Monday, July 25, 2016
Review: Ignite by Rebecca Yarros
In Legacy, Colorado, I buried my father alongside his elite Hotshot team.
Ten years later, I’ve followed in his footsteps—fighting fires in the mountains of Alaska with my brother.
Amid the flames, nothing ignites me like Avery Claire.
She’s stubborn, strong, sexy as hell, and my best friend.
She also has no idea that I’m in love with her.
But Colorado is calling me home, needing every Legacy-born firefighter to successfully rebuild our fathers’ team.
One night will change everything between us,
But she’s tied to Alaska and my future is in Colorado.
Now I’m torn between what my honor demands,
And what my heart can’t live without.
Review by Lisa Kane
River Maldonado is a fire fighter in Alaska. Working along side his brother Bishop, they are carrying on their father's legacy. He lost his life ten years ago, along with his entire crew fighting a fire and the two brothers are determined to live up to his standards.
"He died with his whole Hotshot team when a fire took our hometown."
They work hard and they play harder. There is no shortage of women for either of them. But six months with the same woman is their limit. River's heart is taken, only his best friend Avery Claire doesn't seem to have a clue.
Avery Claire had been my best friend since I was eighteen. I'd also been silently in love with her for just as long.
Avery's life is hard. Ever since her mom dies in a car accident, she's been taking care of her father. He's become nasty and difficult and he drinks way more than he should. He seems to live for his pain pills and treats Avery like dirt. But she stays because her little sister Addy needs her. If she tried to get custody away from her father there is no guarantee she would win and he might take her away out of site. Her relationship with River is her only escape from the hell she is living. She works three jobs and knows she will never get out of this town.
But things are about to get shaken up when a friend of River and Bishop's is getting the original squad of the Legacy Hotshot Crew rebuilt. Only they can not do it without the two of them joining up. It's a stipulation of the town council.
"It has to be made up primarily of Legacies. Blood of the original team."
The only problem-this squad is out of Colorado. The brothers would have to move-River would have to leave Avery behind. He needs to go to Colorado and follow the dream to be part of his father's legacy, but at the same time how can he leave the only girl he has ever loved? It's about time he told her how he felt for her.
"Because I get you. I can't leave you. It's never been Bishop keeping me here. It's always been you."
Maybe River can come up with a plan that they can all live with-maybe Avery and her family can come to Colorado with him. He is determined that he can't leave her behind. Can Avery think of her own needs for once? Is she willing to lose River? How can he want her and all her baggage when he can have his pick of women?
"Nothing mattered before you. No one mattered before you? Do you understand?
Things will not come easily for these two. They will be tested more than once. Can the fire burning between them ignite or will it sizzle out when life knocks them and their dreams of being together down?
Ignite may be a novella but it is reads as a full length story. It never felt rushed or thrown together. Both characters are likable and their feelings seem genuine-this one is well worth the read!
"Yeah, well, we don't remember the easily won games, right? The victories we remember are the ones where the outcome came down to the last minute, the overtime."