Secret Fire by Morticia Knight


 Police officer, Zach and Fire Marshal, Daryl would be perfect together—if they would ever quit fighting long enough to find out. A devastating fire and the secret behind it almost keeps them from getting what they really need—each other.Mesa police officer, Zach is a fun loving guy. Now that he’s hit the big three-oh, he’s looking to stop the hook-up train and find someone he can get serious about. When a mutual friend suggests Fire Marshal Daryl, Zach assumes he must be joking. The surly marshal has given cranky a new meaning. It’s unfortunate, since he is one fine-looking man.


Daryl has sworn off relationships ever since he caught his ex-partner cheating. He’s always taken everything in life seriously—from jobs to relationships—and is afraid he might be alone in that regard. Certain he can’t risk love again, he panics when he sees his secret crush, Zach, approaching him at a police versus firemen softball game. He’s nervous, as he is socially challenged with a tendency to blurt out the wrong things. It gets worse when he realises their shared buddy gave Zach a push. He assumes Zach is only talking to him out of pity.
Zach has been pissed at Daryl ever since they got into a verbal sparring match at the park. Yet, when Daryl comes to
his aid during an explosive fire, Zach wonders what secrets might be hidden beneath the layers Daryl has built to protect himself from the world—and love. A night of passion turns into the possibility of something more as they struggle to find their way to one another. But all of that becomes threatened when there is a devastating fire that
causes many people to lose their lives. As they work together to uncover the truth, someone thinks they’ve asked too many questions—and plans to stop them before they can ask any more.

Reader Advisory: This book contains elements of light BDSM.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

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Have you ever read a book and just fall completely for one of the characters? And not fall in the whole “Oh I love you” sense, but in the sense that you just want to pick them up, put them in your pocket, and keep them forever?  That is totally what happened with me in this book with Daryl.
Oh my gosh. That man was just amazing.  It was impossible for me to hate him, even in the beginning, because you could just tell that there was something about him.  Something that he was hiding and I just wanted to find out what it was.  Find out what it was that caused him to be the way he was, and then?  When we found out? Holy shiz, I totally can’t blame him for it!
Even though this book was amazing overall, my favorite part was being able to follow along as Daryl was going through everything, trying to trust again.  That is what made the story so great for me because it was written in a way that was very realistic.  It felt like I was following as a friend was going through everything, that’s how well it was written.
This book has certainly made me realize that I need to go back and read the other books in the series because I hope they are all as great as this one!