Audio Review: Andrew Grey – Cleansing Flame (Rekindled Flame #2)

51ZxYdEAKkL._SY346_Author: Andrew Grey
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Narrator: Michael Pauley

Summary:
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.

Review:
Poor Dayne Mills. Severely injured in an auto accident that killed his lover and left him permanently scarred and limping, he moved home to be with his mother, who passed away within a year. Now he comes home to find his house burned to a total loss, and he’s ready to toss in the towel. But firefighter Lawson Martin, whom Dayne recently met in the college library, is on the scene and insists on helping Dayne by offering him a place to stay. It helps that he’s friends with some of Dayne’s other friends who happen to be firefighters (and seen in previous stories by this author), so he feels okay in accepting the offer on a temporary basis.

The two become friends and bond over a journal written by a young Native American who was sent to an Indian School in the early twentieth century. Lawson has been searching for some evidence of his uncle’s time at the school, and Dayne is using this journal as one of the tools of his research for his studies on Native American culture. I enjoyed listening to the journal in this audiobook as much as I enjoyed the contemporary component of the romance. The journal story chronicled one young man’s discovery of another who eventually became the most important person in his life until he was removed by his family because he was needed back home. It was deeply emotional and very touching and was poignant in its ability to shed light on more than one sensitive subject of the times.

I like the fact that Andrew Grey often includes research of interesting or newsworthy topics as a subplot to his stories. He certainly did that here and over time we not only got to know the two young Native American men, but also got to witness the slow-burning romance that developed between Lawson and Dayne.

Those who enjoy Andrew Grey should definitely enjoy this one, and Michal Pauley did a very good job with the voices of the MCs and with the storytelling, i.e., journal-reading component of the book. Definitely an MM romance worth reading, or in this case, listening to in audiobook.

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