Review and Excerpt Tour: The Fire in You: J. Lynn

Fire in You (Wait for You #6)
J.Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Expected November 28, 2016

From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

“You tired?”
“Um…” I was so articulate.
His grin returned. “If not, I thought maybe we could share a…drink.”
“I…I don’t have anything good to drink. I mean, I have a bottle of wine that’s unopened, but it’s like the cheap wine that really doesn’t do anything other than give you a headache,” I rambled on, pulse pounding. “I also have some soda and coffee, but—”
“Water or soda would be fine,” he said with a laugh.
I opened my mouth and my lips moved wordlessly for a few seconds. “Are you wanting to…wanting to come in?”
“Yeah. I’m wanting to come in, Jillian.”
He wanted to come in, and my mind took that down a long and dirty road. I looked up at him and I had to crane my neck, because he was standing that close. A sudden thick tension sprung alive, filling the tiny space between us. Our gazes locked once more. Neither of us moved or spoke. His lips parted on a quick, shallow inhale. My chest rose in a deep, shaky breath. What was happening here? I didn’t know, but I wasn’t completely naïve. He was looking at me in a way he hadn’t when we were younger, and that didn’t make sense.
And I had a feeling if I let Brock in, I would begin to see things that were there, and that was so dangerous for us—for me.
Wetting my lips, I looked away just as his gaze sharpened. “It’s really late.”
“It’s not too late,” he said in a voice that stretched my nerve endings.
My heart leapt into my throat. “I just…I don’t think it would be smart.”
One side of his lips kicked up. “Some of the best things start off as not being very smart. Like when I tried to rob your father.”
A surprised laugh burst out of me. “That wasn’t smart, and you’re lucky that worked out in your favor.”
“So true.” His head lowered, and I tensed, thinking that he just might be getting ready to do something really not smart.
He pressed a kiss to my forehead.
So not something a boss should do.
But I didn’t really care about that as I stood still before him.
His warm breath danced over my cheek and then it stirred the wisps of hair around my temple. “But you’re right.”
Relief and disappointment battled inside me as I found myself nodding jerkily. I let myself in, not daring to look at him as I closed the door behind me and locked it. Only then, as I rested my forehead against the door, did I realize his jacket was still draped over my shoulders.
“Shit,” I muttered.
Somewhere behind me, Rhage meowed pitifully.
I didn’t move, because a part of me was still out in the hall, standing there, seriously considering letting Brock in. And that part of me was an incredibly stupid part, because I was desperate to know what would’ve happened if I had let him in.
Jillian Lima has been just existing for the past six years...safe job, safe men, hiding out, and insulating herself from life. She had heartbreak and a traumatic event that left her with self esteem issues, fears, scars, and insecurities. But she has decided that she needs to start making changes and begin to live again. And she is starting by finally taking a job at her father's famous MMA Academy.

Brock "The Beast" Mitchell has led a busy life as a two time heavyweight champion. But he is now settling into a  business position within the company owned by the man that saved his life and helped him become a champion. He is alpha, smart, funny, and pushy. When he decides on a course of action, he does what he has to in order to make it happen.

Once upon a time Jillian and Brock were best friends and she had the world's biggest crush on him. But he was older and had his own agenda at the time. Circumstances tore them apart and she was left hurt and he was left feeling guilty. And they parted ways rather than deal with the repercussions. But now Brock is back in her life and is happy to push her into really being part of his life again.

He wants his friend back, but their chemistry starts heating up. She is afraid of getting hurt again and has a really hard time believing how attractive she is.  He still has lingering guilt and some secrets. Neither have really been living to their full potential due to their shared pasts and pain, and they have to find a way to let it go and trust that the other will be there as a safety net. 

They both have a fire in them and are survivors, but it was snuffed out due to guilt, loss, and the fall- out from the events in their past. But together they have the ability to stoke those embers, develop a slow burn, and perhaps finally experience the intensity and of a full and happy life. 

This is told in Jillian's point of view and she was an easy character to like. She has been through so much and she feels imperfect and flawed. But she is kind, smart, and has an inner strength about her. She has been in love with Brock since she was a child so he is hard to resist, especially when he puts on the charm. But she has understandable anxiety and fears.

Brock is cocky, charismatic, built, and has a good sense of humor. He's also got a deep and sensitive heart, and is protective and caring. It was impossible not to like him despite the fact that he made some mistakes.

She is trying to live a new life and challenge herself to take more risks.  But are his feelings based on real love or is he just trying to relieve his guilt and make up for the past?

I loved them together. They had a fun rapport, common interests, and a slow build of sexual tension and hot chemistry. This was a sweet, heartfelt, second-chance, friends-to-lovers story of  two people truly deserving of hope and happiness. But it was also an inspiring tale of finding self love, empowerment, opening up, letting go, and letting someone in. It was not very angsty. There were some minor present conflicts, but most was about both of them coming to terms with the past and their own issues and trying to move forward. It had enough humor, passion, and camaraderie to balance the negative situations that affected them.

My favorite part of this story was how it encompassed all of the couples we have come to love as they were all mentioned or featured in this one. It was like coming home and hanging out with a whole group of friends who have struggled, but have found their happy-ever-afters. I was a bit sad that this story did not have an epilogue, but in reality this book is also an extended epilogue for the whole series since we got to catch up with everyone. This was a great ending to this emotional, heartwarming, and passionate series.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Jillian Lima has been hiding from the life she thought she would have after a tragic accident changed everything, leaving her with physical scars and emotional heartache. An offer from her father has her facing the future for the first time in five years, stepping back into a position with the family gym she grew up around and looking forward to moving on with her life.

Brock “the Beast” Mitchell grew up rough. The Lima house was his safe haven and the bright spot that formed him into the man he is now. Jillian was his best friend, despite their age difference, until the night he let her down. He has carried the guilt and tried to move on, but he can’t really move on without her. Now that she’s back in his life he will fight to show her he is not the same man he was.

The chemistry between these two is off the charts. Even in Forever with You, it was clear there was something between them. Now that they have grown up, the fire builds from the moment they come face to face for the first time since Jillian left after the accident. But they both have secrets to deal with and fears to face.

They also have their shared past to deal with, as misunderstanding and unthinking caused so much pain for them. They are both survivors though, and their struggles give them an inner strength to tackle their present challenges.

Beyond the heat and hurt between them, it was fun to watch their friendship rebuild. Each meant so much to the other before they were estranged that it was only natural for that bond to develop again when they let down their walls.

It was so much fun to watch the other couples in the background that have come to mean so much to readers. As this is 5 years down the road, it is even more fun to see where the different couples are in their own lives. Some of the couples are closer to the action here, while others only receive mentions, but it was a nice way to round out the series.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Author PhotoJennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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