Fall in love with a Lauren Blakely romance, which NYT bestselling author Carly Phillips calls “The perfect blend of sexy and emotional, with sparks and heat!”
Dog trainer Cara Bailey wants to find "the one," but fantasizing about her sexy-as-hell client, firefighter Travis Jansen, is getting in the way. Her only option? Get the confirmed bachelor out of her system-in every position possible-so she can settle down with Mr. Right. Starting right now.
Travis doesn't do relationships, so no matter how badly he wants the pretty little brunette, he keeps his distance. Until Cara goes and changes the game. She'll fulfill all of his fantasies if he agrees to walk away when it's over. But when the wildfire between them blazes out of control, it will consume everything-and everyone-in its path...
Previously released on Entangled’s Brazen imprint (August 2015), now updated for a new readership!
Each book in the Fighting Fire series is STANDALONE:
* Burn for Me
* Melt For Him
* Consumed By You
About the Author
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs.
With more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers, her titles--including The Real Deal, Bigger Rock, and Most Likely to Score--have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller lists more than eighty times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. She enjoys comedies, cake and good company.
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Consumed by You (Fighting Fire)
A Fighting Fire Novel
By Lauren Blakely, Alycia Tornetta, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Lauren Blakely
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The dress she wore was pure torture.
Red, tight, and snug against every luscious curve of her body, it whispered to him in some kind of smoky, come-hither voice.
Take me off.
Travis would love nothing more than to answer that call, as he watched Cara move like a sensual, catlike creature on the dance floor, in those mile- high heels that had him wishing she were the kind of woman he could take home for the night.
He leaned his hip against the high metal table parked at the edge of the dance floor, enjoying his front row seat to the best view in the house. Her.
Cara was temptation herself this evening, her long, silky mane of black hair spilling down her back as those hips swayed in time to the low, pulsing bass that vibrated through the night club. He didn't have a clue how he was going to survive dog training lessons with her later that week, when it was hard enough being this near to her at their friends Smith and Jamie's joint bachelor and bachelorette party.
But, he reasoned, she'd be back to the T-shirt-and-jeans Cara, the hair-in-a-ponytail Cara in a few days, when they started teaching his new Jack Russell mix to sit, stay, and fetch.
That Cara would be easier for him to manage than this temptress, right?
He took a long pull on his beer, finishing it off as he considered his own question. The answer came quickly as he set down the empty bottle. Nah, it wouldn't be any easier. She was just as fucking hot during the day, walking dogs around their hometown of Hidden Oaks, as she was here tonight, dressed for sin in San Francisco.
A hand came down on his back. Travis turned to Smith, who thrust another beer at him. He'd been refilling drinks at the bar.
"How long what?"
Smith nodded to the crew of their friends on the dance floor. "How long before you actually make a move on Cara?"
"Why do you want to know?" Travis asked. No use pretending he hadn't been caught staring.
"Because I'm thinking of getting a pool going at the firehouse. I'm even going to put up a big old poster with squares," Smith said, spreading his arms out wide.
Travis arched an eyebrow, finally managing to pull his gaze away from Cara. "And what will these squares say?"
Smith mimed writing on a whiteboard. "One week from now," he said, tapping an imaginary square on the betting pool. "One year from now." Then another. "Never fucking ever," he said, stabbing his finger into the air. "And that's the one I'm putting my money on."
Travis laughed, talking above the loud music. "Why do you even care if I make a move?"
Smith clutched his chest. "Because it pains me to see a man ogling a woman like that and doing nothing about it."
"Who said I was going to do nothing about it? Maybe I just don't feel like telling you about all the plans I have up here," Travis said, tapping his skull, even though his friend was right — he hadn't been planning on doing a damn thing about Cara. "Plans that would make your betting pool obsolete."
He was bluffing, but he couldn't deny that Smith was onto something. Hell, it pained him, too, not to do a damn thing about this rampant attraction that wound him up like a coiled spring. His focus briefly wandered to the bar where Cara had joined Jamie in a round of shots. Somewhere out on the dance floor, Travis's sister, Megan, was snug up against the fire chief, Becker, while a bunch of their other buddies had grabbed a table in the back. They'd all rented a few limos for the night, riding from Hidden Oaks down to the city so they could fully enjoy the celebration.
Smith shrugged and took a drink of his beer. "My money's on: you're too much of a pussy to do it."
