Thursday, June 12, 2014

**Blog Tour Review & Giveaway**: INFLAME (Explosive #3) by Tessa Teevan










REVIEW:

       


I wasn't sure Tessa Teevan could top Knox Wellington (Incinerate #2) but I think she did!  I fell in love with Kale Montgomery instantly!  Inflame had me smiling the entire time I was reading the book and I loved getting to know Lucy and Kale while getting to revisit Knox too.

Inflame isn't your typical "friends with benefits" story, Tessa Teevan took two people who were only wanting something fun and breathed emotion, laughter and heart-sighing moments into it, making it fresh and addicting!  I typically don't like stories that have some of the plot elements that Inflame had, but it worked well in this story line and was just what Lucy and Kale needed to shake them out of their comfort zones.   I am not going to spoil plot points, some of the magic in Tessa Teevan's writing is she always gives you the unexpected right when you weren't expecting it but crave it the most.  

Inflame gave me goosebumps, had me laughing out loud, had my heart in my throat (a few times) and got me leaking a few tears.  Tessa Teevan writes a great story that not only gets you engaged and involved in the characters but has you so wrapped up you feel like you are reading about close friends.  Each of these Explosive books can be read as stand alone books, I read Incinerate first, then Inflame (poor Jace, I should go read his story too) and never once did I feel like I was missing anything vital to the current story.  However, having said that, it is nice to know the key players in the series and getting to re-visit them again in each book (maybe I still am crushing on Knox a wee bit).

Tessa Teevan won me over with Incinerate, but I think Inflame showed me that she can not only write great characters, but also tell a beautiful, witty and emotion tugging story that will leave your heart happy when you finish.  I can't wait to see what Tessa does next (a Wellington brother spin off is coming soon) and I REALLY hope we get to read Xavier's story and catch up on all the beloved characters from the Explosive series  (I can't let go of Kale and his corny jokes and loving protectiveness).

If you are looking for a book that is easy to fall into and get wrapped up in for an afternoon I HIGHLY recommend Inflame.  This book will have you laughing (or snorting), needing a fan and sighing over how wonderful Lucy and Kale fit together all in the first few chapters.  
  




SYNOPSIS:


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?






EXCERPT:


She looks me over, and I love the fact that she’s checking me out. I don’t know why I’m so drawn to her, but I am, and I want to get to know her better, at least where the bedroom’s concerned. Eventually, she extends her hand, and I give a firm handshake, the kind she wanted when we first met. “Please, Kale, call me Lucy.”
Shaking her hand, I say it out loud. “Lucy. I like it.”
“That’s fortunate since I’m stuck with it. Okay, Montgomery. As much as I love flirting with a hot ass soldier in the parking lot of an elementary school, I’ve got to get going. Maybe I’ll see you around?” 
She starts to walk away, but I grab her hand, reeling her back in. I’m not ready for her to go, yet I don’t want to seem like some crazy stalker guy. 
“Can I see you again? You know, outside of an elementary school?” I ask, my eyes bearing down into hers, begging for her to say yes. 
She hesitates, and I’m afraid she’s about to say no when she finally responds. “I don’t date. I’m not looking for anything serious, so if that’s what you’re looking for, I’m the wrong girl.”
My cock practically sings at her words. A no strings attached relationship with a hot teacher right before I deploy? I couldn’t have asked for better luck. 
“I don’t do relationships, either, Lucy. I just want to get to know you and to have some fun. No feelings, no strings, no nothing,” I tell her, and watch as a look of relief washes over her. 
She starts digging in her purse and I watch as she scribbles something on a piece of paper before hanging it to me. “Number’s right there. Call me when you’re feeling adventurous,” she says. Before I can say anything, she spins around and swiftly walks away, leaving me to wonder just how adventurous she can be. 






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Ignite (Explosive #1)

Incinerate (Explosive #2)
Tessa Teevan




MEET 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 have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats. 


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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