Secret Fire [NOOK Book]


Police officer Zach and Fire Marshal Daryl would be perfect together—if they would ever quit fighting long enough to find out. A devastating fire and the secret behind it almost keeps them from getting what they really need—each other.

Mesa police officer Zach is a fun-loving guy. Now that he’s hit the big three-oh, he’s looking to stop the hook-up train and find someone he can get serious about. When a mutual friend suggests Fire Marshal ...

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Police officer Zach and Fire Marshal Daryl would be perfect together—if they would ever quit fighting long enough to find out. A devastating fire and the secret behind it almost keeps them from getting what they really need—each other.

Mesa police officer Zach is a fun-loving guy. Now that he’s hit the big three-oh, he’s looking to stop the hook-up train and find someone he can get serious about. When a mutual friend suggests Fire Marshal Daryl, Zach assumes he must be joking. The surly marshal has given cranky a new meaning. It’s unfortunate, though, since he is one fine-looking man.

Daryl has sworn off relationships ever since he caught his ex-partner cheating. He’s always taken everything in life seriously—from jobs to relationships—and is afraid he might be alone in that regard. Certain he can’t risk love again, he panics when he sees his secret crush Zach approaching him at a police versus firemen softball game. He’s nervous, as he is socially challenged with a tendency to blurt out the wrong things. It gets worse when he realises their shared buddy gave Zach a push. He assumes that Zach is only talking to him out of pity.

Zach has been pissed off at Daryl ever since they got into a verbal sparring match at the park. Yet, when Daryl comes to his aid during an explosive fire, Zach wonders what secrets might be hidden beneath the layers Daryl has built to protect himself from the world—and love. A night of passion turns into the possibility of something more as they struggle to find their way to one another. But all of that is threatened when there is a devastating fire that causes many people to lose their lives. As they work together to uncover the truth, someone thinks they’ve asked too many questions—and plans to stop them before they can ask any more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857156891
  • Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/2/2014
  • Series: Uniform Encounters, #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 46,726
  • File size: 599 KB

Meet the Author

Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale, with MM and MMF pairings. 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 passion 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 currently resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to her family in England and Scotland when she was a child.

She is currently working on a new historical MM series, as well as a steampunk horror and sci-fi ménage.

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Copyright © Morticia Knight 2014. All Rights Reserved, Total-E-Ntwined Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.

“You mean birthday boy? The one with the perpetual frown?”

Zach couldn’t believe that Tom Sherwood—one of the firemen who played against him on Mesa’s cop versus firemen softball league—was actually suggesting Daryl Richards. The man was known by all public servants as the crankiest man on the planet—perhaps the universe. Zach was a guy who liked to have a good time, share some laughs. Enjoy life. Hooking up with Fire Marshal Daryl seemed like an incredibly stupid idea. Even if he only wanted to get laid. However, that wasn’t what he was looking for anymore.

“He’s actually a really nice guy.” Tom cleared his throat. “Once you get to know him.”

Zach smirked at Tom. “Uh-huh. I’m sure he is. Except I’m not into those sadomasochistic types of relationships.”

Tom frowned. “I don’t think that’s fair. He’s been without anyone for a long time. I heard he really got his heart broken and hasn’t been the same since.”

“That’s shocking.”

“That he got his heart broken?”

“No. That he has one.”

Tom crossed his arms in front of him. “Fine. Be that way. But you’re the one who sounds heartless right now.”

Zach sighed and bent down to pick up a soda out of the cooler. He straightened then popped the can open and took a sip of the cola. The sounds of kids playing, the happy laughter of families and the sizzle of barbecues surrounded him. It was a warm early September day and there was a slight breeze. There was enough cover from the trees in the section of the park they were in that it made the ever-present Arizona heat tolerable.


Tom had also helped himself to a soda. “Okay what?”

“I’ll…go talk to him.”

Tom shrugged. “Whatever. At the last softball game you were bitching ‘cause you were looking for someone to get serious about and there didn’t seem to be anyone out there like that.”

Zach snorted. “Yeah, get serious about. Not someone who was serious.”

Tom rolled his eyes and opened his own soda. Zach wasn’t trying to be a dick about the whole thing, but when Tom had said he knew the perfect guy for him, Zach had got his hopes up. He couldn’t imagine being in a long-term relationship with someone who looked like he wanted to spit on him every time he was near. Zach didn’t take it personally—Daryl looked at everyone like that.

It really was too bad in other ways, because Daryl was one fine-looking man. He was a little rough around the edges, which was pretty hot. His nose had obviously been on the receiving end of someone’s fist at one time in his life. There was a small stripe of missing hair at the edge of an eyebrow—likely from a cut. His cheekbones were very defined, his chin strong and his blue eyes set deep in his face. He had a scruffy moustache and close-trimmed beard. It was the same colour as his hair—light brown. It was long enough for Zach to hold onto as Daryl swallowed his cock.


