Review: The Highland Fling (Meghan Quinn)

The Highland Fling
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
Publisher: Montlake

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

In this steamy tale by USA Today bestselling author Meghan Quinn, an American searching for her purpose escapes to a Scottish town but finds more questions than answers when she meets a brooding yet handsome handyman.

Freshly fired from her third job in a row, Bonnie St. James has lost her way. So when she and her best friend stumble upon a “help wanted” post to run a coffee shop in the Scottish Highlands, they apply on a whim. Who knows? Maybe traveling to a new place is just what she needs to figure out her next move.

When the friends arrive in the tiny idyllic town of Corsekelly, they instantly fall for the gorgeous Highland landscape and friendly townspeople. But Bonnie finds a less-than-warm welcome in Rowan MacGregor, the rugged local handyman. Busy wrestling his own demons, Rowan’s in no mood to deal with the quirky American—even if she is a bonny lass.

As Bonnie and Rowan’s paths inevitably cross, insults—and sparks—fly. Can the pair build on their similarities to help each other find purpose and direction…and maybe romance too? Or will their passionate tempers fling them apart?


Every time I see Meghan Quinn’s releasing a new book I get excited. She’s one of my auto-buy authors for a reason. I can always count on her to entertain me and make me laugh. That’s exactly what she did in The Highland Fling.

Bonnie was a ray of sunshine. She was awkward in some ways and clumsy, but normal and relatable. She tried to keep an upbeat attitude, even when things were going sideways. I loved being inside her mind. She was hilarious. Rowan was the grump. Life hadn’t been easy under the weight of expectations and tragedy. He was a good man with good intentions and a great set of friends. Bonnie and Rowan didn’t get off the on the greatest of starts, but I loved seeing their relationship go from a strong dislike to an infatuation to love. It was rocky, but so much fun! I adored them together.

The Scotland setting was amazing and perfect for this romance. The town came to life with Quinn’s descriptions. Who doesn’t like hearing little tidbits about Scotland and its history in a fun and entertaining way? I also loved Quinn’s addition of the language — I don’t know if it was correct because I don’t have experience with it, but it was fun so I’m hoping it was.

I said before Rowan’s friends were amazing and they were. I loved the twins and Isla. They built a strong base behind Rowan’s character. The rest of the small town residents added to the fun as well. I also loved how they mixed with Bonnie and her best friend, Dakota. It was fun to see Bonnie and Dakota’s interactions, too. Their friendship was such a special one. It was so supportive.

I don’t have much else to say other than I truly adored this book. Meghan Quinn has done it again! It was a good time from beginning to end. I loved every minute of it and didn’t want it to end. It’s exactly what I would expect from this author.

Review: Never Saw You Coming (Erin Hahn)

Never Saw You Coming
Author: Erin Hahn
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Raised by conservative parents, 18-year-old Meg Hennessey just found out her entire childhood was a lie. Instead of taking a gap year before college to find herself, she ends up traveling north to meet what’s left of the family she never knew existed.

While there, she meets Micah Allen, a former pastor’s kid whose dad ended up in prison, leaving Micah with his own complicated relationship about the church. The clock is ticking on Pastor Allen’s probation hearing and Micah, now 19, feels the pressure to forgive – even when he can’t possibly forget.

As Meg and Micah grow closer, they are confronted with the heavy flutterings of first love and all the complications it brings. Together, they must navigate the sometimes-painful process of cutting ties with childhood beliefs as they build toward something truer and straight from the heart.

In Erin Hahn’s Never Saw You Coming, sometimes it takes a leap of faith to find yourself. 


There are some books I know I will never truly do justice in reviewing and Never Saw You Coming is one of those for me. Religion is a tricky subject to cover. No two people have the exact same opinion or feel the same way about it. Some readers are bound to feel alienated by or dislike this book and what Erin Hahn is saying in it. I’m not one of those people. I thought it was beautifully written. To me, it did not come across as Hahn trying to attack religion, but more of asking us to question our own thoughts and actions relating to it. None of the religion related topics were new to me or ones that I hadn’t already thought about. I appreciated the way the story was told and how it related to the characters, especially Meg.

