The Firedancer, Black Cat Circus #2 by Rye Cox

The Black Cat Circus has a way of finding those that are lost and need a home. Rhett aged out of a foster care system in a small town where he never fit in until he met Hector, an ex-con with a heart of gold, who taught him him how to be a chef and what family could look like. Now Rhett was leaving the only person who had ever cared about him to go on an adventure and start a new life with the BCC. 

From the blurb for The Firedancer:

Coal was drawn to the circus after being driven out of the only home he knew. He was the outcast, the half-blood that shouldn't have survived the fire that burned inside him. At Black Cat Circus, he finds a family of people just like him, of those who accepts him just the way he is. However, the scars that were buried deep in his heart keeps him from letting anyone get too close. He is fire, and he's afraid of once again losing control of the very thing that made up the very essence of himself.

Rhett never knew his parents or had a family. Having grown up in foster care, he's determined to find a place he can finally call home. When he sees the ad looking for a chef for a certain traveling circus, he's compelled to apply despite never once leaving the little town he grew up in. What he doesn't expect is to find friends shrouded in mystery, and a beautiful man who burned so brightly but tried to dampen his flames.

The two can't resist the pull of the other, but are terrified of what it means to want more. When playing with fire, they must be careful or risk getting burned.

The Firedancer is a paranormal MM romance that features light temperature play and learning to be comfortable in one's own skin. It is part of the Black Cat Circus multi-author series that features found family and a magical cast of characters. Each book can be read as a standalone but is better enjoyed as a series.

Lori C's Review:

Coal has been with the Black Cat Circus since the beginning. Sev saved Coal’s life when his father exiled him from the sacred lands penniless and alone. Now after years of practice Coal has more control over his fire and has his own act fire dancing for the BCC. He senses change coming and is nervous the first time he meets Rhett. Their connection is immediate with even Coal’s fire wanting to reach out and touch Rhett. What does this mean? Is it safe for Rhett? Will Coal unleash the chains controlling his fire? 

OH MY GOODNESS!! I am in love with this series!! Rye Cox, this may have been your first paranormal book, I BEG you to not let it be your last. I spent the first couple of chapters crying and the last half of the book just awww’ing. This story is the best type of build me up, fill my bucket insta love out there. It is sweet romance. It is also spicy romance. I love the way Peanut keeps making cameos. I know this kitty is important and that soon we’re going to figure out how. I love how Sev has built and keeps his family together. This world that these authors have  built is fabulous, these characters charming. It makes me want to see more of the series and of what Rye Cox has up her sleeve vis-รก-vis Hector. Coming up soon The Aerialist by Morgan Lysand and The Ringmaster by Kota Quinn. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

When I read the first book in this series I was blown away, I can't even begin to describe how much I love carnival/circus themes in books. So, to have not only those as a background/world, but in addition to have LGBTQ+ elements as well?! It's kismet for me!  I'm excited for this whole series, I'll be honest though I was worried they wouldn't live up to how much I hyped them up in my head... 

I did not need to worry! I haven't read very many stories by Rye Cox, but their writing is very good. And this book connected so well with Duckie's it almost felt as though it was one concurrent story. In a way, I suppose it is! For this being Rye's first foray into paranormal romance, they did a magical job! 

When I was first introduced to Coal's character in The Daredevil; (Duckie Mack's book) he seemed aloof and kept to himself. His character intrigued me, all of them did cause they are all mysterious in their own ways, but him especially captured my attention. I wanted to know what gave him the ability to wield fire, and not only to wield it but to dance with it. 

And in this book I got the answers I was looking for! Now, I was not expecting Rhett's character. But oh my gosh you guys, him and Coal make such a great pairing! They compliment each other so well!! And Coal's first impression on Rhett, wasn't a good one, but they were able to look pass that and build a relationship together. I adored how Rhett had a little freak out when he learned about the true magic behind the circus,  but then he just accepted and embraced all of the people there. He didn't judge, or spew hate, he just accepted them. And treated them as people. One of my favorite parts of this book is the cooking scenes, the descriptions of Rhett trying to cook with an oven that's bigger than him, made me smile. This whole book made me smile, and giggle, and it drew me in. Quite frankly, I never want to leave this magical world these authors have created. 

I'm really curious about Hector's character! Along with the rest of the Black Cat Crew, especially Peanut!

Here are some of my favorite moments: 

'Page 22, chapter 10; If I didn't get answers now, then I really would go crazy. Knowing that I was serving food to a bunch of non-humans was one thing, but finding out I was crushing on a bird, now that was absolutely bonkers. '

Page 9, chapter 22; 'the world might have rejected us, but we carved a place for ourselves within it. We didn't need everyone to accept us. It was enough to have that one person who made you feel special, loved, and cared for. And for me, that was Rhett.'

This story just hyped me up even more for the other books that are still to come! Please do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy. And while this technically is a standalone, I would highly recommend reading the whole series together. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Sheena's Review:

This is the second in the multi-author Black Cat Circus series, and follows the titular Firedancer, Coal, and Rhett, the new chef for the circus.

I already read the first book, and was lucky enough to get this straight after so I could dive right in to Coal's story. I was intrigued by him in the first book and this didn't disappoint. I loved the idea of Coal's heritage as a firebird (not a phoenix!), even as a half-firebird, it was something different that I'm not sure I've come across in any paranormal romance books before. I do love the idea of found family, and these two have had their hardships before finding where they belong in the Black Cat Circus.

While this is fast, almost instant - which is usually a big nope for me - it doesn't feel like it. Rhett and Coal do have that instant connection but they do take their time getting to know each other and it never felt forced or rushed. I loved these two together, it felt like two lost souls finally finding what they needed in each other. It was a joy reading their story and seeing them both blossom and find happiness. I thought there might be more to Rhett too, and I wasn't disappointed there either.

I do like the whole ensemble cast of the circus, and can't wait for Brighton's story next.

Rating: 4 Stars

Janet's Review:

Daredevil is the first book in the Black Cat Circus. It was the perfect start to a fantastic series! Drake has no fear! He ran away from the small town he lived in when he was a teen, but now the circus is visiting that same town. Eli is a journalist who grew up in the same town. He is assigned the circus, where he meets Drake who he went to school with but doesn’t remember. 

I loved how Drake pushed Eli out of his comfort zone. They have an instant connection and rapport. They are sweet and steamy together. 

Overall, a great start to the series. Well written with addicting pacing.

Rating: 5 Stars

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