A man who devotes himself to fighting fires longs to find something else worth living for when he discovers an attraction to a paramedic, an attraction to a man for the very first time, in this emotional and angsty m/m romance. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rainbow by K.L. Savage, along with getting my impressions of this first installment in the Ruthless Kings MC: Baton Rouge series, then add it to your bookshelf!
Fire is the reason why my life changed.
And I'm the reason why fire doesn't stand a chance.
I'm a smoke jumper.
I save those who can't be saved.
But somewhere along the way, smoke has blinded me.
I've forgotten there is more to life than saving lives, but I can't press pause.
A category five hurricane heading straight toward us changes everything I ever thought I knew about myself.
For instance, Ryan Hathaway.
Paramedic from Vegas. Sexier than sin. Sassy. A man.
I've never wanted a man.
But I want him.
And he makes me feel the hottest I've ever felt.
Fire can't even compare to him.
Only thing is, he doesn't do straight guys. It's his rule. What I love about rules is that they are made to be broken.
And I'm going to make him rewrite everything he thought he knew.
Nothing is ever black and white, though.
It's the details that live in the shades of grey that we need to watch out for.
The hurricane dislodges one of my MC brother's hate and hits us harder than the storm does. Wind. Rain. Blood. Death.
The storm is far from over and our lives are at stake.
I live my life to the fullest and I won't die with regrets.
Ryan is the blaze I never want to fight.
If we go down, we will burn together.
Extinguishing us is not an option.
Because after a storm, there's always a rainbow.
I'll be damned if I don't finally see what's at the end.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Fans of m/m romances will find themselves drawn to this series starter of insta-love, exhilarating action, and suspense. From the moment these two men meet readers will be frantically turning the pages as their surprising romance starts gaining strength. At the same time danger from the outside world, along with Mother Nature, seeks to end what's just started between them. Along with two immensely likable main characters, readers will also be introduced to an equally appealing cast of secondary characters, members of the MC that make for an unconventional family that has me counting down the days until the next book in this series hits bookshelves.
Before making his way to Baton Rouge it was just Nathan Rainbow Kennedy, his younger brother Greer, and tragedy. Coming into contact with the men of the Ruthless Kings MC though gave them a support system, a new way of life, and a whole new set of brothers to make life fuller. Rainbow's a delicious hero from the very start, a supportive and caring man with a kind heart. Add in strong and sexy, as well as being a firefighter, and you have an unforgettable and dream-worthy hero. Never before has he ever been attracted to a man, but the moment he sees paramedic Ryan is the moment where everything changes for him. He's drawn to Ryan in an insta-love kind of connection, a connection that was both sweet and sexy at times. He claimed Ryan from the very start and made it quite clear that no one else would do for him...he just has to prove it to Ryan in a romance full of angst and heartfelt emotions.
Ryan Hathaway's the new paramedic in town, a man with a painful past that has left his heart and soul bruised. A slew of bad relationships has him doubting the meaning of love and particularly doubting men who haven't yet come out as he never again wants to be someone's experiment. Firefighters too are banned from his dating list which means Rainbow will have to work twice as hard to win Ryan's fragile heart in a romance that had me rooting for them every step of the way. Ryan's an immensely likable hero, one of smaller stature and a bit feminine around the edges physically but tougher on the inside as he's out and proud when it comes to his sexuality. Though he's leery of all the feelings Rainbow engenders in him he can't help but give in to his instant attraction. From there it's a non-stop rollercoaster ride as outside forces wage war on this couple while matters of their hearts have them engaging in an inner battle of emotions.
This was an engaging story from the start courtesy of a delightful main couple, each with painful pasts that have made them who they are today. For Rainbow especially, the fiery deaths of his parents when he was a teen set him on a path to becoming a firefighter, made him a caring man willing to put his life on the line to care for and protect others. His relationship with his brother Greer (aka Mime) was particularly sweet and heartwarming and endeared Rainbow to me all the more. Ryan was equally as appealing but I didn't fall for him quite as much as I did to Rainbow. Some of Ryan's actions, bits of his personality felt stereotypical, so I didn't connect to him as fully but despite that I still enjoyed his romance with Rainbow. I also appreciated that the Ruthless Kings MC was not the usual/stereotypical MC. I loved that they were fully accepting of others regardless of color or sexuality, they truly represented family and were just what Rainbow and Greer needed as teens as well as now. I further enjoyed the glimpses of others in the MC with Mime being my absolute favorite. I'm breathlessly waiting for his story as it promises to be intensely emotional yet full of heart courtesy of a brother who supports him unconditionally. As a disabled person I'm especially excited for its release as I love seeing an imperfect hero find his HEA. From start to finish readers will be on the edge of their seats watching a burgeoning romance pick up steam. Readers will also be waiting to see the next moment of danger from threats befalling the MC as well as a hurricane coming to further put everyone in danger, frantically turning the pages in this well-crafted series starter!
My rating for this is an A-
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
K.L. Savage writes about gritty, alpha males, sometimes their dark sides, and the women they love. If you have the same itch, their alpha males should fix that.