As the danger heats up, sparks fly and the only thing Katie knows for sure is that her whole life is about to go up in flames.
*Torch is the first book in the Take It Off series. The Take It Off series can be read out of order. Each book in this series is a stand alone.
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Read my Book Review
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Genre: New Adult. Romantic Suspense.
I will read whatever Cambria Hebert writes because she is one of my all time favorite authors. Within the past year I have read the entire #Hashtag series (new adult, sports, and college romance) and the entire #GearShark series (M/M romances for the most part and racing). So now I am moving along to her Take it Off series (this is the first book) which is a series full of complete standalone novels. So really, I am playing catch up with her books because I adore them so much.
In this book, readers are introduced to a sexy firefighter and the woman he saves. There is an instant attraction between the two, an insta-love relationship that transpires pretty quickly, and some serious suspense. All in all, this is good, and I truly enjoyed reading it. It's a quick read, everything happens fast, and readers get a perfect HEA wrapped in a pretty little bow at the end. Now, why the 3 star rating then? Well, this doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the book -I did- it just means that it was good but not great or totally original. I have read the same tropes over and over again and this one fits into that category. Also, I am not really a huge fan of insta-love because it's not realistic so that make me rate a little bit lower. Now, since this is an older book I won't dive into the plot or anything. But I will reiterate the things I loved and the things I didn't care for.
What I Loved About This Book
+ The Characters- both characters are easy to connect with in a short period of time which makes the book extra special in my eyes. I also liked their dynamics and how they interacted with one another. Holt, the hot firefighter who saves Katie (the heroine) from a fire is swoony! He's also a knight in shining armor in my eyes. Katie is demur, but I liked that about her especially considering her past (which you don't learn about until the end).
+ The Pacing- this book is fast paced and pretty short so it's easy to read in one sitting. I was craving this at the time of reading so it really "quenched my thirst" at the moment.
+ The Alpha Hero: YUP! Holt is an alpha hero in every way possible and I haven't read a book with a good one in quite a while.
What I Didn't Love About This Book
+ The Insta-love: This is my personal opinion of course. Many people enjoy love stories that transpire quickly between the couples and that's fine. I however and not a huge fan.
+ The Trustworthiness of Katie: Considering that someone is trying to kill her (which is the suspenseful aspect of the book) she sure jumped right into it with Holt. This is totally unrealistic.
Oops! I was trying to keep this review short because it's an older story but, oh well! Overall, this is a good book but certainly not my favorite from the author. I will however continue the series as I own all the books and will read anything she writes!
This story would be PERFECT for:
+ Readers who like romantic suspense novels
+ Readers who enjoy Cambria Hebert's work
+ Readers who like alpha hero's
+ Readers who want a book where the fireman is the hero