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REVIEW: “Where There’s Smoke” by Nico Jaye



If he can make room in his life and his heart, an isolated medieval history professor might find a real life knight in shining armor.

A terrible breakup in his early thirties left David shying away from relationships. For years he’s been content with his solitary life, finding fulfillment in his career, books, television show marathons, and his cat’s companionship. When David meets his neighbor Zach, he can’t tell if Zach is just being friendly or if the handsome fireman might actually be interested in him. The more time they spend together, though, the more David questions his resolution to remain single. If Zach can extinguish the flames left by David’s past, David might finally break away from his structured life and take a chance on love.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”

Title: Where there’s Smoke (2015 Daily Dose, Never too Late)
Author: Nico Jaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 58
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner 


I can’t resist a Nico Jaye story and I’m perfectly content to have such a weakness. I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth but I’m fairly picky when it comes to which sweets drain my willpower. Cake? No thanks. Fudge? I’ll pass. Donuts? Gimmie gimmie gimmie! Nico Jaye is my donut in the sweet and sticky book world. Light & fluffy, perfect cast of ingredients, and just the right amount of sugar. I can always count her stories to deliver the right amount of smuff with a lovely HEA.

When a sexy new neighbor rescues David’s furry baby everything shifts in David’s world. This nerdy professor cautiously shields himself after a nasty doozie of a breakup a few years prior. He likes his quiet and boring life. He believes when things lack luster, they are safe.  But when Zack shines from across the street David finds himself drawn to the light. Zack brings the sunshine inside and David can’t decide if he’s just the nicest guy ever…or if his attraction might be reciprocated. Can David risk his heart again? Or will he keep to the protection of an isolated heart?

I’ll play the greedy card and admit- I wanted more. I think their story had a bit more to tell and I wasn’t entirely full when the final page flipped past. Still damn good though. It’s short, it’s sweet, and it has a fireman…what else can you ask for?

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This entry was posted on July 1, 2015 by in Contemporary, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , , .

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