Meg was a young woman who has recently graduated from high school. There have been some revelations in her life that have her questioning the way she was brought up and the role religion and the church has played in her life. Meg uses the gap year she plans on taking to journey north and meet some of her family. While she’s there, she meets Micah. Micah has his own issues with his family and the church. All the soul searching Meg and Micah are doing connects them in a way that just being attracted to each other wouldn’t have. They’re a support system for each other that neither were expecting. I loved how their friendship and then relationship evolved. I loved the honesty they cultivated and the maturity they had in relation to their relationship. Meg and Micah stayed true to themselves throughout the entire book and I was impressed by that.

Along Meg and Micah’s journeys, they have a great cast of supporting character. I loved Vada being along for some of the ride as well as Meg’s family. Micah’s family and friends were my favorites in this book, though. I loved Duke and his friendship. James, Dani, and Meg’s great-grandmother were also great characters. All these characters were so thoughtfully placed in Meg and Micah’s lives.

I don’t know what else to say about this book. I don’t necessarily feel like it was a book I would have needed as a teenager, but I would have benefitted in some ways had I read it back then. I think it will be helpful to a lot of teenagers trying to find themselves and questioning their beliefs. I enjoyed reading it and being part of Meg and Micah’s journeys.

Review: The Heart Principle (Helen Hoang)

The Heart Principle
Series: The Kiss Quotient, #3
Author: Helen Hoang
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this heartfelt new romance by USA Today bestselling author Helen Hoang.

When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.

That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex—he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she has just started to understand herself. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves. 


I, along with all other Helen Hoang fans, have been not so patiently waiting for The Heart Principle. After getting to know Quan over the past two books, I couldn’t wait for him to find love. The Heart Principle wasn’t exactly what I expected, but I loved it none the less.

The Heart Principle was the first book Hoang has written in first person. I loved the “I” instead of “she”. I felt it brought me closer to both Quan and especially to his new lady love, Anna. Their relationship started out as a casual thing, but I could feel their budding emotional connection from the minute they met. I loved them together and how their relationship built. This book wasn’t quite as romantic or sexy as the past books, but it worked for the characters.

Anna was a complex character going through A. LOT. A lot. Seriously. So much. Anna was overwhelmed and I was overwhelmed for her. Her family stuff was suffocating. Her mental health suffered due to all the pressure and I felt for her. I really did. I loved how Quan was able to be a support and comfort to her in that time. I loved the growth of Anna’s character throughout their relationship and this book.

There was only one way I felt let down by The Heart Principle. I was expecting Quan and Anna’s story and I got mostly Anna’s. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy Anna’s story. I did. It just made this book feel more women’s fiction than romance. I just wanted more Quan. His chapters were special and included a lot of Michael (The Kiss Quotient), but it felt like the most important chapters were from Anna’s POV. I get that, especially after reading the author’s note, but I wanted more Quan.

Overall, I truly enjoyed reading The Heart Principle. I loved how new and fresh it felt, while also maintaining the brand Helen Hoang has created. The move from from third to first person made me happy. Her writing is a addictive and a joy to read. I can’t wait to read what’s next from this talented author.

Review: Chasing Her Fire (Claire Kingsley)

Chasing Her Fire
Series: Bailey Brothers, #5
Author: Claire Kingsley
Publication Date: May 20, 2021
Publisher: Always Have, LLC

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Sexy firefighter Logan Bailey is an expert at putting the wet stuff on the hot stuff—on and off duty. But he just did the unthinkable, and it wasn’t trading in his tube socks. He slept with his nemesis. His mortal enemy. The crazy redhead he loves to hate. Cara Goulding.

And no matter how much he wants to lie to himself, he has to admit, it was mind-blowing.

Cara will not be tempted by the one night she spent with prince dickhead—even if her traitorous body remembers every earth-shattering moment. It was a mistake and she’s stronger than that. She’ll just keep avoiding him and pretend it didn’t happen.

