"a 'scorching' romance"
At thirty-two Christian Ryder is an orphan who comes from
money. He owns several small businesses and has more money
than he could ever need. But it all means nothing without
someone with whom to share it. Problem is, and despite his
loneliness, Christian doesn't want to risk getting intimate
with anyone for fear of what could happen if he lets his
passions get the best of him. It's happened before in the
past and has resulted in death, or so Christian has
convinced himself he's culpable.
Tanner O'Bannon is a young struggling college student left
with a mountain of bills and gambling debts when his
father, a volunteer firefighter, dies on a job. He resorts
to joining a male escort agency called Male Companion,
selling his body to make ends meet and keep the bank from
foreclosing on his family's house. The job is not something
he's proud of, but something he feels he has to do. This is
until he meets his latest client in Christian and is
Instead of Tanner pleasing his exotically hunky client,
Christian turns the tables and selflessly gives Tanner the
most sexually gratifying night of his young life. Tanner,
however, convinces himself that a relationship with
Christian could never work. First, the circumstances of
their initial meeting are not ideal, and second, Christian
is just way out of his league. Despite this, or maybe
because of it, Tanner begins to re-asses his life and
redefine his priorities.
Deciding that he can no longer endure letting strangers use
his body for money, Tanner calls the agency to quit his
job. Resigned, his boss Nigel convinces him to take on one
more client before he quits and, against his better
judgment, Tanner agrees. Directed by Nigel he drives to a
seedy part of town to meet his latest client only to
discover there is no client. Tanner's suspicions grow and
rightfully so, for when he gets back into his car to drive
home, he's run off the road, set upon by two men and
severely beaten. Managing to escape his attackers, Tanner
is found on the road by a passing motorist with no ID
except for the business card that Christian had given him
during an impromptu and futile visit to Tanner's house.
The events that follow Tanner's rescue and Christian's
taking him into his home to recuperate will forever change
both men for better and worse, revealing personal demons
and secrets, healing old wounds and giving each man a
chance for the redemption and love they both crave and need.
The chemistry between Christian and Tanner is as
combustible as Christian's errant gifts, effectively
scorching the screen with their emotional and physical
connection. The narrative is fast-paced, entertaining and
uniquely realized. Young tells a sensitive and action-
packed romance sprinkled with equal parts humor, sensuality
and suspense that had this reader swiftly scrolling through
the pages to get to the exciting and rewarding end. All of
these elements added together makes Pyromancer a paranormal
romance I highly recommend!
Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
Posted May 7, 2008
Christian Ryder is rich and lonely -- and a pyromancer. When the people around him keep dying, he forgoes personal attachments. The thought of his pyromancy hurting anyone else isn't something he's willing to risk.
Tanner O'Bannon is broke and desperate. The recent loss of his father has thrown Tanner into a tailspin of debt he can't afford to pay. Working as a rent boy allows him to pay the mortgage and his college tuition, but it's eroding his soul in the process.
Through the machinations of Male Companions -- the escort agency for which Tanner works -- the men are thrown together. Smoldering embers of desire fan the flames of love, but will it be enough to make Christian overcome his fear of love, or to save Tanner from the fire?
Only one thing is certain; both men will burn.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices (anal/oral sex), violence.
Genre: LGBT Paranormal