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The Fire

Love in O'Leary, Book 4
Written by: May Archer
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Love in O’Leary Series, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: LGBT
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Jamie

Parker Hoffstraeder is gorgeous, cocky, and totally irrational. He also broke my heart when he left town 11 years, four months, and 28 days ago.

Not that I’m counting. 

I don’t mind admitting it: I was young. I got burned. I learned my lesson.

But the guy swaggers back into O’Leary like he owns the damn place, and suddenly, I’m expected to welcome him to my town...to my life - like nothing’s changed?  

Yeah, that I mind.

It’s only a matter of time until he’s gone again. And there’s no way I’ll give him a chance to take another piece of me when he goes.

Parker

Jameson Burke is the most arrogant, infuriating human on the planet. He’s also taller, broader, and impossibly hotter than he was before I left town. 

But, whatever. It’s fine. I can handle it.

Coming back to O’Leary was supposed to be like coming home. I hadn’t realized that there’s no statute of limitations on how long your first love and former best friend is allowed to hate your guts or how much bad luck can befall a person in a short time.

But, I can handle that, too...or at least, pretend to.

When Jamie and I are thrown together in a blizzard, though, everything changes in the space of one single, scorching night. Suddenly, I’m dreaming of a future I can’t have, and he’s stuck in a past he can’t let go. 

It feels like we’re playing with fire, and this time, I’m the one who’s gonna burn.

©2019 May Archer (P)2019 May Archer

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 2019-11-02

Wonderful!

Loved loved loved this one from May Archer! I loved the ebook version...but Michael Pauley brought so much depth to these characters! If you are looking for a really good romance with lovely characters, this one is for you!

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  • Sharonica
  • 2019-10-28

🔥Quenching THE Fire🔥


Title: The Fire
Series: Love in O'Leary #4
Author: May Archer
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Publisher: May Archer
Format: Audiobook🎧
Release Date: 10/15/2019
Genre/ Trope/ Theme(s): MM Romance; Contemporary; Second Chances; Small towns; Friends to Lovers
Listening Length: 9hrs 36min
SteaMMy Swordplay: 3 out of 5⚔
Sharonica-Stars: 4.5 out of 5✨
GoodReads AVG: 4.29🌟


MMy Thoughts and Review:
I'm new to the writing style of May Archer, but always a sucker for a good small town romance. Finding the sexy voice of Michael Pauley as the narrator, well that's just like getting two paid vacations instead of just one... Divine!💗

Jamie and Parker grew up together, found their love for life and each other together. But one moved away for college and one stayed behind. Through the years and through outside influence the two became broken-hearted enemies.

Over a decade later Parker is back, though not for long, because he has lost his bar, his dream, and his only source of income to fire. So, he has packed his car to head to the airport only to find himself stuck in the snow on the side of the road. After calling for help, he just waits, along with his plants, hoping he and they don't freeze before help arrives.

When help does arrive, it is in the form of his ex, Jamie. As the two scream at one another in the middle of a blizzard, Jamie gives Parker two options, stay in his car and possibly freeze to death, or get in Jamie's truck and go back to Jamie's to wait out the storm.

Over the course of three days the men are pretty much isolated from the outside. I say "pretty much" because there is still cell service, so Parker is still in touch with his overbearing and neurotic mother, and of course there are a few well meaning if nosy towns people who discover the two men have hunkered down together to wait out the storm.

There are sweet and fun times as they reconnect over chicken wing cook offs, and conversations. But there are also moments of grief when old wounds are reopened thanks to mother nature interfering and forcing Jamie to face some truths about the future and moving forward.

I haven't read the former books in this series, so I can vouch for this being a true stand-alone. I will say, however that I do plan to go back and begin at the beginning. I would like to know how some of the other couples in O'Leary met.

If you enjoy stories that are meaningful for the MCs beyond just the romance, where relationships outside the couple are important in the community then you will enjoy this one. 💗

The Story: 4.25🌟
The Narration: 4.75🌟

I read/ listened to a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review. 💋

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 2020-04-29

When the kitchen gets hot, ooh la la

Another wonderful walk down O’Leary Lane. This time we get to witness to the story of Parker and Jamie. We caught a glimpse of the fire in The Gift, but it wasn’t focused on in that story. It just overlapped. When Parker’s bar burns down he is left feeling like he gas nothing left. He lost his pride and joy, and the one man he wants the most won’t talk to him. When his luck gets worse, and he’s out a place to stay, he decides to leave O’Leary again. It seems as though O’Leary isn’t quite done with him yet. A car wreck leaves him stranded, and Jamie comes to his rescue. The anger and ‘hatred’ come to a head when they are forced to stay together during a winter’s storm. Will they make nice or will they rip each other a new one? I highly recommend you read and find out. While this book can be read alone, you will find you want to know more avoutvthis lovely town and it’s inhabitants. There are neighbors from previous books that pop up throughout every book. Reading the entire series will enhance your time in O’Leary.

