Combust by Tessa Teevan
Series: The Wellingtons #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 19, 2014
Format: eARC, 311 pages
How I got it: From the author
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After years of being called a tease and then being labeled the Virgin Queen, Andi Kane decides that when she goes off to college, she's ready to ditch the labels. She's grabbing the bull by its horns and riding as wild as she can.
Fate must be smiling on her the night she meets Cohen Wellington, the cute boy-next-door and fellow music lover. Their connection is instant, and as the night progresses, she knows she's found The One. Only...it doesn't go exactly the way she had planned it. And even though she can't get him off her mind, some humiliations are just too much to overcome. She walks away, never planning to see him again.
Three years and a whole lot of experience later, Andi and Cohen are suddenly drawn together again, and it doesn't take long before it's clear their connection is stronger than ever.
Fate. Destiny. Kismet. Whatever you want to call it, these two fall hard and fall fast. Their love burns hot, but when their plans for the future seem to move in two different directions, will it be enough to sustain the flames, or will the fire consume them, their relationship combusting before their very eyes?
Sometimes love comes quickly without question, without hesitation, and without fear. But this kind of love is once in a lifetime, and sometimes you just have to ask yourself, can it really last?
*Although these are college aged characters, they are in the contemporary romance genre.
Hello, my name is Kim and I have a crush on a fictional character. (Ok, I have a crush on quite a few, but for now, let’s just focus on the latest addition to my best book boyfriends list.) Cohen Wellington. I’m pretty sure I’m in love. But, I digress.
Combust tells Cohen and Andi’s story. I absolutely loved both characters and was completely addicted to their story from the very beginning. Cohen and Andi meet early on in college. There’s a huge spark between them and they give into their urges the first night, ultimately becoming each other’s first. You know how they say you never forget your first? There’s so much truth in this statement, especially in Cohen and Andi’s case. While they didn’t exactly have a picture perfect first time, it was certainly memorable and it stuck with each of them for a long time, even if they weren’t in each other’s lives.
Flash forward a few years to the inevitable second chance. Hey, when it’s right, it’s right and Cohen and Andi were definitely right together. They were evenly matched and had a ton of chemistry. I loved that even though the feelings were all still there, they didn’t dive right back in immediately. There was a slow build of sexual tension and feelings between them as they began to get to know each other again. Things weren’t perfect between them and there were some outside forces and obstacles working to keep them apart, but there wasn’t a doubt in my mind they belonged together. I only hoped they would make it work somehow.
Cohen and Andi were both wonderful characters. Young Cohen was more vulnerable than some of Tessa’s other leading men and I found it completely endearing. I loved the relationship he had with his older brother Knox (*swoon*) and Knox’s advice, especially regarding sex, made me laugh because it was so… KNOX. Older Cohen still had the vulnerability I found so charming, but also had been around the block a bit and was more confident (and SEXY) than he was in the beginning of the book. Confidence is so hot when it’s not overly cocky. Andi was spunky, driven and determined. I could relate to her and we would totally be friends in real life.
Combust is the first book in Tessa’s newest spinoff series, The Wellingtons. If you’ve read her Explosive series, you’ll definitely see some familiar names in this book. (And if you haven’t yet read Ignite, Incinerate and Inflame, you really need to get on that…) In fact, this is one of my favorite things about Combust. Don’t get me wrong, Cohen and Andi were strong enough to stand on their own, but I so enjoyed catching up with the old Explosive gang and seeing the relationships Cohen and Andi built with them. Andi and Charlie’s friendship was right up there with Cohen and Knox to me.
With hot men, smart women, sexy scenes and tons of swoony feels, Tessa hit my auto buy author list after I read her very first book. I love her writing style and her characters. I can always pretty much guarantee that I will fall head over heels for her characters and suffer a ginormous book hangover with each new book. I just can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.