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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Blue Fire by Z.A. Maxfield

I've had a number of Z.A. Maxfield 's books in my TBR for awhile now, always going to get to them, but there was always another book to read first. But I was told, in no uncertain terms, that I had to read Blue Fire NOW.  So I did and I am so very glad that I listened. 
Blue Fire is far more than a story; it's an experience that will give everyone a slightly different viewpoint not only into the lives of Jared and Adam, but also a small glimpse, perhaps, into themselves.
When an author can draw you into the world that they've created and keep you there even after the story's ended, you know that this is an author to watch. 

The story started off as Jared's house was destroyed by fire; in many ways this was more a prologue than the beginning of the story.  We learn a bit about Jared and a bit about Adam, but neither of them really become people until their story  truly begins after this introduction.

Emotionally this was a sometimes demanding, but always rewarding, journey. My heart went out to Jared Kenny, a man who had lived most of his life at the whim of others; he'd never had the opportunity to know who he was. Learning how to answer this question for himself as an adult was very challenging and, at the beginning, I wondered how, or even if, he would be able to do it. 
This leads us to Adam Collins, a fire fighter whose heart is as big as the outdoors and who is Jared's first step to his new life. Adam is amazing; although he is younger than Jared, he's the wiser of the two. His life has been lived as he's wanted it; he's strong in body, mind and heart and his attraction to Jared is immediate and compelling.
What follows is an amazingly tender, sometimes heart-breaking, but always hope-filled tale that could very well be called a new classic. This is a story where the characters, their growth and changes, drive the plot and it will take you to places you have only dreamed of.  It is also a fascinating look at glass and the beauty inherent in its many faces... frankly I'll never look at a bowl or marble the same way!
So if, like me, you've had this book sitting in your TBR then do as I did, move it immediately to your RRN list and READ RIGHT NOW! You won't regret it.

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Z.A. Maxfield; Blue Fire; Loose Id; July 2009 [94 pgs / 27K]

Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
Length: Novella

Fire cost Jared Kenny his home and all his memories of the man he’d loved for over half his life. But it also brought him firefighter Adam Collins and the purest blue eyes Jared had ever seen.

Despite the best efforts of his department, Adam had to watch with Jared while Jared’s house burned to the ground. Something about the man touched Adam and made him want to follow up and protect him. Later, when the two of them gave in to their passion, it burnt and bared them both.

So Jared ran…from Adam, from his past, and from everything their future together could hold. He tried to start a new life, taking only his newfound passion for glass and his obsession for a finding a particular shade of blue, the blue of the heart of a flame. It took a near-tragedy to teach him that the blue he sought, he'd had all along…in his firefighter's eyes.

Publisher’s Note: this book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices.

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