Secret Fire by Morticia Knight
Uniform Encounters Book Five
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Totally Bound
Police officer Zach and Fire Marshal Daryl would be perfect together—if they would ever quit fighting long enough to find out. A devastating fire and the secret behind it almost keeps them from getting what they really need—each other.
Mesa police officer Zach is a fun-loving guy. Now that he’s hit the big three-oh, he’s looking to stop the hook-up train and find someone he can get serious about. When a mutual friend suggests Fire Marshal Daryl, Zach assumes he must be joking. The surly marshal has given cranky a new meaning. It’s unfortunate, though, since he is one fine-looking man.
Daryl has sworn off relationships ever since he caught his ex-partner cheating. He’s always taken everything in life seriously—from jobs to relationships—and is afraid he might be alone in that regard. Certain he can’t risk love again, he panics when he sees his secret crush Zach approaching him at a police versus firemen softball game. He’s nervous, as he is socially challenged with a tendency to blurt out the wrong things. It gets worse when he realises their shared buddy gave Zach a push. He assumes that Zach is only talking to him out of pity.
Zach has been pissed off at Daryl ever since they got into a verbal sparring match at the park. Yet, when Daryl comes to his aid during an explosive fire, Zach wonders what secrets might be hidden beneath the layers Daryl has built to protect himself from the world—and love. A night of passion turns into the possibility of something more as they struggle to find their way to one another. But all of that is threatened when there is a devastating fire that causes many people to lose their lives. As they work together to uncover the truth, someone thinks they’ve asked too many questions—and plans to stop them before they can ask any more.
I’ve never held hands with a guy in the movies before. I can’t believe I’m actually doing this. Enjoying it.
Something about Zach stirred up all kinds of goofy in him. His hope was that it wasn’t a transient experience—that they could nurture their connection so it would continue to grow. Zach leaned over and whispered a funny line in his ear referencing one of the characters in the film.
He’d chuckled softly, but hadn’t paid much attention to what had been said as much as to the sensation of Zach’s heated breath against his ear. Being close. He wanted to be so very close with Zach.
His fucking jeans were cutting into his crotch. The erection he’d sported ever since Zach had slipped his arm through his and twined their fingers together had plagued him for most of the movie. He kept squirming around to the point where he was sure that Zach would think he was having some sort of bladder emergency.
The credits rolled and Zach released his grip to stretch. It wasn’t too crowded since the film they’d gone to see had been out a couple of weeks already and it was a late showing on a Sunday night. It was nearing midnight and Daryl’s gut tightened. There was nothing left to do but take Zach to his place and send him on his way.
They had agreed to take it slow. Apparently, his dick never got the memo. But the possibility of them together was too important for him to fuck it up, so he would simply jack himself into oblivion later.
“I liked it, what did you think?”
I think my cock stole all my brain cells.
“Yeah, it was funny.”
Zach narrowed his eyes at him. “Uh-huh. What was your favourite part?”
“Erm… It’s hard to choose, there were so many.”
“Right…” Zach leaned in close to him, his heated breath once again a cruel tease. “I wanted to grab your crotch so bad through that whole fucking movie. Don’t think I didn’t notice what was going on over there, wiggles.”
Daryl gasped, then recovered. He whispered back, “Then why didn’t you?”
“I’m trying to behave myself, remember?”
Holding Zach’s gaze, their lips a mere few inches away from one another, he tried to remember why they were supposed to be good. Because being with Zach in every way was good. So very good.
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About the Author
M/M Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale – after all, who doesn’t? Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people's fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on the Gin & Jazz series about the glitz and glamour of 1920’s Hollywood and additional installments of the Uniform Encounters series, with a new series about those luscious men in uniform coming out later this year.
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