Dale’s a gay man who’s seeking a change of place after catching his ex cheating on him with a woman. At the new firehouse, Dale’s does nothing to hide the fact that he’s gay and it isn’t long before Dale is deemed a hero for saving the life of an elderly woman. At the same time Dale irritates the nobleman of the village. The conflict between Dale and Ben increases only marginally when Dale backs the fire truck into the village’s May Pole. But the two men quickly become involved after this.
There is little real conflict in Ben and Dale’s relationship despite Ben attempting to remain in the closet. There addition of Ben’s unscrupulous business partner who is furious when Ben doesn’t marry is daughter and an arsonist add subtle interest to the story. However, as interesting as those subplots are, I would like to have seen the focus put on one of these and the intensity of that one fully explored and developed. This was a sweet romance with Dale and Ben sneaking around, but everyone already knew Ben was gay, so there was no real fear of rejection or hurt to fear for Ben if his relationship with Dale was discovered. If there had been more urgency, the story would have been more appealing to me.
As it was, I found the story amusing and sweet. Both of the main characters are likable which makes the story easy to enjoy.