Sequel to Rekindled Flame
Rekindled Flame: Book Two
Life has been grinding Dayne Mills down almost for as long as he can remember. First he lost the love of his life in an accident that also left him with a permanent injury, and then his mother passed away a year later. When his house burns to the ground, it's the last straw. He can't take any more, and if it wasn't for kind and handsome firefighter Lawson Martin offering him a hand up and a place to stay, he doesn't know what he'd do. Dayne would love for his relationship with Lawson to evolve into something beyond charity, but he knows going after a man so far out of his league will only lead to yet more heartache. It's best to just keep his mind on his research.
It's that research that leads Dayne to an old student journal that not only provides clues to the Native American heritage Lawson has been searching for, but chronicles a century-old love story. The tale that unfolds might be just what Dayne and Lawson need to remind them that no matter how dark life becomes, love can find a way to shine through.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cleansing Flame is a most intriguing book. The past and present weave together with unrecognized coincidences. Dayne feels like a dark cloud follows him around, with bad luck dogging every step of his life. When his beloved partner Jeff was killed in a horrific accident, Dayne was badly injured and is faced with constant pain. Then his mother, on whom he depended for loving support, died. One day as Dayne returned home he found his house burning to the ground. This is a turning point for Dayne, although he certainly doesn’t recognize it as such. Lawson is a firefighter. As he is one of the firefighters attending to a house burning to the ground, he meets the homeowner, Dayne, who is in a state of collapse and despair. Almost before he can think about it, Lawson invites Dayne to come home with him for short-term shelter as Dayne tries to figure out what he is going to do. Seemingly as an aside, Lawson is descended from Native Americans and is interested in finding information about his uncle. Dayne is doing research for a paper at the local college, and is fascinated by the journals kept over 100 years ago by Native American children while they attended a boarding school intended to make the children forget their Native American heritage and meld into the white man/European civilization of America. The longing Ted, the author of one of the journals, feels for his home and heritage is poignant and you can feel his pain as he makes a pair of moccasins he’s not allowed to wear, but which sooth him immeasurably. The story of Ted’s love for another Native American boy parallels the feelings that Lawson and Dayne are slowly beginning to feel for one another. In the Native American culture of the time the love of two men for each other is accepted, but absolutely not in the white man’s culture, so the boys have to hide their affection. The revelation at the end of the story is not really a surprise to the reader but it is delightful to Dayne and Lawson. This book is a little bit different from the usual romances from Andrew Grey, but he writes a variety of subgenres in the field of mm romance, so this is another wonderful variation that keeps his books fresh and always exciting.