Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Review for Ignite by Tessa Teevan (Released Today! 10-30-13)

Ignite (Explosive, #1)Ignite by Tessa Teevan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!!!

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A beautiful, explosive friends to lovers/second chance love story with a sexy and swoony military hero... seriously people, what is not to love? A debut novel that knocked it out of the park ;)

Alexa Sullivan and Jace McAllister are the best of friends all through high school. Jace is just a year older than Lexi, in the same class as her sister, Sierra. Lexi has it bad for Jace, but she has never told him how she felt. If he didn’t return the feelings, she would be crushed and she couldn't’ take losing his friendship. The night of Jace’s graduation, everything changes for this couple. Lexi isn’t the only one with romantic feelings. Jace has wanted Lexi since he first met her. The timing has never been right. Now, he is leaving for basic training in the morning. It’s now or never. He tells her how he feels and it leads to... more.

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The two friends go their separate ways after that one blissful night together.  Jace thinks about Lexi every minute of his basic training. Lexi misses Jace terribly. She holds on to the promise he will come back for her. When Jace comes home, he goes straight to Lexi, only to find out that her family has moved to Ohio. Her father got transferred. He has no way of getting ahold of her, and due to some crossed wires, he assumes she doesn’t want him to. They both move on the best they can from here...

Fast forward 10 years:
Alexa has spent the last seven years of her life married to Ty. She was happy, she loved him. A car accident took him away from her forever. She is now a 27 year old widow. Moving on is hard. She’s doing the best she can, but her family is worried about her. 
Jace has had a successful career in the Army defusing bombs. He’s had no serious relationships. Alexa will always be the one that got away for him. Jace’s 10 year high school reunion is coming up. He knows Lexi’s sister Sierra and husband Jeremy will be there, but he’s not sure about Alexa. Last he heard, she was married anyway.

After a year and a half of grieving, it’s time to move past it. Sierra talks Lexi into coming to the reunion to help with her daughter, Ava. Lexi agrees. Then she finds out Jace will be there. She is a nervous wreck. Thankfully, she has her best friend Brady (you will seriously love Brady) to help her prepare for the trip. When Jace and Alexa see each other for the first time in a decade, sparks fly.

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After a little uncomfortableness, it was like no time had passed at all. Jace and Lexi are able to pick up right where they left off. They spend three euphoric days together. That chemistry they had comes back in full force.
“Do you know how many times I’ve thought about doing this for the last ten years? Do you know how much it’s killed me not to have you? To know that someone else had his hands on you? I can’t hold it in much longer, Alexa. I need to touch you. I need to taste you. I need you, more than you could ever imagine.”

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Their time together comes to an end much too quickly. Jace has to go back to Afghanistan, Lexi has to go back to Ohio. They vow to keep in touch. As soon as Jace comes back to the states, he will see Lexi. Jace knows what it was like to lose her the first time, he won’t do it again. No one had ever held a candle to Lexi, and he’s not letting her go again...
“I will come back for you, Alexa. Nothing will keep me away this time. I promise.”

I loved Jace and Lexi’s relationship. They shared this special connection. The fact that they were such great friends first gave them this unbreakable bond. Their sexual chemistry was off the charts. Jace will make you melt! He is so sweet and patient with Lexi. He is understanding of her situation. Sexy, swoony, funny, pretty much the perfect guy! Then there is Lexi. I liked Lexi. There were a few times I got frustrated with her, but with all she had went through, she was coping the best she could. Trying to protect herself and protect her heart. Jace knows exactly what he wants...
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that when I think about it, all I see is you.”

Alexa knows her heart wants Jace, but her head keeps getting in the way. She already lost one man, she doesn’t think she could handle losing Jace. Will her fears hold them back, or will she finally be able to get past them and move on with her life?

Ignite was a wonderful debut novel. I love second chance romance stories! There is just something about them that makes my heart happy. I fell in love with Jace and Alexa. Their story of love, loss, friendship, and healing was beautiful. I also want to tell you to be prepared to laugh. I was so surprised with how funny this was. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments! Not only did I love Jace and Alexa, but there were some truly wonderful secondary characters... Brady, Sierra, Jeremy, Ava, and Knox (who is getting his own book- YAY!). This is a book that NA lovers won’t want to miss out on! I know I’m looking forward to continuing this series. A very enjoyable read!

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‘You're my past, my present, and I want you to be my future.’


***ARC kindly provided by author, Teesa Teevan, in exchange for an honest review***

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