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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Review - Putting OUt Fires by Sienna Black

Title: Putting Out Fires

Author: Sienna Black

Publisher: Loose Id, LLC

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Patchcat

Carlin Rhodes is a firefighter, first and foremost. He loves his work, he’s good at the job, and he’s reliable to a fault. Some might say he’s too focused. A night out on the town with a good friend is exactly the thing he needs to loosen up. Even if that good friend abandons him at the doors to the Baseline and leaves him to find his own fun.

Zaid, a fire-called Djinn, dances at the Baseline, a nightly routine that bares it all for his customers and keeps him entertained while he avoids his destiny as a leader of his kind. When Carlin watches, though, it’s more than having fun. Zaid is intrigued and curious, drawn to the somber, focused man.

And like a moth to a flame, the firefighter is drawn to the fire-called djinn—and into a fight to save his city from the flame, when Zaid's destiny comes calling.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, violence.

I greatly enjoyed this story. It was very easy to read, and the author built her world beautifully. The characters were interesting and engaging, and I want so much to go out and find my own djinn because Zaid was hot – and not just because he plays with fire.

Ms. Black does a wonderful job building her world and her characters. It was very easy to get into this story and to stay there. About the only thing that didn’t ring true for me – and what keeps this from being a Gotta Read – is that it seemed like Zaid was a little too quick and too willing to reveal what he was to Carlin, and that Carlin was a little too quick to jump to a paranormal possibility for the fire he had been witness to. Perhaps if the story had taken place over a longer period of time, and the two had known each other longer, it might have been a bit more believable.

That said, though, these things by no means ruined this work for me. I still loved it! Zaid and Carlin were wonderful together and apart, their supporting characters were just as well-rounded as they were, and the plot was intriguing and kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next. The only other complaint I have is that there wasn’t more to read about these two…and that is by no means a bad thing. ^_~

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