Title: Ignite (#1, Explosive Series)
Author: Tessa Teevan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2013
Hosted By: Love Between the Sheets
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After nearly a year and a half of grieving the loss of her husband, twenty-seven year old Alexa Sullivan Tate is headed back to her hometown after a decade of being away. She has no idea her high school crush, Jace McAllister, the guy who stole her heart the same night that he broke it, is more than ready to pick up the pieces.
Jace has spent the last ten years in the Army defusing bomb after bomb, trying to forget the girl who ignited all his passions. Little does he know that the spark still exists.
Ten years ago they had smoldering chemistry, but the spark between them now might light a fuse that leads to an explosion even Jace can't stop. Not that he wants to. If only Alexa can get past her guilt and trust her heart again.
But how do you put it all on the line when you've already lost everything once before?
*While this is a series, each book will be standalone with spinoff characters.
*While this is a series, each book will be standalone with spinoff characters.
I look around the bar and immediately spot him. Holy shit, he’s even more gorgeous than before, I think as my eyes roam over him. My heart races like I’ve just run miles to get here, and my eyes cannot move from his. He looks just like Jace, but not the one I remember. He’s older, and rugged, not quite like the high school senior I remember. My eyes widen as I take in the bicep I’m pretty sure I couldn’t wrap my hand around. Hello muscles, I think as I try to force away the image of him hauling me up into his big arms and having his way with me.
I shake the thoughts away as I sweep my eyes over the rest of him. He’s wearing a plain black t-shirt that showcases the definition in his arms, and I can’t look away. I swear he flexes a little when he sees me looking as I witness a thick vein stretching across his forearm. I can see the beginnings of a tattoo peeking out from under his right sleeve, and I’m dying for further inspection. His dark hair is buzzed short in a standard military-style cut and his jaw is more squared than I remember. His full lips attract my attention as he wraps them around the beer bottle he’s taking a drink from, and I involuntarily shudder at the memory of where those lips have touched me.
His blue eyes penetrate mine as he’s watching me, but his face is blank, so I have no idea if he even recognizes me. Bullshit, he knows exactly who you are. His eyebrows are drawn together, and I watch him take a deep breath as he plays with his beer bottle. Ryan sets me on the ground, and I take this chance to look down and turn away from him. I barely register what Ryan and Jeremy are talking about when Sierra grabs my hand and drags me to the bar.
So I am going to preface this review by saying this. For me, right now, it's hard for me to read contemporary romance. Hard for me to read about happily ever after and undying love. So please keep that in mind when you read some of my reactions. This isn't how a normal person is going to react. Hell, this probably isn't even how you will react. Right now, love isn't my biggest fan, and nor I am it's. So, please keep that in mind. This moved slow for me in the beginning. But like I said, I'm not in a place to appreciate undying love. Did I love the story line, definitely. Did my heart break for her? Yes. Did I want Jace to be the one to heal her? Yes. That I want to believe in. I want to believe that someone can find a woman who is broken but trying to heal, and help put them back together. Help them believe in love again. That I need believe in. But to me, they're getting back together moved slow. I know why, I get it. But again for me, it's hard for me to read this kind of stuff. Anyway. I wanted to shake her. Like beg her to get her read right. And I love that her best friend and sister are trying to help her get there too. Let's be honest, Jace seriously couldn't be more perfect. The things he does for her are unbelievable. Not just getting to know her again, but accepting her life. Accepting someone loved her in his place is a beautiful thing. But her hesitation just kept making me mad. I just wanted to tell her "you have a second chance. Take it by the balls and enjoy it". Once they're relationship was on track it was much easier for me to read. Maybe it was all the sex, because we all know that's what I love. Let me tell you, that man is good with what he has, I will say that. Anyway... Their relationship really is amazing. I loved his surprises. I love how he remembers everything. Do men like him really exist? God I hope so. I have to believe that. Or maybe kind of like him. Moving on... The end. I need to say this. For how I feel about love right now, so blahzay, so down, for someone to still be able to bring me to tears at the end, that tells you the emotion behind this book. Maybe that it was because he was home again. I don't know. I don't need a reason, because I know that this stands to show how awesome of an author Tessa is. To take someone who doesn't believe is something, and bring out emotion about that same something, to make them feel hope, it's a true testament to her awesomeness. Anyway, the end...it made me cry. Maybe it was the congratulations soldier... I don't know why, but I love that she calls him that. I love that she's his beautiful girl. And most importantly, I love that she is whole again. I know at some point I will read this again, and I know at that time, my stance on this will probably change. For right now, I give this 3.5 hearts. I know in the future when I read this again, this changes. Unfortunately for me, my environment impact my reactions.
About the Author
I'm a twenty six year old book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and am married to a guy 15 inches taller than me. We're quite the pair! We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.
I've been reading since I was a kid. My mom was a librarian, so it was a given. Heck, she even made sure we watched Wishbone instead of the Smurfs. In 2011 when I graduated from college, my mom bought me a Nook, and then in the summer of 2012 I found this amazing site called Goodreads. I was introduced to so many amazing indie/self-published authors. After reading almost 400 books that year, my husband gave me the push to finally sit down and write my own. It was a rocky start, but over time the words started flowing and I couldn't get Jace and Lexi out of my head.
If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.
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