Release Blitz/Reviews/Giveaway: Fusion: Tessa Teevan

Fusion (Explosive #5)
Tessa Teevan
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Expected October 30, 2015

Where do babies come from? The question every parent dreads hearing has finally fallen from the lips of six year old Ava Banks, the curious, precocious little girl that you fell in love with in Ignite. Jeremy and Sierra, normally blunt as can be, struggle to find the right words to answer her. So instead, they rewind sixteen years to that one fateful day where a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven inevitably led to life-long romance filled with laughter, love, and many, many mishaps along the way.

Falling in love with your best friend? It's the most incredible thing in the world. Let's just hope it lasts. When the world comes crashing down around you, can even the strongest relationship withstand great tragedy?

Stay tuned for lots of laughs, teenage awkwardness, a few tears, and most of all, mullets. Because what good love story doesn't do business in the front, and party in the back? 

**Fusion is standalone contemporary romance featuring side characters from Ignite. Ignite is currently on sale for 99 cents. 

Cover Models: Don Allen and Faith Danielle
Photographer: Kelsey Keeton at K. Keeton Designs
Cover Designer: Robin Harper at Wicked By Design

Tears glistened as she let out a disbelieving laugh. “And that’s the problem. You still see me as dirty eight-year-old playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The girl who played kickball, skinning her knees, and spitting into your hand. Which is okay. I’m not the girly-girl wearing skirts and worrying about having perfect makeup. I don’t flirt or act ladylike. At least, not to you. That’s not how we are. That’s not how we’ll ever be. I’m finally realizing that.”

I wanted to tell her that she was wrong. That I didn’t see her as an eight-year-old girl. That, even though I’d been a blind fool, my eyes had finally opened. I wanted to wax poetic about her long, beautiful hair and how much I loved running my fingers through it while watching our favorite shows. How the beautiful blue of her eyes was my favorite color and, if Crayola could capture it in a crayon, I’d buy every single box until I had a lifetime supply. And her lips. God, I wanted to profess how, ever since that day in biology, her lips had had me transfixed and I wanted nothing more than a taste. I hadn’t cared that there was dead frog cut open and splayed out on the table. The way she’d sucked her bottom lip between her teeth, gasping and cursing as she’d drawn blood, had thrown all my disgust over the frog out the window. All I could see was her. All I wanted was her.

I wanted to tell her all of that.

But I didn’t, and I would regret it for the rest of the summer.

“Sierra—” I began to protest, but she cut me off, giving me a warm, watery smile.

“It’s fine, Jeremy. I promise. I have no problem being the Tod to your Copper. Or the Joey to your Dawson. That’s who I am.” She hesitated for a moment. “That’s who I’ll always be. You’re my best friend, Jeremy. It’s okay that you don’t see my boobs. Hell, it’s probably better that way.”

My stomach plummeted, and if I was man enough to admit it, my eyes burned with an unexpected rush of tears. I stepped out of the sight so she couldn’t see me. She misinterpreted the move, but before I could find a single ounce of courage, she was waving goodbye and running into her house, leaving me there to watch her go.

Something I never wanted to do again.

It wasn’t until after Sierra had left for Ohio and I’d had a chance to reflect on her words that I realized what she’d said. Dawson and Joey, as of right then, weren’t even speaking. Copper and Tod had gone their separate ways, and even though their friendship remained, they were still apart for the rest of their lives.

I didn’t want to be Copper anymore. I sure as hell didn’t want to be Dawson.

But it was too late. I’d lost my chance. I’d missed my window. Sierra was gone, and there was nothing I could do about it.

Jenna was right.

I was an idiot.

I was unbelievable.

I was blind.

And, worst of all, I was alone.

This brings us the full story of Jeremy and Sierra Banks who we met in Ignite. This takes us back to when they were best friends as kids, then burgeoning teen love, marriage, and ultimately parents to the precocious Ava.  They were meant to be from the time they were eight years old and we see them grow together and learn to love. Their interactions were funny, sweet, with just enough snark to keep it interesting. It is a coming of age story of best friends and a slow burn towards more.

Jeremy was adorable as a young man and a bit goofy but swoony hero as he grew up. He knew what he wanted. He was not about to fold to peer pressure and he always had Sierra's best interests at heart. He had fears and insecurities that kept him from making the jump from friends to romance, but he was devoted to not losing Sierra from his life.

Sierra was kind, caring, funny and fit so well in his life from her tomboy years to her becoming a woman. She was also afraid for their friendship to change and afraid of rejection,  but Jeremy always had her heart. I loved their inside jokes, humor, understanding of each other, and the strong bond that they forged and protected.

They just had this connection that could not be faked or broken, but they had to figure out what they really meant to each other without risking that. I loved their fun banter, chemistry, and the easy going way they just balanced each other. These two illustrate the term soul mates so well. 

We also see more of the early years of Lexi, Jace, and Ty (Ignite) and Jeremy's twin sister Jenna and her beau Chris. We see their families and more of their history. It is a walk down memory lane that brings us more of their story and even some scenes from Ignite in a different point of view, but at the same time makes me want to go read Ignite again and enjoy more of Jace and Lexi's story  all over again. And it also gives us a glimpse of the present with some memorable moments happening. 

There are times when a low angst, heart felt book fits the bill. This one had me smiling, laughing and swooning, but also had some emotional impact. Sure there was some tension and miscommunication, and there were times I wanted to yell at Jeremy to just "Kiss the Girl!" but it was totally believable and understandable given how long they had known each other and how important they were to each other. There was definitely a build up of romantic and sexual tension. And as they got older they did have some more challenging, heartbreaking situations to face that caused more drama and emotion. But in those hard times it shows just how much they were meant to be together and how much they need each other. I loved these characters, getting both of their points of view, and seeing their present and past. This was a funny, emotional, sweet read full of love, laughter, and some tears.

And little Miss Ava Banks was just so precocious, mischievous, and cute that she steals all of the scenes she is in. There was even a little tease about Ava growing up...wonder if we might see her as a heroine in her own book someday...

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
This was a great way to end the Explosive series. It was a sweet set of memories, with just enough pain to make the sweet mean that much more. It was a great return to some favorite characters who have otherwise stayed in the relative background of the other stories.

Jeremy and Sierra have been together since they were 8 years old. Scheming to get Jace and Lexi together in Ignite, they are familiar characters, but their story is not as happy and easy as it looked to outsiders. The bumps these two faced along the way only served to strengthen the bond between them.

I struggled through parts of their high school years, but only because I am tired of high school angst and drama. Once past the high school years, the drama became more about what the couple had to face together rather than drama between them. The change was subtle, but paralleled the growing maturity of the characters as they developed from teenagers into adults.

This story had me in tears at times, and at others smiling at the warmth and love in this family. So much of this story has an “every family” kind of feel, in that the things Jeremy and Sierra face are things so many couples must face.

There were so many points along the way in this book that I wished I had time to reread Ignite just to refresh my memory of Jace and Lexi’s story and continue living with these characters for just a little bit longer. These characters are family, and it was great to get to spend time with them once again.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Explosive series
Ignite (Explosive #1) -  Amazon B&N 
Incinerate (Explosive #2) -  Amazon | B&N
Inflame (Explosive #3) - Amazon | B&N
Intoxicate (Explosive #4) - 
Amazon | B&N

The Wellingtons series 
(a spin off of the Explosive series)

Combust (The Wellingtons #1) - Amazon | B&N
Conflagration (The Wellingtons #2) - Amazon
 | B&N
Tessa Teevan_Author PhotoTessa Teevan   
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I'm a twenty something 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 have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.       

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. 

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