Fired Up (Fever Falls, #1)
ASHTON If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to play the game…both on and off the field. If it hadn’t been for that one teenage slipup where I kissed Beau Campbell, I’d be able to keep fooling myself. Football is the one thing I use to distract myself from the truth, and when I screw-up and lose the game I love, I find myself right back in Fever Falls. And right back face-to-face with Cranky Campbell, who hates me even more than he did when we were kids. Whatever magic he held over me then is still there. As much as I fight it, I still want him. And I always get what I want…well, except with Beau, who constantly calls me on my crap. Why do I like that so much? BEAU I might’ve spent years watching Ash live out my dream—without the off-field antics and orgies with women, at least—but I’ve made a good life for myself. I’m a firefighter, and I coach my brother’s football team for those with developmental disabilities. But when Ash swings back into town armed with his monster ego and an arsenal of stupid nicknames, everyone is in awe of him. Nope, not me. I don’t care if our kiss years ago was responsible for my sexual awakening. I won’t fall for Ashton Carmichael. Though that resolution would be a whole lot easier if he wasn’t so tempting. Once he finds his way into my bed, I’m screwed—in more ways than one. But there’s more to Ash than meets the eye, buried beneath his ego, sarcasm and how we burn up the sheets together. Soon, it’s more than a game. We don’t just get each other fired up, we just might win each other’s hearts. Too bad things are never that simple…

Fired Up (Fever Falls, #1) Details

TitleFired Up (Fever Falls, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2019
PublisherRiley Hart
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports

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  • Nazanin
    January 1, 1970
    3 Cranky & Cocky StarsAsh and Beau were best friends, somehow! Ash had always tried to get under Beau’s skin and for the most part, he was successful! He always drove Beau crazy and challenged him. Ten years ago, Ash drunk-kissed Beau at their high school graduation party and then left town for the college without knowing with that kiss he changed something in Beau...Now Ash is a football player but because of his bad attitude, his career is in danger so he’s taking early retirement and comi 3 Cranky & Cocky StarsAsh and Beau were best friends, somehow! Ash had always tried to get under Beau’s skin and for the most part, he was successful! He always drove Beau crazy and challenged him. Ten years ago, Ash drunk-kissed Beau at their high school graduation party and then left town for the college without knowing with that kiss he changed something in Beau...Now Ash is a football player but because of his bad attitude, his career is in danger so he’s taking early retirement and coming back to his hometown, to Beau. The Beau who always saw the real him…Beau loved football but for some reasons he chose to be a firefighter, it gave him a purpose. But he didn’t miss any of Ash’s games these years, not even one of them! He couldn’t forget Ash, that confident and charming Ash, even if he would try. If you wouldn’t know better you thought he was in love with Ash, but how can he fall for his straight, womanizer frenemy!?!Told in dual POV, 1st person. It’s almost angst-free, slow-burn, and a sweet story. The characters weren’t really well developed but I should say I enjoyed their banter, most of the times! I thought it’s gfy but I don’t count it as one because Ash was in denial for years, so deep in closet! It’s the first installment in the "Fever Falls" series and can be read as a standalone and I noticed the next book is written by another author whom I am not a fan! Overall, it wasn’t that special or something new, hope you like it!
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  • Gigi
    January 1, 1970
    This was a sweet love story. Very romantic and I loved Beau’s brother Kenny.The next book was written by Devon and it’s titled #burn. Linc’s story? Coming Feb. 8.