Travis scoffed, his eyebrows shooting into his hairline. "One, I'm not too much of a pussy to make a move on her. Two, why do people use pussy as an insult? I never understood that. Pussy is fucking awesome. It's pretty much the greatest thing in the world. And three, you know she's not interested in a guy like me."
Smith nodded several times and flubbed his lips, as if Travis had just revealed the secrets of the universe. "Yeah, you're right. She probably likes men who actually have the guts to go for her instead of just staring at her wistfully while she's on the dance floor."
Travis rolled his eyes. "That's not what I meant. I would never stare at a woman wistfully. When I stare, it's hungrily," he said, as he deflected the conversation from the real reason he hadn't acted on his desire for her. Cara was great — she was fun, and sharp, and he'd enjoyed every second of the summer they'd spent together back when they were younger. He could still recall how fiery she'd been between the sheets. But now that they were no longer two horny teenagers screwing in the back of his truck, or two recent college grads reconnecting for one hot night, she didn't have any interest in guys who didn't like settling down. A volunteer firefighter and a professional card player, Travis was not a settler-downer. Hell, he had his sights set on winning the California Bachelor Fireman's Auction in a few weeks — the key word being bachelor. So as much as he wanted to have the woman in red again, he was all wrong for her. Even though he wanted her badly.
* * *
"Time for another round!"
Jamie grabbed Cara's arm and practically yanked her off the dance floor. Cara nearly stumbled in her heels from the surprise attack her friend had launched on her elbow.
"Hey! I like that arm. I want to keep it," she said as they made their way to the bar.
"It is indeed a very nice arm. Shapely and toned," Jamie said, patting Cara's bare flesh as they reached the chrome and steel bar at Edge, a nightclub owned by one of Travis's friends.
"So you can see why I'm attached to it," she said, and then her eyes widened as the soon-to-be-bride gestured to a tray with shot glasses and a gorgeous crystal martini glass with a purple concoction.
Cara pointed to the fancy cocktail. "Purple Snow Globe?"
Jamie nodded. "Pick your poison. I ordered a bunch of drinks."
There was no question in her mind. She'd gladly take the sweet, sugary, award-winning cocktail over the burn of a tequila shot anytime. She picked up the drink and clinked glasses with Jamie. "To your wedding."
"I will happily drink to the end of my single days," Jamie said, quickly downing the amber liquid. "Speaking of single days, what are we going to do about you and Travis and the way you two were staring at each other on the dance floor?"
Cara's jaw dropped. "What?"
Holy shit. Had everyone noticed? She thought she'd done a bang-up job sealing away her desire in a Ziploc bag and stuffing it in the back of the freezer. Evidently, she had not. She slapped on her best cool-and-composed look, took a leisurely swallow of her drink, then said, "What are you talking about?"
"Oh, come on," Jamie said, rolling her pretty brown eyes. "The two of you are still checking each other out like you did in high school."
God, it had been so long, and even though she and Travis had flickered back into each other's lives once or twice since, they were never in the same place at the same time for long enough to matter. That hadn't stopped her from wanting him, though.
"Well, that was then. This is now," Cara said, as if she could so easily squash the long-simmering desire she felt for him. She'd try any remedy to get him out of her head. But he was right there, twenty feet away, casually leaning against the side of the table, knocking back a longneck as he chatted with Smith, looking all relaxed and sexy casual.
She did her best to avert her gaze from him, and his dark brown hair, and his piercing blue eyes, and his broad shoulders that were strong enough to carry you, because they were supposed to carry you. Just her luck that the already-gorgeous-at-the-time high school football star would turn into one of the hottest firemen in the whole damn world. He'd been branded on her brain and on her body, and the mere handful of men — she could count them on one hand; half a hand technically — she'd been with since then had paled in comparison.
Sigh. What was a woman to do?
"And now is the time to finally do something about it. I see how you're always looking at him at my bar. And God only knows, I practically have to sweep his jaw up from the floor, the way he gawks at you," Jamie said, parking her hands on her hips and staring pointedly. Cara's lips twitched in a faint smile at the confirmation that this attraction wasn't one-sided.
Wait. Why did it matter? She wasn't going to do a damn thing about it. She wasn't into casual hook-ups, and Travis wasn't into serious relationships. Enough said.
