Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sometimes life leaves a mark…
Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.
Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.
Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.
Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…
Publishes in US: June 16th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
Genre: NA contemp
Series? Frigid #2
My review Frigid
** Audience alert: this is a new adult book. It does contain sex scenes that aren't fade to black. If you are under 18, get your parent's advice if this is a book for you.
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I love Jennifer's writing and pre-ordered this ages ago. She writes with humor and her characters are amazing and I connect so easily with them. Her romances are scorching especially in the NA category and I can't wait to see how she writes a hot firefighter and this new female lead.
I liked Andrea, though it was obvious she was in a lot of pain. She drinks a lot and has to take pills to sleep. We see the vulnerability when the usually easy going banter between her and Tanner. There is tension between them but until the book started, its always been words, but now she's danced with him and given him a kiss, albeit on the cheek. They both find each other attractive but there has been the animosity because she sees him as a player and he sees her as someone who drinks too much.
I like Tanner, especially when we are in his perspective. He is legit worried about her and he does sweet things like help her fend off grabby hands, take her to her apartment and watch over to make sure she doesn't get sick.
We get to check in with Kyler and Syd and Tanner and Andrea are about to go to a cabin in West Virginia with them, although a different one than all went down in Frigid.
Tanner and Andrea get into some fights about how much she drinks, and she doesn't really acknowledge that it is a problem for her. She writes off her insecurities, and reasons that she could stop when and if she wanted to. It isn't until the end and some pretty scary consequences that really help her to accept and want help. To won up to that she makes bad decisions surrounding drinking, and that she has some imbalances that aren't helped by alcohol.
I appreciate her character growth and how she finally accepted that she had some problems, but that doesn't make her any less of a person. She began to value her friendship with Syd more, as well as putting the romantic advances with Tanner on hold while she works on herself. I like how he learns more about what she's going through and how he speaks up even about hard issues instead of ignoring.
The hope and change in characters made the ending wonderful, and I loved their journey together and the place that they ended up.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you like opposite sex in uniform?