Genre: New Adult Sports Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Goodreads Rating: 4.50
My Rating: 5.0
Liam Knight, a sexy panty-melting, hard-bodied streetfighter and renowned tattoo artist, is rising up the ranks of the UFC Middleweight Division, but he’s about to get knocked out by his past.
Quinn Kelley is a semester away from becoming a college graduate when her mother’s death sends her spiraling, forcing her to go back to her hometown and a past she can’t outrun.
Nearly a decade ago, Liam and Quinn fell in love while surviving on the city streets together, but they were torn apart by one irreversible night. Now each has moved forward without the other, but like a tattoo on the heart, absolute love creates a lasting burn.
Quinn has kept a tight rein on her emotions, but with the passing of her mother, the foundation she’s built begins to crack. Will seeing Liam again crumble her fortress to the ground, uncovering the flame that still burns? Or will it extinguish the fire forever?
Liam’s tough exterior and resentful demeanor hides more than a wounded heart. He’s tormented by guilt over what happened to Quinn—and the secret he kept, even from her. But revealing his secrets would require unearthing the all-consuming monster he keeps caged in the darkest part of his soul, the one that threatens to devour him.
When they’re given a second chance, will they let go of their fear and pride and let the flame between them become one?
Or will the heat burn them both?
My Take On The Book:
I don’t know why I’m ever surprised that the books by Allie are this good. She just never ceases to amaze me with her ability to create such an amazing world with characters you genuinely love and want the best for. The story of Liam & Quinn stuck with me since reading a snippet of it during Josh’s story. I was already half in love with these characters that it was easy to take the plunge by the end of chapter 2. I loved the flashes between the past and the present and how they flowed seamlessly together melding both timelines to create a flawless tale of a love so strong it survives years of separation and horrible situations. And while the flashback thing isn’t something so rare in novels such as this, it was still very important to understanding these characters and learning what makes them tick. It was beautiful.
I also find it funny how both Quinn and Sophie were jealous of Adrienne. It pretty much made my day when reading it. Originally I had planned on reading just a few chapters and going to sleep but the story kept pulling me in deeper and deeper till I had finished it entirely. Luckily for me, since I had to be up pretty early the next day, it’s a fast read, taking place within 3 days of each other with the few mentioned flashback chapters, so I finished the book within 2 hours.
It was a completely beautiful story with such raw and real characters you can’t help but fall in love with them. I would have like a lengthier read but I’ll take my romance where and how I can get it regardless of length. ;) This book was NOT short of the awe moments we all crave in these novels and even more whoa moments that round off the steamy scenes. A definite must read. One that can and should be read with a nice glass of wine.
About The Author
Allie Juliette Mousseau is a USA Today Bestselling author.
She can always be found writing, playing in puddles with her children, hiking with her husband, or adventuring somewhere in the world. Her favorite place to write on warm days is outdoors, but when the weather gets too cold, she'll be inside at her desk inspired by the mountain view from her home office in Montana where she lives with her loving husband, children, and golden retriever. She loves to travel and lived for three years in her RV with her family while visiting the national parks and forests of the U.S. and a couple Canadian provinces. She is excited to add all of Canada and Alaska in the near future!
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