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The Fire

Love in O'Leary, Book 4
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Series: Love in O’Leary Series, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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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
  • 02-11-2019

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
  • 28-10-2019

🔥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
  • 29-04-2020

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
  • 28-04-2020

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
  • 27-03-2020

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
  • 19-03-2020

Good

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

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  • Arianna Nyte
  • 29-02-2020

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
  • 30-01-2020

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
  • 19-01-2020

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
  • 06-01-2020

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.

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  • Fortuna
  • 11-11-2019

Enough heat to melt the snow.....

I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series, so god help my bank account as I’m going back to the beginning! You don’t really need to have listened to the rest prior to listening to this one, I didn’t feel i missed too much by not having done - that said, I want to!

Enemies to Lovers, second chances, forced proximity, terrible communication all add together to make an enjoyable story. Parker and Jamie have tons of history and plenty of issues to wade through - getting snowed in gives them the ideal opportunity. I think there’s more of a backstory for them in the previous books but I need to hear them to find out.

Michael Pauley, of course, was fantastic narrating. He’s a definite favourite of mine and he sucks you in to a story from the first few minutes.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 05-11-2019

Friend to foe to lovers? A slow burn...

I've not yet read any other of the Love in O'Leary series, but it looks like I'll have to go back and read the others that are currently available as I love stories that are set in smaller communities that pull together in times of trouble.
Michael Pauley is one of my favourite narrators and he does an excellent job, as always, of bringing the story to life.
Having lost everything when his bar burned down, including his new place to live, Parker is struggling to hold it together with the insurance investigator seems to be dragging his heels over the investigation even though the fire department and the local arson investigator ruled it as not suspicious. To make matters worse, the guy who used to be his best friend has done nothing but throw shade at him since his return to O'Leary this past year. Jamie is finding it hard to get over his heartbreak from when Parker left the first time, so when he finds him stranded in a snowstorm on the verge of leaving town, they argue before Parker reluctantly allows Jamie to rescue him. Can the two let their walls down enough to give love another chance? I highly recommend that you read/listen along for yourself if you're a lover of Second Chance Contemporary MM romance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-2019

A Great Continuation

This is the fourth book in The Love in O'Leary Series. A Great book with good writing. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters wonderful. The characters were developed and thought out. Jamie and Parker are the MC’s of this book. The narration was good and I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Gwen
  • 01-11-2019

Second chances!

Jameson and Parker were once an item. Young and best of friends, first loves until Parker left.
When he comes back to town, worn out from life and after a fire 🔥 leaves him with no business he finds Jameson, who is a total jerk to him. Some fires are hard to put out, because Parker and Jameson are smoking hot together. Sexy angry romance. Very well narrated!

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 31-10-2019

Very enjoyable!

4.5 Stars!

I listened to this audiobook as a standalone, since I haven't read the first 3 books yet and while there were a couple of times in which Ms. Archer refers to some events that happened in those, it wasn't anything major or that made me feel too lost. I'll go back and read the first books in the series ASAP, because the characters we met and the town were so charming that I want to know more about them.

I really liked Parker and while it took me longer to warm up to Jamie, I ended up liking him quite a bit. That doesn't mean that I didn't want to strangle them both quite a few times! LOL, it really took them forever and a day to finally communicate as they should. 

I found the story compelling and entertaining and I really enjoyed Michael Pauley's narration. He was fantastic as always and brings a lot of emotion into his performance. 

Very Recommendable!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 31-10-2019

Second time’s the charm?

Forced proximity is one of my favorite tropes. Two guys stuck together, having to face their own problems, having a mirror held up to themselves. And if they have history? Even better. Parker and Jamie have issues. A whole bunch of them. Starting with how they split years ago and how they’ve been acting toward each other since Parker returned to town. Now, this is the fourth book in the series and although I wasn’t lost, it was clear there was a lot of backstory I was missing. But I was able to get caught up pretty quickly. There had been a fire at Parker’s pub and now, while waiting for the insurance settlement, he’s biding his time. His solution? Nurturing plants. And avoiding Jamie like the plague.

