Review: Scorched (Frigid #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

ScorchedTitle: Scorched
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Frigid #2
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Sometimes life leaves a mark…

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

My Review:
I think this is Jennifer’s best NA book to date. Explorations of some heavy subject matter – alcoholism, depression and anxiety. Jennifer handles it perfectly; no glossing over, no sensationalism, raw, real, gritty,so powerful. Though it was downright difficult to read at times, it’s a superb book. The power of redemption is the key takeaway for me. Tanner is one awesome dude and I love him for patiently waiting for Andrea. Another show stopper from the incredible JLA.

Review: Rapture By Lauren Kate (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate

RaptureTitle: Rapture
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
The sky is dark with wings . . .

And time is running out for Luce and Daniel.
In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all of their fates.
But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will have to be made in this final, epic struggle . . .
In the fight for Luce, and for Love, who will win?
The astonishing climax to the Fallen series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

My Review:
I’m so happy that Luce and Daniel are finally on the same page and working together as a solid partnership. However, they only have 9 days to save each other and the world.

Luce is a lot less selfish in this book and much more considerate of Daniel’s needs. She is brave, courageous and gives him the support he needs to continue the fight. Finally, she understands that she could die if this doesn’t work out though she still doesn’t take it seriously enough from a self-preservation point of view.

Luce has come back from her time travels a lot more clued-in but there are still pieces of the puzzle she must figure out. I really enjoyed the power and control that Luce exerted at the end and the whole role-reversal was a nice touch even though I expected it.

The ending was good but I would have liked to have seen more of Luce and Daniel as they reconnected. I also don’t understand how the whole Heaven vs Hell imbalance was left – it appeared like nothing changed, but wasn’t that the whole underlying issue all the way through?? Or maybe I was just confused over that, but it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. It felt like it was leading up to this big choice and then nothing changed.

The world building, pacing and writing are all good in this book and I enjoyed it.

Now that I’ve finished the entire series I have a lot of unanswered questions though that are a bit frustrating. Having reflected on it, Lauren introduced a lot of threads and then just left them hanging and I wonder why they were there at all (if not to serve to confuse and frustrate the reader.) Structural/Developmental editing was seriously lacking in my opinion.

For example:

*I don’t get Cam’s role as the other party in the non-existent love triangle. I’m intrigued by his character and I’ve already ordered the Cam book but still his character was never really developed during the series and I think that was a mistake.
*Why did she burn Trevor at the start? ( I’ve read the short and it still doesn’t answer this question though it appears to show that some demon did it and some angel/Daniel got Luce out of there in time.)
*What was the significance of the serpent necklace Cam gave her?
*Miles and the kiss? Thrown in there and then totally brushed over. It appears as if it was just inserted to give Luce and Daniel another reason to argue.
*Whole Heaven and Hell balance scenario was left hanging.
*Truce? What truce? Important one minute, inconsequential the next.
*Shelby and Daniel? I read the short and nothing happened between them so why would she lead Luce to believe it had? Makes no sense. No alignment.
*Todd – did he see the shadows before he died? Was he an angel?
*The Angels all seemed to switch sides (truce or no truce) and it was baffling.

That aside, I enjoyed the series more than I was frustrated by itand I’m looking forward to checking out the movie when it comes out this year.

Review: Beautiful Oblivion (Beautiful Oblivion #1) by Addison Moore

Beautiful OblivionTitle: Beautiful Oblivion
Author: Addison Moore
Series: Beautiful Oblivion #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Addison Moore:

Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe.

It was supposed to be just for the summer…

Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen.

Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by.

Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever.

Ace has loved Reese for as long as he can remember, but their friendship has never graduated beyond platonic, so when Reese comes home from her first year away and proposes the two of them have a summer fling, Ace is quick to comply. The rules: no strings, no expectations, just something hotter than the sun to set the sheets on fire.

But when their worlds collide, and neither of them is willing to admit to having true feelings, it becomes clear to Ace he’s nothing more than a dirty little secret—that the summer fling was just something meaningless to pass the time.

Reese wonders if she can ever stop trying to please her father, and it’s only through her mother’s letters that she finds the answers she truly seeks, but will they be the ones she wants to hear?

As summer draws to a close, Ace and Reese are still very much enraptured even though the time has come to douse the flame and move on—but neither one of them is prepared to leave this BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION.

My Review:
This was an amazing read and I devoured it in record-breaking time.

I loved everything about it – the writing, the characters, the pacing, the plot.

