Also in this series: Stay with Me, Fall with Me, Wait for You, Forever with You, Be with Me
Series: Wait for You #6
Published by Jennifer L. Armentrout on November 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, MMA Fighters
Source: Self Purchased
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From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…
Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.
She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.
Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.
Jillian Lima, world came crashing down around her, where she lost just about everything. Even after all these years later, she is still trying to pick up the pieces and build a good life for herself. Jillian had thought that she had finally been able to move on from the past and the horrors of that one night, and start anew. Jillian can’t forget the night where Brock, her childhood friend and the man she has always loved broke her heart and on the same evening a robber almost killed her and she still bears the evidence of that night that she can never forget. Now its been six years, of healing and learning to move from the past. But her past comes back to haunt her in the form of Brock who apparently is her new boss thanks to her dear old dad who didn’t warn her. Now she will have to find a way to keep him from getting to close because she knows she wouldn’t be able to recover a second time…
Brock “The Beast” has built a powerful and well known name among his fans and MMA enthusiasts. He made it his mission to give back as much as he could to the man that saved his life and future. Jillian’s father. Brock came to him when he was just fourteen, bruised and attempting to steal from him. But instead of handing him to the police, he took him in and showed him a better way and a home that he never imagined existed. Brock grew into a man of prestige and fame and money. Brock is a hero that you just love from the beginning. What I loved about him is how genuine and sincere he is will Jillian. He admits to his mistakes, and only wants to fix what he broke. He is quite successful, but what was most admirable about him was how humble he was. He could be a bit cocky at times, but in a way that draws you in.
Jillian, grew up in a very sheltered and protected home but when a strange boy became part of the family, she felt a instant connection. She always knew she loved Brock, she saw so many good things in him especially when he didn’t see it himself. Jillian knows the ins and outs of her fathers business, she is innovative and creative and gets things done. She knows exactly what it takes to become accomplished. She was trained by her father. Her friendship with Brock was powerful but Jillian loved Brock from afar. He treated her like a little sister. Jillian is a heroine you can fully support. She is strong and courageous and loyal. But she can be stubborn but she is a fighter. She is a survivor and when you learn about all that she has gone through, you see what a trooper she really is.
“I love you because you have this fire in you that you don’t even recognise, but I do. You’re strong and you’re a survivor.”
Plot and Story Line
In Fire In You we have a story of unrequited love and best friends to lovers type of story. Now in the previous books, we saw hints of their relationship and I can’t tell you how excited I was to be able to pick up this one. The moment it became available on Amazon, I one clicked it because that was how excited I was to pick this one up. Now Brock and Jillian’s story was heartbreaking in quite a few moments. It sets off with the present, where Jillian is trying to move on with her life. Starting a new job, have a double date but then she bumps into Brock on her date and yeah the past comes roaring back to life for Jillian. And then she learns that he is her new boss, not a happy camper our Jillian is. But she doesn’t back down from a fight, or what she deserves. We do get some flashbacks from the past, so you can understand more about the depth of their relationship.
From the moment your father brought him into the house, you were his little shadow. You thought the world of him at one point, and I know he still thinks that of you. So talking to him had to be more than okay. You were That friend to him, Jilly, and because of that, perhaps one day, you two will find your way back to each other
We see how their relationship was in the past. Jillian is one tough woman. She is still recovering from her attack, which she was lucky to live but she still bears the evidence on her face. I like that this author tackles tough subjects and characters that are flawed, make mistakes or suffer from traumas. And she wrote these characters so well. Both Brock and Jillian have painful pasts in different ways. But they have always had a connection since they were kids. I found it interesting the way she developed their relationship. Brock is a hero that you fall in love with because you see the way he wants to redeem the mistakes he made in the past. He is very determined and the ways he goes about winning Jillian over are pretty entertaining. Not a shy bone in his body that is for sure. But Jillian isn’t easy to convince and I wanted to cheer when she makes him work for it because he does deserve it hehe The romance was poignant and sweet and gives you all the feels that you just want to scream, and cry and laugh with these characters as they stumble and fall and pick themselves up and we see how much they fit and are so compatible together. It’s the type of romance that is vividly pictured and so compelling you never want it to end.
What a gorgeous cover right folks!! I love this pose, because its so sweet and romantic. I love how she is wrapped around him from behind.
Fire In You is a heart wrenching romance that will captivate you from page one. Its a story of friendship, trauma and redemption!! A FIERY ROMANCE TO WARM YOU!
Books N Tunes Pick:
This is such the perfect song for these two!!! Do you love this song like I do??!! I would love to know.