Book Reviews

Cleansing Flame (Rekindled Flame 2) by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Firefighters / Disability / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 26-February-2018

Book Blurb

Life has been grinding Dayne Mills down almost for as long as he can remember. First he lost the love of his life in an accident that also left him with a permanent injury, and then his mother passed away a year later. When his house burns to the ground, it’s the last straw. He can’t take any more, and if it wasn’t for kind and handsome firefighter Lawson Martin offering him a hand up and a place to stay, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Dayne would love for his relationship with Lawson to evolve into something beyond charity, but he knows going after a man so far out of his league will only lead to yet more heartache. It’s best to just keep his mind on his research.


It’s that research that leads Dayne to an old student journal that not only provides clues to the Native American heritage Lawson has been searching for, but chronicles a century-old love story. The tale that unfolds might be just what Dayne and Lawson need to remind them that no matter how dark life becomes, love can find a way to shine through.


Book Review

‘Cleansing Flame’ is an emotionally moving story about two men with more insecurities than should be legal. Dayne has had a string of bad luck and tends to see potential issues with everything; he believes he will never be happy. Lawson is a tough, almost reckless firefighter who thinks showing vulnerability will drive anyone close to him away. Dayne’s house burning down and Lawson offering him a place to stay throws their fates together – but the battle to overcome the various obstacles between them is a tough one. As a result, this is a character-driven, tension-filled story that had me involved from page one.

Dayne is working hard to get his college degree despite the accident that killed his boyfriend and left him having trouble walking. His mother died a year ago, so when his house is destroyed in a fire, Dayne is about ready to give up. Even though a hunky firefighter offers him a place to stay, Dayne can’t believe anything good will come from this. His lack of self-esteem is his worst enemy as he slowly gets to know Lawson, and while I could see why he was hesitant, I felt like nudging him in the right direction more than once.

Lawson is the quintessential firefighter: tall, dark, handsome, tough, and willing to help. He is also a daredevil and jumps into danger with almost no consideration for the risk to his own life. While he admires Dayne from the start, he has a tough time getting through to him – until he realizes bravado is not the right track with someone as shy as Dayne. Lawson needs to learn how to romance the man he is falling for. It’s an almost constant internal battle, but so worth it!

Like in book one, there are a couple of subplots that deepened my interest. One is Dayne’s battle with the insurance company, followed by a recurring issue with his legs. The other is Lawson’s gradual change into someone less prone to jump off the cliff, so to speak. But the one I really enjoyed was Dayne’s research into the Carlisle Indian School and two of its students at the beginning of the 1900s. Fascinating!

If you like intense novels with lots of angst and emotional drama, if you want to know more about two strangers who have trouble figuring out if and how they fit together, and if you’re looking for a read that is very moving, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. I loved it!





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/61190 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-March-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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