But the feuding small town of Tilikum might not be big enough for the both of them. Avoiding each other isn’t working. And with every moment they’re forced to spend together, the sparks get hotter, the flames grow brighter, and the tension borders on unbearable.

Until they both reach their breaking point and their fiery relationship explodes.

Author’s note: a sexy firefighter and the sassy redhead who drives him crazy. All the banter, delicious tension, a heartwarming family, and Kindle-melting steam. Enemies to lovers is as hot as it gets and these two are FIRE.

The Bailey Brothers is meant to be read in order. Start with book one, Protecting You.


This book was so good! I loved it. Cara and Logan were fire! I loved how they were enemies until one night changed it all. The push and pull of their interactions was so much fun! They chemistry and passion was off the charts. I also adored the sweetness and soft moments between them. Sigh. So adorable.

I have to admit that this would probably be a 5 star instead of 4.5 star read for me had I not jumped into the series with this book. I loved everything about the romance, but wasn’t quite on board with the Bailey-Haven feud or hunt for a treasure. That’s probably because I don’t have the history from the first four books. So I apologize for that. Oh, and I should add that I couldn’t stand Logan’s brotastic nicknames, but maybe they would have felt more natural if I had read the first books.

I’m so happy I read Chasing Her Fire. I tried another book by this author that was good but not great for me, and I wanted to give her another try. I’m glad I did! I can’t wait to go back and read the rest of this series.

Review: Cheat Sheet (Sarah Adams)

The Cheat Sheet
Author: Sarah Adams
Publication Date: August 17, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Is it ever too late to leave the friend-zone?

Hi, my name is Bree Camden, and I’m hopelessly in love with my best friend and star quarterback Nathan Donelson (so is half of America, judging by the tabloids and how much the guy dates). The first step is admitting, right? Except, I can never admit it to him because he clearly doesn’t see me that way, and the last thing I want is for things to get weird between us.

Nothing but good old-fashioned, no-touching-the-sexiest-man-alive, platonic friendship for us! Everything is exactly how I like it! Yes. Good. (I’m not crying, I’m just peeling an onion.)

Our friendship is going swimmingly until I accidentally spill my beans to a reporter over too much tequila, and now the world seems to think me and Nathan belong together. Oh, and did I mention we have to date publicly for three weeks until after the Super Bowl because we signed a contract with…oops, forgot I can’t tell anyone about that!

Bottom line is, now my best friend is smudging all the lines and acting very un-platonic, and I’m just trying to keep my body from bursting into flames every time he touches me.

How am I going to make it through three weeks of fake dating Nathan without anything changing between us? Especially when it almost-sort-a-kinda seems like he’s fighting for a completely different outcome?

Send help.
XO Bree

Buckle up for a slow burn, sports romance with combustible chemistry from the first chapter, laugh-out-loud humor, and easy to love characters. The Cheat Sheet has all the sizzle, but no on-page explicit content (PG-13 equivalent for mild language, implied sexual situations, and alcohol use). 


I have a new favorite Sarah Adams’s book!!! I know, I know. I say that with each new release of hers, but I can’t help myself! I love them all and they just keep getting better and better.

What did I love about The Cheat Sheet? GAH! Everything! I love a best friends to lovers romance, and this one hit the spot with both Bree and Nathan secretly pining for each other for YEARS. Years, people! Their secret love for each other was so sweet. I couldn’t get enough of it. And then for Bree and Nathan to be brought together by a possible fake dating situation? There’s another one of my favorite tropes that was adorable in this situation. Add in some help by Nathan’s teammates in getting them together and there wasn’t really anything else I could ask for. I guess I could have asked for some funny or swoon worthy moments, but Sarah Adams had those covered, too.  The Cheat Sheet was one of those low drama, highly entertaining contemporary romances that made my heart happy. I could have read 100 more pages about Bree and Nathan.

As I say with each new Sarah Adams’ release: I LOVED IT! I’m so sad it’s over and I can’t wait for her next book. I really hope she decides to write another book in The Cheat Sheet world. I would love for all those football teammates I met and loved to get their own books. They’re so worthy!

