Book Name: Secret Fire (Uniform Encounters 5)
Author Name: Morticia Knight
Author Bio: M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on the Gin & Jazz series about the glitz and glamour of 1920’s Hollywood and additional installments of the Uniform Encounters series, with a new series about those luscious men in uniform coming out later this year.
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Totally Bound
Police officer Zach and Fire Marshal Daryl would be perfect together—if they would ever quit fighting long enough to find out. A devastating fire and the secret behind it almost keeps them from getting what they really need—each other.
Mesa police officer Zach is a fun-loving guy. Now that he’s hit the big three-oh, he’s looking to stop the hook-up train and find someone he can get serious about. When a mutual friend suggests Fire Marshal Daryl, Zach assumes he must be joking. The surly marshal has given cranky a new meaning. It’s unfortunate, though, since he is one fine-looking man.
Daryl has sworn off relationships ever since he caught his ex-partner cheating. He’s always taken everything in life seriously—from jobs to relationships—and is afraid he might be alone in that regard. Certain he can’t risk love again, he panics when he sees his secret crush Zach approaching him at a police versus firemen softball game. He’s nervous, as he is socially challenged with a tendency to blurt out the wrong things. It gets worse when he realises their shared buddy gave Zach a push. He assumes that Zach is only talking to him out of pity.
Zach has been pissed off at Daryl ever since they got into a verbal sparring match at the park. Yet, when Daryl comes to his aid during an explosive fire, Zach wonders what secrets might be hidden beneath the layers Daryl has built to protect himself from the world—and love. A night of passion turns into the possibility of something more as they struggle to find their way to one another. But all of that is threatened when there is a devastating fire that causes many people to lose their lives. As they work together to uncover the truth, someone thinks they’ve asked too many questions—and plans to stop them before they can ask any more.
Excerpt from “Secret Fire”:
“Can I confess something to you?”
“Of course, Daryl. You can tell me anything. That’s the only way to make this work.”
“I was so glad you fell asleep last night so there would be no question that you would be staying over. I wanted you to stay, but I was afraid after what happened the first night…”
“Hey. That first night doesn’t count, it was a practice run. Well, other than the sex. That part really counted.” Zach tried to rein in his glib tone since it was obvious Daryl was really stressing about the whole issue. “Don’t be afraid to ask me for whatever it is you want. I’m not going to promise I can always give it to you, but I would never treat you as though your feelings were unimportant or that you had no right to want something from me. Just keep talking, okay?”
Daryl nodded, still stroking Zach’s hand, seemingly lost in their small physical connection.
“Can I ask you something?”
“What did I just say? Of course.”
“If you hadn’t fallen asleep, would you have stayed over if I’d asked you to?”
“Were you going to ask me?”
Sighing, Daryl squeezed his hand. “Truthfully? I don’t know. I wanted to, but I don’t know if I would have had the courage to do it.”
“Yes. I would have.”
Daryl turned to him. “Yeah?”
He pulled Zach into a bear hug and kissed the top of his head.
“I really gotta take a piss, but if you can hang out for a minute, I’d like to ask you about something before you leave.”
“Daryl. You’re smothering me. Can’t. Breathe.”
Releasing him, Daryl laughed lightly. “Sorry about that. I wouldn’t want to smother my favourite person.”
An expression passed over Daryl’s face that reminded Zach of when he would blurt out revealing slip-ups when they first knew one another. Zach gave him a grin, not referencing his verbal fumble. It didn’t mean that he couldn’t be all kinds of excited about it on the inside, though.
“Go piss. Now I’m dying of curiosity.”
Daryl stroked Zach’s cheek with the back of his hand, staring at him in that intense way that Zach had decided he would never be able to get enough of.
The way he looks at me. As if I were the most amazing person ever.
With one last glance, Daryl rose and went into the en suite bathroom. Zach considered how he felt about waking up in Daryl’s bedroom. In his home. He decided it was a pretty damn good feeling.
Tour Dates: 6/9/14 – 6/27/14
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June 23: Fallen Angel Reviews
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June 25: Jade Crystal
June 26: Prism Book Alliance
June 27: Two Men Are Better Than One
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