Review: Torch by Karen Erickson

Posted August 29, 2016 in Review / 13 Comments

Review: Torch by Karen Erickson


Series: Wildwood #3
by Karen Erickson
Published by HarperCollins, Avon Impulse on August 16th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC

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.

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Tate Warren has never met a woman he couldn’t charm—until now.

Wren Gallagher won’t give him the time of day and it’s making him crazy.

But he won’t give up without a fight… because there’s one thing he knows for sure:

Enemies make the best lovers.

Most women swoon over Tate’s devilish grin and firefighter uniform. But Wren couldn’t be less impressed by his good looks and flirtatious banter—in fact, she seems to downright despise him. She thinks he’s a player, but his attraction to her is no game. Wren is unlike anyone he’s ever known and he isn’t about to let the feisty, gorgeous woman slip through his fingers.

Wooing Wren would be so much easier if she didn’t hate him…

Or does she?

Awe, man… I was so totally looking forward to Tate and Wren’s story.  I love a good “you annoy the crap out of me” to “let make babies” romance.  Unfortunately for me, this one took me on a twisty, meandering trail to get me to their happily ever after.  I liked it… I just wasn’t fully ga-ga over the story.

Wren and Tate have been in the Wildwood series since book one.  Wren is West and Lane’s little sister who lives in the small town of Wildwood doing accounting work.  She’s also part owner in Delilah’s dance studio.  But since book one, Wren has been restless, itching to do more with her life and perhaps leave town.  It’s been hard living with three brothers (she has a younger brother named Holden, too) constantly “looking out” for you, making you feel like you can’t take care of yourself.

And then there’s Tate.

Tate is new to the fire station in Wildwood.  Commitment phobic Tate has no problems getting “dates”.   But what Tate really enjoys at the moment is riling up Wren.  He has this annoying shtick where he refers to Wren by bird names, any and all bird names but her own name “Wren”.  Despite that and Wren’s brother’s warnings Tate off Wren, these two just can’t keep their eyes off each other.

So much potential has been simmering for two books now between these two.

I liked Wren’s character.  She’s a great example of what it’s like to be in your late 20’s and not know what you want to do with the rest of your life.  So typical!  I was like her at that age, stuck, not getting anywhere with my career and not knowing if I wanted to stay in the town I was living in.  Tate’s character wasn’t bad once he got past himself and realized what he wanted out of life.

What I didn’t enjoy so much was how long it took for both Wren and Tate to get over their personal obstacles to be with each other.  And even with some drama added in, it still took a while for a final, “phew, now they’re together for realsies”.  It just took a lot of Tate annoying Wren before we got to any real romance between the two (truth be told, Tate annoyed me, too).  But when some story arcs weren’t resolved, that’s when I really started chopping off stars.  UGH.

The writing is classic solid Karen Erickson (∗cough∗ aka Monica Murphy).  She’s a fantastic writer, romance or otherwise.  Usually I love all her stuff.  For some reason though, this series has been hit or miss with me.  I really hoped the heat simmering between Tate and Wren in the first two books would have boiled over in this book.

Unfortunately, Tate’s new bird calling hobby got in the way.

About Karen Erickson

USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read – sexy contemporary romance. Published since 2006, she’s a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She also writes new adult and contemporary romance as New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy



Adult contemporary romance readers who like following the lives of guys who work heroic jobs like firefighting, law enforcement, etc.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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13 responses to “Review: Torch by Karen Erickson

  1. Ha, it’s funny how people react so differently to the same book. Gotta love it! For me, it was Wren that annoyed me. Her whole attitude toward Tate after he saved her all those times should have proved that he wasn’t to be lumped in with the bad guys but she was determined to keep him there. Alls well that ends well but yeah, I get what you mean.
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    • OH, yeah, there was that… when she lumped Tate in with her brothers…. but after being told all your life you can’t do anything on your own, Tate was screwed no matter what he did. I’m just glad she wised up 🙂 And he did, too (I liked the “Dove” name!)

    • There’s an arsonist they need to catch so she BETTER write another one… or else I’m personally driving cross country and doing some scary stalking. But I didn’t say that… ;P