Rating:4 stars out of 5
Fireman Jackson Kain and ER physician Dr. Nick Kirby would both like nothing better than to leave behind their high-pressure NY City lives for a just a few days in the peaceful wilds of Northern Ca. Two ordinary men exploring their growing relationship in glorious, undisturbed beauty of nature. Before this trip is over, both men will need all their specialized abilities and training to survive their romantic interlude turned WILD FIRE.
Recuperating from an work-related injury, NY City fireman Jackson Kain convinces new boyfriend Dr. Nicolas Kirby to spend a few days at a secluded California cabin in the woods far away from the hustle and bustle of their stressful worlds.
Nick is a cautious man with protective walls around him that persistent, persuasive Jackson is determined to breakdown, scale or tunnel under. These few days are Jackson’s best chance to convince Nick he is sincere and reliable in all things, including matters of the heart. Unfortunately, both men are going to get more opportunities to prove themselves than either bargained for.
What was supposed to be a relaxing break from the world to get to know one another better turns into a struggle for survival, that pits both men against nature and time.
Another story in the Storming Love series by MLR, this one is highlighted by the fact that its author is Laura Baumbach, an author I love. Secondly, this is the first new story from that author in a long while so I was so happy to get this story and start reading. I quickly fell into the author’s style of writing and the two main character’s relationship, which is still in the first stages of working things out and seeing if they mesh with each other. They are at that first crucial big step, the first vacation away with each other. This time a trip with a cabin in the woods…de-stressing time for one who is a doctor and a last minute relaxing vacation for another who’s been out on work related injury leave.
Baumbach lets us fall easily into their lives, showing us the rush, pressure, and fears of the 24/7 lifestyle that consumes Dr. Nicolas Kirby and the determination of Fireman Jackson Kain to have Nick put that behind him and enjoy the time together. And they do, for a while.
We get sweet and sexy scenes and then the scramble is one to survive and outrun the forest fire. Its a white knuckle trip all the way, mixed in with relationship dynamics and personal revelations. I had invested enough of myself in this couple that I was with them emotionally as they fought through the fire and their own fears.
My only issue is that the story was too short. I was connected to these men, their situation was dire, their relationship still new and there was so much to explore here and plus, hey, its was Laura Baumbach! I wanted much, much more.
Still I love the Storming Love series. They are exciting, wonderful romances and really you just can’t go wrong here.
Why not start your exploration of the Storming Love series here with Jackson & Nick (Storming Love: Wild Fire #6) by Laura Baumbach. It’s a fast, sexy, story and then go find the others.
Cover art by Kris Jacen is a great representation of the story, setting and with a hint of the characters.
Kindle Edition, 73 pages
Published October 8th 2015 by MLR Press, LLC
SeriesStorming Love: Wild Fire #6