Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and knew that came with risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties 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.
With the 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?
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had high hopes for this story. I love emotional stories where you really don't expect a love story. And friends of loved ones where you don't see a love story coming until something tragic happens is one of my faves. So I was excited to read this story. Two friends that don't expect anything from each other other than to grieve and mourn their husband and friend. Matt and Gracelyn are grieving and connecting on a different level than I think anyone could really understand unless you go through it yourself. But while yes they are going through the motions. I felt that Matt grieved and had way more emotions then Gracelyn ever did. The story is heartbreaking and feels somewhat real. But I feel like the story was more for Matts benefit then Gracelyn- hope that makes sense. This is my first Jessica Jayne story and although this one had a few quirks in it, I will read other stories by her.
There's no time limit for grieving. It's something I really, truly believe in. It doesn't mean that I'm okay with someone fading into nothing because of their grief. There's so much life to live beyond that deep rooted sadness; you just need to figure out what that life is now. Sometimes the best one to help you along is the person you leaned on the heaviest in your grief. I... I both hate and love this story. Hate it for the emotions, mainly sorrow, it evoked. Yet I love it for the same reason. The depth of Gracelyn and Matt's sorrow took my breath away, swept me up, left me struggling with vines of hope that one day they would feel whole again. Loved again. Feel like they could love again without regards to who it is. It's stunning, not shocking, that it turned out to be one another. Comfort did that, and it was, honestly, beautiful to watch it turn into the beginning of love that was deeper than friendship. I gleefully write this part not out of some twisted delight in watching two people who desperately deserve happiness and love after tragedy suffer, but because I believe it's real, that it happens. I can't speak from personal experience yet I can't imagine the pursuit of this kind of love in this kind of circumstance wouldn't be without backlash from people who were familiar with their circumstance. Going into this would draw fire from all sides and cause confusion among the children that Matt and Gracelyn had from before. The question that begs to be asked is, is it worth it? And, I suppose, the bigger question could be how could it not be worth it? I believe that love is worth the struggle, the fire it draws, the desperation to hold onto the belief that they are worthy of what they feel, of what they could have when that love is right. And I also believe that love can be birthed from shared grief, from comfort given, from firsthand understanding of what it's like to lose everything in the blink of an eye and to find everything in a heartbeat. Ms. Jayne knows how to write life into fiction, how to fill it with emotional upheaval, and how to settle it with happily ever after. Gracelyn and Matt's story is steeped in tragedy and guilt, yet the glimmer of a brighter tomorrow hovers just over the horizon. The shadows that threaten to swallow them whole retreat as they journey towards it until they stand tall and proud and happy and deeply in love in the light of an amazing future together. Received from publisher for an honest review
This is a difficult theme to write about a man falling for his brothers widow, but this is written so beautifully that it is a natural progression and anything else happening would seem to be wrong. I love strong female leads and Gracelyn doesn't disappoint, she has been the strength in her family since her husband died but even the strong need comfort and love and to live again, the question is will Matt be up to the task. He has struggled over the last year and Gracelyn has been there every step of the way it's not surprising that he would fall for her, but has he the strength to be the man that she needs. The other members of the family are so real, Sarah, Matt's sister is so down to earth and realistic, seeing things and stating them as they are. Matt's parents and the children are the ones that could be most hurt and the way they are written is perfect for their roles. A wonderfully written story of second chances coming out of the ashes of past loves, of two people looking for the strength to do the right thing not just for them but for their whole family, but will love win out in the end. “There was laughter and tears… but most importantly, there was love.” I received a free copy for an honest review.
In Flames set me on fire. If you are looking for a romance that is bound to take the hard road, that will move you in so many ways, that will light you up with sexual tension and heat, then I definitely recommend this book. Gracelyn is a widowed mother of two kids. She’s still close to her in laws, especially her brother in law, Matt. Even aside from the romance that comes up, I found this to be remarkable and very attractive. So often you hear about families falling apart, and this family stuck together, even after losing a member. But then you have Matt, who goes above and beyond. He helps Gracelyn constantly. Is it survivor’s guilt? Is it romantic attraction? Is he just a nice guy? Yep. All of it. Yep. I really loved the dynamic between Gracey and Matt. Sure, the attraction they share is a bit taboo – but it feels real and sincere. It feels like it should be there. The two of them secretly harboring feelings for each other, and then acknowledging them to each other – it brought them each back to life. For that alone, I loved it. There were some times that I wanted to yell at Matt, as he was the one who drug his feet more than Gracie. However, it’s not because he didn’t care – he just cared too much. Jessica Jayne wrote this story with a lot of heart. It’s not just an erotic romance. She has a smooth flow to the story, and its very easy to find yourself caring for the people in it. Dealing with the death of Chad has been unbearably hard on everyone. When Gracey and Matt start to heat things up it is emotional and dramatic. I just kept thinking that the guilt must be overwhelming, but at the same time – what about your own heart? If you have a chance to be happy in your life, you have to grab it. The heart just wants what it wants, ya know? The rest of the characters in the story are a trip. I mean, you have Cheryl, who is Matt’s ex-wife. The woman is a she-dog wench from Hell. Yeah – there is no way I liked her at all. But then to balance out that evil rotten side, you have his sister, Sarah, who is sweet and intuitive, and generous. She really was a ray of sunshine and she brought a great shot of joy into the story. The kids all play minimal parts, but then you have Matt’s parents. One of them has a difficult time with some things that come up in regard to Matt and Gracey, and you don’t know if your heart is breaking or healing. Or can it do both at the same time? But hey, this is also an erotic romance. And that means sex. And I’m just going to say it. It’s hot. These two get it on, and when they do it is ON. I loved it. 'Nuff said. This story is going to really appeal to a wide audience. It’s dramatic and heated. The romance is to die for. It’s got a firefighter in it – and I know some of you just love that. It’s a five star read for me. I loved it to pieces.
Gracelyn and Matt are real. They have a friendship. They've had a heartbreak. And they have each other. I loved this story and these characters.