01 April 2014

Forever Burn Tour Stop!

Title: Forever Burn
Author: Adrian J. Smith
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: March 2013

Firefighters are trained to keep calm in the face of extraordinary events, but James was never prepared for this.

Saving people is a regular practice in a firefighter’s line of work; it is not something extraordinary or unusual. Just routine. James has been trained to respond to emergency calls and what to do in difficult situations. For James, the most important part of her work is that she knows how to run into a burning building to save a life. She is a firefighter not for the glory and not for the honor. She is there to make a difference.

Working hard has always been a common practice for James, but when her secret significant other is pressuring her to solidify their relationship, tensions start to rise. James is being pushed into turning her life upside down and inside out. She can’t stop disturbing dreams about a little girl she saved from a house fire years prior. She struggles to find balance through the pressures and stressors of her daily life, but she still can’t shake the ill-fated feeling that something is wrong.

I normally am not a fan of this genre, but I found this book to be an enjoyable read because it was more based on the element of human emotions and relationships.  We end up with two women and a little girl that will steal your heart while being surrounded by secondary characters that are very pleasant to read about as well.
James and Addison are two female firefighters who are in charge of the station.  Being in the top ranks of a fire squad is a nice twist to see for females.  I enjoyed the balance and respect that the male firefighters gave these two while still being free to joke around and act normal.  There wasn’t the normal alpha male harassment you would expect to see in this profession.  While James and Addy had to keep their relationship quiet or one would have to be transferred to another station, Addy was all for coming out and being free to love James openly.  James wasn’t ready to come out to her family and friends and this caused some stress between the two. 
James was also suffering from nightmares about the little girl she saved from a house fire two years ago.  She couldn’t make sense as to why she was still thinking about that girl and the events that surrounded the fire.  One day another call came in and the little girl was once again in a burning house and James broke the rules and rushed in to save her.  It is at this point in the story that we start discovering the gift/curse of telepathy that James, Addy and Lily will have to deal with. Lily will end up becoming a daily part in the lives of James and Addy as the story goes on.  This little girl will bring answers to the questions that James has been asking, while giving Addy the push she needs to make James accept what she really wants in life regarding their relationship.
While there are intense moments of kidnapping, torture and illness/injury that happen, it was all written well and with great respect.  I didn’t find anything over dramatized or in so much detail it became a burden to read.  The emotional connection that was shared among the three of them was deep and easy for the reader to relate to.  I found I was tearing up at the end of the book, because I was taken by surprise that things would end the way it did.  I would recommend this book to readers for the plot and character development alone.  I just couldn’t fully understand and enjoy the telepathic elements in the book, the plot never suffered for me because of it.  The author wrote a strong story that flowed well for this reader and I would be willing to read more of her work, even in this genre.   

I started reading this thinking it was about two female firefighters which I found interesting and unique. I was surprised at a lot of the twists in the story though! At first I was a bit lost and the writing was a bit clunky to me but I just had to know what was going to happen and by the time I got to about 10% I was sunk. I couldn't put the book down. 

I loved learning about James and her abilities as well as Addison and her past. I would have loved to have more about James' abilities and skills. And more about Addison's past. But that's just because I wanted more altogether. It was a great book that kept me greatly interested to see just where things lead and how they got out of the different situations they ended up in.

I hated the ending but you'll have to read to find out why. I hope there is a follow up book because I'd love to follow Lily as she grows older and how she handles how turbulent the early stage in her life was. 

Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, is a part-time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part-time lunatic with a secretive past. It’s been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty-six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.

At least 10% of all proceeds goes to Sanctuary For Kids. It’s a fantastic organization that sends money to help children around the world. Charity and children are an extremely important part of Adrian’s life and supporting them in any way possible is magnificent. Please check out their website to see what they are doing and consider donating to them yourself.

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