  • Eugenia
    January 1, 1970
    Fun and Sexy!This was fun, if simple. It went kinda like this:HateHateHateDenialDenialDenialI want you I want you I want youHot virgin sexOh crap, what just happened?!More sexy sexI love youSex sex sexConflict stuffHEA mushy as hell ;)
  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    January 1, 1970
    This book was not a total win for me, which is a surprise since I love firemen, the friends/frenemies-to-lovers trope, Riley Hart's writing, small town settings, and also firemen. Did I mention firemen? So why 3 stars? For one, I never fell for Ashton. His internalized homophobia and denial were too much. He acted like a big jock.Ashton and Beau's interactions were very dude-bro and didn't strike me as romantic. Also, while I really like stories that showcase diversity, including disabled MCs, B This book was not a total win for me, which is a surprise since I love firemen, the friends/frenemies-to-lovers trope, Riley Hart's writing, small town settings, and also firemen. Did I mention firemen? So why 3 stars? For one, I never fell for Ashton. His internalized homophobia and denial were too much. He acted like a big jock.Ashton and Beau's interactions were very dude-bro and didn't strike me as romantic. Also, while I really like stories that showcase diversity, including disabled MCs, Beau's brother Kenny read too much like a prop at times; his personality didn't always feel genuine. I still remember Linda, Kyle's twin sister who had Down syndrome, in Heidi Cullinan's Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas #3). Linda, whose character was based on a friend of Heidi's, was so authentic and real. She was a joy and stole the show! I didn't feel the same about Kenny, although I liked that he was included and that Beau had such a good relationship with his brother. Fired Up ends on a happy note. I would read the second book in the series, but it will be written by Devon McCormack, and I'm just not a fan of his style. I may come back for the third book.
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  • Claude
    January 1, 1970
    BEAU BEAUBEAUThis guy is amazing!!!! I mean I don't know (or I know but I just don't want admit it to myself) if in his shoes I would have taken the same decisions. He has somehow sacrificed a "possible" great career to take care of his mother and his brother who has Trisomy 21 ( Kenny is an amazing character. Just read this book to meet him.). And he never regretted it. Not a single day. No bitterness, just infinite love for his family. His plans for the future changed, he had to adapt and mana BEAU BEAUBEAUThis guy is amazing!!!! I mean I don't know (or I know but I just don't want admit it to myself) if in his shoes I would have taken the same decisions. He has somehow sacrificed a "possible" great career to take care of his mother and his brother who has Trisomy 21 ( Kenny is an amazing character. Just read this book to meet him.). And he never regretted it. Not a single day. No bitterness, just infinite love for his family. His plans for the future changed, he had to adapt and managed to find a job that makes him even more heroic in my eyes...FIREFIGHTER. Just that. And he's such a HOTTIE. At the top of all this he managed to create a football team with children suffering from the same disease as his brother. As a Doctor, I imagine the height of this gesture. The happiness of these children. Having the opportunity to do something that society feels we can not do is incredible. I was so smiling big during every matches. This is the kind of thing I want to do. Bring unmeasurable happiness to anyone but more to those whose life is more "complicated". Beau is a thing of beauty, inside and outside. .Ashton!(a totally hottie too for what I know)You can imagine that he just could not compete with Beau in my heart. I'm kidding tough, he was awesome too. He is a professional footballer who after an eighth slip is dismissed by his team. He's a mess. Well, as my mum says "when we don't know where we go, we look where we come from". So he went home. But he's just alone in this world. His parents are no longer there and he has no siblings. He feels alone. Very alone. To have it ALL at one time then to lose it in a few minutes it puts a little KO. He seeks to rebuild himself, to know who he really is. The young high school star that everyone loved? Or the football star that everyone has loved for a while until the lapse? He is lost. And luckily for him he falls on Beau. These two together was cute. Ashton has long struggled against his feelings for men in general. Professional gay athlete? Hard. We all know. So it's very difficult for him to confess his buried feelings, even more to confess them to someone else. It took him a while but he finally got there (and in what way!). Beautiful. As usual Riley Hart writes hot scenes. I love it! And they are funny! « Oh fuck,” we said in unison, then chuckled.“I’m not sure I like that you’re longer than me,” Ash admitted.“I can’t believe you just said that. Only you.”“Yeah, but that’s why you like me,” he replied.“You’re thicker, if that makes you feel better. » Special mention for Kenny, Beau's little brother. This boy fell on a great family. His mother is strong. We understand where Beau is coming from. Kenny studies, practices a sport, has a girlfriend. A life that can clearly be described as ordinary, because he's loved. Unconditionally. I hope there are plenty of people like these two out here.I love Riley Hart! It's never gonna change.
