IgniteSeries: Wildwood #1
by Karen Erickson
Published by HarperCollins, Avon Impulse on March 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Weston Gallagher is falling hard-for the wrong woman.One night of passion has haunted him for years.Now he’s got a second chance to get the girl of his dreams…but there’s just one problem:She hates him.
Eight years after he stormed out of Wildwood, California, West has returned to his hometown as a firefighter. His friends and family are thrilled he’s back-with the exception of Harper Hill. His best friend’s sister is all grown up and in all the right ways. He knows she’s going to do everything she can to protect her heart and keep him at arm’s length, but West has other ideas.
He will win the girl that got away. No matter what it takes…
Oh us silly women. We forgive waaaaay too easily.
I love just about everything Karen Erickson (aka Monica Murphy) writes. I eat up her books for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – yummy 🙂 So I can honestly say that my ONLY complaint about Ignite is that our heroine needed a backbone. Let me explain with my completely biased but glowing review…
Harper Hill is the good girl. She works as an office manager for an accountant, who happens to be her live-in boyfriend. Their life together is, in a word, “comfortable” (read: boring!) But they live in the small, Northwest town of Wildwood, where everyone talks… and talks and talks and talks.
About the same time that Harper realizes that life with her boring accountant isn’t cutting it for her, prodigal son Weston “West” Gallagher returns to town on a job promotion with the local fire department. Quite the quandary because last time West and Harper saw each other, their lips were locked together for hours. It was the very next day that West left town, letting very few know he was leaving, including Harper (oops!)
I wanted Harper to kick West in the goods! Okay, maybe not there because she might need those later. But at least get a swift kick in at the shins. Okay, Harper pulled off “mean” to West and that was entertaining. It certainly pulled me into the story and supported the age-old book wisdom I hear time and time again: hook your reader in the first chapter or you’re screwed. Well, not those exact words but something along those lines.
I was hooked! I had to see what “dance” Harper and West were going to do. How are these two going to get to their happily ever after? With a perfect pace, just the right amount of smooching and SCORE! (sex scenes), this quick read satisfied my need for a sweet, small town romance that was sprinkled with just the right amount of hot sauce that I didn’t squirm while reading it in pubic.
Ms. Erickson also managed to introduce the supporting characters and get me excited for the next two books. The next book, Smolder, is due out June 21st, 2016, and it features West’s oldest brother and West’s ex-girlfriend (yup!) But the book I REALLY want to read is the third book, Torch, due out August 16th, 2016. That one features West’s sister, Wren, and West’s boss, Tate. I just really get a kick our of Wren’s disdain for Tate.
I sense a theme I’m liking here…