Sunday, June 22, 2014

Burn For Me (Secrets & Shadows 0.5) by Shiloh Walker

Scarred long ago by the disappearance of his mother, Nichole, Tate Bell aches to spend his days and nights with Ali Holmes, a woman he’s loved for years. But while Ali’s heart pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations... Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with Nichole right before she left the house—and was never heard from again. Ali thinks that Tate's unresolved anger is a force to be reckoned with...even though the heat that blazes between them is undeniable. Now both Tate and Ali are left to wonder: Can love really conquer all?

Type: Contemporary Romance, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Sexy, sweet and full of steam. Just what I expect from Shiloh Walker! Burn for Me was a little heartbreaking but at the same time a completely heartwarming glimpse inside the life of Tate as he hits a crossroads in his life. One where he has to decide if holding on to his childhood traumas and anger will keep him from the woman he loves and a future he desperately needs with her and her sons. It's a quick read--only about 80 pages--but pretty satisfying.

I really liked both Tate and Ali. The story starts up mid relationship. They've been friends with benefits for a while now but they have an agreement. It's just physical and can't be anything more. Hearts though can't be denied and even though neither has admitted how much they care for the other it's clear as day and something's got to give. They either move forward or need to call it quits.

I really felt for Tate as his world was rocked in more ways than one. By his fear of having a relationship with Ali--and oh his reasoning totally killed me-- and as more than a decades worth of anger and suspicion over his mother's disappearance are challenged and he has to overcome everything he's believed and that may just be wrong. Tate really grows and makes amend for his ways and was good guy under it all. One that may not have been able to admit his love out loud but let it show in other ways. His struggles so tugged at my heart. I could really understand Ali and her frustrations and hopelessness of having more with Tate too tohugh. How hard it would be to be in love with someone and not think they could love you back. The two definitely had some hurdles but oh I liked them together and seeing them get past it all.

Burn for Me is pretty steamy and starts with a bang--literally--since the two are friends with benefits and really enjoy each other. Things move at a nice clip and have a slight suspenseful or mystery feel to them. Tate and Ali had some nice chemistry going and dang I would have loved spending more time with them instead of just getting this quickie glimpse. I am curious to see what will happen with the series and how it'll play out after his sibling's stories are told in a couple novellas prior to the first full length story happening. I'm hoping some of the loose ends--like what really happened to his mom--will be uncovered along the way. This one definitely has me curious.

**Note--I do think this one is way overpriced for length. $2.99 for 80 pages is pretty dang steep. Personally I'd put it on my wishlist and wait until a 99cent price drop.

Have you read Walker? Have a favorite?
Do you enjoy romance where they're already a couple when the story starts?

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