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  • Rachel Emily
    January 1, 1970
    My first read of 2019 and WOW, what a TOTAL winner! Riley Hart kicks off a new series set in the town of Fever Falls, where we will get stories that alternate between her and Devon McCormack.I loved Cranky Campbell and Cocky Carmichael! They had a bit of a "frienemies" relationship growing up together as kids being on the same high school football team, and their first kiss as teenagers was what caused Beau to realize he is gay. After Ash left town and went pro, Beau kept up with Ash's professio My first read of 2019 and WOW, what a TOTAL winner! Riley Hart kicks off a new series set in the town of Fever Falls, where we will get stories that alternate between her and Devon McCormack.I loved Cranky Campbell and Cocky Carmichael! They had a bit of a "frienemies" relationship growing up together as kids being on the same high school football team, and their first kiss as teenagers was what caused Beau to realize he is gay. After Ash left town and went pro, Beau kept up with Ash's professional sports career, still wondering 10 years later what that kiss may have meant to Ash. When Ash comes back home to hide out and figure his next steps in life, he and Beau are reunited. I loved their banter together, how they were friends but still a bit snarky with each other and most of all, how unsure they were of the other as they tip-toed around the chemistry between the two of them. Ash especially is dealing with the growing feelings inside of him the more time he spends with Beau, and I loved his inner-conflict and thought it was handled very well. This had a bit of a slow burn to it, and I love how Ash dealt with rationalizing how he wanted Beau and finally acting on it, coming out to Beau's family, dealing with the idea of being out, and finally knowing what he wanted in life - Beau, or pro-football. I won't say much else to give anything away, so all I will say is this - OMG that instagram post! My heart!Ash and Beau might be the main characters, but I also have to say that Kenny, Beau's younger brother who has Downs Syndrome, totally stole the show. I just adored Kenny's love of life, his complete adoration of brother, and how he saw and said things the way they were and kept it simple. The beginning of Beau's chapters began with a little thought from Beau, and they just melted my heart. I loved the family dynamic between Beau, Kenny, and their mom, and how Ash got to be a part of that, too. Kudos to Riley for writing such an endearing and wonderful character and including him so much in this story. This was emotional, sexy, funny, and introduces us to plenty more characters that I can't wait to read about from Riley and Devon. Give me more Fever Falls!I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • .Lili.
    January 1, 1970
    A pretty enjoyable read, but the inner monologues were repetitive. 3.75 Stars
  • Elsa Bravante
    January 1, 1970
    Riley Hart tiene libros que me encantan y otros que después de tanto entornar los ojos siento que se me van a salir de las cuencas. No soy nada fan de los pueblos inventados con miles de personajes gays así que mis expectativas no eran muy altas, pero el libro ha sido una sorpresa agradable. Historia de amor entre antiguos enemigos/amigos después de reencontrarse, uno siendo bombero y el otro jugador de football americano (¿quién da más?), momentos muy sexys, pero otros también muy tiernos.Puro Riley Hart tiene libros que me encantan y otros que después de tanto entornar los ojos siento que se me van a salir de las cuencas. No soy nada fan de los pueblos inventados con miles de personajes gays así que mis expectativas no eran muy altas, pero el libro ha sido una sorpresa agradable. Historia de amor entre antiguos enemigos/amigos después de reencontrarse, uno siendo bombero y el otro jugador de football americano (¿quién da más?), momentos muy sexys, pero otros también muy tiernos.Puro entretenimiento.Es una pena que el siguiente de la serie sea de otro autor, no me fío nada...
