Catching His Fire by Christie Gordon

Catching His Fire is another great book in the Mesa Boys series that encompasses friendship, support, and strength.

From the blurb:

Jaime sees a man who’s hurting. Kaiden sees a man he can’t dismiss and might be the one who can help him heal.

Jaime Hadler was raised by two moms, who gave him the confidence he needed to be whoever he wants and to do what he loves. After working hard to build a successful motorcycle repair business, he’s finally ready to let go a little, hit the skate park more, and find a special someone to share his life with.

Kaiden Visser is merely surviving after enduring a painful miscarriage that destroyed his relationship with his girlfriend. It’s in his nature to make sure the people around him are taken care of, even if it means putting his own best interests aside. This fact coupled with the intense feelings he gets for men, makes him swear off any potential gay relationships.

When Kaiden walks into Jaime’s shop needing a mod for a new motorcycle, Jaime is excited to meet him. But when the work leaves a stray screw, Kaiden and Jaime get into a heated argument, one that continues under the influence of alcohol at the local quirky bar and ends explosively in a bathroom encounter. Jaime’s sure he’ll never see Kaiden again, but neither of them can get the encounter or their powerful chemistry out of their minds. As the encounters pile up each time they meet, they finally admit the inevitable and try starting something. But Kaiden’s not out and his ex-girlfriend has other plans. How do Jaime and Kaiden navigate the pitfalls of their budding relationship?

Catching His Fire is an enemies to lovers, hurt/comfort romance with an HEA and no cliffhangers. It features a light-hearted skater, motorcycles, and a serious man who needs someone to show him how to live again. This is book five in the Mesa Boys series. Each book features a different couple.

Trigger Warnings: Miscarriage - there is a passage in this book where one of the MCs describes in detail his experience with an early, second-trimester miscarriage, but the miscarriage is a past event. There is also the death of an absent parent.

Angel's Review:

I first want to start off by saying that this can be read as a stand-alone. However, I highly recommend reading the whole series for maximum enjoyment, you'll get to know the characters better and see how great these friendships are.

Kaiden is struggling between trying to grieve his unborn son and dealing with the guilt trip his ex Sophia keeps holding over his head. His ex is emotionally manipulating him, as much as he wants to get away from her he doesn't know how to do it on his own. When he buys a bike for himself and wants to add modifications to it he brings it to Jaimie's garage. When they meet it's well... Explosive. These two are like fire and water, they hate each other at first, but once they get to know each other more things change. 

Kaiden helps Jaimie by giving him that partnership Jaimie's been missing. And Jaimie gives Kaiden the support and the shoulder to cry on that Kaiden has desperately needed. These two men, along with Jaimie's fellow skater friends, help heal each other's wounds and shows up when they need one another. 

This was really well written, I for one really enjoyed seeing characters from the previous books. I always enjoy when we still get to see characters from the other books making appearances in the current book. The reason I rated this a 4.5 is cause while I understand why there was so many heated scenes... I didn't enjoy that the first couple of s3x scenes were while they were arguing and disagreeing about something. It's just not personally something I enjoy reading, but I still enjoyed this book despite that. 

I'm really looking forward to the next book, I'm excited to read about Devin and Brandon, (hopefully anyway.) I also loved the end of this book, it was such a perfect way to end this heavy story. 

Overall a really good read, if talk of miscarriage and loss is a triggering subject for you proceed with caution. 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

Catching His Fire is a wonderful finale to the Mesa Boys series.  Jamie has been searching for his other half, and honestly Kaiden is a wonderful match... and they both learn a measure of patience and grow with each other in this moving story.

Please heed the trigger warnings - the pregnancy loss is mentioned in multiple places in the book and is a key component, so it's not something where you can skip a chapter and move on.

I truly couldn't put this book down - it captivated and held me from beginning to end - with emotion, humour, steam, communication and a deserving HEA.  I am so looking forward to the spin-off series and seeing how Devin and the man who has a crush on him come together...

Rating: 5 Stars

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