Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Consumed by You (Fighting Fire #3) by Lauren Blakely: Release Blitz Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

Consumed By You is the next book in the red-hot Fighting Fire Series. Consumed By You is Travis and Cara’s sexy love story.

She’s playing with fire…

Dog trainer Cara Bailey wants to find “the one,” but fantasizing about her sexy-as-hell client, firefighter Travis Jansen, is getting in the way. Her only option? Get the confirmed bachelor out of her system-in every position possible-so she can settle down with Mr. Right. Starting right now.

Travis doesn’t do relationships, so no matter how badly he wants the pretty little brunette, he keeps his distance. Until Cara goes and changes the game. She’ll fulfill all of his fantasies if he agrees to walk away when it’s over. But when the wildfire between them blazes out of control, it will consume everything-and everyone-in its path….





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Excerpt:

“So you want dog training and sex?” he asked, still sure he was hearing things—like, his wildest fantasies coming true.

“Yes. The perfect combo.”

“Okay. And not that I’m protesting, because let me make it clear, my answer is yes, fuck yes, and absofuckinglutely yes, but why the change?”

She let go of his hands to stand up, then sank back down, straddling him. Oh, hell. There went any breathing room in his jeans. His dick did its best approximation of a flagpole.

She cupped his shoulders, looking him square in the eyes. Being this close to her was dizzying, and an absolute rush. “Because, Travis, I can’t get you out of my head. Or my body. I went on a date the other night with the nicest guy around. I think there could be something real with him,” she said, and he bristled and nearly breathed fire. The image of her on a date with someone else made his gut twist. “But all I could think about when I was out with him was sleeping with you and all the ways I want to have sex with you.” His head was fever hot. A tremor of lust slammed into him, and he grasped her waist, digging his fingers into her hipbones.

“There are so many ways I want to have you, Cara,” he whispered, hot and rough against the delicate skin of her throat, savoring the way gooseflesh rose instantly on her skin.

“And that’s what I need. You gave me the best sex of my life, starting way back when we were in high school, which is crazy in and of itself. But so it goes, and no one compares to you. Not that I have a ton of experience, but the way I see it is, I will never be able to move on and have the dream— the white picket fence, and the family, and all those things I want—if I’m still thinking of how good it is with you.”

“Don’t forget about the time after college graduation on the picnic table in the woods by the river. And then that night three years ago when you were back in town for Alycia’s holiday party, and I kissed you under the mistletoe at the party after you sang that song, and you pulled me into a coat closet and insisted on having me right then and there,” he said.

She dropped her face into her hands. “See? That’s my point,” she muttered, and then looked up at him. “All those times are messing with my head. And I can’t seem to connect with anyone else because I’m hung up on you. So the only conclusion I can come to is, if I’m ever going to meet Mr. Right, I need to get Mr. Wrong out of my system.”

 
About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband,  and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.


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Review by Yvette:

It's rare for me to have complete and total trust in an author – to know that each book of theirs that I pick up will become an instant favorite – but Lauren Blakely is one such author. That’s why, when I started the third book in her Fighting Fire series, Consumed by You, I expected to encounter sexy firefighters, playful banter, and incomparably sensual love scenes. It was clear that Lauren Blakely had outdone herself once again when, after being less than ten percent into the book, I was furiously fanning my face and marveling over the combustible chemistry between protagonists, Travis and Cara. Of course, this sizzling introduction turned out to be tame in comparison to what’s to come…

Consumed by You brings together former lovers, Travis and Cara, who engage in a limited time, no-strings-attached affair in an effort to get each other out of their systems. Their desire for each other – the unadulterated need that draws them together – is so palpable you can't help but feel consumed by its intensity. The characters and the storyline are of course the main draw of the book, but I'd be lying if I said the love scenes weren't equally as crucial to the narrative. In some books, sex can often be gratuitous or thrown in for shock value, but I love that every scene in Consumes by You, romantic or otherwise, serves a specific purpose. Every word of every sentence exposes a different facet of Travis and Cara’s characters, and I felt as though I got to know them down to the minutest detail – their strengths and weaknesses as well as their thoughts and motivations.

Whether it’s the already established romantic connection between the characters or the echo of unresolved feelings, there’s just something about a second chance romance that tugs on my heartstrings. The physical connection between Travis and Cara is never in question, yet, when it came to their approach to life and love, they couldn’t have been more different. Cara is a bold, confidant woman who knows what she wants and pursues her desires with a fierce determination, while Travis is more cautious, approaching a situation in such a way as to leave no room for surprises. Differences aside, the two click on every level evidenced by the familiarity that’s in their every interaction. There’s an irresistible force pulling them together, but at the same time, there’s a tension between them that heightens the emotions whirling between them.

What I love about Consumed by You (and the Fighting Fire series as a whole), is that it’s a straightforward love story, focusing on the two protagonists and the development of their romantic relationship. It’s obvious from the start that Travis and Cara’s romance is barreling toward an inevitable conclusion, but it’s the excitement of the journey that kept me glued to each page. The second chance romance element added an extra layer of depth to the story and had me rooting for the couple’s happily ever after. Emotionally compelling, deliciously steamy, and hopelessly romantic, Consumed by You is a delightfully entertaining addition to the Fighting Fire series.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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