Sunday, August 9, 2015

Book Review: Scorched by Jennifer L Armentrout

Scorched (Frigid #2)
By Jennifer L Armentrout 
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Source: Amazon
Sometimes life leaves a mark…

Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.

Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.

Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.

Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…

It's no secret that I am obsessed with everything that Jennifer Armentrout has written, so I couldn't wait to read Scorched. While I haven't read Frigid, the first book in this series, I knew that I had to read this one after my friend Sarah from Words With Sarah raved about it!

Andrea and Tanner have a very interesting relationship. They bicker any time that they're together, but Andrea can't help the attraction she feels for Tanner whenever she's around him. Tanner is hot and he knows it, but his days as a player are over. He's attracted to Andrea in ways he's never been attracted to anyone before, but he isn't so sure if Andrea is ready for a full on relationship, especially when they fall back into their old bickering ways and say things to each other they don't really mean. Andrea's life is spiraling out of control and she tries to tell herself that she's fine. Tanner wants Andrea to face her faults, but can she before it's to late? 

This is JLA. So it shouldn't surprise me that I wanted this book to be longer. The main reason that this is a four star read and not a five star read for me is because I NEEDED it to be longer. Most of the book takes place when Tanner and Andrea go to a cabin with Andrea's best friend and best friend's boyfriend (the couple from Frigid). Their relationship seriously heats up at the cabin and then very little is spent on the aftermath and what happens when Tanner and Andrea are recovering from feelings discovered there. While I loved their time at the cabin and how Tanner and Andrea pushed the boundaries of their relationship, I wanted a bit more of the before and a bit more of the after. 

The cabin, though, was HOT. I loved how Andrea and Tanner seriously didn't know how to act around each other when they did cross that friendship/enemy line. They were so used to bickering and pointing out each other's faults just to get a reaction out of each other that they didn't know how to be friends. But when they were friends, it was hard when they still wanted to help each other, specifically when Tanner wanted to help Andrea pull herself together and face some serious problems she had. It was so heartbreaking how Andrea would push Tanner away when he tried to help her instead of continuing to bicker with her and ignore her bigger problems. You wanted them to be together so badly because you saw how much Tanner truly cared about Andrea, but it was up to Andrea to face her faults and her fears and try to finally fix herself. But facing the truth was definitely a hard thing for Andrea to do. 

Scorched had everything: the romance, the chemistry, the emotion, and the gut wrenching realities of life. There are some light and fun moments, but there are also some seriously emotional moments that make you just want to jump in the book and knock some sense into the characters. Any book that makes me that emotionally invested in the characters is a must read for me. Needless to say, this is another JLA book that knocked it out of the park.

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