Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: Ignite by Tessa Teevan

After nearly a year and a half of grieving the loss of her husband, twenty-seven year old Alexa Sullivan Tate is headed back to her hometown after a decade of being away. She has no idea her high school crush, Jace McAllister, the guy who stole her heart the same night that he broke it, is more than ready to pick up the pieces.

Jace has spent the last ten years in the Army defusing bomb after bomb, trying to forget the girl who ignited all his passions. Little does he know that the spark still exists.

Ten years ago they had smoldering chemistry, but the spark between them now might light a fuse that leads to an explosion even Jace can't stop. Not that he wants to. If only Alexa can get past her guilt and trust her heart again.

But how do you put it all on the line when you've already lost everything once before?

*While this is a series, each book will be standalone.

4.5 Star Review by Amy Bustard

Well written, heart breaking and heartwarming all in one. Four and a half stars for this beautiful story!

Twenty six year old Alexa Sullivan Tate is grieving. Five words from her husband’s mouth play over and over in her mind as she tries to move on with her life, but how can she when she will never get a chance to speak to him again.

“I hate a lot of things, I really do, but it’s a strong emotion I only use when thinking of trivial things. My husband, though? Never, not once, have I ever felt hatred towards him, and it tore more in two to hear him say those words. And what’s worse is I’ll never hear him say anything again.”

That famous quote – Never go to bed angry or don’t say things you don’t mean because you may not be able to take it back.. Alexa’s life is now in a standstill and she doesn’t know if she will ever be able to love again.

After a year and a half of grieving, Alexa’s sister is determined to get her out of her funk and talks her into taking a trip with her and her husband back to Florida to babysit while her sister attends her high school reunion. When Alexa agrees to go, her sister informs her that her former best friend who was also her former high school crush and love, Jace will be there making her think back to the last time she had seen him, the night before he left to join the Army. The night he broke her heart..

“I need to know that you’re sure about this. I’m leaving and I don’t know when I’ll be back. But I do know that when I come back it’ll be for you. You’re it for me. I want you so bad, but I need to know that you’ll be okay with this. That when I leave you won’t hate me, that this night will be enough for you- at least for now. I promise you, I’ll come back for you, but that has to be enough.”

Now 10 years later, after a promise unfulfilled – a husband lost, Can Alexa move on with Jace in her future.

Jace MCAllister was always in love with his best friend. Every time the right opportunity came up to tell her, something or someone interrupted. Leaving for the army and then returning home to find out that Alexa and her family moved away caused Jake to commit his life to the Army. Following from afar on social media, and reading her posts, Jace watched Alexa moving on with her life. When life brings these two back together Jace doesn't want to lose her again.

“Alexa, you have no idea how much I’ve wanted you ever since I met you. Every time I saw you watching me on the field, I got hard knowing your eyes were on me. I was a coward. I was a jackass. I’ll regret being such an idiot for the rest of my life, but I can’t go another ten years without having you in my life. I know it seems crazy, but I still want to be with you. I want to be with you. For the rest of my life, whether it’s as friends or as more than that. Promise me you won’t shut me out.”

Alexa is cautious, not wanting to lose another person that she cares for. Jace being in the military and with another tour to Afghanistan has her on edge. Alexa must decide if she can allow herself to love again at the risk of losing him or maintain a friendship to protect her heart.

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