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  • sakeevta
  • 2020-04-28

great story, narrator not so much

love this story and May Archers style of writing but I am over this narrator, does he have to always in the thousands of books that he narrates make one character whiney? this story is about 2 strong men but now it sounds like a valley girl in distress and his rendition completely put me off. Honestly every MM book sounds the same now.

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  • RB
  • 2020-03-27

Sadly disappointed

The first three books in this series are, in a word, wonderful. They're funny and emotional and I was so hoping that the magic would continue with the next two books even though the narrator wasn't (the fabulous) Iggy Toma and (the seductive) Alexander Cendese. And that was the problem for me with this book, Michael Pauley's pacing was just odd. He paused between adverbs and then he didn't change his pitch, which made him sound like an old robot. I lasted a full 15 minutes with this book and couldn't take it anymore. I logged on to Audible and returned it.

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  • Zara
  • 2020-03-19

Good

Good story likable characters. Bit complicated love life but good.
Enjoyable narrator. All over a good series.

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  • Arianna Nyte
  • 2020-02-29

Lesson: Communication is key

Ending
💖Happily Ever After

Comedy Level
😄😄A Few Chuckles

Romance
❤️Realistic Romantic Build Up

Sex
🔥Short Sex Scenes

Series
📘Stand Alone

Misc
🌲Slice of Life (no big dramatic event)

Narrator
💎Distinct Voice for Each Character
🎭Voice acting on point and matching emotion of story
🎤Wonderful Voice

Biased Review:
Great and frustrating. Highly recommend it.

If you like this book, you might also like:
"After the Crash: A Small Town Hearts Novel" by Emma Alcott
"Stand in Place" by Mary Calmes

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  • Elizabeth M
  • 2020-01-30

My favorite in the series.

I absolutely love this series. Parker and Jamie are my absolute favorite. I love reading/ listening to friends to lovers. I found myself many times laughing out loud. This book has it all. Laughs, heartache, and love. Oh and Michael Dean’s voice is beyond amazing. He did an amazing job with Jamie and Parker. Highly recommend this book and series!

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  • TL Cunningham
  • 2020-01-19

Love continues tow grow in O’Leary

This is the first book I’ve heard narrated by Michael Pauley. It took the first three chapters to lose a “fidgety” feeling his enunciation caused. Happily, by the Chapter 4, he settled into the story, allowing this listener to do the same. I am ready to begin Book 5 of the Love in O’Leary series with excitement and a wee bit of sadness, as it appears to be the final of the series. What a lovely series!

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  • Susan Bauer
  • 2020-01-06

Great Story *slight spoilers*

But the narrator was not so great. Yes, I really really like the previous narrators, so I really worked to decide was it the switch or did I just not like the new one. I just really felt the narrator made Parker sound very flamboyant, and nasally. When he did Jamies voice while in a Parker chapter he gave him a deep voice, but during the Jamie chapters he gave him basically the same voice he gave Parker. He also seemed very stilted, breaking every sentence up into parts. Saying approximately 4 words, pausing unnaturally, and then finishing the sentence. I did think he did the female characters better than the original narrators and towards the end, he seemed to do less of the stilted Captain Kirk way of talking. I did like how he was able to make his voice crack, or gasping words during emotional scenes, but it didn't make up for the stilted speech and nasal, whiny, flamboyant voice of Parker, although Parker could absolutely be whiny at times, in which it bothered me less during those scenes. But the whiny tone was constant, not just when he was whiny.

The story itself was sweet, and I absolutely LOVED the ending. I love love love O'Leary and wish I lived there, with their quirky residents and silly holidays and the love and support the townspeople gice each other. Reminds me of Gilmore Girls town a little. I have been waiting for Parker and Jamie's story for several books and I wasn't disappointed, although I really expected Brian to be evil, but liked how it turned out. I do wish more attention was spent on Jamie's motivation for the remodel of his house, it felt a little rushed and I think May could have spent more time discussing why/how Parkers involvement changed Jamies way of thinking. I totally got the Kitchen issue, but I would have liked more emotional information for Jamies motivation for painting the non damaged rooms, and maybe some scenes of them working together on the house. It was briefly touched on, but I think it would have brought the reader into the storyline and the emotional impact that work had on both the characters more fully.

The couple, as all the couples, are sweet and adorable, which, while unrealistic, I don't care. I love them like that. I really truly felt Parker feeling overwhelmed at his entire life falling apart, and the narrator did do an excellent job of his breakdown and emotional state, but that was also due to her excellent writing of that scene.

It absolutely broke my heart in the previous book when the bar was burning and Jamie rushed to Parker, held him and called him baby. I think we have all been angry at someone but when we are worried or scared for them, we forget all our anger. That previous scene was excellently written as well.

Overall, excellent book as usual, emotional, especially at the end, I cried like a baby. The narrator was ok, better than many but nothing as good as either of the previous ones, especially Iggy, I absolutely adore Iggy, but Iggy and Alex (I think that is his name) make auch an unbelievable team. I listened to all of Eden Finleys books with them, and Iggy in Anna Zabo's books, and they are just absolutely a great team together.