Never Have I Ever Tag

Normally I would be saying “Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!” today, but I wasn’t feeling today’s topic. Instead you’re getting a doing a book tag I saw on CJ the Brit. The Never Have I Ever Book Tag was originally created by Madam Writer.

Never Have I Ever Book Tag 

Rules

1. Link back to the original creator! (Madame Writer)
2. Link back to the person who tagged you!
3. Answer all prompts.
4. Add one more prompt of your own.
5. Tag at least five people.
6. Don’t lie.
7. Have fun!

NEVER HAVE I EVER… READ A LATER BOOK IN A SERIES BEFORE READING THE FIRST BOOK.

I have no shame. I have done this many times. The most recent was when I read The Cornerstone (The Walshes, #4) by Kate Canterbary first before going back reading the rest of the series in order.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… BURNED A BOOK.

Has anyone really done this in recent days? Never.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… READ A BOOK I KNEW I WOULD HATE.

I hate to admit I did this. I was not a fan of Anna Todd’s After series, but I read every stinking book because I had to know what happened.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… WROTE A FANFICTION ABOUT MY FAVORITE BOOKS.

I can honestly say I have never done this.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… LOVED A BOOK WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND HATED IT WHEN I GOT OLDER.

The only books I’ve reread as an adult was A Wrinkle in Time series. I didn’t hate it this time around, but I did think it was freaking weird. So never.

NEVER HAVE I EVER…DRESSED UP AS ONE OF MY FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS.

The only literary character I’ve dressed up as was Alice in Wonderland for Halloween and I wouldn’t count that. Never.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… HATED A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR I LOVE.

I have had this happen. I won’t name names or books.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… GONE INTO A BOOKSTORE TO BUY ONE BOOK AND COME OUT WITH MANY MORE.

Should this really be a question? I feel targeted. Of course I have.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… READ THE END OF A BOOK BEFORE READING THE BEGINNING.

I try not to do this because I love to be surprised, but there have been some cases I have done it.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… READ A BOOK WITHOUT THE DUST COVER.

This is the only way I will read a hardback. Dust covers get in the way.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… SKIM-READ NEARLY HALF THE BOOK.

Who hasn’t done this? I do it sometimes if I can’t handle the angst, I’m bored, or I don’t love the story but need to finish it.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… PRETENDED TO HAVE READ A BOOK I HAVEN’T READ.

Never done it. Why would I?

NEVER HAVE I EVER… HAD A BOOK BOYFRIEND.

Never. The concept of book boyfriends is odd to me…these guys are not real. There are characters I love, but I wouldn’t be claiming them as a book boyfriend. I mean, I get the fun of the idea, but it’s just not me. Never.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… PICKED UP A BOOK BASED ON THE COVER ALONE.

I’ve done this. It doesn’t always work out well.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… BOUGHT MULTIPLE BOOKS IN A SERIES WITHOUT HAVING STARTED IT.

I don’t do this anymore, but I have done it in the past. It has come back to bite me when I didn’t read the rest of the series when one of the books bugged me.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… READ A BOOK SO QUICKLY THAT I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED BY THE END.

Never. I always remember by the end, but in a month? Maybe not.

NEVER HAVE I EVER… RECOMMENDED A BOOK WITHOUT READING IT FIRST.

Is it weird I’ve done this? More for my daughter and her friends. I read other people’s MG or YA reviews to discover if I think they will like them or if they are age appropriate. I guess I’ve also done it for some friends who like to read different genres than I do as well.

NEVER HAVE I EVER….NOT BOUGHT A BOOK BECAUSE IT WAS TOO BIG.

Not bought? No. Not read? Yes. I bought the Outlander series bundle at $.99. I still haven’t read it because I’m overwhelmed by the volume of all those books. Maybe someday…

*MY ADD FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO DO THIS TAG:

NEVER HAVE I EVER…RECOMMENDED A BOOK I KNEW SOMEONE WOULDN’T LIKE JUST TO SEE THEIR REACTION WHILE READING IT.

