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After a secretive break-up with his fellow firefighter, Dale takes the first job available somewhere away from his ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. Dale ends up in small-town Calminster. But after some mistakes, Dale has not made a good impression on the Baron of Calminster. The two clash from the first meeting, but as they see each other more, they can no longer deny the attraction.
Both characters took a little time to like. Dale was easier but he was so awkward. His first week on the job was awkward and I felt so bad for him. Ben really seemed like quite the a-hole and took a lot longer for me to like. Once getting to know him, his behavior made sense and he turned out to be a caring, down-to-earth man. Dale and Ben were a sweet couple and I enjoyed watching them find love.
There was a little mystery in the story and I would have loved more of it. It was a very small part of the story and did not overtake the love story taking place. Other than the arsonist, Calminster seemed a great place to live. I actually didn’t read the blurb for this book but the title of the book gave me a laugh and I couldn’t pass it up. And I was not disappointed in the story! This was a sweet romance with more of a HFN ending but you can definitely draw the conclusion that Ben and Dale got their HEA.
Rating: 4 stars
The Fireman’s Pole is set in the fictional village of Calminster in the English countryside. It’s an enjoyable feel-good little romance with a bit of dramatic excitement to keep you hooked.
Dale Maloney has recently moved to the village for a fresh start. He left his previous station just outside of Nottingham when his ex-partner, Baz, cheated on him with a female firefighter that they both worked with. Dale and Baz were in the closet at the station, so no one knew that they were in a relationship together, and after the betrayal by Baz, Dale couldn’t stay there any longer. Now, Dale has vowed that he won’t hide who he is from the people he works with anymore. So when he arrives at the Calminster village fire station, the first thing he does is tell the other members of the crew that he’s gay, and Dale is over-the-moon to find that everyone is absolutely fine with it.
Benedict Raleigh, or Ben to everyone who knows him, is the nineteenth Baron Calminster of Calminster Hall. When Ben’s parents died, Ben took over the running of the family’s businesses, the estate and village. For the last nine months, Ben has been dating Sabrina, who’s the daughter of one of his business partners. Ben knows he’s expected to marry Sabrina, but Ben isn’t attracted to Sabrina in that way. In all of the time that they’ve been dating, their relationship has never been physical, and Ben can’t seem to bring himself to take that next step either. Ben knows he’s attracted to men, but also knows he’s supposed to marry a woman and produce an heir for Calminster Hall. So Ben is resigned to the fact that even though it’s not what he wants, his life has basically been mapped out for him because none of the villagers or his business associates would accept him being gay or living with a man.
When a fire breaks out at the home of Mrs Wilson, who’s been Ben’s family’s cook since he was a child, Dale and the rest of the crew race to the scene, where Mrs Wilson is found outside in the garden, unconscious. When Ben arrives and tries to cross the cordon to get to Mrs Wilson, he instantly clashes with Dale and gets on the fireman’s wrong side. Dale doesn’t know who Ben actually is, he’s heard about the lord of the manor but hasn’t managed to see him yet, until he finds himself having an argument with the man who owns the village. Dale was expecting an older, rotund man wearing tweed, not someone good looking and around the same age he is. The next day, when the firefighters go to the village green to do the inspection for the upcoming parade, Dale is driving the fire engine when he needs to move to let another vehicle pass, one of the crew tells him to reverse onto the grass but doesn’t warn him he’s heading straight for the village maypole, until he hears the crash. When he gets out of the vehicle the maypole is lying flat on the ground, the fire engine has a slight bit of damage and heading straight towards him with steam practically coming from his ears is Ben. Dale does everything he can to apologise for what had happened, but Ben is furious and won’t hear it until Dale offers to fix the pole in time for the May Day parade. Dale and Ben somehow manage to keep causing each other irritation, but at the same time they both find each other really attractive, and even through the disharmony, they can’t help but sneak little looks at each other in admiration.
Ben and Dale finally sort out their differences, and soon become very friendly with each other, which surprises everyone in the village. But a few people start to notice that it’s more than just friendship between them, and as much as they try to deny it, their actions speak louder than words. To Ben’s amazement, the people who he’s closest to are really supportive of him being with another man, and it makes him believe that he can be happy without having to hide who he is to everyone.
This book was a lovely little change from the norm. The relationship between Dale and Ben was a slow-burner, they waited a long time to get to the sexual part of their relationship, and it was nice to see that two people can get to know each other and enjoy spending time together without jumping into bed the first chance they get. I think that the wait for the first sexual encounter definitely added to the enjoyment when it actually happened and made the whole thing seem very authentic and natural. I really liked how the story was written, the plot and the setting. But I do have one slight criticism, and that’s the ending. I felt that the story ended too suddenly and would have maybe benefited from an extra chapter or epilogue to tie everything up. Apart from that, it was a brilliant book to read, and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity.
****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****
The story develops nicely, allowing easy visualization of the setting and a nice connection with all of the characters. It’s not the most passionate of relationships between Dale and Ben but I kind of liked the slow burn, low flame pace. All of the characters developed quite organically within the narrative. Most secondary players didn’t spend a great deal of time on page but they came across as real and vivid. I'm not sure this was a 200+ page story, as it was a pretty quick read. However, the ending came too abruptly and left the story feeling a bit incomplete. There was an HFN but I’d have preferred a solid HEA and perhaps a brief epilogue. Overall, it was engaging and a refreshing change of pace from serious and heavy themed books.
*An ARC was provided to me by the publisher via Jessie G Books Review blog, in return for an honest review*
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