Monday, December 5, 2016

Review & Excerpt: FIRE IN YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn

       

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Some are born with fire in them.

✮✮✮SECOND CHANCES, HOPE, &RED-HOT CHEMISTRY…FIRE IN YOU, the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Wait For You World is here! Don’t Miss Brock and Jillian’s passionate and richly moving story in this standalone contemporary romance! And check out each stop on the FIRE IN YOU Review & Excerpt Tour taking place November 29-December 10!✮✮✮

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About FIRE IN YOU:
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From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…
Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun.  It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.
She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.
Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.


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Brock dropped his hand and walked inside, his head turning as his gaze swept over me. I closed the door.
“Nice socks,” he commented. “You know, it’s like you’re recognizing two seasons right now—summer and winter.”
I glanced down at myself. Oh crap! I’d forgotten I was wearing cotton sleep shorts paired with knee-high socks. And these were short shorts. Grateful that I was wearing a long cardigan over the shirt, I self-consciously tugged on the hem of my shorts while he looked around the apartment. I saw he had a little brown bag dangling from his fingertips.
“So,” I said, fiddling with the sleeves on my cardigan, “what did you bring me?”
“Oh, so now you’re curious about what’s in the bag?”
Crossing my arms, I stared at him while I hoped it wasn’t obvious that I wasn’t wearing a bra, because I could feel my nipples pressing against the shirt I wore.
Brock chuckled as he lifted the bag and reached inside, pulling out a small white carton. He then turned, spying the small kitchen. “So, how long have you lived here?”
“Um, I don’t know.” I watched him walk over to the island and place the carton and bag on it. “I think I moved in here about four years ago.”
“Nice place.” His gaze strayed to the stack of books on the other end of the island, and a fond smile appeared as he started to open the carton. “It’s safe here?”
“Yeah. There have never been any problems here.” I crept closer. “Most of the people who live here are married or work in D.C and commute.” My gaze dropped to his back. Did he ever get the large phoenix tattoo colored and filled in? I bet he did and it looked amazing. Then again, his back with all those ropey muscles always looked amazing. “So, where…where do you live now?”
“I bought a house outside of Shepherdstown,” he told me. “Got an amazing view of the river. You need to see it.”
I stopped walking, thinking his fiancée might not be too keen on that. Then again, I doubted she would see me as a threat.
Brock turned sideways, sliding the carton toward where I stood. I glanced over, and I stopped thinking when I saw what he’d brought.
“Glazed doughnuts,” Brock said. “Just glazed. Nothing weird hidden inside them. I know how much you used to hate biting into something and having no idea it’s filled with cream or fruit. They’re fresh, too. Picked them up at the bakery in Shepherdstown that makes them all day.”
I did hate biting into any food and having something unexpectedly squirt into my mouth. It was freaking gross, but I wasn’t focused on that aversion.
Sitting atop wax paper really were large glazed doughnuts.
It was so simple. Just glazed doughnuts. Nothing fancy or spectacular. But he remembered, and I didn’t know why that meant anything to me. I was sure serial killers remembered things about their victims, but I felt some of the tension easing out of my stiff muscles as I blinked back sudden hot tears.
Gah, I was so over-emotional. It was just doughnuts. “Thank you.” I cleared my throat. “That’s really nice.”
His gaze flew to mine, and I hastily lowered my chin, walking past him into the kitchen. “Jillian—”
“You’re eating one if I am,” I said, snatching several sheets off the paper-towel roll. God, I was such a damn mess, but I…I missed this—missed having someone in my life who knew me inside and out, because no one, no one knew me like Brock had. I turned around only when I was sure I didn’t look like I was seconds from exploding into tears, and went to the island, placing the towels on the counter. “I mean, I’m not going to eat three gigantic doughnuts.”
“Since when?”
A strangled laugh escaped me. “Well, I’m not seventeen anymore.”
“I can see that.”
A fine shiver coursed over my skin as I looked up. There was an intense, almost predatory glint to his stare, one I didn’t understand. And it suddenly struck me, really hit me, that after six years, Brock Mitchell was standing in my apartment, in my world, and I would never in a hundred years have expected this.
But there he was, larger than life itself, turning what was a roomy apartment into something that now felt entirely too small. He was one hundred percent grown man who was not just breathtaking to behold, but a walking legend in the world of mixed martial arts. More than that, though, he was a man who overcame such a terrible childhood, beating statistics and naysayers. Demolishing everyone’s doubt as he rose through the ranks, suffering a career-threatening injury to come back and win it all, over and over.
Brock had fire in him.
He always had.