Jamie is in a relationship that isn’t working well. In fact, he rarely thinks of the man he’s in a relationship with. Instead, he fumes over Parker. That he had the nerve to come back to town. About the fact he’s close but still so far away. Or that he’ll be gone as soon as the insurance is paid out. Jamie believes Parker’s just going to run again, so why extend a courtesy and be nice? He figures he’ll just get burned again.

One fateful night, thanks to a shit-ton of snow, the two men find themselves hunkered down, waiting for the weather to pass. But it’s temporary, right? Just a night. Maybe two. One man helping another without expectations or, for that matter, a past. If everything that has come before is off the table, what does that leave? Well, combustion. The physical attraction hasn’t waned for either man. So they may or may not have found some interesting ways to pass the time.

But the past always has a way of catching up, sometimes delivering a punch to the gut. The men had met because of Jamie’s sister Molly and her loss is still felt acutely by both men, even years later. Jamie is a man stuck in the past while Parker has, to all appearances, moved on with his life. Yet he chose to come back to O’Leary when he certainly didn’t have to. And Jamie’d had every opportunity to move on with his life, but he never has.

This is one of those books where I wanted to knock the two men’s head together to see if sense might shake loose. But I didn’t get to. Instead I hung around and watched them do the dance of ‘we’re not really together but, yeah, we’re kind of together…’ I understood Parker’s desire to be more than fuck buddies and Jamie’s determination not to get left behind again. Wounded souls, eh?

Fortunately the men have interfering friends who make sure those miscommunications are resolved once and for all. Great to have those closest to us who can hold up a mirror so we can take a true look into our souls.

Michael Pauley narrated the book and I thought he did a great job. He’s talented and manages to differentiate even voice – even when there are a whole bunch of them. Another stellar performance for a great book.

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  • Cassi
  • 31-10-2019

This is a great series

Im really loving this whole seres. Each book is just as good as the one before it. I adore second chance romances, and this ticks all my buttons. The enemies to lovers aspect was on fire too, just like the title suggests. There was a lot of healing, angst and learning to trust again. I was able to connect with both guys and quickly got pulled into their connection.

Michael did a great job, as expected and these 2 make a great combo.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 31-10-2019

Loved it

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
I love this series, and I love listening to O’Leary brought to life on audio.
Great writing along with great narration make this a must listen.

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  • alias11
  • 31-10-2019

So much angst and fear of being vulnerable

This is a great story to listen to, but man I just wanted to holler at them to please TALK and someone, someone take the chance for love, Thank goodness they had friends looking out for them and helping them when they wouldn't acknowledge what everyone else knew. I think my favorite scene was where Parker and Jamie's most recent boyfriend tag-team ganged up on him. Wow, talk about Jamie's worst nightmare! And Parker's mother, although manipulative, was still a hoot, especially the way Parker KNEW she was faking his father's ailments and knew how to handle her. For all the good things about the story, however, I did want to know more about what happened to Molly. It is touched on several times, but never really explained. Maybe that is talked about in a preceding book? Regardless, I really enjoyed this audiobook and the fantastic cast of main and secondary characters.

The narration by Michael Pauley was fantastic as always. He is so fabulous with emotions and getting across what the characters are feeling. He really brought them all to life for me. Great job and great listen.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Wilkinwonder
  • 30-10-2019

My favourite O'Leary love story

I love May Archer's O' Leary series.
I have read all the stories so when i was given the opportunity to listen to one of them, I grabbed at the chance.
It just so happens to be my favourite couple on the Series.

Parker and Jamie were childhood friends. Parker was close to Jamie's sister Molly before she was killed in a car crash. Jamie always looked out for Parker. Parker;'s mum wanted more for him than O'Leary.. So she planted the seed in Jamie's ear that Parker needed and wanted to go to college in Boston and Jamie let him go. He told Parker he didn't love him. So Parker left for 11 years and nearly 5 months,
When he came home Parker opened Hoff's, a bar that he loved to run. But it got burned down and that is where this story starts.

Jamie fights against Parker but it's inevitable that they will come back together. Jamie still loves Parker and Parker never stopped loving Jamie.

It's read by the as always fabulous Michael Pauley. His characters are always full of fun and I swoon every time I see his name on a recording.
You know you're going to get an enjoyable story when he is reading the story.