Inflame by Tessa Teevan
Series: Explosive #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 12, 2014
Format: eARC, 339 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Easy going soldier Kale Montgomery, a self-proclaimed ladies man, has no plans of settling down, especially not with his best friend- the sexy, sassy schoolteacher Lucy Dawson. Their relationship, though unconventional, is mutually beneficial, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Friends with benefits? Casual lovers? Whatever you want to call it, they’re having fun, in and out of bed, and to them, that’s all that matters. At least that’s what they think, but how long can you spend in someone's bed before you find they're also infiltrating your heart?
As their casual fling with no strings attached progresses, it's not long before they realize they're both in way over their heads. One fateful night changes their lives forever in ways they could never have imagined, giving them the push to finally admit that maybe, just maybe they want more than they’ve let on. Their mutual attraction rapidly intensifies as it shifts from burning lust to unrelenting want, need, and possibly even love. Suddenly the idea of settling down doesn't seem so bad. In fact, it sounds pretty damn perfect.
Just when things seem to be falling into place, past pain and renewed insecurities rise to the surface and threaten to smother the flames of their passionate relationship, reminding them both why they’ve always kept the idea of love at arm's length. Will Kale and Lucy realize that what they've been waiting for is each other, or will the blazing whirlwind of their feelings burn out too quickly, causing it to all go up in smoke?
“The night I met Kale Montgomery, I knew I was in trouble. I just didn’t know how much.”
After reading Ignite, I didn’t think Tessa could make me fall in love with anyone more than Jace. With Incinerate, she proved me wrong with Knox… and again with Kale, in this in book. OMG. Kale. He’s just too sweet and sexy. He’s an alpha with a ton of swagger, but also a whole load of emotions and a past that absolutely broke my heart. As I read this book, Kale wiggled his way into my heart and my top book boyfriends list. Not only does Tessa write amazing men, she writes fantastically strong women. Lucy was sassy and strong and, quite possibly, my favorite woman in this series. She had a good head on her shoulders, knew who she was and made no apologies about it.
“Lucy Dawson is unapologetically sexual, and I can already tell I’m going to have a hard time getting enough.”
I can’t think of a couple more fitting for each other than Kale and Lucy. They are nothing short of perfection together. They each have complicated pasts and neither of them are looking for a serious relationship. From day one, Kale and Lucy share a ton of chemistry and sexual tension and quickly jump into a friends with benefits situation. (And oh boy are those benefits hot… and a wee bit kinky!) It doesn’t take them long to realize their hookup has turned into a real friendship. It just kept morphing from there. Theirs was a sweet story with a lot of surprises. Feels and emotions abound!
“Sergeant Montgomery, I’m not sure you can handle the punishment I have in mind for you,” she says as she places a hand on her hip, her eyes challenging me.
“Oh, Ms. Dawson, you have no idea. What is it Rihanna says? ‘Chains and whips excite me’?”
Once again, Tessa has more than exceeded my expectations of awesome with her incredible writing and broken, but lovable characters. I could talk about this book, these characters and their story endlessly, but I don’t want to ruin one single minute of this book for you. If you like strong women, sexy men, smokin’ hot love scenes and relationships that are just too perfect for words in a book packed full of heartwarming feels and humor, you need to pick up this series.
“Whatever is us. It’s always been us. We don’t have a definition. We never have. I love how we are and I don’t want that to change.”
Now, here’s where I get greedy. I literally want her to write books for every single character she’s introduced us to in these three books. They’re all so wonderful in their own way and I want to know more about each and every one of them. It’s always great to get a glimpse into the other couples of the series when a new book is released and this one was no exceptions. I got my Jace/Lexi and Knox/Charlie fix during this book and I’m so, so very grateful!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.