Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ARC Review: Burning Up (Fitting In 3) by Silvia Violet


Bryce has been a firefighter for ten years, but when a horrific house fire leaves him reeling, he moves to a new city, hoping to shove those memories behind him. As he adjusts to his new station, Bryce keeps to himself until Matt and Toby, two hot young men in his unit, throw temptation in his path. Bryce knows better than to mess around with men he works with, especially two newbies who are in the closet. But after a difficult day, Matt and Toby offer him compassion and friendship, which slips so easily into sex Bryce finds the combination irresistible.

Matt and Toby want to expand their relationship to include a third, and they've set their sights on their sexy bear of a lieutenant. Their first night together is a scorcher, and, more than that, it feels right, to all of them. But since Bryce refuses to hide who he is, and dating men on his shift is against the rules, all three men are going to have to make some tough choices if they want to stay together.

Dani's rating:


This story sizzles, burns, crackles, and blisters in all its sweltering, torrid, ardent, lustful glory.

*walks off stage to claim purple prose award*

Matt and Toby, both 22, are firemen, best friends, and lovers. They work, play, and live together. They're both instantly attracted to Bryce (who's older, although it's unclear how old; I was thinking early-30s) when he joins their station.

Bryce, who transferred stations due to a tragedy he witnessed at his previous post, also works with Mason (an MC from the previous two books) at a bar where Matt and Toby can conveniently stalk him in the evenings.

Bryce does not want a relationship, much less a convoluted, complicated ménage à trois. But he can't resist serious, intense Matt and sweet, funny Toby. Bryce knows the two men shouldn't be working together or with him, but Matt resists Bryce's attempts to talk them into coming clean with the captain.

Burning Up contains plentiful, ridiculously HAWT man-on-man-on-man action with light bondage, spanking, cock rings, butt plugs, and MORE.

Because we only get Bryce's POV, we never get inside Toby and Matt's relationship to see what their motivation, besides the obviously sexual one, is for wanting a third in their relationship.

Bryce's internal monologue (I want them! No, it's too much. But they're hot, and I want to fuck them hard NOW! No, bitch, no, no, we work together, not cool. UGH, but what does my HEART say?) drove me up the fucking wall.

I wanted some real-word problems vs. vs. toppy, bossy, dominant (oooh yeah!) Bryce whining like a teenage girl from Sweet Valley High.

This book CAN be read as a standalone. I have not read the first two books and had no trouble following the story, even though there are several scenes featuring the three MCs from books 1 and 2, Jack, Grey, and Mason, who are in a ménage à trois of their own and quite vested in offering Bryce relationship advice, whether he wants it or not.

I definitely wanted more character development for all three men and more in the way of plot; there were quite a few typos in my ARC that will hopefully be cleaned up by pub date.

Despite this, and even with the relationship angst, Bryce's waffling, and a dramatic rescue at the end, this is a mostly easy, not to mention SEXY and FUN, read featuring three buff, horny firemen, a cool dog, and real firefighting action.

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