Title: All Fired Up (Sin City Uniforms #1)
Author Name: Morticia Knight
Publication Date & Length: September 5, 2014 – 160 pgs
Officer Shawn Everly patrols the Strip. Fireman Trent Marshall saves him when danger strikes. But it’s uncertain whether Trent can save himself from getting his heart broken by Shawn.
The party never ends on the Las Vegas strip, but neither does the danger. Officer Everly is new to the beat, having recently relocated to Vegas from Los Angeles. Foot patrol on The Strip is a demanding assignment because he’s up close and personal with the public. But what he’d really like to do is get up close and personal with Station 32’s hunky fireman, Trent Marshall.
Trent has been a fireman for over ten years and is dedicated to his job. He’s built tough and is a no-nonsense man of few words. At a local blood drive, Trent meets the handsome new officer on foot patrol, but won’t let himself get too close. He’s lost love before when his policeman lover was killed in the line of fire.
During an emergency, Trent’s over-protective instincts kick in when he believes Shawn is in harm’s way. He ends up embarrassing and angering Shawn in front of their fellow officers, which seems as though it will end any hope of Trent having a chance with the young man he can’t push from his mind.
Shawn can’t decide whether he wants to punch or kiss Trent. Kissing wins. Once they spend some time together away from the stresses of their jobs, they find that they’re not just compatible—they’re combustible.
But Trent can’t seem to accept that there are hazards that come with working in law enforcement. Right as they’re discovering how much they mean to one another, the danger escalates on The Strip. The underground vigilante group, The Citizens Against Immorality, have raised the stakes. Will Shawn and Trent be their next targets?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and the use of sex toys. It is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone
The deep growl of Trent’s voice is all it takes to get Shawn turned on.
I truly enjoyed this story. Both characters, Trent and Shawn are strong, but each in their own way. Trent is a more dominant character and Shawn, while the more submissive character, holds strength that Tent is unable to deny.
It was a fairly believable story which made reading it that much more enjoyable. While their attraction was immediate, Trent, having been hurt in the past was hesitant to allow his heart to make his decisions.Shawn wasn’t as hesitant, but was a little baffled as to why his attraction to Trent was so strong, so quickly.
Shawn was an observant, dedicated police officer who caught the eye of hunky Trent. During a routine night, Shawn becomes entangled and in need of some help, which Trent is all to willing to do. But, Trent is struggling with his desire for Shawn and runs away. It is no secret that each of these men are gay – they were unwilling to keep that from their co-workers, which I really liked. Knight was great at portraying the confusion that Shawn felt towards Trent, and Trent’s inner struggle with what had happened in his past relationship.
I thought it was great that she had Trent seek professional help. It is sometimes a taboo subject that a strong, dominant character seek help for PTSD or any other mental health issue, but this really enhanced the story. I enjoyed how the story became about their relationship and less about the “bad guy” they were all trying to catch. While the bad guy did get their time, I didn’t think that Knight over did that story line, which was good.
There were just a few editorial issues and formatting issues, but overall, a great story. I would love a story on Lee!
My first book by Morticia Knight and I can safely say I REALLY hope it isn’t my last!!
Officer & Fireman.. Two of my favorite professions.. Hey, they look hot in uniform. That being said. There is SO much more to this story than that.
Shawn, our manly and sexy police officer, is a Las Vegas Police Officer that works foot patrol on the Strip.
Trent, the studly and HOT fireman, admires him from afar but always runs off leaving mixed signals behind.
After being on a few calls together then end up with Trent embarrassing Shawn, things end up taking a turn for the serious between the two. Too bad Trent is carrying around nightmares from his past. Both men have a horrible relationship with their families who were homophobic and have no one else around them to rely upon, except one close friend each.
While the relationship is going on there is also another awesome plot going on as well that keeps the pages turning to find out where that is going as well as what is happening with the two men.
I was slightly disappointed in how fast the story wrapped up in a way. While I think the relationship part was nicely wrapped up and was amazing. The other part was great, until the rapid ending which was sad, but I loved the rest of the story so I’m still giving it five stars.
Shawn exhaled slowly, the talk of his brother forming a knot in his stomach the way it always did. It was a reminder that he really was all alone in the world.
Trent stood then moved to kneel beside his chair. He took one of Shawn’s hands and sandwiched it between his own.
“They obviously don’t realize what they’re missing by not having you in their lives.”
Trent caressed him, his strokes strong and assured. Comforting.
A surprising wave of emotion rose up in him and for a disconcerting moment, he thought he might tear up. He swallowed around the lump in his throat to tamp it down. He needed Trent to take him away from the ugly thoughts their conversation had brought up.