Reese and Ace have been in love with each other for years, but both are afraid to tell the other in case they ruin their friendship. Totally believable premise. Reese suggests a summer ‘fling’ and Ace agrees and most of the novel centers on their developing romance. I’m all about the romance so this book was the perfect read. It’s essentially the story of how they turn a sweet friendship into a steamy love that will last forever.

Character development was really strong in this book and there are a lot of interesting side characters who will no doubt become the focus of future books.

There were a few scenes where I was disappointed in Reese – she could have tried harder to set Warren free and she let Ace down a couple of times which broke my heart. But she redeemed herself in the end so I forgive her <3 This is the second Addison Moore book I have read. I read one of her 3AM Kisses books and while I enjoyed it, I didn't love it like I did this book. I'm already more than halfway through the second book in this series and I'm loving that one too. I'm delighted to have found another favorite author and I'll definitely check out some of her other series in the near future. Highly recommended if you enjoy well written, sweet but steamy NA series.

Review: Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate

PassionTitle: Passion
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
‘Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.’

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way . . . Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

My Review:
After the torment of the last book (ahem) I was thrilled that this book delivered in all the ways in which the second installment didn’t.

I LOVED the world building in this book. We follow Luce on her travels through time and various different continents and I could vividly depict all the places as they were so well described and detailed. I also loved how Lauren tied some of the plot into key historical events. For example, Luce and Daniel were Shakespeare’s muse and they were both there the night the Globe Theater went on fire. Smarty Pants Lauren Kate. Very clever.

I was suspicious of Bill from the outset. Someone who professes to sit on the fence is someone to be very wary of. While I had a feeling he was untrustworthy, I didn’t anticipate his identity so that was a good twist at the end.

This book was way more imaginative that Book 2 and I loved the 3D/Cleaving plot development. Genius.

(view spoiler) I was screaming at my Kindle, so afraid she was going to act all stupid again. Thankfully, she has matured and progressed while on her journey of self-discovery and she made the right call. I really hope that in the final book her and Daniel are a solid unit and that all the nonsense over who she should be with is put to bed and the plot concentrates on winning the war against Satan.

The big thing that Daniel is concealing still hasn’t come out though I have s strong suspicion I know exactly what it is – all tied up with her true identity and what actually happened to instigate the curse.

The only thing that was a bit confusing in this book was the whole notion of the truce between Cam and Daniel, good and evil. There was a pretty big deal made of this in the last book as it was listed as a countdown. Yet there is no mention of it anymore and I assume we are meant to believe that in the greater scheme of things it no longer matters?

Also, since Book 1 there is no further mention of why Cam was trying to lure Luce away from Daniel and no explanation for his vague statement at the end of Fallen.’I just want her. You know why,” he said to Daniel when they were in the rafters. I would really love to know the backstory here and it would add substance to what’s supposed to be a love triangle but really never was.

Anyway, my issues with this book were minor and I enjoyed it way more than the second book. Im looking forward to finishing this series now.

Review: Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate

FallenTitle: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .

My Review:
Luce has been troubled her whole life and plagued by mysterious shadows that seem to appear when she least wants them to. Misdiagnosed, she has flitted between psychiatrists and boarding school until she lands in reform school as a result of an inexplicable accident that claimed the life of the boy she was crushing on.

Cue lots of strange goings-on as she gets to grips with the reality of life in the creepy Swords and Cross school. She feels an intense connection to Daniel Grigori the moment she lays eyes on him and with the help of lovely Penn she starts digging into his past in an attempt to understand him.

As the story progresses she finds out that Daniel is her long-lost lover and due to a curse she has been reincarnated over and over again, never once surviving beyond 17 years of age. Daniel has been around for thousands of years, forced to watch her die one lifetime after another.

I enjoyed this book and thought it was a decent start to the series. Daniel is mysterious and enigmatic and a worthy male lead. Luce is struggling to understand him and he blows hot and cold in equal measures. At times, I wondered if he was betraying her or simply being vague to annoy her. Add bad-boy Cam into the mix and she becomes even more confused. At times, it’s hard to figure out who is trustworthy and who has a personal agenda. I liked the element of intrigue.

While I thought it a bit weird that a bunch of angels were confined to a reform school for three years (some of them) I liked this world and the addition of the creepy cemetery was perfect. I loved Arriane and Penn and both had very distinctive personalities.

