Title: When Sparks Fly (First-Responders #1)
Author: J.A. Essen
Genre: Erotica Menage
Release Date: September 1, 2016
The First-Responders is a contemporary romance, novella series. Each book will be able to be read as a standalone. Book 1 is about Macy, a graduate student and soon to be elementary school teacher, and Seth, a firefighter.
Will she, or won't she? Sparks are definitely going to fly!
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ExcerptI ride right up next to Seth and put it in park. He’s standing out in front of the Hummer, playing something on his phone when we drive up. Walking around to open up the door for me, I notice he’s wearing black and red board shorts that are riding ridiculously low on his hips. His head is topped with a matching DC ball cap. I’m biting my bottom lip so hard, I taste a faint hint of blood. “Good morning, Macy.” He takes my hand as I jump down out of the Jeep. “Hey, Seth,” I say meekly. “This is my friend Rachel that was blabbering in the background when you called the other night.” He nods his head. “Nice to meet you.” I walk around to the back and open the rear gate. “Let me get that for you gals,” he’s quick to add as he grabs the cooler. We each grab our tote bags containing towels, sunscreen, and what not. “Got a favorite spot?” Seth looks around. “Actually, over by that stack of driftwood is great!” Rachel puts her two-cents worth in. “Close enough so you can keep an eye on the lifeguard stand, huh?” I lean over and whisper to her. She smirks at me. “I’m going to rent one of those big ass umbrellas. Join you guys in a minute.” My eyes bug out when I realize she’s abandoning me. “So, how’s your leg feeling? I don’t see any signs of a limp.” “Fine actually.” We set our little area up while we wait for Rachel. Towels out, cooler open, music on. “Mind if I take a look?” Seth motions for me to come in front of him. I stand up, blushing a little as I start to take the wrap off. It kind of feels a little like stripping in front of this gorgeous specimen of a man. I take a half-step forward with my left leg and put it at a slight bend in between his legs. He begins to run his fingers around the edges of the abrasions on my calf, applying light pressure. The combination of the tingles his fingertips are creating and the slight pain of the pressure on the bruising is erotically blissful. Seth switches to his thumbs as he continues to trace the larger portion of the injury, past my knee, up onto my lower thigh. I can feel my body start to waver under his touch, and the tingle between my thighs is starting. I don’t even realize it until I hear Rachel say, “You two need a moment alone?” but my head is lolled back, and my tongue is tracing a line on my upper teeth. I turn beet red and try to pull my leg back, but Seth locks his fingers behind my thigh and keeps it in place. “Almost done.” He places his wide hand over the bulk of the scabbed-over scrape. “Good, no heat. Everything seems to be healing perfectly. Keep up with the Bacitracin and the scarring should be minimal.” Once he releases my leg, I grab the wrap and throw it back around my waist before I take a seat. “So Seth, how long have you been at the fire department? What did you do before that?” Rachel nudges me, as she gets the interrogationrolling. “I’ve been with the SBFD for three years now. I’m the Medical Services Battalion Chief. Before that, I served two tours in the Middle East as a Fire Protection Specialist onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.” My jaw drops again. A Firefighter and ex-military. Mmm. So much potential.
I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
If you're looking for a short read with a handful of steamy scenes then When Sparks Fly may be for you. Though J.A. Essen's writing is vivid, the overall story took several turns that made it hard for me to stay connected to the story and leads Macy and Seth. Both characters made decisions that left me with questions about what each was looking for in a relationship. There is a twist near the end of the story that had me rereading things to see if I missed something. Overall When Sparks Fly has merit but fell a little short for me.
About The Author
I’m 35 and live in Texas where I run a restaurant 5 days a week. I have been married to my amazing wife for going on 12 years and have two great little boys who keep us on our toes. I started writing last year after my wife, Author Marie James, had been doing so for a year. I enjoyed writing short stories in middle school and high school, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. After reading her books, along with three of my other favorite authors, MNever, CJ Roberts, and JA Huss, I began writing romance and erotica. I have a total of 12 novellas planned right now in 4 different series. Some Rom-Com, some sports romance, and definitely some KINK! Just a heads up when reading though: Be sure to like my Facebook page ( https://goo.gl/9TNmU6 ) to keep up-to-date on all your ESSEN-tial reading needs.