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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Ignite: Tessa Teevan


Ignite
Tessa Teevan
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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 with spinoff characters.



Excerpt

I look around the bar and immediately spot him. Holy shit, he’s even more gorgeous than before, I think as my eyes roam over him. My heart races like I’ve just run miles to get here, and my eyes cannot move from his. He looks just like Jace, but not the one I remember. He’s older, and rugged, not quite like the high school senior I remember. My eyes widen as I take in the bicep I’m pretty sure I couldn’t wrap my hand around. Hello muscles, I think as I try to force away the image of him hauling me up into his big arms and having his way with me. 


I shake the thoughts away as I sweep my eyes over the rest of him. He’s wearing a plain black t-shirt that showcases the definition in his arms, and I can’t look away. I swear he flexes a little when he sees me looking as I witness a thick vein stretching across his forearm. I can see the beginnings of a tattoo peeking out from under his right sleeve, and I’m dying for further inspection. His dark hair is buzzed short in a standard military-style cut and his jaw is more squared than I remember. His full lips attract my attention as he wraps them around the beer bottle he’s taking a drink from, and I involuntarily shudder at the memory of where those lips have touched me. 


His blue eyes penetrate mine as he’s watching me, but his face is blank, so I have no idea if he even recognizes me. Bullshit, he knows exactly who you are. His eyebrows are drawn together, and I watch him take a deep breath as he plays with his beer bottle. Ryan sets me on the ground, and I take this chance to look down and turn away from him. I barely register what Ryan and Jeremy are talking about when Sierra grabs my hand and drags me to the bar.


"I told you once and I'll tell you again. I'll always come back to you."


They had a connection and friendship that meant everything. One night changed it all and left them reeling. And a series of circumstances kept them apart for ten years. A reunion and a little sisterly manipulation brings them back together. And ten years of longing, regret and wondering come to the surface. 


Jace...what a sweetheart. He knew what he had lost and had no doubt he wanted her back. Now, Lexi had doubts. She has already lost her two loves of her her life, so getting another chance with the first one was frightening and worrisome. But she and Jace still felt right. 


“Do you know how many times I’ve thought about doing this for the last ten years? Do you know how much it’s killed me not to have you? To know that someone else had his hands on you? I can’t hold it in much longer, Alexa. I need to touch you. I need to taste you. I need you, more than you could ever imagine.”


Together they were sweet, passionate, and had feelings that never really disappeared. They had a deep connection, friendship, and understanding of one another. They just fit. But their lives have built in complications. He is a soldier. She is afraid of loss. Time, distance, and fears cause tension and indecision. 

I adored Jace...everything about him. His devotion, humor, charisma, intensity, patience, and determination to finally get the girl he has always longed for. He was totally swoon worthy! Lexi made me want to shake her at times due to her fears and insecurities, but they were understandable based on her history. But she was also a genuinely nice, strong,  and likable person, just skittish. 

"Alexa, I've never forgotten about you. I've never had a connection with any other woman like the one you and I had--that I know we still have. You were it for me. My homerun. My grand slam. My perfect game. I've never, I will never, ever want anyone but you."

Can she fully open her heart again knowing she could lose him all over again?

I had to laugh at the side characters: her nosy sister Sierra, Brother-on-law Jeremy, spunky little niece Ava , and her best friend Brady. They were the characters providing comic relief and kicking Lexi in the ass when needed. While also trying to protect her as needed. And his friend and fellow soldier, Knox is intriguing. We got a taste of his past and his story will be book 2: Incinerate. 

This was a sweet, complicated, second chance love story. It was quite steamy. I have to admit I kind of got a little distracted from the story at time because of all of the sex scenes. I guess because they went so long without having it, it really did ignite when they were finally together. But there were deep emotions too. They felt so much in the past but never got to really explore it, then lost it for so long, that when it was rekindled,  it was quite explosive and all consuming. 

It was told in both Lexi's and Jace's points of view. You got to feel their emotions and fears. The story flowed effortlessly, was well written, and the characters were well developed and likable. It was funny, heartbreaking, emotional, nerve wracking and romantic. A wonderful debut and start of a series from Tessa Teevan.

Thanks to Tessa Teevan for providing me an arc in exchange for an honest review. 

I'm a twenty six year old book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and am married to a guy 15 inches taller than me. We're quite the pair! We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats. 

I've been reading since I was a kid. My mom was a librarian, so it was a given. Heck, she even made sure we watched Wishbone instead of the Smurfs. In 2011 when I graduated from college, my mom bought me a Nook, and then in the summer of 2012 I found this amazing site called Goodreads. I was introduced to so many amazing indie/self-published authors. After reading almost 400 books that year, my husband gave me the push to finally sit down and write my own. It was a rocky start, but over time the words started flowing and I couldn't get Jace and Lexi out of my head. 

If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter. 

I LOVE to hear from readers, so please feel free to contact via any social media site.
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Giveaway (11/11 – 11/18)
GRAND PRIZE – Kindle Paperwhite
(5) Signed Paperbacks of Ignite (US Only)
(1) eBook copy of Catch My Fall by Ella Fox
(1) eBook copy of Fraternizing by C.C. Brown
(1) eBook copy of Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills
(1) eBook copy of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
(1) eBook copy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
(1) eBook set of A Beautiful Lie and Because of You by T.E. Sivec
(10) $5 Amazon Gift Cards
(1) Signed Paperback of The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines (US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines (US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of Just For Now by Abbi Glines (US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of Slammed by Colleen Hoover (US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover (US Only)
(1) Signed Paperback of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (US Only)



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