This book had definite shades of Twilight and I thought the writing was rather similar in a few places. I had a few issues with some of the plot – what’s the story with Cam? Why was he trying to tempt Luce away from Daniel? And what’s the significance of the serpent necklace? The author made a big deal of it, but it seemed to serve no purpose at all. I didn’t even think of it as a love triangle though I believe that was the intent. Perhaps that will come out in later books.

Overall, I enjoyed it; liked the characters and the world, enjoyed the writing and the pace. While I had a few minor issues with the plot I’m engaged enough to continue the series.

Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

Review: Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate

TormentTitle: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #2
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series…where love never dies.

My Review:
Luce has been secreted away to the Shoreline school – a school that caters to the Nephilim – as a place of sanctuary to provide protection considering she is now public enemy no. 1 ( in the eyes of Fallen Angels, Demons, Outcasts and the Scale.)

She feels isolated and lonely and is struggling in the aftermath of all the huge revelations that came to light at the end of Fallen. Daniel has explained that he has to be vague because if he tells her too much she will die like she has thousands of times before. In order to survive in this life, she must realize the truth that is hidden within herself. As she wasn’t christened she will also die for real this time unless they can break the usual cycle and she can break free of the curse.

She feels safe and protected when she is with Daniel and she feels a huge pull to him; everything seems right when she is in his arms. Yet, they bicker and fight continuously and it’s threatining to tear them apart.

One part of me could totally relate to Luce (taken out of her comfort zone, afraid, lonely, confused, trust issues etc.) but another part of me wanted to shake her around to knock some sense into her. Daniel is keeping things from her, but how she can doubt his love or willingness to protect her is beyond me. She continously ignores his pleas to stay within the safe confines of the school and she skips out flippantly whenever she feels like it. Uughh! She comes across as immature, selfish and stupid and she really got on my nerves in this book. She has also been told that she could die for real this time yet she never ever dwells on that fact and that is not believable in the slightest. She has been told that she plays an important part in the ‘end of times’ but doesn’t try to uncover what that is. I found that lame especially considering she has been told by Daniel that she needs to figure things out by herself. Daniel’s Watchers book was introduced in Fallen but she makes no attempt to find it and read it (surely this would be a good starting place?) and Steven gives her a book on Plato to help her understand the Announcers and she never picks that up either.

Luce acknowledges that she shares this powerful love with Daniel yet she lets Miles kiss her? Hello?! WTF?! Poor Daniel. How he can continue to love her so completely when when she is downright horrible to him beggars belief. Then Shelby throws it out there that her and Daniel have some history and she claims that Daniel is a crappy bf and lying to Luce. That’s never explained and Luce doesn’t probe into it at all. Nah, not buying it.

After really enjoying Fallen I was quite frustrated with this book. The pacing was off, parts were way too descriptive, and it was very repetitive in places. I also don’t feel like there was enough happening – we learn about the threat of the Outcasts and the real story of the shadows/Announcers but apart from that not much else happens.

The dialog between Miles and Daniel at the Thanksgiving dinner was stilted and unnatural and downright cringey.

I liked the action at the end and the fact that she finally grew a pair and set her own path. I can understand how she felt pulled in so many different directions and how she was desperate to take back control of her life. Her behaviour is totally reckless but at least she is doing something constructive now. But did she have to be so mean to Daniel? To leave without even a goodbye or ‘I’m sorry but I need to do this. Don’t follow me’ or something like that.

Though I had issues with this book, I still want to see what happens in the next book. I hope that Luces’ journey of self-discovery culminates in her growing up and acting more responsibly toward herself, Daniel and those she professes to love.

Blog Tour: Protecting the Prince by Dana Volney

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Protecting the Prince by Dana Volney. I’ll share my review with you and there’s a tour wide giveaway.

Protecting The Prince FINAL coverTitle: Protecting the Prince
Author: Dana Volney
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
Eliam Prince is finally where he wants to be in his late father’s shipping enterprise: at the helm and ready to navigate. However, when a mysterious car tries to run him off the road on his first day as CEO, it’s clear he needs a personal bodyguard—even if the idea annoys him to no end.

Winter Wyn has built a thriving personal security business after surviving a horrific tour in the Middle East. Eliam is just a routine middle-of-the-night call—until she arrives at his penthouse, where it’s clear her strict policy of not mixing business and pleasure with her clients is in serious trouble. Keeping this man safe—from sabotage, blackmailers, assassins, and his own stubborn pride—isn’t nearly as hard as protecting her own heart.

But as the stakes rise, Eliam and Winter have no choice but to break all the rules if they want to survive. Fans of Castle will love the sparks that fly on this most unlikely couple’s journey to their happily ever after.

