Thursday, October 1, 2015

Driven by Fire by Draven St. James

Taber Delane is lucky to 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 how Taber tries to hold it together. Deacon being in his home starts to open him up--and open his eyes to the man Deacon hides from the rest of the world. Without seeing it coming, Taber soon craves 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 and maybe especially when Taber is naked, dripping wet, and angry as hell.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I enjoyed reading Taber and Deacon's story. Taber suffered a spinal injury on the job. Deacon, a friend, moves in as his caregiver after he has run others off.

It was nice seeing this couple come together and deal with having an intimate relationship while Taber has limited mobility. I like spending time with the Firemen of Firehouse Six and this story is sexy.

Deacon is keeping a secret from Taber and I have to say the reasons for keeping the secret, and even thinking it needed to be kept secret didn't really work for me. It seems silly.

Overall, another good read and I'll definitely be reading the next story in this series.

I have enjoyed the Firehouse Six series thus far, and was entertained by its newest installment, Driven by Fire. Draven St. James has created likable characters, a friendly and believable environment, and a continuing storyline. I was happy to note an explanation was given as to how there were so many gay members on the squad.

Fast-paced, sweet and charming, I couldn't rate Driven by Fire as high as its predecessors. Something just wasn't clicking for me this time around. I didn't connect with the characters as I had in the past. Tabs are kept on past narrators to keep the reader engaged and connected. New characters are shown to whet our appetites for books to come. All the elements for a novella were present, they just didn't connect together for me.

Book #3 in the Firehouse Six was my favorite, and I read this directly afterward. I'm calling a spade a spade. I don't expect these novellas to be the next great American novel. I've been pleasantly surprised how much storyline is packed in so few pages, the flawless pacing, the lack of unnecessary content, and the depth of emotion the author elicits from the reader. But this time around, I felt none of that, when it was a book about a semi-paralyzed firefighter where emotion should have been tantamount.

I think the storyline needed a bit more buildup before moving toward a relationship and nonstop sex (there was more sex in this book than previous installments). The scene in the club was over-the-top with the ex (after he was only a passing thought up until then), & I felt Cole and Aaron stole the show away from Taber & Deacon. Even the misunderstanding (which I don't believe in using as a plot device to create angst) involving why Deacon wouldn't share his love of art with Taber, fell flat with me and was over in two sentences.

I knew more about the side characters than the narrators. Perhaps it's difficult as we keep tabs on past narrators, stealing page time, as well as getting to know new characters, stealing page time, when it's a novella versus a novel. But I was left not knowing the main characters of this book. Deacon liked to do charcoal etchings & Taber was the dominant one of the bunch – that's all I got.

For me, Driven by Fire felt like a transition novella in the series, where if you didn't read it, you wouldn't be lost at all. I did enjoy it. It was a couple of hours of pleasant fluffiness that put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart, but I just wanted more out of it – more than a storyline such as this could have given.

I highly recommend this series for M/M readers, and I look forward to book #5 in this series.

This series just keeps getting better and better. Each story is about another couple, but keeps us up to date with the whole crew. And, more importantly, each story is unique and a great story in its own right.

Given Taber is in a wheelchair, facing a life without his beloved firefighting career, this could have been a story that included far too much pity. Instead it is life affirming and hot; very, very hot – let's be clear – the fires between these guys do not get extinguished. Deacon is just the guy to be a foil to Taber's character, as he is all about positives. Wrapped around a decent plot, we get to enjoy another relationship take shape, and have a few suggestions as to who will feature in the next story. Kudos for the nod to Michael making the point that he has been collecting guys at the firehouse, who needed the freedom to be themselves.

Also Available in the Firehouse Six Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Grey's Hidden Fire post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Fire and Mistletoe post.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our Fused by Fire post.

Book 5
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I have always loved to write and have been doing so since I could put pen to paper. My passion for writing led me to a desire to know what makes people tick. With that in mind I got my bachelor’s degree in psychology and English. The wealth of knowledge that was open to me enriched my writing in ways I could not have comprehended.

With my degree in psychology I was able to get a job performing psychological profiles. I learned so much for the simple act of understanding how personalities are formed. I utilized this knowledge in my books. I was able to form my characters by tapping into the experiences I have had within that profession.

My rather large family has also given me plenty of fodder to weave stories with laughter and joy. They have supported my desire to follow the crazy and unpredictable path of being a writer.

In my spare time I tutor those in creative writing who have yet to find their voice. I seek to help them find that part of themselves that calls out to be released in words.

Yet, at the end of the day I find my bliss in the written word. I strive to create worlds and believable characters that people can connect to and be inspired by. I endeavor to infuse passion and excitement into the lives of my readers simply by building a universe where anything can happen.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Driven by Fire (Firehouse Six #4) by Draven St. James to read and review.

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