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  • Sanaa ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Riley Hart's books are something I've been a fan of for quite a while. So I was really excited to read this book when I read the blurb and that cover. Damn. I wouldn't mind staring at that for a while. I read this book and everything about it made me happy. I loved the relationship between Beau and Ash. The chemistry was there and their interactions made me smile and swoon. I loved how Beau was with the people he cares about, especially his brother Kenny. We were introduced to some 4.5 stars. Riley Hart's books are something I've been a fan of for quite a while. So I was really excited to read this book when I read the blurb and that cover. Damn. I wouldn't mind staring at that for a while. I read this book and everything about it made me happy. I loved the relationship between Beau and Ash. The chemistry was there and their interactions made me smile and swoon. I loved how Beau was with the people he cares about, especially his brother Kenny. We were introduced to some amazing people so I'm excited to see if there will be more books and whose it will be. Find me on: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Blog
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  • N.M. Pratt
    January 1, 1970
    This is Riley at her best. The first m/m romance I ever read was Collide by Riley Hart. That one book opened a whole new world for me. Since then, I’ve enjoyed Riley’s books but not as much as I enjoyed Fired Up. Both characters were well developed, and their growth and history helped make their story that much more believable. The storyline didn’t feel rushed and the supporting characters-especially Beau’s brother Kenny-really made this book shine. A little bit sexy and filled with a whole lot This is Riley at her best. The first m/m romance I ever read was Collide by Riley Hart. That one book opened a whole new world for me. Since then, I’ve enjoyed Riley’s books but not as much as I enjoyed Fired Up. Both characters were well developed, and their growth and history helped make their story that much more believable. The storyline didn’t feel rushed and the supporting characters-especially Beau’s brother Kenny-really made this book shine. A little bit sexy and filled with a whole lot of love, this low-ish angst novel is a new favorite of mine.
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  • David Alexander
    January 1, 1970
    ~5 Stars
  • haletostilinski
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. Sometimes Hart's books aren't a win for me, sometime's they're good but not amazing - but sometimes she really pulls out amazing ones, and this is one of them. Beau and Ash had chemistry from the get go, their story was intriguing, and Ash's character didn't feel like just another character in the closet. I mean even though there doesn't seem to be a reason for his fear of being out and admitting he's gay - we don't learn much about his parents - it could just be th I absolutely loved this book. Sometimes Hart's books aren't a win for me, sometime's they're good but not amazing - but sometimes she really pulls out amazing ones, and this is one of them. Beau and Ash had chemistry from the get go, their story was intriguing, and Ash's character didn't feel like just another character in the closet. I mean even though there doesn't seem to be a reason for his fear of being out and admitting he's gay - we don't learn much about his parents - it could just be that in the world he grew up in - football - and being a jock and that type of environment, the things said must have gotten to him more than they ever did to Beau. Beau and Ash grew up in the same town and were friends - kind of - for a long time, and all throughout high school. They both played football and were really good at it. Only when they kiss on graduation night, it sends Ash running in the other direction, while it makes Beau face his sexuality and start to come to terms with it.Plus, Beau decides to stay in Fever Falls and go to the Community College instead of leaving to try to become a professional football player like Ash does to stay and help his younger brother Kenny, who has downs syndrome. Beau adores Kenny and would do anything for him - and Beau is so selfless that he would stay in town to look after him. And Kenny is so sweet and adorable that you get why Beau would stay, with how selfless he is.So instead of football, he ends up becoming a firefighter - HOT ;) - and ten years later, Ash has had one to many scandals as a professional football player and when no team wants him anymore, he retires early and retreats to his hometown. Ash's closeted status felt different in this for me in that he denied, denied, denied it for so long that it seemed like he really could have been bisexual and was scared to admit that while he was fine just being with women all the time because he was still attracted to them. But no, he faked it with them the whole time. But he tried to convince himself so badly of being straight that he never really fully, consciously let himself think about being gay.Like he held onto being straight for so long that when he finally did admit to being gay with Beau and finally shedding that mask, it was understandable when it took him awhile to come out. I didn't even get really frustrated as it sometimes can feel like with closeted characters before the coming out did happen. And I always feel bad to be frustrated too, because no matter how much things have changed, for some people it is just harder - and for some people their situation is still as bad as it used to be - so I shouldn't feel frustration. But I always just want the MC's to be happy and staying closeted is HARD, especially when one is out and they have to kinda go back into the closet for that person. It sucks all around. But while Ash's coming out wasn't ideal, I'm glad he was leading up to it and that he was slowly starting to feel better about it. He came out to friends and family all on his own, and their acceptance made him feel better. He did do a kinda dick move at the end - because he wasn't ready for the whole world to know when they did, he freaked out and ran from everything, especially Beau - but he more than made up for it. I do kinda wish he'd made a grand speech to Beau in apology, but what he said in his instagram post was amazing and heartfelt and real and it was a huge deal. Plus, he did apologize in a smaller, quieter way later on with Beau, and that's good enough for me, that he at least apologized. I loved all the secondary characters in this too. Beau's mom, and Kenny, were amazing. I liked Lincoln as well, and Beau's other friends, and I liked Wyatt as well, although we didn't get to see much of him. I just...Beau and Ash's chemistry was so palpable, and I don't know how they didn't just jump each other all the time, because they CLEARLY wanted to ;)Sometimes Hart's sex scenes can feel a little lacking to me, but they didn't in this book. They were written well and Beau and Ash's chemistry on top of it just made them all the better.I just loved this book, so two massive thumbs up from me. HIGHLY recommend it!