My Review:
Eliam Prince has only just managed to take back control of his family business from his step-dad Franklin when an attempt is made on his life. His Head of Security calls in an ex-military subordinate of his to provide extra personal protection. Cue the arrival of Winter Wyn and her team of specialists. The book describes the efforts made to protect their high-profile client, and there is plenty of action, twists and turns, and suspense to propel the plot along.

I enjoyed both main characters and they each had their own issues to deal with. They are instantly attracted to one another and it doesn’t take much for them to cave to that attraction. To be fair, their lives are at stake and they need to draw comfort from one another in order to survive. I wasn’t sure about them as a couple at the start, but I believed in it by the end. There’s a decent smattering of smoldering scenes to liven things up.

The writing is good, the pacing is consistent, and the words flowed smoothly. This was a very enjoyable, quick read. The only issue was the villain of the piece: it’s pretty obvious who it is and I would have preferred more intrigue around the culprit’s identity. But it didn’t dent my enjoyment at all and I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

I’d like to thank the publisher and Inkslinger PR for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author:
Dana Volney lets her imagination roam free in Wyoming where she writes romances and helps local businesses succeed with her marketing consulting company. Surrounding herself with good friends and family, Dana thrives on moments and memories created with loved ones, especially while baking. Not possessing the natural ability to want to cook every day, she still enjoys watching culinary shows while eating take-out. It helps her to dream up sweet treats and sexy men. Dana is bold, adventurous and, by her own admission, good with plants, having kept a coral cactus alive for more than one year. Find Dana Volney at www.DanaVolney.com , on Facebook at
www.Facebook.com/DanaVolney , on Twitter @VolneyVentures, and Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/DanaVolney .

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Review: My Forever Valentine (Due South #5) by Tracey Alvarez

My Forever ValentineTitle: My Forever Valentine
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Love small town romance and Happily Ever Afters?
Dive into the Due South world to find out what your favourite characters are doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with these four short and sweet romance stories.

Shaye & Del
Does Del’s stay in hospital after donating a kidney to his dad mean a Valentine’s Day spent alone? Not if his sexy fiancée, Shaye, can pull off some ninja moves and sneak into his room for a little romance…

Piper & West
Piper attempts to cook a Valentine’s dinner for two—guess how well that’ll turn out? But the results are a little unexpected…

Carly & Kip
An overnight hike on the beautiful Rakiura track is not what Carly had in mind for a romantic evening with her hottie barman. Kip, however, has an ulterior motive…

Kezia & Ben
Nothing will go wrong…the most dangerous phrase in the English language, especially when used to describe a Valentine’s Day surprise for Kezia and Ben.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because these four short stories of approximately 3,000 words each contain spoilers, they are intended to be read and enjoyed after the first four Due South Novels:
In Too Deep (Book #1)
Melting Into You (Book #2)
Ready To Burn (Book #3)
Christmas With You (Book #4)

My Review:
Another stomping good read – short, but sweet and sexy.

Shaye & Del and Kip & Carly are my fav couples from this series and I especially loved their short stories. Ben and Piper witnessing Shaye’s special Valentine’s treat for Del was hysterical. So funny.

There isn’t much else I can say without giving too much away. These are great little teasers for those readers who may not have read the series yet, though you should read all the other books first to maximise the reading enjoyment.

The first book, In Too Deep, is free to download from Amazon and if you sign up to the author’s mailing list you will receive book 2 for free (Melting Into You.)

I highly recommend this well-written series. Love these books! (Fan-girling all over the place)

Review: Christmas with You (Due South #4) by Tracey Alvarez

Christmas with YouTitle: Christmas with You
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
She’s a Holiday Grinch…

Carly Gatlin doesn’t want to spend another Christmas alone. With her beloved father gone, she’s desperate to be part of a family—so she’s spending the holidays with her step-brothers on Stewart Island. But even with sand, sun, and not a snowflake in sight, everything reminds her of what she’s lost. So no tree trimming, cookie baking, or kisses under the mistletoe for her, thanks. Especially not from Due South’s sexy bartender, Kip.

He’s a too-hot-for-his-Santa-suit killjoy…

Kip Sullivan’s moved hundreds of miles away from his family who’d like to see him married off before his next birthday—on Christmas Eve. Then ten days before the big event, his meddling relatives arrive en masse, and dear God, they’re planning to stay. With match-makers breathing down his neck, it’s becoming harder to ignore the temptation to unwrap Carly like a present under the tree.

