10 June 2014

Inflame by Tessa Teevan - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Title: Inflame (Explosive #3)
Author: Tessa Teevan
Release Date: May 12, 2014

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?
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Friends with Benefits – Kale and Lucy were both not ready for a relationship. And although instant chemistry exploded between the two of them the first time they met, they settled for it. What they didn’t expect though is despite experiencing the best sex of their lives, a deep friendship is going to form between them. A little bit unconventional, but it works for the both of them. But how can you separate your heart from your body?

They had a great set-up that suits them both, but as their casual fling starts to progress, emotions starts to grow and soon, the two of them realized that strings were already all over them. It took one night for their relationship to take a 180 – one night for them to finally decide, and accept to themselves that they were MORE than what they thought they were. This is where I really fell in love with Kale, seeing him man-up, and not running away from the change had me swooning over him. He was a keeper, and I was hoping Lucy’s fear wouldn’t blind her of this.

They were about to have their HEA – but there is that big elephant in the room that needs to be addressed first. THE SECRET. THE PAST. Kale needed to be honest if he wanted his HEA, because Lucy had already bare her soul to him. It was something he didn’t like to address because of the newness of their relationship, which was pretty much understandable at first, but they were starting to trust each other, emotions were already invested, and all he has to do was to tell her. When his past decided to show up and blow in his face, will it be too late for the both of them?

I love these two characters – who wouldn’t? They both have this bad pasts, but both have grown to be really amazing yet stubborn people. There were times when you’d like to pull their heads out of their a** to show them what’s right in front of them, but overall, you can’t help but just love them. Their journey towards their HEA, was long, with a lot of bumps along the way – but it’s those bumps, detours, and holes that have made their relationship stronger.

I was glad to see the old characters here as well, and seeing them happy, with a glimpse of their newfound happiness with their respective relationships. I was excited to meet some new characters here, and I couldn’t wait for the next book in the series!!!

This might be the longest, the sweetest, and the hottest book in the series so far. I have not expected it would be THAT long, but I was too engrossed in reading Kale & Lucy’s story, that I was surprised I was already on the last page of it.

I love a series that improves and has a whole new bunch to offer with each book, and Tessa Teevan just did that with her third installment of the Explosive Series- because apparently, each explosion will bring different effects to her readers. And I think, we haven’t seen that BIG explosion yet.

✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

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’regivea 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.

   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 am married to a guy 15 inches taller than me. We're quite the pair! We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

      I've been reading since I was a kid. My mom was a librarian, so it was a given. Heck, she even made sure we watched Wishbone instead of the Smurfs. In 2011 when I graduated from college, my mom bought me a Nook, and then in the summer of 2012 I found this amazing site called Goodreads. I was introduced to so many amazing indie/self-published authors. After reading almost 400 books that year, my husband gave me the push to finally sit down and write my own. It was a rocky start, but over time the words started flowing and I couldn't get Jace and Lexi out of my head.

      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. 

      I LOVE to hear from readers, so please feel free to contact via any social media site listed below.

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Explosive Series* Reading Order & Purchase Links
 Ignite - My Review  |  Amazon  |  Amazon UK  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  PB  |  Goodreads
Incinerate - My Review  |  US  |  UK  |  CA  |  AU  |  Goodreads
* can be read as stand-alone

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