One day of hell changed her forever.
Ella Cross wanted to bury her on-screen persona even before her abduction. Being in the spotlight grew worse after the ordeal. She left Raven Star behind to find herself again.
A fresh start.
No ties to her past.
In a small town where only her oldest friend knows who she was, she believes her secrets are safe. But secrets never stay hidden forever.
Sooner or later the past always resurfaces.
Then she meets him.
Trent Ward can't resist his new neighbor. Ella is familiar, but he can't place why. He knows she's running from something. As much as he wants to protect her, he wants to unravel her mystery.
Between his demons and her past, Trent may not have the strength to explore the growing connection to Ella.
Will he save her from her worst nightmare?
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About the Author
An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home mother. Her secret lair, guarded by a pint-sized pound puppy who imagines himself a hellhound, contains a file full of manuscripts she plans to refine and publish with new creations she is constantly dreaming up.
Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, in addition to several other projects.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is the second book in the Combustible contemporary romance series. I loved it! Ella Cross is a wonderful character. I really liked her. She is a well known actress and goes by the stage name Raven Star. Even before being kidnapped and escaping her captor, she had become tired of the media circus. She grabs the opportunity to get out from under the spotlight and moves to a small town where her best friend from childhood (Mila from the previous book), lives. She was not expecting romance, but when she meets Trent Ward, her new neighbour, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Trent Ward is also a wonderful character. I liked him a lot. He is a loving, caring man. It doesn't hurt that he's a fireman either. When he meets Ella he's intrigued with his mysterious new neighbour and is attracted to her. However, he also has his own family problems. But, when danger threatens Ella, his protective instincts are triggered. But can he protect his heart? Having previously read paranormal romances written by this author, I was eager to read this contemporary romance series. I started to read this book and quickly became hooked. The story is told through the eyes of both Ella and Trent, which allowed me to see what they were both thinking and feeling. I found myself on a roller coaster of emotion from beginning to end. I am a sucker for contemporary romances with sexy firemen, so meeting Trent's friends and colleagues was a thrill too. Trent's nephew, Blaze, is also a wonderful character and has had to grow up too quickly due to his mother's drug addiction. This made me sad. This story felt a little predictable as it followed the traditional romantic theme, but there's a lot of heat between the main protagonists which made up for it. The characters themselves felt lifelike and likable. I love flawed characters, as they come alive on the page. This story has several flawed characters, which kept things interesting. I love the way the story unfolded, and some topics (such as Trent's sister's drug addiction) was handled sympathetically. The danger that Ella faces from her kidnapper/stalker lends a bit of suspense to the tale, but I didn't feel that the threat was as immediate as it should have been. Other readers may have a different opinion. However, having said that, I certainly wouldn't have guessed at who the culprit was, as there were several twists and red herrings. I reached the end of the book (which doesn't end in a cliffhanger) and was left with a happy, satisfied feeling. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Sweet Tooth, as soon as possible. Brandy L. Rivers has written an entertaining contemporary romance series. I love her fast paced writing style, and the flow is wonderful. Her characters are lifelike and likable. With her ability to write in both the paranormal and contemporary romance genres, she is one of my go to authors when I'm in the mood for a sexy read. Due to explicit scenes of a sexual nature, as well as use of bad language, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. However, I do recommend this book if you love hot erotic contemporary romances full of sexy firemen and determined women. - Lynn Worton
* I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review. * This is a new to me author and I am so glad that I found her!! Her books are fun, flirty, steamy, and fulfilling! The reader sits on the edge of their seat with anticipation as they wonder what may happen next to the characters! This is book 2 in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. Characters from book 1 are in this book, but the author does an amazing job of catching the reader up without going through the entire plot of book 1. Author Brandy Rivers weaves a plot that is thick with suspense, drama, action and romance. She captures the readers attention from the very start and never lets it go. She is a master at weaving together a believable and realistic situation for the readers and the plot is pretty unique. I literally had to force myself to put the book down so that I could go to bed (at 1am) because there is no stopping point - there is nothing drawn out or boring about the book. Ella moves to a small town to re-connect with herself and her long time friend (Milla, from book 1). She has a ton of secrets, fears, and drama but she is hoping to leave that behind....enter Trent, her across the street neighbor, who is looking for the perfect woman, life to stay simple and someone who isn't trying to change him. The 2 meet and have sparks but will they be able to work it all out?!? Don't try to predict what is going to happen, because you can't and you won't be satisfied with anything that you come up with - the author leaves the reader feeling complete, happy and ready for the next book in the series...like right away, with no delay....don't miss out on this amazing author or her characters and add this to your TBR list NOW!! Enjoy!!
Not my usual for contemporary romance but it is an overall good story well worth giving a read.
Falling Star is the second installment in the Combustible series by Brand L Rivers. This is an adult contemporary romance novel with a HEA. Ella Cross, also known as Raven Star was ready to leave the lights and glamour of Hollywood in exchange for a normal life. Unfortunately certain events changed her forever. Trent Ward is the friendly neighbor who feels the need to protect Ella, even though he does not know what she is running from. Read their story and watch the sparks fly between Ella and Trent. Overall, I found this story to be an enjoyable read. Ella’s character was likable and Trent was enduring. The supporting characters contributed to the story in a manner that it made me want to know more about them. I sincerely hope that Brandy continues with this series and the other characters get their stories.
I am used to reading PNR from Brandy L Rivers, although I have read one other contemporary romance that she co-wrote. I love her PNR, especially her Others of Edenton series. That being said, this may be one of my favorite books by her. It included all the elements I love in a book. Intrigue, suspense, an epic love story, and most importantly, an HEA!!! The characters are well-written, the story line interesting. It is a book that I would gladly recommend to friends!!!