were a few conflicts... Marco's indecisiveness over Dean's profession annoyed me at times but it still felt fairly natural. The external conflicts were handled as best as possible.
Predictability was below average. The conclusion was solid and satisfying.
Overall, the story was enjoyable and heartfelt.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.275 ~ Stars: 4
This is the first book I've listened to that was narrated by Michael Pauley even though he's narrated for several of my most enjoyed authors. The audio sample pulled me in and I'd thought this would be a grand slam but it was not without its pros and cons.
While pronunciation/diction is clean and easy to decipher, the words sometimes were spoken too quickly and made it difficult to follow. I'd also noticed, several times, that the character voices and intonations were not stable, bled together, or were lost entirely to the point where the listener would not know who was speaking. The biggest exception to this was Angus, who was done beautifully.
The drama- and angst-ridden plot of abandonment issues and unaccepting parental figures, topped with the fears of a dangerous job and having a potentially terminally ill child, all made for an emotional story. Those emotions were conveyed well by Mr. Pauley.
I give the overall narration 4 out of 5 stars.
⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received an audible copy of this book from the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team
Avid Reader – ☆☆☆
Sammy and Dean have had a hard go of it as of late. I loved Sammy's spirit and thought that he definitely made Dean seem more down to earth. I thought that Dean was somewhat aloof when it came to his job and family – he knew that he was amazing at his job, but also knew that if he made a mistake, it could cost him a lot more than his job.
Then when Dean and Sammy meet Marco, it changes the dynamic of everyone's lives. Dean does what any responsible parent would do and protects Sammy at all costs. However, he also is attracted to Marco in a way that he hasn't found himself in a while.
Throwing in Dean's strict and somewhat bigoted father, Dean and Marco have to overcome a few obstacles – the number one being their ability to communicate.
This story didn't carry with it the usual heat that I'm used to with Grey tales, but it did have a good sense of family in it.
Overall, this was just an okay story for me. I think that for my taste, it lacked chemistry between Dean and Marco, and even though Sammy helped them in that family-feeling department, I just didn't really connect with these characters.
Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
**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.**
Smoldering Flame is Book 3 in Andrew Grey’s Rekindled Flame series. Though there are some interactions with characters from the previous books, you could probably read this as a standalone but the whole series is enjoyable, so why not start at the beginning?
Dean is a firefighter and a single father. Though this could have been a sad story due to the storyline around Dean’s son, it really wasn’t. Dean’s struggling with his son’s diagnosis and is trying to give him some joy in his life. He stops at a photographer’s to see if it would be possible for his son to see a stuffed animal used in pictures at the hospital ward. Though Marcos doesn’t take walk-ins, there’s something about Sammy and Dean that he can’t say no to. Sammy’s illness is visible, and Marcos ends up taking pictures of Sammy with the stuffed dalmatian. He refuses money for the session and sends the pictures to Dean. When Sammy’s in remission, they show back up to Marco’s again.
I know books with children, especially in this genre, is not always a favorite, but this author is one of the best I’ve read in writing children into books. This story is about family, the good and the bad. Though Dean and Marco are attracted to each other, Sammy is really the one that seemed to pull them together. They developed a friendship first before a relationship. There was attraction between Dean and Marco, but it was more comfortable and less sizzling, in my opinion. Marco had a lot of hang-ups and Dean had a lot to work through, which probably wouldn’t have happened without the help of Sammy.
If you’ve read an Andrew Grey book you know he writes in-depth characters, every last one of them; families with imperfections; hard fought love; and beautiful HEA’s. As always, I highly recommend reading what this author writes including this book and series!
Rating: 4 stars
Full review available at: https://optimumm.blog/2018/02/13/revi...
Smoldering Flame by Andrew Grey is the third book in the Rekindled Flame series. I haven’t read the other two books in the series, but this book is very much a standalone read. I have read quite a few books by Andrew Grey, and he has this way of writing that just engages all of my emotions. I can’t help but become invested in his characters and what they have to go through to get to their happily ever after. I just knew this was going to be a special book when Marco meets Dean and Sammy for the first time at his studio and he does a photo shoot with Sammy and Sparky, a giant stuffed Dalmatian dog. The scene brought tears to my eyes, and I was glued to the book until the very end. The book was everything that I wanted and more.
Smoldering Flame starts out, and we meet Marco and get a look into his hopes and dreams for his photography career. He’s on the cusp of making it big and getting all of his hard work and dreams realized. Marco hasn’t had an easy life growing up. He lost his mother to cancer and entered the foster system. He also had leukemia as a child and was able to beat it. However, he didn’t have any family, and so he had to battle all of the treatments by himself with just the nurses and doctors to keep him company while he was in the hospital. There was a very nice firefighter that would come in and visit with the children, but he was later killed on the job. After beating leukemia, he was fortunate enough to have wonderful foster parents that were very supportive of his photography passion.
Dean’s a firefighter, and his life revolves around his very ill son, Sammy. Dean’s a single father, and his parents help out with babysitting while Dean’s at work. His mother’s very supportive of Dean being gay. However, his father is retired military and believes that Dean just needs to find the right woman again. He doesn’t support his son being gay and has very bigoted views. However he does love his grandson, in his mind he just wants his son to find the perfect woman to be Sammy’s new mother. He feels that Sammy needs to have a mother in order to have a well-balanced life.
During his treatments, Sammy sees a picture in the children’s ward with a little girl and a giant stuffed Dalmatian dog. He’s taken with the dog, and so his father finds out who shot the photo, and they visit the studio in the hopes that Sammy can see and interact with the stuffed dog in person. When Marco sees Sammy, he’s moved to offer an impromptu photo session with the dog. Marco can empathize with Sammy, and he loves how Dean cares for Sammy. Marco finds the way Dean cares for Sammy to be very attractive. And it’s Sammy and his love of Marco’s stuffed dog, Sparky, that keeps bringing Dean and Marco back together until they start dating. But Marco has trust and loss issues, and Dean has a very dangerous job. Can Marco handle the stress of Dean’s job? Can their new relationship handle how busy Marco’s job is and how much traveling comes with it? I know that I enjoyed getting the answers to those questions. I fell in love with Sammy, Dean, and Marco and of course, Sparky and Spotty, the hand puppet. I can’t wait to read the first book in the series about Marco and Richard, who are friends of Dean and Marco’s.
So for me, it’s 5 OptimuMMs for Fire Daddy, Fire Papa, Sammy, Sparky, and Spotty for stealing my heart.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***