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THRUST (Into the Fire #1)When the western Roman Empire collapses into chaos, career soldier Marcus does the only thing that makes sense: he returns to the home of his foster father, a blacksmith who raised him on the northern frontier. But twenty years have passed, and the massive brute claiming the smith’s forge knocks Marc unconscious with a hammer blow.Since the nearbyTHRUST (Into the Fire #1)When the western Roman Empire collapses into chaos, career soldier Marcus does the only thing that makes sense: he returns to the home of his foster father, a blacksmith who raised him on the northern frontier. But twenty years have passed, and the massive brute claiming the smith’s forge knocks Marc unconscious with a hammer blow.Since the nearby garrison disbanded, Wolfram has defended his former master’s home and smithy against the marauding bandits thriving in the vacuum left by the legions’ retreat. When he fails to kill the latest intruder, Wolf drags the ragged man into his house, honor-bound to nurse him back to health.As Marc heals at Wolf’s hands, the two men discover a slow-burn attraction drawing them together. The unexpected revelation that they once were boyhood rivals stokes the fire between them to a weapon-melting inferno.A novella (approx. 21,000 words) featuring a M/M collision that makes the sack of Rome look like a tea party.INTO THE FIRE SeriesAgainst the backdrop of the Roman Empire’s collapse comes this story of two boyhood rivals reunited as very different men. Twenty years on, Marcus is a soldier with no army and few skills beyond killing. Wolfram is a blacksmith forced to defend his home with a hammer and his wits. Thrust together by cataclysm, Marc and Wolf will strike a partnership from the raw material of their shared past, shaping its angles and edges with a desire they won’t deny, to forge a future strong enough to withstand an unpredictable new world....

Title : thrust
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ISBN : 25165270
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 373 Pages
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thrust Reviews

  • Steven
    2019-06-04 03:57

    An encouraging start to this series. 4 very solid stars.

  • Jax
    2019-06-11 10:04

    The writing was actually quite good but not much happens beyond the sex. It looks like plot points will be doled out slowly in each short installment so I won't be continuing with the series.

  • Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
    2019-06-05 02:02

    Marcus has served the Roman Legion for years, but the empire has fallen and all he wants to do is return home. He is hoping beyond hope that his old master, the blacksmith Mathias will still be there. When he finally gets home he's greeted by a giant of a man, who mistakes him for a marauder. Only after Wolfram realizes that Marcus survived his hammer blow does he recognise Marcus as his predecessor at the forge. The two men were once boys together, and now as Marcus recovers they realize that they want each other. A wonderfully written look at one possibile history of the the fallout of empire. I look forward to reading the next installment.

  • Carolyne Chand
    2019-06-19 08:06

    The relationship between Into the Fire's two protagonists--Marcus and Wolf--gets off to fairly straightforward start in Thrust. The prose is stark, sometimes gruesome, visceral in every way, evoking the time and place: the edges of a collapsing empire, the edges of a collapsed family.If I'm going to complain about anything, and maybe drop back by a half-star (can I do 3.9?), it's that I wish it had taken longer for the relationship to kindle. What happens between the two men is as stark as anything else in the story, but I thought they fell toward each other, and into trying something "new," without as many, well, complications as I'd have expected. I can't really call it a slow burn. But I think some other readers wouldn't have wanted to slog through a long, drawn-out misunderstanding or extended mistaken identities or hesitation. The flashbacks are enlightening about their characters and buttress the scenes in the present. And, frankly, the when the scenes start getting heated, the flame doesn't turn down. And I have to give props to the author for handling a head injury in a realistic way.As I write this, the next book, Strike, isn't available yet, and I'm impatient to see more of the raw, harsh world these men live in. Thrust reads as a preamble to something bigger, and I look forward to seeing what's next.

  • J. Taylor
    2019-05-31 03:58

    A little confused about Matthìas and his relationship with both of them but they were a damm good couple together.