He hadn’t even had a chance to dwell on Daryl’s well-built body and already he was about to make an ass of himself by getting an erection at the combination softball and birthday barbecue.

“There you are, Tom.”

Speaking of well-built men.

Eric Anderson—Tom’s lover and West Mesa’s Fire Chief—approached Tom and casually draped his arm on his hip. He leaned over and whispered something in Tom’s ear, and the young firefighter laughed. They looked so happy together, so unconcerned about what others may think. He couldn’t deny his envy.

Everyone knew of Tom and Eric’s relationship—it had been plastered all over the news the previous year when they’d been outed during an arson investigation. Tom had been Eric’s alibi for an overnight arson fire. There were those who disapproved of their union, but, fortunately, they were in the minority. Tom and Eric didn’t seem to care and Zach was glad. He lived openly as well, even when it had been difficult for him at the police precinct. Jake, the detective who had left the force after the Bondage Butcher killings, had always told Zach that people would find something to hate about him anyway, if that’s the type of people they were. He and Jake had pulled some shifts together a couple of times before Jake had been promoted to detective. He’d been sorry to see him go.

“Isn’t there someone you need to go talk to?”

Zach shook his head. “I can see you’re not going to let this go.”

Eric looked confused.

“Talk to who?”

Tom appeared uncomfortable all of a sudden. “No one.”

Zach scrunched his eyebrows together. “No one? I thought he was going to be the fucking love of my life?”

“Oh, now I gotta know.”

“Tom wants me to put the make on Daryl over there. Mr Happy Birthday Boy.”

Eric bent over laughing, slapping his knee. He stood again, wiping under one eye. “Oh, my God, you’re killing me.” He turned to Tom, “Babe, what on earth made you think Zach should get together with him of all people?”

Tom put his hands on his hips. “You’re both asses. Just ‘cause a guy’s not laughing it up all the time doesn’t mean he might not be a good prospect.”

“Yeah, a good prospect at ripping my dick off,” Zach muttered.

“Fine. Screw you both.”

“Ah, babe, c’mere. I’m sorry.”

Eric grabbed Tom by the waist and pulled him over, chuckling. Tom leaned into him—playfully pushing him away—and seemed to forgive his lover, the hint of a smile at the corner of his mouth.

Zach thought of Tom and Eric as two of his closest friends, but sometimes he wanted to punch them. They were so damn cute and cuddly all the time.

Jealousy sucks.

He sighed, deciding he might as well get it over with. After downing the rest of his soda, he tossed the can into the recycling bin then wiped his hands on his jeans to get the condensation off them.

“Okay, cover me. I’m going in.”

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

    This is a series book. But you do not have to read in order. In

    This is a series book. But you do not have to read in order. In fact, this was my first one of the series and I was not lost at all!
    his is about a guy,Daryl, who had a rotten childhood and then fell in love. Got his heart broken, and decides it's better to be closed off and bitter, then to be crushed again.
    Zach, is done with one-stands and is looking for love! 
    A mutual friend thinks that these two ppl would be perfect for each other and and pushes Zach to make the first move.

    As the story develops, you discover why Daryl is so bitter and how Zach reaches him.

    The author does a fabulous job developing this story, not just the 'love interest'  but the she doesn't forget the actually story of the book. And gives us a great HEA!


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2015

    It was good

    ## Just OK for me. I found the dialogue to be too "flowery" for my taste. When I read a m/m story, I like the dialogue to be more manly, rugged. I recently read "Collide" which I can highly recommend if you like m/m stories.

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

    Have you ever read a book and just fall completely for one of t

    Have you ever read a book and just fall completely for one of the characters? And not fall in the whole “Oh I love you” sense, but in the sense that you just want to pick them up, put them in your pocket, and keep them forever? That is totally what happened with me in this book with Daryl.
    Oh my gosh. That man was just amazing. It was impossible for me to hate him, even in the beginning, because you could just tell that there was something about him. Something that he was hiding and I just wanted to find out what it was. Find out what it was that caused him to be the way he was, and then? When we found out? Holy shiz, I totally can’t blame him for it!
    Even though this book was amazing overall, my favorite part was being able to follow along as Daryl was going through everything, trying to trust again. That is what made the story so great for me because it was written in a way that was very realistic. It felt like I was following as a friend was going through everything, that’s how well it was written.
    This book has certainly made me realize that I need to go back and read the other books in the series because I hope they are all as great as this one!

    *Copy provided for review*
    Reviewed by Crystal Marie for Crystal’s Many Reviewers

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