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Controlled Burn by Lani Lynn Vale
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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?
Cover Model: Shane Williams
Photographer: Furious Fotog
This was my favorite in the series so far! July and Dean “PD” were together and then he joined the SWAT team which caused them to split up. Of course their feelings never changed and OMG when they see each other in the restaurant and he tells her to stop you just know that their are going be all kinds of fireworks t come. I won’t tell you why he does that or what is going on because you really have to read this one.
July tries really hard to move on from Dean and the reasons they split was hard for her. Her brother Wolf, from the Uncertain Saints series, hates Dean. To the point that when they broke up he had a party. I mean who does that? It was great though. I loved seeing him and learning more about him. I can’t wait for his book. Dean also tries to move on but fate tends to do what she wants and when their paths cross Dean decides to take action.
I did not expect what happened to July in this book and Dean becomes everything I was certain he thought he would never be. Dean and Wolf bond over it and it is so hard to tell you all about it without telling you about it. There is a moment in this book when you just aren’t sure what will happen to July and it broke my heart. I had to put the book down and cry so just to give all the emotion some release. If you have read Lani Lynn Vale before then you know that she can draw emotions from you that you never thought about. If you are new to her then let me tell you that she will take you on a wild ride! There was one character though I hated with such a passion. Alexa, Dean’s best friend, got on my nerves the entire book and I kept hoping someone would run her over!
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