Sunday, April 26, 2020

Hearts Ablaze (Forged in the City #1) by A.D. Ellis

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Chase Steele and Xander Copperfield are down on their luck, as similar as they are different, and ready for a love they didn’t even realize they’d been waiting on their whole lives.

With two gorgeous “tough guys” discovering and exploring their true selves, Hearts Ablaze is a steamy, slow-burn, friends-to-lovers, opposites attract, bisexual awakening romance.

*This is the first book in the Forged in the City series.*

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Oh, I love Hearts Ablaze! The first book in AD Ellis' Forged in the City series, it is set upon the back of her Silver in the City series. 

When we meet Chase, he's reunited with his long lost aunt, discovers he has a young sister, and is set upon a new life plan. One that involves Xan. 

These are two men who are hardened to life's unwanted struggles early on. Chase's mother was neglectful, Xan's years were full of running with the wrong group of guys. 

Xan's an ex foster care kid who ended up in a thug life that included being pimped out. One thing that endeared me to Xan early on is his lack of regrets for his old life. He knows what he did is wrong, but he admits he didn't hate it, or being forced into it, at the time. I appreciate this, as I find it very realistic. 

When it comes to relationships and sex, Xan is bisexual, but hasn't explored this side of himself. Chase never planned on being with a guy, but he can't deny his attraction to Xan. 

These are two men who find a best friend, when they desperately need one, and struggle with their feelings of attraction and want. It's a story of insta attraction turned best friends turned lovers. And it's wonderful!

My favorite quote is "Be open to the unexpected; sometimes our expectations and plans keep us from something amazing. Don't lose out on something amazing."

As the men from Silver in the City are part of this series, there is a fantastic group of friends and family in this story. After loving everyone when I first met them, I am loving reuniting with them. They are all lovable men and I can't get enough of them. Chase and Xan naturally fit into their world and add so much to this group of men.  

Hearts Ablaze is sweet and tender. I find it completely soothing; the perfect book to curl up on the couch with a blanket and read in one sitting. It's a fantastic book. I can't wait to see what happens next in this series. 

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