Series: Everyday Heroes #2
Author: K Bromberg
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 29 Jan 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads
From New York Times Bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes a new standalone book. Just how hot will firefighter Grady Malone turn up the heat?
Songwriter Dylan McCoy has been burned.
By her boyfriend she found in her bed . . . with someone else.
By the contract she signed that obligates her to work with him until the songs for his new album are complete.
By her agent when she asked Dylan to keep their breakup on the down-low.
When she finds herself in Sunnyville, she refuses to let her new roommate burn her too. Still . . . a rebound has never looked so good.
That’s her first thought when she sees firefighter Grady Malone.
Sexy. Charismatic. Unapologetic. He’s a man who carries his own scars—the ones on his back, the survivor’s guilt on his soul, and the fear in his heart.
When an unexpected visitor puts their roommate status to the test, will their undeniable attraction burn out, or will they both take a chance and play with fire?
In all honesty, I have to say I struggled a little bit with Combust purely for the fact that I hate seeing the main characters with other people; and this did play a substantial role within the beginning of the story.
Grady and Dylan are fantastic characters, realistic and flawed, each emotional damaged by the events in their lives. Brought together by circumstance they bring a sense of stability and peace to each other’s lives, which has been lacking for quite some time.
Grady has been struggling since with all aspects of his professional and personal life since the loss of his partner and best friend in the fire that also left him with scars on his back. Unfortunately, it is the emotional scars that are the ones he is risking losing his future for. Suffering from a form of PTSD and survivors guilt, Grady believes he is unable to claim a future with a partner and family. He, therefore, avoids any sort of relationship or commitment.
With any sort of high-risk career, it is understandable that you would have to consider how you/your family would deal with the possibility of tragedy occurring. Grady tries to overcome this by taking the choice away from others, although he doesn’t take into consideration his brothers and parents are already living with this knowledge and deal with it in their own way by supporting each other.
Dylan has her own issues, especially where her self-confidence and belief are concerned having dealt with numerous instances of verbal abuse through her life topped off with a cheating douche of an ex.
Dylan and Grady quite simply click together bringing a sense of peace and contentment into each others lives they haven’t ever experienced before. I loved seeing them both blossom and begin to overcome their emotional barriers as a result. However, Grady needs an extra push in order to be able to see a real relationship with Dylan would be worth the risk no matter the time they get to spend together.
The underlying issues of body shaming, body image, and self-perception and the way in which it affects our self-esteem for both men and women provided interesting food for thought when applied to ourselves and how we cope with negativity regarding our bodies.
Although I did struggle with the main characters other relationships at the beginning of Combust, the way in which they connected and enhanced each others lives more than made up for it at the end.
Only one brother remains on the marker, our smexy single-father and paramedic, Greyson. I wonder what Kirsty has in store for him in Cockpit!!!!!