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  • JenMcJ
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. The tormented, closeted sports figure is somewhat overdone so it's hard for an author to do something that feels fresh or unique or even relevant now. But Riley Hart has such a deft hand at building characters, revealing motivation to the reader and the character and surrounding them with believable friends and family that this had a fresh feel even though I wasn't a big fan of the ending. i am a fan of the sex scenes, though. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars for Beau & Ash. I loved these guys, their angst, their loyalty and their joy. While Ash took a long time to finally accept he was gay, Beau managed to care for his family, build a career and secretly pine for Ash. Ash hid behind the macho football world and alcohol to avoid feeling anything ... but Beau didn’t fall for that and called him in it ! This book really made me smile ❤ 4.5 stars for Beau & Ash. I loved these guys, their angst, their loyalty and their joy. While Ash took a long time to finally accept he was gay, Beau managed to care for his family, build a career and secretly pine for Ash. Ash hid behind the macho football world and alcohol to avoid feeling anything ... but Beau didn’t fall for that and called him in it ! This book really made me smile ❤️
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  • Brown Eyed Girl ~Suzanne~
    January 1, 1970
    It’s only 4 days into the new year and I have a favorite book! This was so good. I loved Beau and Ash and their feelings for each other. I loved how they were friends and renewed that friendship and made it into something more. Things weren’t rushed and that made it even sweeter. I adored Kenny and Beau’s relationship with him. Seeing Ash care for Kenny was beautiful. The love that Ash had for Beau bled over into loving Kenny and that made the relationship stronger.I cannot wait for more of this It’s only 4 days into the new year and I have a favorite book! This was so good. I loved Beau and Ash and their feelings for each other. I loved how they were friends and renewed that friendship and made it into something more. Things weren’t rushed and that made it even sweeter. I adored Kenny and Beau’s relationship with him. Seeing Ash care for Kenny was beautiful. The love that Ash had for Beau bled over into loving Kenny and that made the relationship stronger.I cannot wait for more of this series. This idea of two authors writing about characters in the same town is brilliant! I haven’t been so happy reading a book in such a long time.
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  • Makhda
    January 1, 1970
    I don't really like fuck buddy plot. And this book screamed fuck buddy. Thank goodness, from the beginning I realized they do have feelings with each other, they just don't know about it. Hey, I'm a woman. I'm all about feelings. Although I kind of hate when Beau gave too many leeways with Ash but I tried to understand. It's his character after all. I enjoyed this book a lot. :)
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    I love, love, loved this book!!!!
