Apr 252013
 
Review: Old FlamesOld Flames by E.R. Yatscoff
Published by Self published on Apr 23, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: eBook from Author
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Rating: three-stars

Once a wild teenager in a renegade fraternity, now a heroic Fire Captain, Gerry Ormond visits his hometown and fights to keep his old crime hidden. With ace fire investigator Samantha ‘Sam’ Markham on his tail, his life begins to unravel. An old girlfriend becomes and obsession and old friends become enemies.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This story read more like a history/mystery than a fire fighting drama. Instead of focusing on the arson fires that are mentioned in the beginning of the book, the story is more about Gerry’s trip to his hometown. We learn a lot of his history growing up, and how things have changed, and haven’t changed since then.

Gerry was a hard character to like. He wasn’t fully good or bad. He had a bad boy history as a teenager that is relived quite a bit in the story, and even though he is a hero in his fire fighter persona, he seems to be a jerk on a regular basis.

The plot of the story is a bit messy, without a clear purpose. It is a quite predictable and I guessed who the bad guy was early on.

Overall, this was a family drama type story that just happened to have a male fire fighting protagonist. There is little fire fighting action, but where it appears, it was intense and emotional. I wish the whole story was like that. Instead, it seemed a bit lack lustre.

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