Monday, November 11, 2013


Title: Ignite (#1, Explosive Series)

Author: Tessa Teevan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2013


By: Tessa Teevan
Published By: Tessa Teevan
Released : Available Now
Details : Digital for honest review, 322 Pages


Blurb : Goodreads

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.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle: 

I thought this was a great start to this series for debut author Tessa Teevan. I did enjoy her story about getting a second chance at love and taking that chance and not wasting it. None of us know how long we have on this planet, so we need to not let a second chance slip through our fingers.

Jace McAllister knows that more than anyone. He is a very likable character who wears his heart on his sleeve.

He leans down and gives me a soft kiss.
"Baby, you're everything."

"I'm on the pitching mound and you're my perfect game. It will never get better than you. No matter how many times I try to duplicate it, I know that it will never , ever happen. And now that I have a second chance, I'm not going to let you go as easily as I did back then."

"Alexa, you never have to be afraid to get ahold of me. Day, night, rain, sun - hell, even snowstorm- I'm yours."

Alexa is a great character. I really liked how she shared her love for Tyler with the reader and her loss. I understood her need to not rush into things with Jace. He understood this too and was incredibly patient with her. 

I have to be honest and say, I still do not understand how Jace could have been best friends with Alexa, and not have told her about going away. It kind of didn’t make sense. I know it was the plot driver for where he went and it aided in the why of their decade of separation, but I needed it to be a more solid reasoning as it was the catalyst for them being separated. It didn’t make sense why Jace did that to himself. I get he had a career he wanted but to not tell his best friend. His mother was best friends with Alexa's mum. They talked on facebook. Why wouldn't they discuss where Jace was going with each other? 

I didn’t like the way Alexa played with Jace’s feelings over silly things like, making him jealous over Brady. Jace was really laying it all out on the table and a few times she joked about noticing the look in Jace’s eyes and she let him suffer a bit longer than necessary. I thought it was a bit insensitive, immature. She is 27 years old going on twenty eight.

I really shouldn't exploit his jealousy, but it's irrational, so I don't mind messing with him for a little bit.

Brady is a really great sidekick character. Totally dug him and what a hell of a sweetie pie, thoughtful and just there for Alexa.

"Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey would've been perfect. I'm devastated he dropped the role," he laments, and I completely agree.

I agree with you too Brady.

"And Brady, don't you dare bring Steel Magnolias over to my house again. If I have to sit there and listen to you blubber in your wine glass one more time..." I warn him as he grins at me.

I think Brady and I could be friends. Ha!

Thank God for Sierra in this book, she really is the glue. Where Alexa can be frustrating at times with her behavior, as we know what the outcome will be anyway, Sierra just takes the bull by the horns and directs Alexa. Jeremy her husband was another good sort too. I really liked this couple. No games. Totally loved up. Keeping it real. Keeping it in the family.

It is a foregone conclusion to this book Jace and Alexa getting their HEA . We know what is going to happen. It is inevitable. I think I would have liked more depth to the story line along the way.  I thought there was a lot of sex, once you get into the book. They were rabbits. Now, I am not complaining,  but it could have almost been too much. Not saying it wasn’t smexi. I am not a prude by a long shot, lol! But, I would have liked some of that rabbit time spent on a deeper plot or more action , or something to shake the story up. We get such a short part of the story that was shaken up.

I really like the sound of Knox who is a good friend of Jace’s. I liked the tit bit Tessa gave us with his lost love. It intrigues me, because at first I thought he just wasn’t into women, or relationships. Tessa has given us a layer to look under in Incinerate # 2. This I liked. I thought he was rather poetic.

I am looking forward to Knox's story, I think the little bit we got of him in this book was enough to make me want to read his story.

I can see other readers are throwing 4 and 5 stars at this book and that makes me happy that others are really excited about it.



I nod, and she makes her way down the hall that I now see is lined with photographs. My stomach tightens, but I figure that I need to get this over with if I’m going to be staying here. I walk towards them, stopping at the first picture. I’m guessing it’s from the day they first met, the time she told me about, because she’s giving him a playful frown while he’s grinning at her like he’s already half in love with her, which, to be honest, he probably was. I feel a slight twinge as I take in the picture, knowing that at that moment he had no idea how short of a life he was going to have with her. Hell, he probably wouldn’t have even cared, as long as he had her while he could.

Shaking the thought out of my head, I browse each one. There are candid shots of them mixed throughout professional ones from events such as her graduation, Sierra and Jeremy’s wedding, and what looks like an engagement party. As I pass each picture, it’s becoming more real to me that she had a whole separate life before we reconnected. Strangely, I’m not bothered by it, seeing how happy she looks in these pictures, even though it was with another man and not me. I’ll admit that I was a little worried when she told me about their fighting, but looking at these pictures? I know Ty made her a happy woman, and I’m grateful that she had that while she could. Do I wish it had been me? Fuck yes, but what can you do?

Coming to the last picture, I’m breathless as the image of Alexa in a wedding dress enters my vision. I’m moving in for closer inspection when she comes out of her room, stopping when she catches me. Her hand covers her mouth as she closes her eyes for a split second. She swallows hard before walking towards me. She reaches out her hand as if to touch my arm before pulling it back, obviously thinking better of it.

“Jace, I… This is probably awkward, I’m sorry. I just… I wasn’t expecting you, and I don’t…” She trails off as she stares at the wall, glancing at the picture before turning her eyes towards the floor.

About the Author

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.

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