"Be that as it may, I'm going to be working with him the next few weeks, training his new dog. Even if I were to do something about it, it would be foolish," she said, and she didn't intend to let her latent lust rule the day. Besides, she'd managed to resist jumping him since she'd moved back to Hidden Oaks after spending most of her twenties in San Francisco. She could work with the man and his dog, no problem.
Too bad the task was harder tonight, since he'd been giving her what distinctly felt like a good old-fashioned eye-fucking when she'd been dancing a few minutes ago.
"Well, you know what they say about fools," Jamie said, as she flashed a big, bright smile.
Cara shook her head. "No. What do they say?"
"That sometimes the best things in life are the foolish things," Jamie said, rattling off a quote with authority, as if she were reciting poetry in English class.
"I like that," she said, and if they were anyplace but a nightclub with loud music reverberating throughout the cavernous hall, she would have repeated it softly to convey how it made her feel. "Who said that?"
Jamie pointed her thumbs back at herself. "This girl," she said, and both women cracked up.
"All right, you win. You fooled me."
"Let's go see the guys," she said and grabbed Cara's arm once again.
They weaved through tables and bodies, circling behind Smith and Travis, who were chatting it up. As they neared the guys, Jamie tiptoed the final feet and stretched out her hands so she could drop them over Smith's eyes in surprise. But then Jamie stopped short, quickly straightening her spine as she mimed zipping her lips.
Cara froze, and her ears pricked as she keyed in on Smith's voice, saying, "We all know you're hot for Cara and you have been ever since the two of you went to the goddamn prom together years ago. Wouldn't tonight be the night to finally do something about it?"
Cara blinked. Holy shit. She did everything she could to rein in a wild grin at hearing those words — hot for Cara. She shouldn't want to hear them so badly. But hell, did they light up her insides. The prospect of the man she wanted so badly doing something about it tonight had her skin sizzling.
Jamie gave Cara a bug-eyed look as she mouthed, Itold you so. Cara pressed her finger against her lips and continued to listen quietly.
"Why tonight? Because it's your bachelor party?" Travis asked Smith.
"Nope." Smith puffed up his chest and pointed at Travis. "Because I'm going to make you an offer you can't resist. Let's bet right now. Here. You and me. Usual stakes." The tone of the conversation shifted when Cara heard Smith's next words. "I bet you can't even get Cara to kiss you tonight. And there's no way in hell you could ever convince her to go home with you."
Now it was Cara's turn to tug on her friend's arm. She pulled her away from the men and to the epicenter of all important conversations between women at nightclubs — the ladies room. As the door clanged shut behind them, Cara crossed her arms. She wasn't sure if she was mad or turned on.
"I can't believe they just made a bet about me."
"That's what they do."
"Make bets about women?"
"No," Jamie said with a laugh. "They make bets about everything. They're guys. That's just their thing. Personally, I think it's kind of hot that he wants you so much that all his friends can tell."
Jamie nodded and wiggled her eyebrows.
"So what am I supposed to do about it?"
"What do you want to do about it?"
Cara blew out a long stream of air and ran her hand through her dark hair. She wasn't entirely sure at first. A part of her was annoyed to be the object of a bet. But another part of her, the part ruled by her libido, craved the challenge.
Only, she intended to have things her way.
"I'm going to give Travis a taste of his own medicine," Cara said, lifting her chin, ready for the sweet taste of payback.
There was more in play than turning the tables, though. Maybe one final hot, searing kiss with Travis — a kiss for the ages — would get him out of her system.CHAPTER 2
She owned the dance floor.
She claimed a spot under the smoky violet lights. The space was crowded, as bodies smashed against bodies, bumping and grinding to the pulsing music, arms high in the air, hands on waists. But she didn't care about them. She didn't focus on anyone else, not her friends somewhere around here, and not all these strangers.
She looked only at Travis, locking eyes with him as a new song began. A risqué number, heavy on the rhythm, with words that were dirty and promised hot nights tangled up together.
Travis leaned against the brushed metal wall, watching her. Jamie had stolen Smith away, so Cara had Travis's focus all to herself, and she savored it. He didn't even pretend he was looking elsewhere. Nope, he stared unabashedly, and his hot gaze thrilled her. Even in the dimly lit club, she was keenly aware of his intense stare, and the way his eyes were fixed only on her.
He'd been undressing her earlier in the evening with those dark blue eyes, and he'd damn near memorized every curve, bend, and twist in her body, it seemed. She might be a pawn in their betting game, but she was a wanted pawn, and that gave her power.
