Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Genre: m/m cop
Narrator: Paul Morey
Justin Briggs can shout out directions all day on his job as a traffic cop, but put him in front of a hot guy, specifically firefighter Rock Sparks, and he clams up.
Rock finds Justin confusing. While saving a busload of children hanging off the edge of a highway overpass, the cute rookie is cool and confident. But when Rock tries to chat him up, he stutters and chokes. Frustrated, Rock teases Justin, and boy, is his temper hot.
Though Rock and Justin share a steamy kiss, Justin keeps his distance, still tongue-tied. Then, when Justin is injured on the job, Rock takes him to the hospital, and some of the barriers start to crumble. But getting his enigmatic boyfriend to open up brings up more questions about Justin’s past.
Fairly short, this story is part of a series but can easily be read as a standalone. Justin Briggs is a traffic cop with a boring assignment, the same day-in and day-out, but one day as he’s in pursuit of a speeding car, he witnesses a school bus accident on an overpass. The bus is hanging off the end, and once Justin radios dispatch for assistance, he rushes to do what he can to help. As the rescue progresses, he meets Rock Sparks, a good-looking EMT, and the two manage to rescue all the kids as they team up to get them off the bus.
But once that happens, Justin has a hard time talking to Rock, even though he’s attracted to him. For some reason, his social phobia kicks in, and he becomes so speechless that Rock assumes he’s not interested in him. But he is, and when assisting with traffic control for a major industrial fire, it’s Rock who comes to Justin’s assistance when he’s overcome by smoke inhalation as the wind shifts.
Eventually, it becomes apparent that Justin does indeed like Rock and that the feeling is mutual, even though Justin still struggles with personal interactions with him.
Unfortunately, while Justin is in the hospital, we meet his harpy of a mother, a woman who refuses to accept that her son is gay and who forms an immediate dislike for Rock. Rock was visiting and as he heads out, he kisses Justin before he goes, leading Justin’s mother to make negative comments about doing “dirty” things. That leads to Rock losing his cool and only fans the flames of the woman’s hatred for him.
There is a lot of drama and angst in this story, including a surprising twist in the way Justin’s mother has been interfering in his life all along. There’s more drama for Justin and Rock as well, and things don’t look good for any lasting relationship. Will they overcome their issues? Will Justin be able to please his mother yet still live his life the way he wants to?
This story is nice and the audiobook narration good as well. Paul Morey’s narrations are generally easy to follow due to the variety in vocalizations he provides for the characters. It’s only a few hours long, so it makes for easy listening on short trip.