Before you sit down with this book, make sure you 1. are in a nice comfy spot where you can stay for several hours and 2. have a box of tissues close by. Once you get started on this heart wrenching story, you will not be able to stop. And the tears will flow. A lot.
The majority of this book is told from Reed's point of view, which I absolutely loved. I'm a total sucker for always being in the guy's mind. However, I was frustrated with Reed. At first he fights his attraction to Auburn, not wanting to cross that line. It sort of seems to the reader that there is more going on in his life that we are unaware of. When Reed finally realizes that he and Auburn are inevitable, he insists on keeping their relationship a secret, which I totally get. But as it continues on for weeks then months, I began to doubt he will ever file for a divorce.
Auburn was an amazing, caring and patient young woman. She wanted to be with Reed, no matter what, and was willing to keep things hush hush while he figures his shit out. But it is also obvious that it is taking a toll on her. This left me so anxious and antsy, expecting it to all blow up at any minute.
When all of Reed's truths are finally revealed, to say I was shocked is an understatement. This book had my emotions all over the place and had a firm grip on my heart from start to finish. A Beautiful Burn indeed and another great emotional story from Adriane Leigh.
|"Just try to deny that what I'm doing to you right now isn't exactly what you want on every level."|
|"I'm trying not to throw you over this table and fuck you until you can't see straight."|
**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Title: Beautiful Burn
Author: Adriane Leigh
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
I've broken him, bent him, and burned him, and each fevered moment was worth every ounce of pain.
Auburn Lawrence has loved her English teacher, Reed West, since she was fourteen. Through brainstorming stories, reading classic literature, and plenty of fiery banter, they've forged a bond that neither of them expected.
Propelled by a chance encounter after her graduation, they discover just how deep their connection runs, but love requires more than chemistry to flourish. They spend three electrifying summer months discovering each other under a veil of forbidden passion and desperate lust before they learn that the unattainable is often destined to remain exactly that.
By the time temperatures dip and snowflakes fly, their relationship will face a deep freeze that threatens to snap the bond they thought they shared, shattering their lives one secret at a time.
Intended for mature audiences.
About the Author
Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore. She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.
Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.