Scarlet writes erotic romance.
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Expected publication: December 19th 2014 by Totally Bound
Available for Early Download
BOOK LENGTH: NOVELLA
WORD COUNT: 18726
GENRE: GAY, CONTEMPORARY, MEN IN UNIFORM
Damon can’t forget 9/11 and all the precious things he lost…It’s ten years after the horror of 9/11. Former NYPD cop Damon Summerfield was there. He lost his firefighter partner, Justin, in the collapse of the Twin Towers and fled to Canada to attempt to rebuild his shattered life. Now he is back in New York for Christmas with his family for the first time since his loss.Still deep in mourning with no end in sight, he visits Justin’s favorite bar near Ground Zero and there meets Simon, a firefighter with the FDNY and a fellow survivor of 9/11. Simon is smitten by him from the start, but despite feeling the same way, Damon can’t bear to give them a chance, not when he thinks Simon’s job will tear them apart someday too…Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.
Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
I could not help but be affected by Nine One One. I knew it had something to do with the shocking devastation that date is connected to but to actually read about how the survivors grieved and tried to move on, it was difficult.
Damon survived that day but his best friend, partner and lover did not. With one last kiss, he watched his lover disappear into Tower Two and never come out. He watched as others fell around him while he, he survived. His survival guilt was strong and he almost lost hope. His only recourse at that time was to run. And he did, off to Canada.
Ten years later, at the call of his mother, he finally comes home. However, his grief is like an unstoppable force coming at him stronger than ever, in this place where he lost his love. Seeking solace in his former lover's favorite bar, he meets Simon. For the first time in ten years, a seed of attraction warms but instead of making him glad, Damon fears.
Simon is an FDNY firefighter, he had lost friends and a brother on that fateful day ten years ago. After wallowing in survival guilt, he gets the help and moves on. And he does move on like a bee from flower to flower. He never finds the right one to be true to, not until one night he goes to a favorite bar and sees a beautiful but sad man sitting there. He could not resist, he just had to approach.
The connection between Simon and Damon is erotically sizzling but it is laced with so much tears and fear that it was hard to continue reading this at times. As I read this, I could not find a light at the end of the tunnel and I thought this was not going anywhere but a one night stand. Unexpectedly, an angel in disguise comes to the rescue and Damon reaches out to accept the help. This is the move that makes this story work. His willingness to build again, with Simon, it was beautifully written. How it was done, it will have to be read.