Craig Gilchrist is the oldest of five siblings, the captain of the Parkerburg Fire Department, and all around buddy his friends run to when they have a problem. Unfortunately, he’s keeping a secret not only from the whole town, but his family as well. Living in the shadows works for him until one fateful night when a hot stranger walks across a smoky barroom, forcing Craig to make a move that could rock the foundation of his existence…and fill the void in his heart he doesn’t realize he has.
Melrose escaped the end of a bad relationship to start over in Parkerburg. With the support of his cousin and a job waiting tables at a great restaurant, he thinks his life is finally going pretty smoothly. That’s when his path crosses that of Craig Gilchrist, local fire captain. The big, beefy firefighter is definitely not his type. So why does he suddenly star in all of Melrose’s fantasies?
With Melrose at his side, Craig finally has the motivation to step out of the shadows and let Parkerburg see the real him…until trouble arises and the truth comes to light that perhaps he doesn’t know the real Melrose.
Lies and fears play havoc with their newly acquired relationship. Luckily, once ignited, the hearts of Parkerburg don’t burn out so easily.
Craig is attracted to what looks like a kid. He is scared, no one is aware that he is gay. He has kept it from friends and family alike his entire life. But when he spots Melrose everything changes. He can’t get the handsome young man out of his mind. His best friends are upset because he is dodging any conversation with them.
Melrose moved to get away from an abusive relationship about a year ago. He has not felt any attraction to any guys since. Until a night out with his cousin, when he sees this drop dead gorgeous hunk of a man. Melrose, not ready to think about being with anyone, leaves. Shortly there after they both man up and start dating. Melrose is happy, when his past threatens the new life he has started.
Will they work thinks out? How will it affect Craig’s opinion of Melrose?
Good book, I found it to be an easy read. Craig is your typical alpha male he doesn’t know how to open up and would rather his actions speak for him. Melrose on the other hand is more in touch with emotions and the people around him. He is a gentle soul. They are magic together, a well-balanced couple if people would just leave them be.