  • Carra
    January 1, 1970
    I have this thing I do when it comes to movies or TV shows I love where I’ll say “that’s a keeper”, and what I mean is that I’ll be buying it on DVD so I’ll have a permanent, physical copy on my shelf. I do the same thing with ebooks—if one is a keeper, the paperback of it (usually a signed copy) winds up on my bookshelf. I have one full shelf in my home library that is filled with Riley Hart’s books…and Fired Up is another shining example of why I have so many keepers by this author, and yes th I have this thing I do when it comes to movies or TV shows I love where I’ll say “that’s a keeper”, and what I mean is that I’ll be buying it on DVD so I’ll have a permanent, physical copy on my shelf. I do the same thing with ebooks—if one is a keeper, the paperback of it (usually a signed copy) winds up on my bookshelf. I have one full shelf in my home library that is filled with Riley Hart’s books…and Fired Up is another shining example of why I have so many keepers by this author, and yes this one will be finding a place on my shelf as well. This slow burn, heartfelt story is sort-of-frenemies to lovers and second chance romance rolled into one with characters who you can’t help but love—and not just the main characters.Though Ash would continually deny that there could be anything between him and Beau since Ash kept insisting he was straight, it will be obvious to every reader that he and Beau have a deep connection. Ash as a teenager is not just the all-cocky, best-at-everything spotlight hound Beau thinks he is, and while Ash may chalk up their graduation party kiss to his drunken state…well, I think you can guess that is not necessarily the case—even if Ash’s playboy ways with women once he leaves home might say differently.While Beau might have the idea that he and Ash are at odds with each other, always competing in one way or another, that’s not truly the case. As adults, their chemistry—not just physical, but as friends too—is riveting, and the banter between them is nonstop, funny, and witty. Ash has quite a bit of finding himself to go through as he works to sort out his feelings about Beau. Beau also experiences his own growth as he comes to realize he doesn’t have to be everything for everyone.As for supporting characters, we’re introduced to several in the form of family, friends, and co-workers which gives a glimpse into who we might see with their own stories as the series progresses. But the one that stands out above all others is Beau’s brother Kenny. I loved how his thoughts about Beau (and sometimes Ash) started off the chapters that were told from Beau’s point of view. Kenny also offers both Beau and Ash his simple, straightforward perspective, boiling things down to the bare bones and bringing “why not” into the equation. Kenny very nearly stole the show, and I liked how he was represented in this story.I already want to go back and re-read this, which should clue you in that I’ve given Fired Up 5 stars. What a way to start the year, and if you’re a fan of M/M romance, I do highly recommend that you make this a keeper like I am.This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
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  • Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 StarsThis story was a mixture between second chances and an enemies to lovers story. I’m going to spoil Ashton’s sexual orientation, so if you want to keep guessing throughout the story, read no further. Ash is gay, I thought this was a GFY, because Ash was so adamant that he is straight, but he’s actually gay, so this is more of an OFY, and that’s all fine and good, but what didn’t work for me is that with all the internal dialogue in this story he never once mentions it until he is ready 3.75 StarsThis story was a mixture between second chances and an enemies to lovers story. I’m going to spoil Ashton’s sexual orientation, so if you want to keep guessing throughout the story, read no further. Ash is gay, I thought this was a GFY, because Ash was so adamant that he is straight, but he’s actually gay, so this is more of an OFY, and that’s all fine and good, but what didn’t work for me is that with all the internal dialogue in this story he never once mentions it until he is ready to tell Beau and for me, it didn’t feel true. If he had mentioned it at least to himself, I think it would have been a bit more believable, but that’s just my opinion. I loved Beau. He was sweet and I loved how good he was with his brother Kenny, who I absolutely adored and who has Down's Syndrome. He treated him like an adult, not a child. Beau was just a great guy and in my opinion, he was too good for Ashton. Ashton, I just don’t know. I wanted to like him and at times my heart broke for him, but I found he was just really immature. Even with all that he’d been through and lost, he never seemed to grow-up. He seemed stuck with the same mentality he had in high school. Beau and Ash definitely had chemistry and there is no denying Ms. Hart’s ability to write a smoking hot sex scene, but as good as they were together at times, I found their banter to be annoying and again, immature. While not my favorite Riley Hart novel, it was still a well-written and enjoyable story. Truthfully, I think my biggest problem with the story was I just wasn’t crazy about Ash, but I’m looking forward to seeing where this series goes next. Recommendable!**borrowed from Amazon via KU**
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  • Barbara Ingram
    January 1, 1970
