Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Controlled Burn by Lani Lynn Vale: Release Blitz + Double Review

Title: Controlled Burn
Series: Kilgore Fire Series, Book 4
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publish Date: October 5, 2016
Cover Model: Shane Williams
Photographer: FuriousFotog
Review Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotions

July Dupree and Dean ‘PD’ Hargrove fell head over heels in love. When PD comes home to tell July the good news about joining the SWAT team as a tactical medic, everything changes.

July can’t fathom why PD would want to be a cop in this day and age. Wasn’t it enough that he already had a dangerous job with the fire department?  Now he has to add another, even more dangerous, job to the equation?  With so many cruel people in the world who make a sport out of hurting cops just because of the badge they wear, she has to make him understand. But when he refuses to listen to her reasoning, she feels she has no other choice but to issue an ultimatum: her or the SWAT team.

Dean doesn’t like ultimatums.  He’s furious with July for putting him in the awful position of having to choose between a dream and her.

July never believes for a second that he’d choose the SWAT team over her, but she is wrong.

A year later, they’re both still in love with each other, but neither one is willing to budge regardless of their feelings.
July’s feelings for Dean haven’t changed, in fact her love for him has only grown. But seeing him living his life seemingly unaffected by the loss of what they had breaks her heart over and over each time she sees him.

Dean has a good poker face, though.  He’s just going through the motions of his life until finally, the smoldering embers of his feelings erupt into a full-on blaze of emotion, burning through everything but his love for July. When the smoke clears, Dean wants to know if they can reignite the fire of their love or is he destined to live his life in a constant state of controlled burn?

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“Go away,” I murmured tiredly. “I don’t want you here.”

Alexa stood in the doorway, her eyes on the two of us, completely blank. I wanted to snarl at her, but I just didn’t have the energy to do so. Maybe later, but right now, it was taking everything I had to keep my eyes open and speak to Dean. I’d made it to the ER. I’d been given fluids, had tests ran, and was now listening to the ER doc tell me and Dean that I had a serious infection that would likely require some antibiotics that would likely make me feel like shit for the next few days. “She’ll need to be watched closely, otherwise we’ll need to admit her,” the doctor was explaining, completely ignoring the fact that I’d asked Dean to leave. Though, that might be because Dean knew the damn man. Then again, Dean knew nearly everyone in every hospital in the area. So it wasn’t a surprise that he’d know my doctor, too. It also came to no surprise to me that he’d stayed, nor that Alexa was my nurse. I narrowed my eyes at the woman that was standing in the door, and she narrowed them right back at me. I closed my eyes to block out the woman’s snooty face, and started to slip into sleep whenmDean’s voice broke into my calming thoughts. “She’ll come home with me,” Dean was saying to the doctor. “Her brother’s on a case and can’t come, but I’m free. Already asked for time off, too. Done deal.”

I was shaking my head in the negative, but the doctor was already speaking over my denials. “Great.” He said. “Alexa, please get her discharge papers in order. She’ll be going home with PD.”

I sighed and closed my eyes once again, this time in defeat. “Dammit.”

“What was that?” Dean asked, leaning over me so his ear was close to my mouth.

“Dammit,” I repeated. “Oh,” he snorted. “That’s what I thought you said.” Thirty minutes later, Alexa was wheeling me out to the exit with Dean at my side. I was wearing a pair of blue hospital scrubs and my tank top, but I was upright and aware of what was going on around me. Expecially the tenseness of the two at my back. “Don’t forget to let me know how your date goes,” Dean said as he opened the door to his truck. “I won’t,” Alexa sighed. “Do you want me to stop by tomorrow night for pizza?”

“No.” Dean shook his head. “July and I’ll be having a night in, but thank you.”

I wanted to laugh at the look on Alexa’s face that I saw in the reflection of Dean’s shiny red truck, but refrained. Barely. When he opened the truck door wide and leaned in for me, I put my hands up to stop him. “Let me try to stand,” I insisted. He ignored me and lifted me like a rag doll, placing me in the front seat and going as far as to strap my belt on as well. “Thanks, daddy,” I muttered darkly. Except his eyes flared in delight. “We never played that game,” he said softly, his eyes close to mine. “But we can once you’re back in fighting shape.”

I was shaking my head in denial before he’d even finished. “Negative,” I said. “You’ve already broken me once. If you do it again it’s because I’m the dumbass that let you.”

He smiled. “We’ve got a lot to talk about,” he suggested. I shook my head again. “No, we don’t,” I disagreed. “You said enough a year ago when you stabbed my heart with your words.” His eyes softened. “Maybe,” he said. “But you stabbed mine right back by refusing to fight for me.”

So this may be my favorite of the series. WOW! What a wild, wonderful, intense, funny, HOT ride!!!

I was anxious for Dean’s story by the end of Oxygen Deprived.

July & Dean. WOW! What a headstrong couple of damaged people. She hates his dangerous job and is being stubborn about it. Dean can’t stand that she made him choose the job over her. He didn’t really…..he was waiting on her to come to her senses. He’s over it now and is ready to get his woman back.

That’s gonna prove harder to do for more than just one reason. It’s way more than just getting her back. Man…..this is a hard review to write. The twist that happen and just. keep. on. happening……WOW! Dang….how many times can I say WOW in a review??? This book will make you scream at your kindle, cry, laugh, punch things and probably make you message Lani that you hate her. But it’s SOOOO freaking good!!!! 

The writing!!! My God, the writing!!! The way Lani tells a story and just pulls you in!!! OMG!!! On one hand I was left thinking “what did I just read” on the other I was thinking “ok stop with the emotions - it’s a book”! But that’s Lani…..she brings you into the story and just doesn’t let you go! I was thinking about this book for days!!!! The characters and the story. WOW!!!

Ok. I don’t think I can say anymore. Just ONE CLICK!!!!! Seriously!!!!! This is definitely a must read!!! This is SO in my top 2016 books!!!!!

Very Very Highly Recommend!!!

Raw, lustful and unexpected. Twists and turns in every direction, all combined into a controlled burn.

Dean captured my heart from the get go.  A hard working, hard bodied Kilgore Fireman and a SWAT member to boot!! It took a bit for me to warm up to July, just because I felt that she was just so hard and harsh, when it came to Dean. So many times, I yelled at my kindle "just go to him!" Then, we get further into the book and we learn why she has the feelings that she does. She can't fathom anything happening to another loved one. Although her feelings are justified, I was still left yelling.

Tough times came upon the two and they give it a go. Once everything seems perfect .. BAM .. plot twist. Everything changes. My heart ripped from my chest. Horrible, horrid things are happening and the KFD alongside the Uncertain Saints MC rally together like no other, to bring justice. This had my heart overjoyed and bawling like a baby. Seeing two rivalries joining forces for a good cause had my heart flipped, turned upside down. The compassion that Lani encompasses in her writing is phenomenal. The way that she can pull you in, rip your heart out and repair it, piece by piece is outstanding. Kudos for ANOTHER job well done. I love any and everything that Mrs. Vale writes. Five well deserved feathers for Controlled Burn.

If you are not familiar with Lani Lynn Vale, please get acquainted soon.  Your life will never be the same.

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.


Shock Advised (Kilgore Fire #1)

Flash Point (Kilgore Fire #2)

Oxygen Deprived (Kilgore Fire #3)

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