Stoking the Fire Book Cover Stoking the Fire
Salus Security Book One
Teodora Kostova
LGBT Romance Mystery
Independently Published
March 4, 2021

"You hired my ex as my bodyguard?"

When Alec left NYC - left me - I was a broken mess. All my days blurred into a continuous haze of alcohol, parties, and meaningless hook-ups.
Until my sister nearly died in a car accident. Her recovery was the wake-up call I needed.
Now, three years later, I've cleaned up my act, sobered up, and finally became the son my father always wished I was - the heir of Van Dorf Media Group.
But being part of one of the most influential families in America has its disadvantages. Like fanatic supremacists trying to kill you.
My father's solution? Hire Alec Bonovich to protect me.
Doesn't matter that he's my ex.
Doesn't matter that just seeing him makes my pulse quicken.
Doesn't matter that he's the only man who's ever broken my heart.
Because Alec is the best.
And he’s the only one I trust to protect me when my life is in danger.

Stoking the Fire is the first book in the Salus Security series. This full length novel features a bodyguard who wants a second chance, a reluctant media empire heir who doesn't think he deserves a second chance, and a suspense sub-plot with a sprinkle of angst. All books in the series can be read as stand-alones, but reading them in order will offer a richer reading experience. 

Reviewed by Gloria Lakritz

Sr Reviewer & Chair of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

I Love finding a new Author!!! I received Tammy Moore’s Newsletter and she had a blurb about a new book coming out, by another author… Hmm I said ….Most authors do not do this……I contacted her asking if she was writing under another name since the premise was one I could see her writing….She told me she just thought the book was worth her mention..


So Tedora Kostova, you had me at Then…….We begin the book at “Then” which is 3 years ago and before the book Blurb begins at the ‘Now”.  We watch Zack and Alec meeting and all the background story with all that happened for Alec leaving NYC and becoming the ex. I truly loved this part one, and was horrified that Zack did what he did.


We now find Zack has grown, continued his studies and has put his life in a better  direction. He is studying for his doctorate in journalism and his world becomes unglued. He is after all the only son of a very influential man, who owns Van Dorf Media Group who is expressing backing for Governor who will work for the people not the 2

two right wing candidates. (Timely writing Ms Kostova?)


Alec had left for the west coast to open his own security company;  he had met a backer who lived out there. He has been away for 3 years growing his business and when called by Zack’s father to come back east and head his security team; it was an easy yes. But was it for the money and fame? Or Zack?


I mention timely writing as we are now embroiled in a run for your life story of the target on Zack’s back with all the right wing nutjobs wanting vengeance. This is written in Zach’s POV and I am hoping that Alec’s feelings might be the same,  as they must go to a safe house for protection. We watch them hoping they can rekindle….. 


This is book 1 of the series….Cannot wait for more!!