Power was fun. Power was intoxicating. Power was a downright aphrodisiac as she glided into a new dance. A private one just for him. Well, if you could call it private even though she was dancing seductively in a packed club. But she'd call it that, because this dance was only for him, and it was designed to reel the man in so she could up the ante on their game.
First, she teased him with a slow grind of the hips. Circling. Simulating. Making sure his mind was on only one thing. She swore his fingers gripped the beer bottle tighter as he stared at her like a hunter.
Then, she went for a sensual thrust of her pelvis, a move that would have him picturing a horizontal dance oh-so-clearly now. Judging from the way his chest rose and fell quickly, his mind was fixed on that image.
Next, she ran her hand through her hair, a slow, sensuous touch of her own body.
Her eyes wandered briefly away from his, roaming down his body, and yup, there it was. The hard evidence that her dance was working. He was turned on something fierce.
She went for the pièce de résistance. The move that brought a man to his knees. She brushed her hand down the front of her dress, sliding slowly over her breasts, spreading her fingers across her belly and finally running her palm along her thighs.
He set his beer on the table and stalked over to her, his broad chest looking so touchable in his pullover shirt, which was stretched tight across his muscles, and those jeans that fit him like a glove.
"You look like you could use a dance partner," he said, his sexy voice washing over her. The volume of the music was her wing woman. He had to lean in close so she could hear him. He was inches away, and the air between them vibrated with the frequency of desire.
"What makes you say that?"
He jutted up a shoulder. "Call it a hunch. Am I right?"
She tilted her head and bit her lip as she gyrated. He nodded at her, his eyes straying to her hips. "That's what I'm talking about."
She arched an eyebrow. "Maybe I could use a dance partner, then. But only if he can handle me."
"Oh, he most definitely can handle you."
"I'd like to see the proof of that," she said, as her heart beat faster and her skin heated up from their flirtation.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cara and Travis have had an on-again/off-again relationship since high school. When Travis went away to college, they both agreed to end their relationship and have gotten together a few times since then. Travis is adamant that he doesn't do relationships or love, so Cara knows he is not husband material. When Cara moves back to town, she discovers that she still wants Travis and wants to have a short relationship with him. Despite their protests to the contrary, both of them find themselves developing strong feelings. Cara professes what she wants to Travis and he shuts her down. With help from his family and friends, Travis discovers that love doesn't have to hurt and can actually bring more to his life than he ever thought. The moment when Travis decides to go all in was nicely done and kept well with the story line. It was a short, easy read and I have enjoyed this whole series so far.
Travis and Cara were sizzling together. There were so many sexy, hot scenes during their journey. But underneath their physical connection was a beautiful friendship. They fit, supported, and were comfortable together. I enjoyed that aspect of their relationship most. I loved the dogs in this story. Henry was adorable. The ending was very sweet after a little heartbreak. This was definitely a great addition to the series. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Consumed by You (Fighting Fire #3) by Lauren Blakely *Part of a series but can be read as standalone* Cara Bailey has wanted Travis to be “the one” since they dated in high school. But they never could seem to make anything stick. Over the years as they would see each other through college and visits back to her hometown, they would have a few hot one night stands but then go their separate ways. Cara could never get him out of her head or her heart. Travis was crystal clear he didn’t do relationships, but he was always up for some hot sex with a beautiful girl and Cara was the one he kept going back to. He wants her, but he stays away when she comes back to town to live for good he knows she deserves better than what he can offer. Then Cara changes the rules and decides she wants to have Travis fulfill all of her sexual fantasies in an attempt to get him out of her system. Travis is game, maybe he can get her out of his system too. But when the fire of their desire for each other continues to burn hot will either of them be able to walk away and not get burned. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This was a book that was an absolute pleasure to read from the first line-- “The dress she wore was pure torture. " I recently read that a good book should capture the reader’s attention from the first line and this book definitely did just that. The chemistry between Cara and Travis was blazing, fitting since Travis is a fireman. I love it when a couple really works well together. Though they both try to deny their feelings throughout the book it all played well together and kept me glued to the page. The reading flow was just right making for a very well written story. The background characters played an important part in getting Cara and Travis to realize they belonged together. I especially like when his mother pretty much smacks him upside the head when he reveals why he avoids relationships. Leave it to a mom to get a man to open his eyes and see the terrific woman in front of him. The banter and sense of humor that Cara and Travis shared throughout the book was fun and exciting to read. The sex scenes were scorching hot, Travis knows how to keep a girl satisfied why would Cara want anyone else. Gotta love a man that’s good at dirty talk making it sexy and not cheesy. “Does that sweet, sexy way you say my name mean you’re about ready to come on my tongue?” he asked, giving her the dirtiest of dirty looks. Lauren Blakely does an excellent job developing the characters and breathing real life into the story. Cara and Travis were a real and believable couple. I will definitely go back and read the other two books in the series. This is my first read of a Lauren Blakely story but it most definitely will not be my last. *RECEIVED AN ARC FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
I loved every second of reading this book! Every Hidden Oaks couple has their own great story and Cara and Travis are no exception. I enjoyed the history between them that was always smouldering just beneath the surface of their subconscience. And speaking of smouldering... No one writes better sex scenes than Ms.Blakely. No one! They are tasteful yet so smokin' hot!
