Published by Spencer Hill Press on June 16th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. Lynn), New York Times bestselling author of the Wait for You series, presents her latest book, Scorched.
Sometimes life leaves a mark...Most days, Andrea doesn't know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he's a major player, and they can't get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.
Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She's teetering on the edge, and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.
Andrea's life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn't matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she's speeding toward rock-bottom, only she can save herself.
Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after...
Author Jennifer L. Armentrout released the second novel in her Frigid series, Scorched, today. This New Adult novel centers around Sydney and Kyler’s best friends, Tanner and Angela. Like Kyler and Sydney, these two have known each other for years, but never thought it would be possible that they’d be more than friends. Now that Sydney’s found her happily ever after with her long-time best friend Kyler, she decides to invite Angela along for an end-of-the-summer getaway with the hope of hooking up her bestie with Tanner. These two have spent years bickering and making eyes at one another, so to Sydney it appears as if they are fated for one another. There’s just one hitch: Angela has a drinking problem that hides mental instability.
I really loved Kyler and Sydney’s dynamic in Frigid, so I hoped JLA would include more of them in Scorched. She did. This was fantastic, because Tanner and Angela only had a few scenes in the first book, and I didn’t think that was enough for them to carry their own book. By having them interact with Kyler and Sydney a lot in the first half of the novel, their characters became more fully developed. I enjoyed how Tanner and Angela would bicker and make snarky comments to each other. It gave their relationship a nice juxtaposition to Kyler and Sydney’s, which is more lovey-dovey and tender.
Another aspect of the story I thoroughly enjoyed, was how respectfully Angela’s substance abuse and mental illness was treated. Instead of Tanner’s love conquering all, and “completing” Angela, Angela had to save herself. This sends a good message to people struggling with these issues, as well as to the people who love them. You can’t force someone with addiction or mental illness issues to seek help for their problems, but can only be there for them to lean on. People with these issues need to reach a point in their life where they’ve had enough, and are willing to help themselves.
I wish Tanner was a bit more different from Kyler. To me, they kind of seemed like the same guy. Both are super hot, babe magnets, with reputations of being players. True, “Birds of a Feather” and all that jazz, but I felt as if Tanner could be pulled out, replaced with Kyler, and the book would have read the same. Plus, there were also a few instances when Kyler spoke to Tanner as if he’d just met him.
Do I Recommend?
Actually, yes! I actually liked Scorched more than Frigid, despite Kyler and Sydney being my favorite of the two couples. The book’s pace kept me glued to the page from beginning to end, and the character’s actions were realistic. Plus, there was no crazy stalker business that felt out-of-place. This novel make for another great vacation book, as it has a few hot and steamy moments. If you haven’t checked out this series, check it out today!