Fire Season by KD Casey


Fire Season was a study in contrasts...  

From the blurb:

Charlie Braxton has it all: a wicked curveball, a beautiful wife, and the kind of money and attention that's attached to a professional baseball contract. Except his famous curveball comes with intense social anxiety, his wife is actually his soon-to-be ex-wife, and the money… Well, suffice it to say, he knows what it’s like to be treated like an ATM. But at least he’s better off than the new guy.

Relief pitcher Reid Giordano is struggling to maintain his sobriety—and his roster spot. The press, along with a heck of a lot of his new Oakland teammates, seem to think his best baseball days are behind him. Only Charlie Braxton gives him the benefit of the doubt—and a place to stay when Reid finds himself short on cash…and friends.

When their growing friendship turns into an unexpected attraction, and that ignites a romance, both Charlie and Reid must grapple with what it means to be more than teammates. And as their season winds down, they’ll need to walk away…or go out there and give it everything they’ve got.


Heather's Review:

Despite being a longer story, I devoured Fire Season in one sitting, and it was an interesting read- set in the midst of a baseball season that honed the contrasts between the protagonists... 

Charlie is a sweet, almost na├»ve character who seems genuine and searching, while Reid is a mess....struggling with finding his place, with his sobriety, with so many things.. I just found that it was a bit imbalanced...    and we learned so much more about Reid than we learned about Charlie... 

I truly love Charlie's air of innocence and how his worldview changes by noticing Reid and by interacting with his teammates to see different perspectives.. I also love the fact that KD Casey made Reid Jewish and sprinkled the tale with information about his beliefs...

I can't quite put my finger on what would have made this a 5 Star read for me, but it's a good, solid romance with a good mix of baseball and relationship and it's a great read if you are looking for a Boys of Summer story... 

Trigger Warning - substance abuse/recovering 

Rating: 4 Stars


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