“Take me to bed?”
Without answering, Trent rose then gently tugged on Shawn’s hand, encouraging him to follow. The last thing Shawn needed was encouragement to go with Trent, but he liked the sensation of feeling wanted. Once they were inside his bedroom, Trent yanked Shawn to him, and any reserve they may have had left between each other was stripped away. They used their hands, lips and tongues frantically on one another. Even as they peeled off their minimal clothing, they remained in contact as much as possible.
Heavy breathing and urgent groans filled the air and Shawn remembered what Trent had asked him earlier – asked if he wanted to bottom for him. Even though he usually bottomed, the idea of Trent covering him with his strong, muscled body and driving into him with his generous length made him shudder. He whimpered.
The floor seemed to fall away and he realized he was in Trent’s arms again. It was crazy how much he liked it. After all that had happened between them, he’d been sure that he would have fought being carried. After being tossed on the bed, Trent loomed over him, staring down at him.
“Gonna make you feel so good.”
M/M and M/M/F Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people’s fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on the Sin City Uniforms Series and a BDSM spin-off to the Gin & Jazz series entitled The Hampton Road Club. A follow-up to Bryan and Aubrey’s story in Rockin’ the Alternative will be available in 2015.
- What motivated you to start writing?
I think it had to do with me not having siblings close to my age when I was a kid. Plus, both of my parents worked long hours, so I spent a lot of time alone. I would entertain myself for hours making up stories that I drew pictures to. I don’t do any drawing any more – just the stories!
- Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing?
Hot men. (I’m only sort of joking) When I discovered erotic romance then discovered gay erotic romance? Yee gads. That’s pretty much all I want to do with my time anymore.
There’s nothing more exhilarating for me than having the opportunity to create worlds and characters. That in and of itself is an inspiration.
- What is your writing environment? (Where do you write, what do you do to prepare right before you start writing)
The only thing I really need is a laptop of some sort and some music and headphones. I’ve had a lot of upheaval in my life this past year and I’ve had to learn to ‘write on the go’. I wrote a major sex scene for Rockin’ the Alternative on an airplane going cross country. I was on an aisle seat with a 17 inch screen and I imagine at least one person got an eyeful *ahem*.
Ideally, I’d like to redo my workspace in the coming year. I need to make it a bit more user friendly. Right now there are hundreds of scraps of papers with ideas on them strewn about. It’s rather ridiculous – but I’ll be writing full time in the New Year, so reorganizing has topped the resolution list already.
- What is the hardest part of a book for you? Any particular scene(s)?
The beginning! Seriously – that empty page staring at you, mocking. It’s a killer. Once I hit 10K for a novel length, everything starts to flow together.
- If you only could write in one genre, what would it be? And if you couldn’t write in that genre what genre would you pick next?
M/M Erotic romance in any genre. But if I had to pick only one, it would be Dystopian. Love it!
- If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be and why?
Sean Michael. He’s one of the few authors I consistently read because the emotions in his books are so raw and intense. He’s also one of the few authors who can write insta-love – that doesn’t involve a shifter – where I buy into it one hundred percent. I love that.
- What do you like to see in book reviews? What makes a review better than other ones to you?
A true understanding of the characters and the journey they go through during the course of the story. With that said, just as it’s true in real life – not every reader is going to fall in love with those characters, and that’s okay. I’ve had plenty of reviews where one reader was starry-eyed and obsessively in love with a character and another reader wished that same character would fall off a cliff and get run over by a bus. We all have different tastes.
To me, a good review is one where I can tell that the reader really put some thought into how they felt about a book – be that negative or positive.
- If you could give one tip to new writers, what would it be?
I always say the same thing. Write, and write some more. Just keep going and whipping your craft into shape. The only way you can do that is to practice!
- How do you make hard decisions with your books? Like the title of the book or some of the characters actions?
I hate coming up with titles. Every once in a while, the publisher will step in and say, ‘Uh, yeah. No. We won’t be using that title.’ They’re always right!
In terms of other things, I sometimes talk it out with friends to get their reaction. For instance, when I purposely wrote a ‘gay for you’ themed story, I proposed a scenario to a straight male friend to get his reaction. Perhaps it was the booze, but he pondered my idea and agreed that it was a plausible situation. Sometimes, I’ve used instances from my own life to lend credence to my character’s actions. My personal experiences are a never-ending source of fodder for my books!
- If you could only use 4 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
Let’s see, exhausted comes to mind…
How about…driven, passionate, sarcastic and crazy 😉
Author’s GoodRead Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5252602.Morticia_Knight