Sparks aren’t just flying . . . they’re catching.
Eli Johnson is not a hero. He’s just a guy who’s doing his best. His mother was a hero, though, and when she died, he dropped out of college to become a firefighter—a vocation she would have been proud of. He might not be able to save everyone, but he can do what she taught him: put more good out than bad.
Charlie Kinnear is definitely not a hero. When he ran into a burning building to save a trapped child, he was acting on instinct. He’s not expecting a medal, or for a handsome firefighter with a stunning smile to give him his oxygen mask. Charlie’s light-headed, and not from smoke inhalation.
Right as their romance begins, a serial arsonist terrorizes the city. As if that weren’t bad enough, Charlie appears at the scene of every fire. Eli hates to think it, but if someone wanted to get a firefighter’s attention—say, a certain sexy someone who coincidentally wandered into Eli’s life—what better way than by starting fires? Sparks are flying all right, and things may get too hot for Eli and Charlie to handle.
Giles debuts with a sweet and steamy interracial romance with a splash of mystery. Hunky firefighter Eli Johnson, 28, is a single black man living in the shadow of his heroic late mother. He's yearning to fall in love, and Charlie Kinnear, the handsome Good Samaritan Eli meets at the scene of a school fire, seems just about perfect. But Charlie has secrets he won't tell, and when those secrets intersect with the fire department's investigation into a dangerous serial arsonist, Eli must decide how many red flags he's willing to ignore to keep his "perfect" guy. In this whirlwind romance, Giles displays a knack for humorous prose and relatable dialogue that carries the story along at a lively pace. The romance suffers from brevity and speed that undercut the emotional conflict between the main characters, rendering it somewhat unbelievable. Nonetheless, this quick, romantic tale is fun and satisfying overall.