Currently Reading… Starting Fires by Makenzie Smith

by Maryse on November 30, 2014 · 9 comments

in What I am reading today

You GUYS!!! I may have found a sweet-super-sexy (yet angsty!!) romance gem! It’s called Starting Fires and it’s a brand new release that I totally missed last week, and I just started it last night. GAH! It’s good!!!

Over 450 pages, and I’m already halfway through and loving it, and yes… while I *can* put it down, I can also say I’m very much involved in this couple… or should I say “potential” couple’s romantically angsty love story.

I heard about it from the author directly. Not a reader recommendation, not a highly anticipated release, not a blog tour book, no reviews or anything! Just pure reading luck (so far!). Reminds me of my “olden days” when I discovered my love for indie books.

So anyway… she emailed me to let me know it was a new release (her first book in fact!) and when I read that book title, saw that cover and read the blurb,

I was strong enough.
My resolve was high.
My walls were higher.
He was heartache incarnate.
I knew this, but didn’t stay away.
We pushed and pulled, keeping one another at arms length.
But then something changed.
Something started.
And neither of us were prepared for it.

*whoo!!* There was just something about that, that promised me heartache (and butterflies!) and I just knew I had to one-click it.

Yep! I purchased it myself, and so far? I’m SO glad I did.  It’s not “crazy” or anything but the writing is great, the internal dialogue is realistic, the characters are nicely “fleshed out”, the story is progressing at a believable pace, plenty of detail, day to day life, conversations, interactions… entourage. Everyone is there, and everyone is LIVING. And I’m “living” with them.

And since it appears to be completely from her POV, I’m extra nervous ’cause I have no idea what he’s up to half the time. Who’s he with? Why didn’t he call her? Who’s that girl on his lap? You know? I’m so nervous about her “player” neighbor that she’s trying desperately not to fall for (and that EVERYONE keeps warning her not to get too attached too)… but you know how that goes. OUCH! I hope. ;) So far, already a few ouchies.

So off I go to continue my book. I’ll let y’all know.

P.S. He owns a bar, sings in a band, she’s starting over in a new town due to previous heartbreak… they’re neighbors. You know the drill. Sure it sounds like a theme we’ve read plenty of times before, but it’s just SO good anyway. So far, it has it’s own feel.

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Cindy November 30, 2014 at 2:07 PM

That sounds really good Maryse! LOVE finding those gems!! ….ill def check it out!! :) thx

Maryse November 30, 2014 at 2:08 PM

My pleasure Cindy. If you read it, let me know what you think. I can’t wait to see where it’s going… :D

Fabi November 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

This one sounds great! I especially like that it’s novel length. Those are the ones that let us live in their world. Can’t wait for your review. Already see myself 1-clicking.

Maryse November 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Yes… plenty of pages for me to get lost in. Agreed. When it’s “done right” and the authors take their time to let the characters actually live and grow, and feel, we get to feel it, too.

Cheryl November 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

This sounds really good Maryse. Just coming off the angsty Boy In A Band, so when you said “sweet” you got my attention. I need sweet right now. ;)

Nadia S. November 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Sounds right up my alley. Starting this tonight. I love the long in depth ones

bev November 30, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Oh, this sounds good. Can’t wait to read your review.

Amy November 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Oh, I like the sound of this one. :D It seems like it will be perfect for when I need a nicely-paced read with all kinds of feels after reading something crazy intense. One-clicked and added to the collection “After Angsty Reads” on my Kindle app – yes, I really do have one named that. ;)

It’s so fun finding great books unexpectedly that way!!

Kim Box Person December 1, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Okay I’m over the moon that I decided to catch up on your blog posts today!!! I’ve been DYING for a hidden gem and this blurb has me highly intrigued!!!

I’ve been such a good girl lately (helps that I bought all the books that are on sale now when they came out) so I decided I’m due for a treat!!!

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