Charlie “Wood Chuck” Fox knows his best friend and fellow wildfire firefighter Jessie Row had a major family break up in her past. Charlie has adopted her into his heart and into his huge family and when Jessie gets word her mother has passed away, Charlie fears returning home is going to tear her up.
Bastian Hart’s choice of career as a doll painter has put him at odds with his family. He’s made a sanctuary for himself on the San Juan Island of Friday Harbor, an hour away from his family. He welcomes his aunt Jessie and her friend Charlie into his house as they all prepare for the upcoming funeral. Charlie and Bastian discover a spark of smoldering fire igniting between them, but Charlie is unwilling to push and Bastian hesitant to trust.
They will have to wade through pain, hate, and fear to find their future together.
About the Author
Lissa Kasey lives in St. Paul, MN, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, and collects Asian Ball Joint Dolls who look like her characters. She has three cats who enjoy waking her up an hour before her alarm every morning and sitting on her lap to help her write. She can often be found at Anime Conventions masquerading as random characters when she's not writing about boy romance.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
'Painting With Fire' is a deeply emotional story filled with hope and love. I'm grateful to the author for writing it and exposing some of the horrors that so many people in this country suffer through. It is hard for me to read it because I had an idyllic childhood compared to Bastian and Jessie, so I have difficulty relating to what they endured, although it certainly breaks my heart. I think Charlie and Bastian's story is a wondrous tale of escaping the dark and reaching the light. Charlie and Jessie are wildfire firefighters and have been best friends for ten years. Jessie’s mom recently died and even though they hadn't spoken in all of those years, Jessie and Charlie head north to Washington and the beautiful San Juan Islands to stay on Friday Harbor with Jessie's nephew, Bastian. Bastian has little to no contact with his mom and sisters who are an hour away and, in fact, he communicates more with his aunt than anyone else in the family. To say there is a history of abuse, neglect, and disinterest toward Bastian from his mom is a mild way to phrase it. That and a general hatred toward him for his successful career choice of painting dolls but not sharing his wealth with them. Bastian is an artist and the dolls he paints can command in the thousands of dollars. I learned a lot about Asian ball joint dolls and all the myriad ways they can be painted and dressed. Plus Bastian does YouTube instructional videos and has a Patreon page where his fans can watch him create his works of art. It was really rather fascinating and kept me from getting too bogged down into the horror that constituted Bastian’s mother and sisters. Personally, I felt Jessie and Bastian were too nice to these people who had done nothing but hurt them. Charlie and Bastian's story is a genuine and beautiful love story. I adore the way Charlie is with Bastian, respecting his feelings and his concerns, without ever making Bastian feel wrong about his thoughts and anxieties. I especially like the way Charlie is fascinated with the dolls and Bastian's art, and doesn't make Bastian feel weird. Bastian brings a sense of home to Charlie (and Jessie) that is desperately needed for someone who can be gone for months at a time. Charlie needs to have a home and Bastian is ready to make one with him. A beautiful story that was filled with love and hope. There was a little angst, especially near the end, but nothing so overwhelming that I felt drowned in it. Mostly I just drowned in the beauty of the island, the friendship Jessie and Charlie share, and the love that grew between Bastian and Charlie. NOTE: This book was provided by the author for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews