Title: Controlled Burn
Series: Kilgore Fire #4
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: 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?
This was another great instalment into the men of Kilgore Fire Department and their women. I haven’t read a Lani Lynn Vale book that I didn’t love and this was no exception.
I could hardly stand Dean in the beginning of this book, the things he said about July hurt my heart and knowing that he didn’t even apologise bugged me beyond belief! He didn’t seem to care about the reasons for July’s feelings about him working as a fire fighter and part of the swat team and that really annoyed me! I have to say though that he totally changed my views on him the more I got into the book! He turned out to be another great guy and loveable to boot!
July was great, I really liked her character from the get go and understood her reasoning for the feelings she had when Dean went off to a swat call or to work! July didn’t have it easy though and my heart was in my throat through parts of this book because you never know what journey the author is going to take you on!
I have loved every single one of Lani’s books that I’ve read! They always suck me right into the mix and I can never put them down. I also love the fact that they all crossover at parts, we get to keep an eye on the men and women we have already came to love and the new ones we will be meeting after!
I can’t wait to get my hands on Wolf and Raven’s book, I know it’s going to be another great addition to an already brilliant series!
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.