Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa
The St. Louis Fire Foxes are on a winning streak thanks to the hottest find in the NBA, Tyler Haley. Signed straight from high school, the big, blonde kid’s talent has made the young team steadily raise over the past few years, right to a shot at the championship.
Recently retired from years of active duty sucking up desert sand Captain Eric ‘Ram’ Ramos takes a position as Haley’s assistant. According to team owner Mrs. Brady the kid’s previous employees spent more time screwing each other and his girlfriend than doing their jobs. It’s ironic that part of the reason he’s hired is because he’s gay.
Though Ram is far from a psychology degree it’s patently obvious to him that Tyler is starving from a lack of basic kindness and decency. Years in the foster system and a loss of identity left Tyler thirsting for someone to care about him. Ram feels an empathy he never expected for the lonely young man. He can tell that something is going on with Tyler as well. Their relationship is evolving into something far more than friendship and neither wants to stop it.
Author Dawn Douglas delivers an emotionally charged tale of love in Fire Inside. Their romance is seductive in a quiet, genuine, slowly developing manner. Straightforward, no nonsense Ram connects from the first with awkward, naïve Tyler. It’s a joy to witness their relationship grow. Told in first person point of view by Ram there’s some truly snarky dialogue that adds depth to their story. Seriously touching, Fire Inside gives heart and hope to their love. Only problem is that it ends.