Book Reviews

Flames by J. Scott Coatsworth at Other Worlds Ink

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-June-2021

Book Blurb

Alex always thought love was enough to keep him and Gio together. Why did they need wedding rings or legal certificates? But now, with Gio lost in a coma after a fire has destroyed their home, his partner’s mother banishes Alex from his side.

Locked in a gray limbo inside his head, memories are all Gio has left, and the urge to let go is getting stronger.

Nothing can keep Alex from Gio's side, even if he has to break the rules. In their stolen moments alone together, Alex fights to reach Gio, one memory at a time.

What if Alex’s voice is the only thing that can bring Gio back?



First edition published in the anthology 'A More Perfect Union' by Dreamspinner Press, June 2016.


Book Review

Alex and Gio belong together. They have lived in the same house, they love each other deeply, and even though they have the occasional fight - or maybe because they have the occasional fight - they are a couple. Then Fate interferes, and suddenly they are about to lose everything.

Alex and Gio’s story made me cry because of the suffering they both went through when Gio got burned in a house fire badly enough to end up in a coma. It made me mad when Gio’s bigoted and harsh mother made it impossible for Alex to be at his side in the hospital because she excluded him since he was not family. I cheered Alex on when he found a way to remain at Gio’s side anyway.

‘Flames’ is an emotional roller coaster and has a perfect ending in more than one way.



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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 102 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-June-2021
Price $3.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
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