    💥💫💥💫💥5 Cranky and Cocky Stars💫💥💫💥💫Every once in a while a book comes along that is really special. That book is Fired Up by Riley Hart. The characters are striking and the story is unique. Ashton and Beau are somewhat friends and teammates in high school, played football together. A stolen kiss at graduation makes Beau realize he is gay, but Ashton runs. Ashton went on to play in the NFL. Beau stayed at home to take care of his mother and his little brother, Kenny. Ashton had a much harder time 💥💫💥💫💥5 Cranky and Cocky Stars💫💥💫💥💫Every once in a while a book comes along that is really special. That book is Fired Up by Riley Hart. The characters are striking and the story is unique. Ashton and Beau are somewhat friends and teammates in high school, played football together. A stolen kiss at graduation makes Beau realize he is gay, but Ashton runs. Ashton went on to play in the NFL. Beau stayed at home to take care of his mother and his little brother, Kenny. Ashton had a much harder time with it and denied his true self with women and orgies. When he is let go from his team, he returns to Fever Falls. What really makes this story special for me was Kenny. Kenny has Down Syndrome and to me was the star of this story. He is the one character who brought everyone together. Ms. Hart gives the reader an insight into Kenny during the story with thoughts that Kenny writes into a journal. My favorite is:Beau is magic. He makes everything okay. - Love, KennySpending a lot of time together, Ashton realizes what he has been denying himself. Once he gives into his feelings for Beau and the sexual tension that has intensified, that is when my kindle ignited! Beau shows Ashton what he has been missing as he has never been with a man.Ashton to Beau"I'm glad it's you...the first guy I experiment with. I'm glad it's you."Again, this is a special story and I can't wait for the second story in this series, Burn, written by Devon McCormack!
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    3/4
  • Aeren
    January 1, 1970
    Bastante bien.
  • Mateo
    January 1, 1970
    A good story with a little bit of fun, a little bit of drama and the hallmarks touch.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Beau and Ashton grew up together and played football together. They claimed to be friends but had a competitive streak and a touch of animosity between them as well. When Ashton kissed Beau as a teen, he brushed it off, but for Beau, it was a huge moment for a number of reasons. Ashton, always the golden boy, then leaves for a pro football career while Beau stayed in their small town to be near his family. Years later and Ashton’s career is up in flames and he retreats to his hometown where all Beau and Ashton grew up together and played football together. They claimed to be friends but had a competitive streak and a touch of animosity between them as well. When Ashton kissed Beau as a teen, he brushed it off, but for Beau, it was a huge moment for a number of reasons. Ashton, always the golden boy, then leaves for a pro football career while Beau stayed in their small town to be near his family. Years later and Ashton’s career is up in flames and he retreats to his hometown where all his fears and longings reside. I have read other books by Hart that I have enjoyed and the premise of this one intrigued me as well. However, it didn’t quite have the connection or depth I was looking for. The guys had one brief kiss years ago, and while it changed Beau’s world, he dwells on it even after all these years. The guys claim they were best friends, but I never felt that. They came off more as rivals and then when it fit the story the narrative changed to them being the closest of friends which wasn’t shown much. The pace of the book was slow and the men spend a lot of time in their heads and none of it was coming off the page for me. They never seemed to evolve from treating each other as teens and their dialogue was juvenile and the nicknames they used for each other became forced sounding by the end of the book. They don’t talk about anything either and while Ashton struggles with coming out and accepting who he is, the guys don’t talk about being boyfriends or not being boyfriends and much of the story stayed on the surface for me. The book also follows a predictable path for coming out in professional sports and this book didn’t stand out for me. The book does open up a new series set in a small town with close friends, but I’m not certain I will follow along.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 stars. Review might follow later.
  • Mercedes
    January 1, 1970
    If you’ve read one story about a closeted professional athlete you have read them all. Denial->fall in love->find alternative career.
  • Mrs.V
    January 1, 1970
    I completely fell in love with this book. It may well be one of my Riley Hart's favourite, and she's by far one of my top five authors.Ash and Beau are wonderful characters. Hart 's writing is so deep and emotional that you can't help but feel that you're living what the characters are going through and the feelings just cut you through the core.I am by now used to choke up and shed a couple of tears when reading her books, and Ash's internal war with himself and turmoil did that for me big time I completely fell in love with this book. It may well be one of my Riley Hart's favourite, and she's by far one of my top five authors.Ash and Beau are wonderful characters. Hart 's writing is so deep and emotional that you can't help but feel that you're living what the characters are going through and the feelings just cut you through the core.I am by now used to choke up and shed a couple of tears when reading her books, and Ash's internal war with himself and turmoil did that for me big time.Chapeu, Ms. Hart, you did it again!