The Kiwi barbecue isn’t the only thing sizzling this summer…

Kip agrees to help make Carly’s first New Zealand Christmas special. He’s got five holiday missions to complete—one involving a frisky fake reindeer—before he hopes to claim a mistletoe kiss…and maybe even Carly’s heart.

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without this spicy yet sweet Due South novella.

My Review:
This series is INSANELY good. I could gush buckets about it all day.

This book is every bit as brilliant as the other books in this series. I already loved Carly from Ready to Burn and I was looking forward to her story.

Kip has been mentioned in some of the other books as a bit of a ladies man but we didn’t know much else about him. Turns out, he is a really decent guy, and much less of the ladies man than most people think. Having grown up in a house full of girls, he knows how to relate to women and he is sensitive and caring. He is also HOTT (extra T worthy as Wendy Higgins would say) and Carly has been trying to avoid falling for him. All that changes when his delightful family turn up at Christmas time and set about match-making.

Tons of wonderful dialog and plenty of LOL moments make this a joy to read.

Tracey has an amazing ability to take a plot that could be considered quite simple and transform it into something magical and special.

Another sensational read. My only complaint is that it was too short and I could easily have devoured more. I’m a major convert now and I know I will continue to read this author’s work.

Review: Ready to Burn (Due South #3) by Tracey Alvarez

Ready to BurnTitle: Ready to Burn
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Series: Due South #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Love small-town romance with an unforgettable cast of characters? The Due South series will transport you to an unspoilt, wild island of the coast of New Zealand. Meet Shaye and Del…

Take one sassy Harland girl…

Shaye Harland, sous chef de-awesome, desperately wants the role of Due South’s head chef. Though a little out of her depth, she can totally cope with the extra de-mands if she can resist her future brother-in-law when he muscles in on her kitchen. The Hollywood wannabe is nothing but a troublesome distraction and he fries her sex-ometer to a crisp. But as far as romance? Forget it. Love, when she finds Mr. Perfect, will be as sweet as her to-die-for cookies.

Add a bad-boy from LA…

Del Westlake swore he’d never again set foot on the island he calls the “ass end of New Zealand.” With his reputation as a sous chef in one of LA’s hottest restau-rants trashed, and his estranged father’s restaurant needing a head chef, Del wants nothing more than to go in, get the job done, and get out. Except his feisty second-in-command carves herself a spot in his heart and completely incinerates his plans.

Watch the sparks fly as they burn it up in the kitchen…

Winning a spot on a TV reality show is just what Del needs to jumpstart his career back in the States. Nothing can get in the way of him winning—not even the woman whose trust he’d destroy if she discovers his secrets. But with a film crew capturing the explosive kitchen chemistry between them, will his bad-boy ways rear up and ruin his shot at becoming Shaye’s Mr. Perfect?

My Review:
Wow! What a mind-blowing book! Easily my favorite of all the books I’ve read in this series so far.

Ready to Burn has everything I adore in a book: Sublime writing, witty dialog, brilliant character development, stunning world building, strong emotions & relationships, lots of hot, steamy romance, and a fast-paced plot. There is nothing I would fault in the slightest.

Del Westlake has burned his bridges in LA so when an opportunity presents itself to go home, he can’t turn it down. Especially because it may well allow him restart his chef career in Chicago. Del is hiding behind his fair share of demons and it takes a very special lady to crack his nut. (Ahem!)

Shaye has been one of my fav characters in this series to date so I was really looking forward to reading this book. She is warm but sassy, strong yet vulnerable; particularly to Del’s charms.

They spark off each other at the start, and Shaye’s nose is understandably out of joint when she finds out Del has been hired temporarily as Head Chef, a position she believes she can easily fill. However, she quickly falls for Del’s Hollywood bad-boy charm and is soon in deep over her head.

I loved Del and Shaye as a couple and really enjoyed how Del transformed his whole attitude on life by the end of the book, even opening up to his family about the demons that have been torturing him. He was a great leading man.

I also adored the reality-TV theme, it added an interesting dimension to the story.

There was some really funny, laugh out loud moments in this book, like this bit: “Her revenge was squeezing your bum and letting you put a tongue in her ear? Sounds like cruel and unnecessary punishment.”

All in all, a truly amazing read. I’m only sorry I read it so quickly. I wish I could wipe my brain and start over, to relish the enjoyment all over again.

This is an excellent series and I highly recommend it.