4.5/5 stars I remember reading the previous book in this series, Melt for Him, and I was hoping we would get Travis's story and now here it is! Yay! This made me really happy because I couldn't wait to see Mr. 'I Don't Believe in Relationships Because They Only End in Heartache' fall in love. I really enjoyed Cara and Travis's story. These two have seriously hot chemistry and they have history as well, having dated in high school and having had a few hook ups since then. Naturally, you're rooting for them to get together for real and have it stick. Travis is like a lot of male leads we've read before, in the sense that he doesn't do relationships and can't offer anything more because he thinks he doesn't have more to give. Losing his father in the line of duty was a serious blow, as he saw just how much it impacted his mother and how deeply she retreated into her shell, leaving him to be the one to take care of himself and his younger sister. He saw how much his mother loved his father and how his death destroyed her and he doesn't want to ever put another woman in that position. So, while he is attracted to Cara, he knows what they have can only be physical, despite those niggling feelings that keep popping up the more he spends time with her. I liked Cara. She wasn't a woman who played around. She knows what she wants for her life and she isn't going to let anything sway her from that plan. Not even a sexy as sin firefighter who she knows can ignite her like no one else can. Cara is a forever kind of girl. She isn't into one night stands and hook ups, so it's really out of character for her to propose they act on their attraction in order to get the other out of their systems. Too bad it doesn't quite work out that way. Spending time together naturally reinforces why they are so attracted to one another in the first place. It's so much more than physical and I really liked seeing those tender, sweet moments together. Not to mention, I love how she's helping him train his dog. It just adds this cuteness factor that made the dog-lover in me swoon! We get to see Megan and Becker, as well as Smith and Jamie from the previous books, which I enjoyed because I love to check in with my couples and see how they are doing. I really enjoy Lauren Blakely's books and this was no exception. The romance is sweet, the sexy times are off the charts hot, and the conflict is there, but not overdone to the point where you feel frustrated with the characters.
Each of these firemen are hotter than the next! Travis and Cara were perfect together and I am hoping for more
Loved this book! Fun, playful and hot as well!
Hot, sexy and sweet!
4 "...dog training and sex" stars Consumed by You contained some of my favourite things: A firefighter... ...who talks dirty. A cute puppy dog... ...fur-baby of the aforementioned firefighter who loves his cute puppy dog. Second-chance romance. Plenty sexy-time. "I would never stare at a woman wistfully. When I stare, it’s hungrily." I have to confess Lauren Blakely is a hit and miss author for me, but this series has worked for me and from the start firefighter and pro poker player, Travis and dog trainer, Cara's trip down memory lane was a hit. "...the sooner I stop thinking about you, and daydreaming about the sex we’ve had, and imagining all the things you’d do to me, the better off I’ll be." Neither Cara or Travis are looking for anything permanent and with Travis determined to win the firefighter' charity bachelor auction, his pup needs training to do so and Cara is the woman to help him. And with a natural chemistry that comes from a history and being comfortable and familiar around one another, they're nothing but honest in what they want. "Is it getting me out of your system?" "No. It only makes me want more of you." It was fairly predictable but who cares, because it was a perfect balance of sweet and hot and sexy, with strong likeable characters and of course cute puppy dogs. And it was nice to catch up with previous couples from the series, although this can easily be a standalone. So if that's what you're after, you'll not go far wrong here.