I’m not tagging anyone since I dropped this tag into my TTT. I just thought it would be more interesting to read than my answers to today’s topic.

Review: Love Next Door (Helena Hunting)

Love Next Door
Series: Lakeside, #1

Author: Helena Hunting
Narrators: Andi Arndt, Teddy Hamilton

Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting comes an evocative small-town romance about family loyalty, finding oneself, and falling in love.

When Dillion Stitch left her hometown, she had no intention of going back. But when her brother gets into trouble, Dillion reluctantly agrees to return home to take her place at the family business.

Being back in Pearl Lake after all these years feels familiar but also brings a few surprises. She’s quick to notice that someone new has shown up at the cottage next door. Dillion gets more than an eyeful when she goes to check out the newcomer and meets Donovan “Van” Firestone—her beloved neighbor’s grandson—in all his unclothed glory.

Having gotten off to a rocky start, it’s not long before they begin bickering with each other all over town. All that back-and-forth inevitably sparks an undeniable attraction. But Dillion’s family has issues, Van’s family resents him, and neither Dillion nor Van feels truly at ease in the small town. For these Pearl Lake exiles, home isn’t just where the heart is—it’s where things get complicated. 


Fans of Helena Hunting’s The Good Luck Charm and Kiss My Cupcake are sure to enjoy Love Next Door. It’s a sweet contemporary filled with lots of emotional moments and even some mystery. It also had a ton of small town goodness. I loved the lake setting with one side for the town and one side for the rich vacationers. I also loved what that small town did for the story and romance between Dillion and Van.

Dillion was a woman who had run from her small town past to the big city of Chicago. Coming home to help out her family’s business wasn’t in her plans, and she worried she had failed. Being home reconnected her with her roots and there was great character growth that way.

Van had some demons of his own he was fighting when it came to family. He grew up as someone who probably could have been on the other side of the lake with all those rich kids, but he spent his summers with his grandmother next door to Dillion. They didn’t really know each other, so meeting in adult life was entertaining in more ways than one. I loved how they met and how things went from there.

Dillion and Van’s relationship was adorable. There were a lot of fun, sweet moments. There was also some drama, but not a ton related to their relationship. The drama seemed to be all around them. It was pretty interesting. I wasn’t expecting some, like what was up with Dillion’s brother Billy. I could see the drama coming from Van’s family, so that was kind of expected. Thinking back on the drama, it kind of distracted from Dillion and Van’s relationship, but I guess that’s okay because it ended up bringing them closer together. Oh! And I almost forgot about Tucker… His character seemed kind of like an unnecessary distraction. I expected more a confrontation or something related to him.

I listened to the audio version of this book on KU, and I’m so glad I did. The narration was perfect. I always enjoy Andi Arndt and Teddy Hamilton narrating books, and they definitely rocked this one.

I’m excited for the next book in this series, Love on the Lake. I’m hoping it’s Aaron and Teagan’s story. I also wouldn’t mind Billy getting his own book.

Review: The Broken Girls (Simone St. James)

The Broken Girls
Author: Simone St. James
Narrator: Rebecca Lowman

Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Audio

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants-—the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too-smart-for-their-own-good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming—until one of them mysteriously disappears…

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past—and a voice that won’t be silenced… 


Last year, I read The Sun Down Motel. I enjoyed that book so much that I knew I wanted to read some of Simone St. James’s back list. I decided to start with the audiobook of The Broken Girls. I was intrigued by the blurb and loved the cover. By the time I finally got it from my library, I had completely forgotten what it was about. That made this listen very interesting because I had no idea where the story was going or how the two timelines were connected at first.

The Broken Girls didn’t quite captivate me the way The Sun Down Motel did. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy The Broken Girls. I did. Rebecca Lowman brought the story to life in a great way. I love her voice and narration. I enjoyed Fiona’s POV and the mysteries she was trying to solve. Her POV was especially interesting considering her thoughts and opinions were skewed by the untimely murder of her sister. I loved the ghost aspect of the story and was curious as to why Mary was haunting the halls of Idlewild. Plus, there were some great twists.

