Genre: LGBTQIA+ Fiction, Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Hotshots #3
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: Fire behavior specialist Luis Riviera goes where his job takes him. But when he’s assigned to an arson investigation in Central Oregon—the place he left his broken heart twenty years ago—he’s afraid of being burned all over again.
Tucker Ryland had planned to join his first love, Luis, in LA after high school graduation, but life got in the way. Now a fire management expert and a divorced father of teen twins, Tucker’s thrown for a loop when he finds himself working side by side with his Luis, now all grown up and more intriguing than ever.
Though consumed by a grueling fire season and family responsibilities, the two men discover their bond has never truly broken. Tentative kisses turn to passionate nights. But smoking sheets aside, old hurts and new truths stand in the way of this time being the start of forever.
My Review: Feel the Fire is one of sweetest romances I’ve ever read. I loved everything about this heartwarming story of love, family, and second chances.
Luis (a fire behavior specialist) and Tucker (who does fire management) probably have the best relationship I’ve ever read about. Their tragic beginning has not waned the fiery attraction between them. The honesty was so refreshing. They take the time to discuss the past – the good, bad and ugly – instead of spending countless pages refusing to acknowledge where things went wrong and the mistakes both made. I love their mutual respect they have for each other romantically. Their adorkable romance was just so beautiful to watch develop. But of course my heart still ached for them because Lui’s assignment is temporary, Tucker isn’t fully publicly out, and I wasn’t sure how they would cope with that when there’s such real feelings and yearning between them.
Tucker didn’t have the same support as Luis, so it’s taken him many years to come to terms with his sexuality. I appreciated how considerate and supportive Luis is of Tucker and how he always makes sure Tucker gets what he needs out of the relationship. As Tucker states, sex is not the most important thing for him. He wants to establish an emotional connection with someone first. It does NOT mean that he doesn’t like sex or that there’s something wrong with him.
I loved Luis and Tucker’s professions and their mutual respect. Instead of feeling emasculated or less than, they bask in admiration of each other’s competency, expertise, and leadership skills.
Walker and Wade – Tucker’s sons – are very relatable secondary characters. They’re about to start their senior year and soon enough college. For one, there’s feelings of excitement and certainty. For the other, there’s anxiety, uncertainty, and a dislike for change. I remember feeling like the latter, or not knowing what you want to be but feel pressured to decide on something. So those parts of the story I connected with and really appreciate the author’s (and Tucker’s) handling.
I devoured this wonderful page-turner of infinite feels. Feel the Fire is my first read by Annabeth Albert and I really enjoyed it. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series and more. I also recommend reading the author’s note for this title.