by Jessica Jayne
Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and she knew that came with some risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own. Even though she had asked her husband, Chad, for a trial separation the week before his death because she found out about an affair he was having, dealing with the last year without him has not been easy. Her brother-in-law, Matt, has been the rock that has kept her from collapsing.
As a fireman, Matt Riley had been at the scene when his brother was killed. Several other firefighters had to hold him back to keep him from going after his brother in the collapsing building. The last year has been difficult for Matt. He suffered greatly from survivor’s guilt and drank himself into oblivion on several occasions. His one saving grace has come in the form of his sister-in-law, Gracelyn. Her friendship has pulled him through time and time again.
With the year anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt turn to each for support and comfort. What they didn’t expect was to realize that their feelings for each other may go well beyond the solid friendship they share. Can they overcome the guilt and the scrutiny of their family and friends to find love together?
This is a great story that takes on some pretty hard themes and does them justice beautifully. Matt Riley doesn’t want to love his brother’s widow, but he can’t help the feelings that have built up. Gracelyn also loves Matt and it comes on to a head on the anniversary of her husband’s death. They are explosive together with chemistry that was off the charts hot.
There is the added complication of Matt and Gracelyn being connected by marriage and their families not understanding. It added an extra layer of angst and strife and I think Ms. Jayne brought out into the open well. I liked the extra bit of family stress on their relationship, it made this is a very believable story.
I hated Matt’s ex at one point and I was disappointed in his mom too, but those are both emotions I think I was supposed to feel. I highly recommend this story to fans of hot erotic romance with lots of emotion. Especially if you love a hot Fireman story, because Matt is very fit and hot.
“Gracey, you are more than just Chad’s widow. You’re family. And you have always been a friend. You’ve been a tremendous support for me. I wouldn’t have made it through this last year without you. I will do whatever I can to help you. You know that. We’ve helped each other through this last year and I’m not abandoning you now. I’ll always be here for you.”
― Jessica Jayne, In Flames