 "I wanted him- wanted him more than I ever wanted anyone, because I've always wanted him and he had never wanted me until now." 

    Whenever I see Jennifer L. Armentrout put out a new book...it has to be in my hands. All her books are always auto-buy for me and Fire in You was no different. As soon as I saw the first teaser for this bad boy, I immediately requested a copy...knowing it needed to be mine. Even though this book is bittersweet because it is the last book in the Wait for You series, it definitely didn't disappoint. 

     Jillian Lima has been through some hard times. Some extremely hard times. Like on that one night six years ago, when a stranger with a gun changed her life forever. Jillian just thought she was going to be nursing a broken heart that night when Brock, her best friend, broke her heart. She'd always been his "friend," always friend zoned, even though she did everything for him...she was his light but not his sun. 

     Now six years later, Jillian is finally finding her feet again and is ready to take on a job at her fathers martial arts academy. She never wanted to work there for the fear of knowing people would think she had the job because she was a Lima and not that she had deserved the position but now in debt with student loans...she knows that she has earned her job at the academy. But what she isn't expecting is for Brock Mitchell to be her boss. 



     Brock "the Beast" Mitchell didn't have a good upbringing into life but one night when he decides to steal from a man, he doesn't know he's about to have his whole life turned upside down. Mr. Lima Jillian's father, whom he tries to steal from, is a trained martial artist but Brock didn't know that at the time. He decides to take him in knowing he's been beaten on and starving to death. 

     Years later after Brock is finished with his fighting...knowing that he was getting too old and could really hurt himself, he stepped down from the fights. So now he is back home and takes a job from Mr. Lima, knowing he can't tell the man no and he's ready to get back into his own skin. Even though what and who he really needs is Jillian Lima. He's never forgiven himself for what happened to her that fateful night. Though he didn't pull the trigger, he might as well have he believes. Brock has had some good years and some bad years but he's always had a hole in his chest and he never knew what that hole was until Jillian comes back into his life. 

"If I know anything, I know what you want and you'll realize that by the time this night is over." 

     Jillian doesn't want to work with Brock, much less have him as her boss. She never blamed him for that night, though she knows he blames himself but he didn't do what that monster did to her. He just broke her heart. But things are changing and Brock is different and so is she. They aren't the same kids that they used to be when life was so much simpler, though it seems nothing has ever been easy for them. 

     She's never been Brock's type and she's not about to try and be now. Jillian knows better than that and plus he's engaged. To the woman that he chose over her, without even knowing that he did it. But everything has changed and Brock seems to want her but she's not ready for him or for another broken heart. It took her years to mend the first one and she knows she won't survive a second. 

     These two find themselves in each other. In the years that they lost and the touches they never got. Stealing kisses that they never thought they would have or feel. These too are on fire for each other and it bleeds off the page.     


     "Nice?" His hands glided down my sides, and my body reacted without thought. My back arched and my breath hitched as he lowered his mouth to my ear. His breath was hot against my skin as he said, "You don't want nice." 

     Brock and Jillian think they have good lives and the least okay lives...until they are thrust into each others lives and everything changes. As much as they try to stop it, they were meant to be together and no force is going to keep them apart this time...or so they think. No matter how hard they try to be together, something always tears them apart. Maybe they aren't meant to be together. Maybe they should just stay out of each others lives but their fire burns too bright for one another. 

     JLA is at her best with Brock's and Jillian's story. The whole book is so beautiful and truly takes your breath away. Though Jillian and Brock may be sweet...they heat up the page with a scorching fire, in a way that only Jennifer L. Armentrout can. 

     
 

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  


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