“Is it possible not to ever know your type—not to even know you have a type—until quite suddenly you do?” ― Jennifer E. Smith “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight”
Greyson Hayes and Mica Cruz are the hot and hunky firefighters who star in Draven St. James’ Grey’s Hidden Fire, a sweet and sexy and lightly angsty story about a couple of men learning what it means to be brothers-in-arms and insanely in lust with each other at the same time.
Mica is the new guy in the firehouse, but the rumors of his sexuality had already preceded him, spurred on by the station’s resident homophobe and all-around git. Mica doesn’t look gay, Mica doesn’t act gay, but he’s been labeled regardless, though it appears Jeffries, the git in question, is the only one of the guys who really cares. The moment Mica and Grey meet, their attraction to each other is a bit like gas thrown on an open flame. The feelings are combustible, mutual, and entirely confusing to the very straight Grey, who may not be so very straight after all.
One clumsy and catastrophic experiment when he was a teenager ended Grey’s belief he could be attracted to guys, and he’s dated women only ever since. It’s been pretty simple for him, all things considered, since he’s never been sexually attracted to another man. Until, that is, Mica shows up and Grey discovers that Mica will cause him to break all the rules and change who he’s always believed himself to be.
The term Gay-For-You is apparently rather fifteen minutes ago. Are we calling it Out-For-You now? Whatever name we’re giving it these days, Grey’s Hidden Fire is that. It’s the story of a man who didn’t know he could fall in love with another man until the perfect guy came along and made him face that truth.
There’s only a wee bit of angst in this one, and a side story involving a hate crime that was perpetrated and solved fairly quickly. This is a novella best read with the right expectations going into it: a bit of insta-love, a couple of loveable MCs, some unconditionally accepting friends, and even a few who may know a little more about Grey and Mica’s feelings for each other—from firsthand experience.
If you’re looking for a quick and steamy late-summer read, this one might be just what you’re looking for.
Reviewed by: Lisa