New Release!! 5 Star review of Torch by Karen Erickson

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Torch by Karen Erickson
Release Date: August 16th
Series: Wildwood #3
Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

Tate Warren has never met a woman he couldn’t charm—until now.

Wren Gallagher won’t give him the time of day and it’s making him crazy.

But he won’t give up without a fight… because there’s one thing he knows for sure:

Enemies make the best lovers.

Most women swoon over Tate’s devilish grin and firefighter uniform. But Wren couldn’t be less impressed by his good looks and flirtatious banter—in fact, she seems to downright despise him. She thinks he’s a player, but his attraction to her is no game. Wren is unlike anyone he’s ever known and he isn’t about to let the feisty, gorgeous woman slip through his fingers.

Wooing Wren would be so much easier if she didn’t hate him…

Or does she?

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My Review:

5/5 Stars!!

I don’t very often give 5 stars.  If I do, it’s because I feel the book is something special.  I think Torch just had something different, special, good.

If you have not read the previous two books in the series, you don’t have too, they are all stand alones.  However, I highly recommend reading them.  Then go and grab yourself a copy of this book.

Briefly, Wren and Tate have a tenuous relationship.  He loves to tease and flirt with her, make suggestive comments and drive her crazy.  Wren gives as good as she gets and Tate does not get an inch with her.

Wren’s two best friends are happily in love with Wren’s two older brothers.  Her younger brother is in love.  She is the only single on in the group…besides Tate.  After a chance meeting at the local bar one night, Wren finds it hard to fight her attraction to Tate.

So, here’s the thing.  Wren is great.  She is sassy, insecure, fun and she is one of the most realistic female characters I’ve read in a long time.  She’s not perfect and she doesn’t try to be.  Tate is almost too good to be true, but that’s okay, a book boyfriend is supposed to be near perfect.

If you have read my reviews of the previous books in the series, you would have read my mention of this pesky arsonist who has terrible timing.  Well, his (or her) timing in this book was impeccably perfect.  That’s all I’m going to give you on that, because I refuse to spoil.  Suffice it to say, the arsonist is still on the loose, but I am ninety percent positive I have figured out who it is.  You hear me, Karen Erickson!  🙂

Torch is my favorite of the the Wildwood series book.  I love Tate and Wren.  The story line is great and the writing is fantastic and real.

I highly recommend Torch!

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Buy Links:

Amazon US / Amazon UK

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson is a firm believer in romance and happily ever afters. The author of too many contemporary romance books to count, she lives in central California on 14 acres of property with her husband, three kids, one dog and too many cats. Being a romance writer and bringing her characters to life is her greatest dream come true.

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4 Star Review of Smolder: The Wildwood Series by Karen Erickson

 

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Smolder by Karen Erickson

Release Date: June 21st, 2016

Series: Wildwood #2

 

 

 

Blurb:

Lane Gallagher wants Delilah Moore – bad.

 

He’s imagined the sexy brunette in his bed more times than he can count.

 

She’s everything he’s ever wanted, but the only problem is…

 

She’s his brother’s ex.

 

For years, the stoic sheriff’s deputy has fantasized about the sweet, bubbly dance teacher who stirs his deepest desires. But Lane’s too loyal to ever move in on forbidden territory and he knows that while he can look, he definitely can’t touch. Fighting his attraction to Delilah is nearly impossible, but the infuriating-and incredibly sexy-woman seems determined to drive him crazy.

 

And she’s bringing him to his knees. One smoldering kiss at a time.

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29214305-smolder

 

Pre-order Links:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1N0zQt1

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1NUw5jm

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My Review:

Rating:  4/5 stars!

 

Smolder is most definitely an appropriate title for this second book in the Wildwood Series.

Lane Gallagher is a sexy, gruff, loner who has lusted after Delilah Moore since they were teenagers.  Delilah has always had a thing for the sexy Lane, but he has always blown her off.  Lane ignores his desire for Delilah because he doesn’t think he’s the man for her and she used to date his younger brother.

I love romances that involve long simmering feelings.  They make for the best slow burn build-up to some hot romance.  Despite her persistence, Lane has all but ignored Delilah over the years.  Even with Delilah in danger, he denies his feelings.  But, Delilah is persistent and finally he gives in.  There is this really awesome scene involving dinner and post-dinner activities.

The interaction between Lane and Delilah is good, really good.  They are already familiar with each other, so there is no wasting time getting to know each other.  Their backstory is explained, however, but not overly done.  The slow burning build up to that moment when Lane finally recognizes his feelings are what they are is agonizing in a good way.  When it finally happened, I swear I let out a little cheer.

The only real criticism I have is that I wish Lane would have been a little less recluse-like.  He has very little interaction with other characters outside of Delilah, which maybe wason purpose, but I felt he wasn’t developed as well as he could have been.

Overall, this is a great book with one heck of a romantic happy ending.

Oh and if you have read my review of book 1, the pesky arsonist is still interrupting sexy times.  🙂

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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson is a firm believer in romance and happily ever afters. The author of too many contemporary romance books to count, she lives in central California on 14 acres of property with her husband, three kids, one dog and too many cats. Being a romance writer and bringing her characters to life is her greatest dream come true.

 

IGNITE, her newest release, is the first in her new Wildwood series with Avon Impulse.

 

 

Connect with Karen:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/karenericksonwritesromance/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3198951.Karen_Erickson

Amazon: http://amzn.to/237gUdT

Website: http://karenerickson.com

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