Wow! Sexy, Steaming, Panty Melting Hot Romance! Travis, an extremely sexy Fireman and his broken thoughts about love due to his father's death helping others out of a fire and the fallout of his mother's depression because of the loss of her husband. Travis' theory on love was that he Never does relationships and Never does Love! Cara, the town dog trainer, and Travis' high school summer romance...well, they reconnect every once in a while, but never anything more than a fling. Although, they've always had a strong physical attraction to one another, Cara has always measured all other men to Him. But, she's come up with a plan...one that will surely get him out of her system once and for all! Travis is sure that this is their final fling before Cara moves on to a forever kind of man. The story keeps you at the edge of your seat, warms your heart, and at times I wanted to literally hit Travis upside his head! I loved this series by Lauren and with each story you are kept craving more! The books are stand alone's, but I recommend all of them and would suggest reading them all! Thanks again Lauren for a wonderful emotional roller coaster ride that I thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to more!
## Meh...not my favorite. This trope has really gotten old. Man that can't commit, that only wants sex because love destroys a person. Woman that suggests a last fling to "get each other out of their systems". Woman then inevitably changes the rules and wants more even though they specifically had an end date in mind. Man freaks out and the heroine comes off like a needy idiot. Prettt ballsy of him to ask her to get him ready for a singles auction that he was determined to win. Why would a woman even agree to this? I recommend skipping this one and reading Becker's story instead.
The chemistry was sizzling and leapt from the pages. Years of dancing around the truth to that final moment keep you wholly engaged.
Great story, enjoyed.
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! When presented with the opportunity to read and review Lauren Blakely's latest installment of her sexy firefighter series, Fighting Fire, I believe my exact words were "...you had me at firefighter..." What can I say. A girl wants what she wants, and this girl wanted some sexy fireman action. And that's exactly what I got in Travis. You dangle a second chance romance in front of me and I am going to grab for it every single time. With Travis and Cara, I love how we have this sweet and steamy history between the two of them that goes all the way back to when they were teenagers. There was never anything negative that pulled them apart. Whenever they're near each other they are drawn to one another like magnets but when life sends them in separate directions they would just drift apart still with fond feelings. It brought a different kind of sweetness to they're relationship. There was no fighting off past mistakes it was just hot and heavy whenever the other was near. While, for the most part, I liked Cara's character...she was also that type of female that drives me completely crazy. The kind that see signs that aren't there, the kind who, for example, would hear a guy say something to them like "oh wow your haircut looks great" and their brain filters it into something more like "let's buy a house and fill it with babies!" Every soft caress or sweet word from Travis she would turn into a sign that he wanted what she did, that he was ready. All I could think was oh honey you are setting yourself up for some major heartbreak. I think if I were going to take issue with anything in this book though it would be the fact that I could probably count on half of a hand the number of times that Cara and Travis were together in a scene that did not lead to groping and touching and making out or some form of sexual situation. I know what you're probably thinking "Sheri, what were you expecting when you picked up an Entangled Brazen?" Okay I realize that smarty pants but I guess I just wanted a tiny bit more of the other stuff. Maybe more problems between the two of them or some of their funny cute stuff that involved the clothes staying on. Don't get me wrong I had a lot of fun reading Consumed by You and I will definitely be going back and reading the first two books in this series. When the antics of Travis and Cara didn't have me in full on swoon mode they had me laughing and grinning, as did their furry, four-legged companions. Absolutely worth the read. Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
This was such an awesome story. An entertaining read with a ton of super sexy mixed in! Cara and Travis were great characters. I liked them in the beginning, but by the end I loved them. I enjoyed their growing connection and chemistry. I liked learning their history and watching them come together. They had a playfulness and flirtatiousness to them that really exploded into a lot of hotness. Consumed by You was a light, fun read with just a bit of drama and a whole lot of steamy. There was a really good introduction laying it all out and a nice emotional build throughout. The middle was really good but it felt slightly repetitive. I enjoyed the overall story but it was a little to smooth for me. I thought it had the best ending! Loved it and the super sweet epilogue. Loved the character connections! Especially the one that Travis was working with. That made my day. I always enjoy those references and how everything gets tied together. I loved the addition of the dogs and some of the antics they brought about. One part had me laughing out loud. Another awesome read from Lauren Blakely with likeable characters, a solid story, and serious sexy times! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
As always I Love Laurens books , Travis and Cara have had a on again off again love affair , they think they are bad for each other so they decide to get over each other....Yup you guessed right it doesn't go as planned .But what a ride ! These couples are so much fun getting to know . What a ride !