Inflame by Tessa Teevan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have been waiting for Kale and Lucy’s story ever since I finished Incinerate, and the second I saw my arc hit my inbox, I jumped for joy! There is something about this series, with the sexy and tough military men and the strong, sweet and saucy heroines that I just adore. Going into this book, I expected a sexy and sweet friends to lovers tale, and I wasn’t disappointed! Although technically, Kale and Lucy’s tale is a little different. More like lovers to friends with benefits, to friends, to lovers if that makes any sense at all ;)
Kale Montgomery is doing his duty as a best friend and god father and attending his god daughters ‘bring your daddy to work day’ while his best pal, Xavier is deployed. When Kale meets Lily’s second grade teacher, Ms. Lucy Dawson he is stunned. She’s beautiful, funny and assertive. Kale likes that in a woman. It is obvious he is attracted to her and she is attracted to him, and Lucy makes it easy on him by letting him know she’s not into anything serious right now. Their first ‘date’ turns into a relationship of sorts- friends with benefits sort of thing.
Lucy Dawson is happy alone. She doesn’t want or need a man to fulfill her. She’s happy with her friends, her family and her career. When she meets Kale, he surprises her. Not only is he a sexy soldier, but he is an all around good guy. A gentleman. After their one night together, she can’t imagine giving that up. One summer full of passion, leads to Kale and Lucy becoming the best of friends. When Kale goes on his next tour, it’s only natural that they would keep in touch.
Emails, skyping, they try to keep in touch the best they can. The problem is, both of them start to realize their feelings run a little deeper than just friendship. Lucy misses Kale much more than she’d care to admit. She doesn’t just miss his body, his friendship, no. She misses everything about him. And thats dangerous.
Kale has had feelings for Lucy, but he knows she’s not ready to take that step. He’s not sure if he’s even ready yet. But he knows what he wants, and he’s willing to wait it out.
I have every intention of making her mine, but until I know she’s ready, hell, until I’m sure that I’m even ready, I’ll bid my time and continue to be her best friends... I know that in the end it’ll be more than worth it. Waiting for her will be worth it.
Something pushes them together a little faster than they would have thought, but is it too fast, or just about time? When things from the past come to play, the relationship they have changes once again. Will these changes be what they need, or what will cause them to keep their distance?
“All my time with you is the best times infinity, Kale Montgomery.”
Kale may be my new favorite guy in this series (shhh don’t tell Knox...). I loved everything about him. Watching him deal with his past and emotions broke my heart. It hurt to read about it. There were times I wished he would have opened up more, and sooner, but I understand why he didn’t. Lucy was a great heroine. Fun, drama free and independent. They were a great couple. The chemistry between them was smoldering!
There isn’t much I love more than a good friends to lover story. I love when a couple has that friendship (even if it is with benifits ;) and it organically grows into more. Insta love can drive me crazy, and there is none of that here. Their relationship develops slowly. I just adore these books. Tessa Teevan’s Explosive series is not one to be missed! I’ve loved all three of them, and I am so excited that she is continuing on with the Wellington boys- bring on Branson and Cohen!!!
“Home isn’t just a place for me, babe. It’s wherever you are. So we could be at my place, at your place, or in a van by the river. As long as I’m with you, then I’m home.”
***ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review***
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Inflame (Explosive #3) by Tessa Teevan
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?
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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Inflame (Explosive, #3)
Ignite (Explosive #1)
Incinerate (Explosive #2)
About 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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