  • Ann
    2019-05-31 06:11

    This was a great start to a series. I would have felt a little disappointed if I didn't know there was more out there/on the way. It's not a cliff hangar ending, but it's definitely just the beginning. I really like Marcus and Wolf together. I wouldn't really call what they do "banter" as that doesn't really fit with the times, but they do communicate well and honestly which you don't always get with the historicals. So, no unnecessary angst to move the plot along which was good since these guys are in survival mode. They are on their own after the fall of Rome and the danger they faced daily from predators (both human and animal) was well done. There was some good realistic tension written there which was why some angst would have taken away from the story and cheapened what they were going through.I totally approve of the idea of "survivors lust" made total sense and made for some seriously hot scenes between Marc and Wolf. On to Book 2.

  • Maria Rose
    2019-06-24 02:55

    This first part of Marcus and Wolfram’s journey introduces us to the setting of a world used to brutal violence on a daily basis. Rome has conquered and gone, leaving its local soldiers behind to make their way back to their homes. Away for twenty years, Marc doesn’t know what to expect when he gets back to where he grew up on the German frontier- he just knows he wants to find the blacksmith who gave him a home. But the smith he knows is gone, replaced by the once teenaged apprentice Wolf who idolized Marc before he went off to war. The area is deserted, only Wolf left tending the fires of the smith for no merchants. A daily struggle for survival against bandits and wild animals is the norm. Marc and Wolf have the bond of their teenage years between them, but not much else – though an attraction grows. It’s a fight for survival and a place to belong that brings them together, looking to an uncertain future.It’s not often you come across a historical romance set with the backdrop of the early days of Rome’s conquest of Europe, so I was intrigued by the synopsis of this story right from the start. It’s well described and vivid in detail, such that you can feel the blow of the hammer and smell the woodsmoke of the blacksmith shop. The two men are both strong and fearless. Marc is leaner, years of marching in battle having honed him to a spare fitness. As a 37 year old now ex-soldier he’s weary in body and spirit. Wolf is larger, muscular, with strong arms to wield the hammer and used to solitary. Having Marc re-enter his life is a good thing, though he is already awaiting his departure. Their sexual chemistry startles Wolf, as it is new to him whereas Marc, having lived the life of a male soldier is used to having his needs met no matter the partner. They share some steamy scenes together. As this part ends, they have decided to throw their lot in together and see where the winds will take them. It’s obviously the start of a great adventure! I appreciated that there was no cliffhanger ending, and that the story felt complete (though I’m definitely interested in reading more). 4 stars.Note: a copy of this story was provided by the author for review.Note 2: this review appears as a blog post at:

  • Ruth
    2019-06-07 08:05

    I do no read M/M books unless there is a woman in the mix..had to read this as part of a challenge. Nothing against the story or the writing, this just isn't my cup of tea.If your a M/M fan, I can see where this will lead to a decent story line.

  • Vfields Don't touch my happy!
    2019-05-30 07:53

    I wanted to like this but there wasn't enough scene setting for me to loose myself in this story. Not enough to make me want to buy 2 and 3 of the series. This whole of thing should have been one book to at least build momentum.

  • Raj
    2019-06-04 03:03

    Though short this novella had just enough swordplay,myth & darkness to make me eager for the next installment about a chieftain's heir & the blacksmiths son.

  • Kelly
    2019-06-17 10:17

    A good beginning to what should be an interesting journey! (Do I detect a little Dane-born warrior love here? ;))

  • Liz (Bugetta)
    2019-06-13 05:14


  • Taid Stone
    2019-06-23 09:04

    West's novella takes place when a soldier in the Roman army returns home to a fort on the Gaul-Germania border after it has been destroyed. Little is said of Rome other than a reference to a new religion. Marcus grew up in rough fashion taken in by a blacksmith at a young age. A second boy who is younger Wolfram (Wolf) is taken in later. Wolf is the only obvious surviver in the area. Much of the book is a set up for coming novellas, but the erotic relationship between the two men is no longer like it was as children. Life in the area is wild, from real wolves to men willing to do anything to survive. What is interesting other than the developing relationship is how men reduced to having little cope with the situation.

