Title: Driven by Fire
Author: Draven St. James
Publisher/GR Link: GR, Loose ID
Genre: MM Contemporary
Vice: Hot firemen, injured heroes, nerdy EMTs
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Cover Impressions: I like it, and it fits in well with the series.
Best Line: "You will get better, and no matter what, you're always going to be you, which is annoying, but I think I can bear it."
Synopsis: Taber Delane is lucky be alive, but his career as a firefighter ended the day a beam snapped resulting in a crushing spinal injury. Most of his friends are willing to give him space, everyone except paramedic, Deacon Hall.
Deacon hasn't met a challenge he couldn't tackle and he knows Taber needs someone in his corner who isn't afraid to stand up to the big bad fireman. The longer he’s around Taber, the more the sexy vulnerability of the man comes through. Deacon finds he doesn’t just want to be Taber’s live in caregiver, he wants a chance at the passionate man beneath the stubborn shell.
A shell that is cracking, no matter what Taber tries to hold it together. Without knowing how, Deacon being in his home starts to open his eyes to the man Deacon hides from the rest of the world and Taber craves to know more. A lot more.
Now if only Deacon can get Taber to see that it isn't so bad having him there to assist. Even if sometimes Taber is naked, dripping wet, and angry as hell.
Impressions: I have loved these books since I got my hands on the first one, and I was very excited to see that Taber and Deacon would get their book. I love to revisit the other men in this series, and so it was really nice to see them and to catch glimpses of how their lives and relationships were developing.
Taber is learning how to adapt to his new life, and he is understandably having a hard time adjusting. When Deacon stays with him to help him through some of the process, Taber thinks Deacon is just a big joker, and yet as time goes on, Taber learns more about the man behind the jokes.
Deacon uses humor to deflect too much attention away from himself, and he hides his own insecurities behind a smile and a quip. I loved watching both men realize that the other found something desirable in him despite his own personal hang ups. I loved watching Taber find the man that Deacon tried to keep hidden.
This is a sexy story filled with humor and warmth, and even though Taber's struggles are real, he never spiraled into self pity. Both men have a core of strength that made them even more relatable and lovable.
This is an excellent companion to the Firehouse Six series, and after we learn a little bit more about the goals of this house, I am looking forward to more men, more muscles, and more love!