- Book Title: Fighting His Fire
- Book Series: The Rock Gods, Book Six
- Author: Ann Lister
- Publisher: SleighFarm Publishing Group (August 28, 2015)
- Book Length: 297 pages
- Genre: Gay, Contemporary, Romance
- Reviewed by: Erin
- Rating: 4 Star
- Posting Date: August 27, 2015
Fighting His Fire picks up where Looking At Forever ended. With the members of both bands doing an intervention of sort for Dante and Ashton. I love how Ms. Lister always seems to set up the next book at the end of the current book. Always leaving us wanting more!
Dante and Ashton are members of the same band. Unfortunately, their working and personal relationship has turned volatile and, at times, violent. Their friends and bandmates don’t know what to do without kicking one or both out of the band. So they go to the extreme and hire a therapist to lock them in a room in rehab and work with them through counseling to get the root of their issues. They don’t have to be best friends, but they do have to work together- or risk losing their jobs.
Dante and Ashton are both damaged souls. Through their rehab experience we begin to find out why- exposing old wounds and even fresher ones. Throughout you can’t help but love them and cheer for them. For who they are, what they have overcome and what they are willing to do. Dante definitely comes off as an ass in the beginning. Ashton wants to get to the root of the issue but Dante is just completely stubborn. But when the walls come down, boy do they come down.
As with all of Ms. Lister’s previous books, I found the editing absolutely perfect. I was never put off by grammar or punctuation mistakes, there were no holes in the plot and the story flowed beautifully.
And, my gawd the sex. They are so passionate with each other I am surprised my kindle didn’t catch on fire. Ashton is totally new to a relationship and sex with a man and Dante delivers. This is one of the many reasons I enjoy MM books so much. They don’t have to be gentle or tender or uber caring. They can be rough, passionate, volatile and sexy as all hell.
Of course, after rehab they have a ton still to go through. I loved that Dante continued to work toward being a better person and while I really wanted to smack both of them at times, it wasn’t a neat and tidy ending. They worked for it, they struggled through it and that made the end even more worth it. And naturally, we are set up for the next book. Which I cannot wait for!
I almost feel bad when I don’t give a 5 star review. But then I don’t. To me that is the absolute pinnacle of writing and story telling. My 4 star book is definitely your 5 star book. And I can’t wait for more!
Locked-down at a Los Angeles intervention facility, everyone around Dante Dupont and his Black Ice band mate, Ashton Lane, thought this would fix the issues between them. Dante and Ashton knew differently. What made this a hundred times worse was the fact they were stuck in this room together. They hadn’t shared space like this since the one afternoon they both wanted to forget. And, revisiting that nightmare was not an option . . . with or without the help of a therapist.
Two musicians. Same band. Afraid to admit their true feelings, being in close quarters again has them both at their breaking point. They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, but neither of them can find a reason to leave, and fighting the fire is becoming more and more difficult to do.
Dante’s baggage isn’t pretty and his scars run deep, but Ashton might be the one to finally see beyond his past and help him find a way out from the smoke screen he’s spent his life hiding behind. In order to get there, though, they’ll both have to walk through the flames.
Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels.
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