  • Sakuko
    2019-06-13 04:55

    Not sure about this one. I felt it had pretty much no plot, the relationship just falls into place without much preliminaries, the setting seems like it could be pretty much anywhere which just a little tweaking. It mostly just sex, start to finish, and before it's sex it's cock-comparison. The sex scenes are good, though, but I'd like a little more than that to sell me to a whole series.

  • J
    2019-06-06 01:54

    A little too insta-lust. No sure I'll continue the serial unless I'm stuck reading something for free w/ KU.

  • Jaimed
    2019-06-24 03:51

    3.5Not a bad start to a story. I'm not a fan of the way the story is broken up into multiple parts.

  • Kristina
    2019-06-17 07:05

    I can't recall when I downloaded this freebie from Amazon but I know it's been awhile - over a year. Initially (judging from the cover), I didn't realize that this was historical in nature. I told myself that if the first 10 pages sucked, I would dnf it and move on.I was pleasantly surprised by it. The author created two very distinctive characters. Both were mentored as smiths but Marc moved on to serve as a soldier while Wolf stayed behind to refine his skills. Their reunion was violent but as the story played out, it was sweet (and hot) to see their passions ignited for each other.The scene where Wolfe is bathing Marc was brilliant :).I'm definitely going to read the next installments.

  • Mary Devereaux
    2019-06-22 08:12

    Oh mah lawd! Loved this story! Only complaint? Too damn short. I'm so tired of novellas, especially when the stories are written so well and you're dragged in to them, finding you just want to wrap up in the arms of the MCs and stay there. Depending on the price of the second book, I'll be moving forward on the journey with Wolf and Marc. I'm cheap. Oh well. Seriously, though, this book is a must read.**** Okay... revised to add that I'll probably honestly pay whatever to read the second book. I was cranky off my book high when I wrote the review above. I still wish it'd been longer. But I really sorta already love Wolf and Marc. Damn it. Well done, Mia West. Well done.

  • Jo Patchin
    2019-06-14 01:54

    AwesomeI absolutely love this book and the author who wrote it. The details are so vivid . It's slime being there. And wishing you were. The heros in the story are so rough and rugged. Manly men yet touching and soul searing they leave you breathless and longing for so much more. The tenderness they share in the face of all the danger they face let's you know that no matter what comes their way, as long as they have each other , they will power through and come out whole at the end.I can't wait to see what adventures await them. So, I am off on the road with them in the next book I can no longer wait to read. Thank you Mia.

  • Aղցela W.
    2019-06-11 07:55

    This was a short quick read that I really didn't like the time period. I felt that the story was lacking some for me. When the western Roman Empire collapses into chaos, career soldier Marcus does the only thing that makes sense: he returns to the home of his foster father, a blacksmith who raised him on the northern frontier. But twenty years have passed, and the massive brute claiming the smith’s forge knocks Marc unconscious with a hammer blow. Wolfram has defended his former master’s home and when he fails to kill him he nurses him back to health. The book was well written with no errors in grammar or spelling it just felt that a lot of the story was missing for me.

  • Furio
    2019-06-13 02:05

    As it happens more and more often in indie fiction, what we have here is just the first -short- chapter of a longer story arbitrarily cut into short parts. This first part is free and -strangely enough- is comparatively self contained, but the following ones are quite pricey.Despite several typos, writing is professional and very fluid. Characters are likeable if not very well rounded and the many sex scenes are nearly tolerable.Is this enough to purchase the following chapters for the price? No.

  • Katherine
    2019-06-10 05:11

    3.5 rounded up. It was really good. But it's a serial. Not a book #1, but a part#1. No major cliffhanger, but you have to buy all the books to get a complete story. If this had been one long book, I would have rated it higher.

  • Hot Reading Mom
    2019-05-29 05:05

    Not enough for me.

  • Nan Richard
    2019-06-04 04:05

    HmmLacked depth from the characters. The outline for the story was good but I just didn't feel as though it ever developed.

  • Missy Fern - BFD Book Blog
    2019-06-02 08:13

    A quick, spicy, historical read. This is the first book in a series about Marcus and Wolf. It ends in a good place, not exactly a cliffy but there are loose ends.

  • Preston Taylor
    2019-06-20 01:53

    Very good book.