Series: Kilgore Fire #4
Published by Self-Published on October 5, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Also by this author: Put Out, Beard Mode, I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie, Fear the Beard, Son of a Beard, I'm Only Here For the Beard, Double Tap, Center Mass, Lights To My Siren, Halligan To My Axe, Whiskey Neat, Bang Switch, Jack & Coke, Vodka on the Rocks, Bad Apple, Shock Advised, Charlie Foxtrot, Oxygen Deprived, Kill Shot, Flash Point , Coup De Grace, Rusty Nail, Execution Style, Counter to My Intelligence
Also in this series: Put Out, Shock Advised, Oxygen Deprived, Flash Point
July Dupree and Dean ‘PD’ Hargrove fell head over heels in love. When PD comes home to tell July the good news about joining the SWAT team as a tactical medic, everything changes.
July can’t fathom why PD would want to be a cop in this day and age. Wasn’t it enough that he already had a dangerous job with the fire department? Now he has to add another, even more dangerous, job to the equation? With so many cruel people in the world who make a sport out of hurting cops just because of the badge they wear, she has to make him understand. But when he refuses to listen to her reasoning, she feels she has no other choice but to issue an ultimatum: her or the SWAT team.
Dean doesn’t like ultimatums. He’s furious with July for putting him in the awful position of having to choose between a dream and her.
July never believes for a second that he’d choose the SWAT team over her, but she is wrong.
A year later, they’re both still in love with each other, but neither one is willing to budge regardless of their feelings.
July’s feelings for Dean haven’t changed, in fact her love for him has only grown. But seeing him living his life seemingly unaffected by the loss of what they had breaks her heart over and over each time she sees him.
Dean has a good poker face, though. He’s just going through the motions of his life until finally, the smoldering embers of his feelings erupt into a full-on blaze of emotion, burning through everything but his love for July. When the smoke clears, Dean wants to know if they can reignite the fire of their love or is he destined to live his life in a constant state of controlled burn?
Controlled Burn by Lani Lynn Vale didn’t so much go wrong for me as it left me almost puzzled and unsatisfied; I wasn’t wowed by its story basically. The transitions from the different situations that July and Dean faced was very choppy, therefore it left me feeling as if pieces were missing from its story.
I found myself really liking July, the character development done for her was perfect. There was never a moment when I didn’t feel as if I was left wondering about what she was thinking or how she would respond to a certain situation. The predictability of her character really fit for Controlled Burn, more so than the hero’s character.
Dean, aka PD, was someone that I wished I had paid more attention to in the previous books of this series, because I was left wanting when it came to his character. Every scene involving him was as choppy as the scene transitions were in Controlled Burn. There were things that I wished were told about him because by me reading his actions and not so much his thoughts I felt that he was a giant poop head for the way he treated and then tried to win back the heroine. And Controlled Burn lost points when it went from him avoiding July and her avoiding him to him pursuing her with thoughts of getting her back, it happened very abruptly and I was left wondering what the heck changed to make him give up the pretense that he didn’t want her anymore.
The saving grace for Controlled Burn by Lani Lynn Vale was really the heroine’s character. Pretty much every man in this book that was connected to her pretty much let her down, and it sucked that her brother Wolf was one of those men because I really enjoyed his character from the Uncertain Saints MC series.
Despite how much I either love or somewhat like each story this author writes, I still have anticipation in my heart for the next story, the only reason I have for why is because of the types of characters Lani Lynn Vale writes. When an author provides the type of characters you love to read about you’ll suffer through all types of things just to satisfy that itch.