Standalone in a series : Second chance, friends to lovers
Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
‘…the boy with the bruised face looked up, looked right at the stairway, and saw me. I didn’t understand how, because in a house often filled with voices and people and even when it was silent and nearly empty, no one really saw me. But this boy did.’
What an emotional, passionate and at times distressing second chance romance, Fire in you was. It had us riveted and we fell in love with Jillian and Brock. Whilst this is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone, yet it’ll make you want to binge read every book if you haven’t already. We’ve read previous books in this series and loved being back with those characters.
‘…it had unlocked something inside me, something I’d long since thought was dead. The desire to start really living again.’
A young girl falls in love with an older boy, who got his second chance at life, and she becomes his relentless shadow for years to come, with her heart falling more and more in love. Sadly, her heart is left bruised on the floor and circumstances beyond anyone’s control sees horrific tragedy and destruction which leaves her heart and very being, shattered.
“I can’t…I can’t remember the last time I saw you smile.”
Jillian, in many respects, has it all. A large and loving family, caring friends and fabulous prospects in life. Sadly, her path doesn’t fall in line and it all begins with her heart wanting what it wants. We loved Jillian, she’s recovering and coming to terms with the after effects of great trauma, yet still hasn’t actually fully resolved and overcome what happened and the consequences. It takes Brock, her childhood friend and owner of her heart, to come back into her life for everything to be laid out and for conflict and past issues to be resolved. Albeit reluctant, and somewhat unwilling.
‘Talking about Brock brought forth a lot of wonderful memories at the same time that it dragged up things I didn’t want to deal with.’
Brock is a bit of an enigma, yet slowly we learn about him from Jillian’s POV and through her, we too fell in love. He came from a traumatic childhood and was accepted into a stranger’s home and given a second chance at living. Brock stole our hearts and despite the drama, and us completely understanding Jillian, we felt for this guy and understood his reasons and behaviour. Whilst we were never in his head it was very clear what he felt and what he wanted and at no time did we doubt his intentions nor his heart. Sometimes time heals and furthers understanding. Sometimes the heart reminds us of what it wants and rejects everything else. Sometimes it takes others to see what we cannot.
“It’s a second chance for us.”
So much guilt, repressed memories and broken hearts. So much strength, healing and love. This story had it all and we dare you to not fall in love with Brock and Jillian. Our hearts broke, soared – cried and rejoiced. A beautiful and sexy second chance love story that’ll melt your heart, yet set fire to it in the same breath.
“That smile is nothing to ever be ashamed of. It’s a smile to be fucking proud of.”
THE WAIT FOR YOU SERIES by JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT