Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Audiobook Review - In Flames by Jessica Jayne @JessicaJayne13 @CaffeinatedPR

In Flames by Jessica Jayne
Narrated by Joe Arden & Samantha Cooke
Publisher: Jessica Jayne
Publication Date: November 9, 2018
Date Read: November 23, 2018
Length:  5 hours 38 minutes
Source: Caffeinated Services
Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and knew that came with risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early 30s with two children to care for on her own. Even though her marriage to Chad Riley had its difficulties, dealing with the last year without him has not been easy. Her brother-in-law, Matt, has been the rock that has kept her from collapsing or imploding.

As a Mason Ridge fireman, Matt Riley had been at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed. For the last year, Matt has suffered from survivor’s guilt and drank himself into oblivion. His sister-in-law, Gracelyn, supported him, lending him a shoulder to cry on. Her friendship has pulled him through time and time again until he finally sobered up.

With the one-year anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt turn to each for support and comfort. What they didn’t expect was to realize that their feelings for each other go beyond the solid friendship they share. Can they overcome the guilt and the scrutiny of their family and friends to find love together?
My Review

I thought that this was really good.  I have enjoyed Jessica Jayne's work in the past so I was really excited to get started with this new book.  This was a rather short listen that I was able to finish in just a couple of sessions.  I ended up having a great time with this satisfying love story.

This romance has a rather unique set up.  At the start of the story, we see Gracelynn lose her husband and Matt loses his brother.  Gracelyn and Chad's marriage wasn't perfect but there were working on it and they did care about each other.  Matt has spent his life in Chad's shadow.  After his death, Matt has done everything that he can to help Gracelyn and the children cope with the loss. 

On the one year anniversary of Chad's death, things change for Gracelyn and Matt and they realize that their feelings for each other have evolved into something more intense.  They know that nobody would accept a relationship between them so they do their best not to let anything serious happen but they can't hide what they feel for each other.

I thought that Gracelyn and Matt were great together.  These two had a ton of chemistry and there were quite a few scenes that were full of heat.  I like that they have a long history together and that things have evolved over time.  Gracelyn knew exactly what she wanted and wasn't afraid to let anyone know.  Matt was such a good guy who seemed to really be trying to do what was in everyone's best interest. 

I read a lot of romance and it seems to me that a lot of time the big obstacle that the couple needs to overcome really isn't all that big of a deal.  This book was different because I really understood the obstacle that Gracelyn and Matt were facing.  The steps that they took to keep everyone's feelings in mind while they navigated their new relationship seemed really authentic to me. 

I thought that Joe Arden and Samantha Cooke did a great job with this audiobook.  I think it was a really good choice to use a dual narrator format for this story and I thought that both of the narrators brought a lot of emotion into the story.  I had no problem listening to this book for hours at a time. 

I would recommend this romance to others.  It was a quick read that felt very authentic and was full of emotions.  I wouldn't hesitate to read more from Jessica Jayne in the future.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Caffeinated Services.
About the Author

Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the stories floating around in her head!

Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She’s a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!

In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure.


  1. I am sleepy, it took ages to see what the cover was, firehoses! I thought it was a dragon, lol.

    1. you must be really tired... but I am too, I kept seeing a snake on the guy

  2. Thank you Carole and yes I agree the conflict was heartfelt.

  3. That sounds like my kind of read. Thanks for the great review.

  4. it's great that the audio and the story were good!

  5. You are so right about needing to see a conflict as being a true one when buying into a romance. So glad this one offered a strong story and a pair worth rooting for. I like those narrators, too. I'll have to put this one on my list.

  6. Glad this was good for you. I love that the cover messed with so many. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. It does sound like a really short read but a nice cute, sweet story as well. It's surprising how loss and grief is what unites the couple. It just all sounds really smooth and not too overdramatic which is what I like in my romance sometimes.

  8. I thought about getting this one because it sounds great. Excellent review. I like Joe Arden also. Anne - Books of My Heart


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