All of these good things being said, there were still a couple things that prevented this book from wowing me. First, the two timelines didn’t mesh as well as I wanted them to. I think part of the issue was the past timeline. It was in four different POVs and it took me a while to keep the girls and their stories straight. It was too distracting. I get why the four were used, but I also think it might have been better to just have it be Katie’s POV. Second, I loved the ghost aspect, but it also ended up feeling a little anticlimactic at the end. I wanted there to be a better tie in or timeline all of its own.

Despite those two things, I did end up enjoying listening to this book. It moved at a good pace and kept my curiosity going. It was a good mystery.

Review: A Wicked and Beautiful Garden (Katie McGarry)

A Wicked and Beautiful Garden
Series: Witches of the Island, #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication Date: May 5, 2021
Publisher: Katie McGarry LLC

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Paranormal
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Twenty-eight year-old Cassie Strega can’t escape fate.

All she wants is to live a normal, quiet life delivering the babies in her small town. But when she discovers she comes from a lineage of witches, her life becomes extraordinary—in the gravely dangerous type of way.

Then, she’s reunited with her first love.

Orion, the sultry Fae warrior who broke her heart years before, is searching for a baby. Not just any baby, but the queen of the Fae who will one day lead them in their final battle against the demons determined to rule the world. The same baby who has been calling to Cassie for help in her dreams.

Fighting the intense attraction of their former blood bond, Cassie and Orion work together to find the child. But when the heartbreak that nearly destroyed Cassie nine years before looms once more, she’ll have to decide whether getting involved in the supernatural war is worth losing everything, including her life.


I don’t normally reach for fantasies, but when I heard Katie McGarry was releasing one I knew I had to read it. I’ve loved everything she has written and I expected no different from A Wicked and Beautiful Garden. I have to admit that it took me a bit to get into this tale and that at times the fantasy stuff overwhelmed me. There’s some info dumping and world building that needs to occur and that stuff always slows me down. Once I got more into that stuff, I was locked into finding out about Cassie, Orion, and the baby. I really liked Cassie. Orion wasn’t my favorite at the start, but he redeemed himself for the most part. I’m still not sure about their relationship, but they had some great chemistry. I guess I just need more time to believe in their romance. As for the baby…Well, that’s the big mystery. I liked how the mystery of the baby was involved in Cassie finding out more about herself. I am curious to find out where the story goes from here.

Review: Burn (Ginger Scott)

Burn
Series: Fuel, #3
Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: July 30, 2021
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC provided by WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

**Burn is the third and final book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott. This second-chance romance completes this angsty, steamy, new adult trilogy.

Dustin Bridge’s world is about speed. About the edge. His life has been carved by cutting corners and making moves, following impulsive decisions while weighing the facts at hand.

On the track, that has never steered him wrong.

In life, though? That’s another story.

On the cusp of greatness, the world’s up-and-coming racing star seems to be living the perfect story. A hero to his hometown. A partner to his best friend. A man poised to take the throne, to become the greatest, and to reap the rewards and attention that come along with it.

He’s been branded the track’s most eligible bachelor. And rarely does he cross a finish line without a dozen screaming, adoring women brandishing his name on glitter-covered T-shirts across their chests, just hoping he’ll break his own rules and take one of them to bed.

But he won’t. As loose as Dustin may be on the road, he’s become disciplined in life. He let love in completely—once. For one person. Hannah Judge. And she wrecked him.

And now, she’s back. 


Ginger Scott didn’t pump the brakes once with in this series. Burn was just as angsty and adrenaline filled as the first two books. Hannah and Dustin were in an awkward place with each other at the start of this book based on the ending of the last one. I wasn’t exactly happy with Hannah at the beginning, even though I understood her reasoning. Dustin also felt a little weaker as a character at a pivotal moment than I wanted him to be, but I guess I won’t complain too much about that because it made things easier for me in an emotional way. Dustin and Hannah ended up exactly where they needed to be. I loved how Burn wrapped up everything and brought everyone together. It was a great ending to a fantastic romance series.