Review: Lillian Francis – When Love Flue In

downloadAuthor: Lillian Francis
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Genre: M/M Holiday
ISBN: 9781614956877

Rating: ★★★★★ 

A soot-haired chimney sweep, an exploding flue and an uncooked turkey. It’s an unholy trinity that may make all of Dominic’s Christmas wishes come true.

Dominic is celebrating his first Christmas since his divorce, and although he’s spending it on his own, he’s determined to have a traditional Christmas morning, including a roaring fire. Unfortunately, Dominic’s chimney is blocked, which is why Reagan, a soot-haired chimney sweep, is head and shoulders up Dominic’s flue. Dominic is just lucky the man had a cancellation on Christmas Eve.

Unable to take his eyes off Reagan’s low-slung jeans and enticing ass while he sets about the hearth with rods and brushes, Dominic knows five years is a long time to be obsessed with the man who sweeps his chimney every Christmas. This year there’s nothing to stop Dominic from acting on his desires—except his own insecurities.

An exploding flue provides the opportunity for more than just polite conversation and could be the catalyst for a perfect Christmas. But Dominic will need to stop hiding who he really is before a special sweep can light a fire in his heart.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Dominic is having his first Christmas as a single man after his divorce and realizing he can no longer hide that he is gay. Reagan has been cleaning the chimney for Dominic and his wife and while he has always thought Dominic was a very attractive man, he also thought he was straight. The story is told from the alternating points of view of Dominic and Reagan.

This was a great story, I liked the chemistry between the two characters, the fact that neither of them were certain if the other one was attracted the way they wanted. The vulnerability on both sides pulled me in to the story – Dominic thinks Reagan would not want a man who has hid who he was and Reagan thinks Dominic would not want someone who is happy to be a chimney sweep since Dominic is a lawyer.

Fortunately, an exploding flue covering Reagan in soot gives Dominic an opportunity to keep Reagan there a little longer to get to know each other better than they have in the past when his wife was around. And although it is Christmas Eve and Reagan was going to spend some time with his Mum, he stays to explore what seems to be happening.

I thought this was well written, very well paced with all the things that were new to Dominic, making it tender, hot, sweet and passionate all at the same time. I don’t want to give too much away with details from the story, so I can only say I really enjoyed it!

I would recommend this book for romance lovers who also enjoy some hot scenes and while this was my first book by this author, I will be looking for more!




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