Rising Heat by Elizabeth Hollows

Sweet and sexy firefighter looking for forever. Commitment phobic store manager. Is a happily ever after possible?

Neil is a one night only kind of man and he likes it that way. Scott is a fireman and he is much more the relationship type. Coincidence has the two men at the same hotel when they are on work courses and sparks fly - but what happens when they bump into each other when they get home?

From the Rising Heat blurb:

Can a sweet and sexy fireman change a fling into a happily ever after?

Neil Farris is your typical ‘love ’em and leave ’em’ type. He’s been told his biggest fear is commitment, but he’s not bothered by that. He doesn’t see the point of a long-term relationship. He either gets bored or his partners realize he’s too bossy and scathing. It’s easier to stick to one-night stands.

When his boring work conference in Brisbane sends him to the wrong hotel, he finds himself surrounded by gorgeous firemen. Luckily for him, one of them is gay and interested in a good time.

Scott Fields is everything Neil looks for in a fling—gorgeous, good in bed and temporary. He’s also nice and considerate, which is a bonus. It’s a shame Neil only gets two nights with the fireman before he’s returning home.

However, much to his surprise, he runs into Scott a few days later. It turns out they’re both from the same town. When Scott asks him out, Neil is hesitant but agrees. He really isn’t interested in dating or relationships. Can the sweet and sexy fireman change his mind?

Heather NotGuiltyofBooks Review:

I wasn’t sure in the beginning of Rising Heat. This is a single POV from Neil, a commitment-phobic, one-night stand, all sex - not emotions kind of guy. Single POVs can feel stilted and too, well, one-sided, but this turned into a really fascinating book about the psychology of Neil, getting to experience his thought process and the rationalizations he makes in his head for his actions (or lack of them).

Over time we experience the peeling on his layers until we get to the reasons why he’s been keeping himself cut off from romance. You feel the inner turmoil and the joy like you’re there. Sometimes you sympathize with him, sometimes you want to yell at him, but those emotions are what make it a good book.

Also impressively, you get a deep sense of Scott, even though it’s filtered through Neil. He’s deeply caring, loyal and is willing to give Neil the space he needs to work through all his thoughts and feelings. He’s something special.

There is a fair bit of sex but it’s beautifully balanced with an equal amount of sap. This is the kind of book that the more you sit with it, the more you ruminate about it, the more you realize just how much you like it.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reds Books Reeds Review:

I loved Scott in this book. He was just so patient with Neil and willing to let him go at his own pace. Neil frustrated me a little bit with how nervy he was but ultimately I think it made his character stronger and really fit in with the story.

I also thought the concerns Neil had with Scott being a fireman were dealt with really well and without being overdramatised for effect. I really enjoyed Rising Heat.

Rating: 5 Stars

Laora's Review:

This book had more depth than I expected and I felt for both men. Neil is a man who likes his wham bam thank you man lifestyle. But after seeing his two night fling, Scott, in his own hometown. He is pleasantly surprised but a bit afraid as well to see where this budding friendship with major benefits might go to. The author tells the story from Neil his POV, but writes it in such a way that there is a lot of self reflection and reflection as to what his actions might mean for Scott. This book is high heat but that is expected from the genre and it never gets vulgar.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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