Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review: Kindling Fire with Snow by Kate McMurray

Kate McMurray
Kindling Fire with Snow
Dreamspinner Press, 2010

Weathermen are predicting an incredible blizzard for New York City, but with old snow melting on the sidewalk, Seth Roland is a little skeptical. Despite moping over his ex-boyfriend Evan, who recently dumped him, Seth pretends all is well as he steps into his regular local bar, where he’s surprised by a blast from his past. Enter Kieran O'Malley, Seth’s very first boyfriend, in the city for a conference.

It might have been just a chance meeting, but first a train derailment and then the predicted blizzard keep Seth and Kieran in close proximity. It’s enough time for old feelings to surface, rekindled attraction to take hold, and new hopes for a future together to fill them both. But once the storm passes, the real challenge begins. Will Seth and Kieran work to make the relationship last, or will they let it melt away like snow in the sun?

Genre & Keywords:
M/M, Contemporary, New York, Snowstorm, Rekindled love

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Heat level: 2 out of 3 flames

Why I read it:
I received a review copy from the publisher

This novella tells the story of two thirty-year-old guys, Seth and Kieran, who run into each other in a New York bar. When they were seventeen they knew each other and had a crush on each other. They shared their first kisses and innocent orgasms together and lost touch when they went to college. Now, thirteen years later, they meet again by accident and have to spend some time together due to an upcoming snowstorm.

From alternating points of view we learn about their shared past, their present lives and most importantly about their current feelings and attraction for the other man. After meeting in the bar they end up in Seth's apartment where they act on their mutual, still present attraction. And yes, their chemistry is very good! Their love making is sweet and hot.

Thanks to this author's fluent writing, nice character building (for such few pages) and vivid portraying and picturing of the setting, I truly enjoyed this story. I could feel the cold and the snow in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. I could feel the attraction between the heroes. The only thing I had to work a bit harder for to picture it, was the scene in the bathtub. I liked that choice of setting quite a lot, but was wondering about the position of some limbs during the smexy time.

Kindling Fire with Snow is the first book I read by this author and it's a really nice surprise. Ms McMurray's pleasant writing style and ability to draw you into the story with just a few well-placed words and sentences make me want to read more from her. A quick search on Goodreads shows that she has written at least one other m/m book: In Hot Pursuit a romantic suspense that I already marked as to-buy. Now I only have to find the time to read it...

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  1. Great review Janna - and you know how scared I am to fully immerse myself in to the m/m without the 'f' world! LOL! This actually sounds good! Maybe it's the whole snow storm in NYC which I can totally see.

    I hope all is well with you! Sending you hugs! :)

  2. I enjoyed this one, too. I thought she did a great job with the setting and the little details of personality for the guys. Great review, Janna. :)

  3. I do think for me novellas is the way to go if I wanna read more, gotta start with short ones so I do not get scared ;)

  4. I enjoyed this one as well. Great setting and the author's writing style is very entertaining.

    I also enjoyed In Hot Pursuit.

  5. Woah girl, you're on a roll this week! Nice posts!!!

  6. @Tanya: Hey girl! How is NY weather atm? I hope no upcoming snow storms, lol. I'm looking very much forward to visiting your city in a few weeks! And I hope our meeting is still on. :)

    @Val: I loved the setting very much as well! Good to know that you enjoyed this one too, Val. :)

    @Blodeuedd: I think this one won't scare you away from the m/m genre, hon! Give it a go. :)

    @Lily: Good to know that you enjoyed In Hot Pursuit too. It's on my wishlist!

    @Lis: Thanks, hon! I'd written all the reviews a little while ago already, so it was a piece of cake really. ;D

  7. I also enjoyed her other book. I should've waited to read this one until today - we're having a blizzard!


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