Monday, November 12, 2018

Review - Fireworks by Sarina Bowen @SarinaBowen

Fireworks by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #6
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Date Read: November 10, 2018
Length: 306 pages
Source: Author/Publicist
★★★★☆
Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map.

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong?

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.

A quick trip. In and out. Much like - never mind. She can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and slide back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.

But things go sideways the moment she steps over the county line. Her stepsister is running from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke Skye’s teenage heart.

His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.

Things are about to go boom.
My Review

I loved this book!  This is the sixth book in the True North series but it could easily be read as a stand-alone.  I haven't read all of the books in the series and have kind of jumped around a bit so I think that this is one of those series that is fine to jump in anywhere you want.  Just know that once you do get started, you are probably going to want to read them all.  Benito has played a role in some of the earlier books and I was really excited to read his story and ended up having a fantastic time with it.

I have come to realize that I am a big fan of second chance romances.  Benito and Skye definitely deserve their second chance and I was so happy to see them make it happen.  I loved the fact that this book shows us what happened back when they were teenagers along with the present day.   I think that the two timelines worked really well at telling the full story between this pair. 

Skye is forced to take some vacation time from her job with a new station in New York after drawing something that resembles a male appendage on the traffic map live on the air.  Her stepsister talks her into coming to Vermont and before long she learns that things are a lot more complicated with her stepsister than she originally thought.  Skye has to turn to the local detective, Benito, for help.

I loved Benito and Skye together.  They both still have intense feelings for each other that they have been trying to ignore for twelve years.  Skye had a very difficult time at home as a teenager and Benito was always trying to protect her.  Some of the events from Skye's past still haunt her and have a huge impact on her present-day life.  These two had some things to work through but I loved seeing it happen.  Benito was extremely patient and seemed to know just what to say at the most important times.  There was a ton of chemistry between these two but it was also very obvious how much they both cared about each other. 

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This was a romance filled with strong chemistry, intense emotions, a lot of heat, and even a few moments of humor.  I can't wait to read more of this fantastic series very soon!

I received a digital review copy of this book from the author/publicist.
The Series - True North

Book #1 - Bittersweet - My Review
Book #2 - Steadfast
Book #3 - Keepsake
Book #4 - Bountiful - My Review
Book #5 - Speakeasy - My Review
Book #6 - Fireworks
About the Author

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

Author Link:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

26 comments:

  1. SO many others I want to try one day! Bowen being one of them

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    1. I really like Bowen and hope you get a chance to read her soon!

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  2. it isn't her fault for the lousy traffic, but i guess that is a great start to a very interesting story

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  3. Yay, to a well written second chance romance.

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  4. That's an author I heard so much about but I haven't tried any of her books. I really need to!

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  5. I really need to get back to reading this series, I read Bittersweet which was pretty good. I love Sarina Bowen as an author though.

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    1. I thought Bittersweet was very well done. I do need to read a couple of books from the series though.

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  6. This one is on my TBR, so I'm glad to see you liked it. I think the idea of why she is on leave is pretty freaking hilarious! And man, Vermont is my heaven. It's so stunning there. But I can imagine lots of town history taking that away if I grew up there.

    Great review! :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy this one once you get the chance to read it!

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  7. I read Bittersweet but haven't picked up a book in this series since. High time I did!

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  8. Second chance romances rate high on my list. There is just something about getting another shot at doing it right, and I loved Benito, and really am happy Bowen gave him his HEA.

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    1. I thought that this was the perfect HEA for Benito!

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  9. I've read The Accidentals and I have the first book in this True North as a freebie so I've barely started with this author. I thought The Accidentals was very well written. I have to try the other books of hers I have. Glad you loved it. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  10. This sounds so good! I'm a sucker for any kind of romance, but second chances are always nice because the characters already have some sort of history. So, it's not going to be insta-love.

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    1. I really like second chances when the breakup wasn't really something that could be avoided. This one was really well done.

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  11. I love a second chance romance though I'm a little leery as I don't always love how it's done. This sounds really good and like a series I need to try!

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    1. This second chance is done well. They split up because of circumstances outside of their control the first time so another chance was very much deserved.

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  12. I giggled at how poor Skye lost her job, but looks like that misfortune turned out for the best after all!

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    1. I couldn't imagine having something like that happen on TV for the world to see.

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  13. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, Carole! I like a good second chance romance too. The description of this one made me laugh a bit at first. It sounds like it will not only be intense, but witty as well.

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    1. I loved that this book was able to work some humor in with the more serious moments. I am just loving this series.

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