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  • Zaza
    January 1, 1970
    * 3.5 voire 3.25 /5 * Bilan un peu mitigé ... On a une histoire romantique entre deux anciens 'frenemies', qui ont échangé un baiser, sur un ponton, dix ans plus tôt, ce qui a été une révélation pour l'un, et le début d'une fuite en avant pour l'autre. La romance évolue de façon douce, Beau laissant à Ash le temps nécessaire pour s'ajuster à ce nouveau pan de sa vie. Pas de GFY ici, mais une vraie sortie du placard pour Ash, qui a passé 10 ans de sa vie dans le déni le plus complet, pour pouvoir * 3.5 voire 3.25 /5 * Bilan un peu mitigé ... On a une histoire romantique entre deux anciens 'frenemies', qui ont échangé un baiser, sur un ponton, dix ans plus tôt, ce qui a été une révélation pour l'un, et le début d'une fuite en avant pour l'autre. La romance évolue de façon douce, Beau laissant à Ash le temps nécessaire pour s'ajuster à ce nouveau pan de sa vie. Pas de GFY ici, mais une vraie sortie du placard pour Ash, qui a passé 10 ans de sa vie dans le déni le plus complet, pour pouvoir accomplir son rêve et poursuivre une carrière dans le foot chez les pros. Au début du roman, il perd tout, et c'est tête basse qu'il revient à Fever Falls, sa ville d'origine. Il y retrouve certains de ses amis de l'époque, dont Beau, avec qui il a toujours eu une relation complexe. Les deux se sont toujours cherchés, asticotés, à la fois rivaux, presque amis ... Jusqu'à cette fameuse soirée qui a tout changé.Beau, lui, n'a jamais quitté sa ville, il n'a jamais réalisé ses rêves en matière de football, mais mène une vie qui lui plaît, à Fever Falls. Il est extrêmement présent dans la vie des proches, surtout de son jeune frère Kenny, qui a la particularité d'être trisomique. Les personnages secondaires porteurs de handicap de ce type sont tout de même assez rares en romance, et je trouve que l'auteur s'est bien débrouillée avec lui. Kenny est un personnage que j'ai beaucoup apprécié, il est très attachant, sa complicité avec son frère est touchante, tout comme la relation qu'il noue avec Ash.Côté romance, on a droit une histoire douce, sexy et romantique, et les personnages passent encore une bonne partie de leur temps à se vanner, on dirait vraiment 2 gosses ! Ils vont bien ensemble, et leur complicité est sympa à lire.Si je dresse au final un bilan mitigé de ce roman, c'est parce que je trouve que l'auteur en fait parfois trop pour appuyer son propos. Beaucoup de choses nous sont répétées encore et encore, oui, on a pigé, Beau est un héros, et Ash est en galère, il n'a pas de famille ... yada yada yada. Le rebondissement final est un peu bizarre, bien trop prévisible (et du coup, on se demande ce qu'Ash aurait fait sans ça). C'est typiquement le genre de livres qui sur le coup est assez plaisant, mais qu'on oublie deux jours plus tard.
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  • Ginger
    January 1, 1970
    Surprise I figured this would be an ultra fluffy read and how could I resist cause gay firemen! As soon as I opened the book there is an acknowledgment to parents of kids with Ds and all I can think is shit. Main character has a brother with Ds, and the mc coaches a football team for brother. I’m waiting for stereotyping and heartwarming bullshit. Instead I get a sweet live story and an incredibly realistic person who just happens to have Ds. Also I did mention gay fireman right?
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    SweetAsh and Beau were frenemies in high school. Beau stays home to help his mom and special needs brother. Ash goes on to play football in college and the NFL. When he crashes he heads home to lock his wounds. Great romance. Beau’s relationship with his brother was a heartwarming addition to the story. Ash’s coming to terms with his sexuality was sensitive and realistic. Hot and sexy read. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!!
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