Cover Rating: 5
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult
Published: November 28, 2016
Read: January 13, 2017
Told in 1st POV by heroine
Series: Wait For You: Wait For You; Trust In Me; Be With Me; The Proposal; Stay With Me; Fall With Me; Dream Of You; Forever With You; Fire In You
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.
FIRE IN YOU (Wait For You #6) is by author J.Lynn (aka Jennifer L. Armentrout).
My Rating: 4
This was another great addition to the Wait For You series. Whether she writes as J. Lynn or Jennifer L. Armentrout, this author always impresses me. From her paranormal YA to her adult Contemporary, I have never been disappointed. I have rated this entire series either a 4 or 5. As with all the books before, Fire In You has its moments of dark.
Jillian Lima and Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell…..
Both these complex characters get a second chance at love and friendship. More so for Jillian because while she loved Brock since her youth, her feelings were unrequited. Brock did love his ‘Jilly’. Like a sister though. When they were younger, Jillian’s father, Andrew Lima, caught Brock stealing from him. Brock was fourteen at the time. Jillian was just eight. But Andrew saw a kindred spirit in Brock. From that moment on, Brock became part of the Lima family.
Jillian has loved Brock since she was eight years old. At that age it started at adoration and hero worship but when Jillian was older….love. Jillian became Brock’s shadow. He adored her so he never minded. When Jillian was twenty, she decided it was time to tell Brock her true feelings for him. She wanted her happily ever after with Brock. Unfortunately before she got the chance he unintentionally broke her heart. (Yes I was disappointed with him in those moments. I believe he shouldn’t have been so clueless) Brock wouldn’t get the chance to make up for his selfish mistake. Something happened that same night just moments later that would change their dynamic and their lives forever. Something horrific that could have been avoided. Something they could never go back from.
Jillian threw him out of her life. Brock was heartsick and filled with guilt and shame. For six years Jillian stayed away from him refusing to have anything to do with him. But now Jillian wouldn’t be able to avoid him. She realized it was time to stop living in the shadows and live her life fully. So she accepted a job working at one of her father’s gyms. Unbeknownst to Jillian, she would be working with Brock. Coincidence? Nope. When Brock and Jillian find themselves thrown together for the first time in years, there are many mixed feelings between them. Jillian doesn’t want to like Brock. She certainly doesn’t want to trust him with her heart again. And Brock? For the first time he sees his ‘Jilly” in a whole different light. But is it too late?
The redevelopment of their friendship, let alone anything more, was slow. Cautious on Jillian’s part. But Brock wasn’t going to let Jillian hide from him anymore.
“I love you because you’re not just sweet but you’re kind. I love you because you have this fire in you that you don’t even recognize, but I do. You’re strong and you’re a survivor.”
There were many emotions at the forefront of this story. Heartbreak, anger, betrayal, disappointment, wariness, fear, and insecurity. But there was additionally a fire burning between them that was impossible to ignore. Jillian tried though but Brock kept pushing. He was persistent. He won me over with some of his actions. Yes he was arrogant and cocky but he was sweet and considerate when it came to Jillian.
I loved and respected Jillian. I want to say that if I was in her shoes, I would have behaved similarly with the same wariness and caution. Brock was a bit difficult to like at first. I wasn’t sure of his motives concerning Jillian. Was he acting from guilt? Or did he finally love her like she always dreamed he would? Had we had Brock’s POV, I would have loved this book all the more. I probably would have given it 5 instead of 4 stars. Brock was intense; he was a complex character with his own set of issues. I would have appreciated being inside his ‘head’ as well as Jillian’s. In my opinion, if this book was rewritten in Brock’s POV, it would be fantastic. We would connect with him intimately and understand his character all the more.
That said, I’m going to miss this series and the wonderful cast of characters that J. Lynn gave to us to love and adore.