Cold Fire by Hannah Heyward

"Let's do this? That's your idea of pillow talk?" Cold Fire is a standalone story with a closeted actor and some snowed-in shenanigans.

From the blurb:

Justin is content working at a candy and coffee shop in Leighton, Missouri with his best friend. It’s a damn good life, and there’s no one he’d rather have by his side. He is, quite literally, living the dream.  

Well, about ninety-four percent of his dream, anyway. The other six percent of him wouldn’t turn up his nose at someone besides his buddy to share it with. So until he finds his person, he’s usually content to settle for the occasional companionship of the single-night variety.

That is, until actor Kieran Palmer walks straight out of Justin’s fantasy and into the shop while filming a movie nearby. Suddenly, everything Justin has dreamed about is not only standing in front of him, but also flirting with him.

When a winter storm unexpectedly hits and Kieran is stranded, he is forced to wait out the sleet at Justin’s house. Which wouldn’t be such a bad thing if he wanted to pass the time watching a movie or playing cards. But when he picks right back up with the flirtation, Justin is left with a dilemma.

Should he give in and have a little fun with this man he’s fantasized about but will never see again? Because the more time they spend together, the more Justin starts to like him.

And the more Justin starts to like him, the more he wants Kieran beyond this one storm.

Cold Fire takes place two years before the events of The Musician and the Muse. It is 43k words long and can be read as a standalone.

Miki J's Review:

Totally a classic trope of snowed in/insta-connection......but this one didn't feel contrived or force. It really did feel realistic and I was enchanted (really !!) with the banter between the MC's. I was giggling the whole way through ....and yes, there are heartfelt moments as well alongside the steamy moments. I also think the background/setting build-up gave this story that true-life feel ...... Overall, a great story....but with an open ending....I didn't mind this as I know the author will revisit them in a future book - this gives us details of their very interested in finding out more !!

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