I don’t think Kelly Jamieson is capable of writing a bad book, but something about Firecracker was just lackluster for me. I honestly think it was an issue of not connecting with our heroine – she’s a nice enough woman but there was nothing particularly amazing about her, and the way she treated the adorably sexy Tyler left something to be desired. This is a somber (yet still plenty sexy) read that I neither loved nor hated. I was almost more excited about some of the potential couples introduced in this than I was in the leads, which I think is pretty telling.
The story follows Arden, a young widow trying to rebuild her life after loss (and yes, I would say there are some triggers involved in that storyline). Her marriage unraveled towards the end, and now she finds herself moving into one of her brother’s properties and trying to support herself for the first time. It’s there that she runs into Tyler, her little brother’s best friend, and begins to see the former nerd in a whole new light. Tyler always crushed on his best friend’s big sister, and seeing her as an adult hasn’t changed that in the slightest. Chemistry sparks between them and it’s only a matter of time before they give in to their attraction – despite the fact that Arden is nowhere near ready for a real relationship.
My absolute favorite part of the book is Tyler; he is such a great guy and so easy to like. His feelings for Arden never wavered, which came across loud and clear. It was also refreshing to read about a hero who is a relationship guy and completely open to starting something real. I only wish that he was paired with a heroine I enjoyed more because then the book really could’ve been something. I found myself enjoying Tyler’s chapters immensely and feeling like Arden’s just dragged on. I get that’s she’s been through a lot, but there was too much unnecessary drama – especially the final confrontation!!! No spoilers here, but the right kind of ending could’ve pushed this into 4-star territory for me, and instead the ending just cemented the book’s 3-star status. I will continue to read Kelly Jamieson’s work without hesitation, but I can’t say I loved this one. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Arden Lennox’s charmed life may be in pieces, but she’d sooner get her hoohaw bleached than move back in with her parents. She’s no longer the prom-queen princess married to the football star. She’s a broke, penniless widow, and it’s time she stood on her own two feet.
An under-construction unit in a quaint Chicago brownstone is cheap (free), but it comes with an unexpected surprise. Tyler Ramirez, her brother’s gawky high school best friend, is now a smoking hot firefighter who spends most of his spare time in her unit hammering, drilling, and screwing. Usually with his shirt off—a temptation she has no intention of indulging.
Tyler can’t believe his high school crush is living right across the hall, or how fast his fierce lust for her comes blazing back. She’s still gorgeous—a little sadder, a little quieter, but still with the amazing smile and sweet body that fueled his awkward teenage fantasies.
Despite her best intentions, Arden can’t resist grown up Tyler but the sparks between them send her into full retreat. And by the time she realizes the heat between them could last a lifetime, it could be too late to tell him…