- File Size: 418 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01A9U7NBE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By: Lani Lynn Vale
This is the first book in the Kilgore Fire series. Since it’s set in Kilgore, it obviously has some overlap with some of LLV’s other series. I usually like overlap and seeing some of my older favorite characters, but also there were just too many characters to remember them all & what happened during their stories. LLV does do a little explanation with each character, but it felt stilted and almost detracted from the story. It seemed like there were a certain amount that LLV was trying to inject into this story as well.
I also didn’t feel the connection between Tai & Mia. They had a very short meeting in which they were not only instantly attracted to one another, but would seemingly start falling in love with one another right away. Then they are there for one another followed by a period of separation, quickly followed by “I have fallen for him/her, this distance ends now” followed by a full on relationship. There was no real flow of relationship development or even character development. Furthermore, there was never a reason or motivation given for the main drama surrounding the fire department & the culprits.
I will continue reading LLV’s books, as I do like the characters and her sense of humor. The 2nd book in the Kilgore Fire series appears to be a drama of craziness. I’m not sure how many books are planned for this series, but I would assume by the characters introduced in this first book, that there would 4 or 5 more.
“He’s a bad boy. He just hides it better than most.”
Tai spent his teen years and early twenties cultivating reputation for being an irresponsible, selfish bad boy. He racked up massive debt, and he was the fun guy, the party guy, but not a guy anyone could count on. Older now, he’s working on changing that perception and paying down his debt. A fellow firefighter gives him an idea as to how he can earn some extra money and through that, he meets Mia.
“I was desperate.”
Mia is a nurse and the single mom of eight-month old, Colton. Colt’s deadbeat dad is not a part of their lives, not in any way. After getting devastating news about Colt’s health, Mia comes up with a plan she hopes will help to save her son, and that’s how she meets Tai.
“He’d been our only hope. Some way—somehow—I had to change his mind.”
Tai is having second thoughts, though. Instead of going through with Mia’s plan, Tai comes up with alternate option, and he and Mia work together to get it organized. Mia is finally feeling hopeful, and Tai is all-in for the beautiful but scared single mom and her fireman-loving little boy. Tai is with her every step of the way, and the attraction between them is undeniable. But when the unthinkable happens, Mia shuts down and shuts everyone out, including Tai.
“You doin’ alright?” he asked.
“Yeah, I’m doing alright.” And I was. And getting better every day.
It’s two months later when Mia finally reaches out to Tai to apologize. Even though he’s hurt, he can’t fight the pull he feels to her.Read more ›
More so that any of her other books, this one physically hurt me to read. I can’t really even touch on the issue without giving anything away, but you’ve been warned; have tissues handy. Just know that each time Mia cried, each time she screamed, each time she broke down, I was right there with her. A few chapters in and I could barely breathe. But even though it was painful, it was oh so delicious and worth it in the end. I loved how Tai was there for her every step of the way, even when he barely knew her. There was this connection they shared that just couldn’t be explained, yet couldn’t be denied either. It was raw, true, and utterly beautiful. My only qualm about the story is that even though there was so many mentions in his and Jack’s book about their deceased sister Catori, it was never really explained a whole lot. And since it was told that Tai blamed himself for her death, I would have expected more of a backstory for her. Other than that though, this book was complete perfection. We were given a small insight to the next couple in the series and I cannot wait to dive into that story when it comes out in a couple of months! I just can’t get enough of this author!
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I've yet to read a book by Lani that I haven't liked. She continues that pattern with this first in her latest series. Read morePublished 15 days ago by 4fun
Awesome start to the series! Loved this character from appearances from previous books in the other series. Glad to see his own story in this series! Can't wait to read more!Published 28 days ago by Rachel
OMG, did not see this coming. She totally got me with this book. It was everything all rolled up, sad, happy, funny, mysterious, compelling, etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharon R. Dyer
A great start to the new series. I loved this book. This book sucks you right in and couldn't put it down just like all of Lani's other books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle H
Another great book by Lani Lynn Vale! You won't be disappointed! Love, love, love her books!Published 1 month ago by Shelley Murray
I read everything Ms Vale writes and am a big fan of her writing. I love her characters, her plots, her wit and the humor she tends to inject here and there throughout her books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Reviewer