Published by Avon Impulse on March 15, 2016
Series: Wildwood #1
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Weston Gallagher is falling hard-for the wrong woman.One night of passion has haunted him for years.Now he’s got a second chance to get the girl of his dreams…but there’s just one problem:She hates him.
Eight years after he stormed out of Wildwood, California, West has returned to his hometown as a firefighter. His friends and family are thrilled he’s back-with the exception of Harper Hill. His best friend’s sister is all grown up and in all the right ways. He knows she’s going to do everything she can to protect her heart and keep him at arm’s length, but West has other ideas.
He will win the girl that got away. No matter what it takes…
Ignite is the first book in the Wildwood series by Karen Erickson. (P.S. Karen Erickson is author Monica Murphy’s alter ego) Ignite is an adult contemporary romance. Each of the books in the series focuses on a different couple, and I am assuming they can be read as a standalone, but I am going to tell you right now, I do not recommend that. I think this series needs to be read in order, and here is why. (it is also something that I love about the series.) While each of the books does focus on a different romance, there is an overarching plot line of an arsonist in the city. We have not even come close to discovering who the arsonist is, so I think readers will benefit from reading the Wildwood books in order. I know I am interested in following not only the romances, but also the arson story line. I am already itching for the next book.
Ignite takes place in a small town, and focuses on Harper and West. Harper has lived in Wildwood for her whole life and she has had a crush on West for just as long. West left town after school suddenly, and had now just as suddenly reappeared, throwing Harper for a loop. West and Harper make a great couple and I really enjoyed their story. It fits great into the kind of drama filled world of new adult contemporary romance. (I should say drama mixed with a genuine dose of heart and chemistry.) Ignite isn’t anything completely revolutionary, but it is a very well done romance. And the arson story line adds a good extra level of intrige and excitement that I can’t wait to see throughout the series.
I am very, very excited for the next book in the series- Smolder (which I have just seen the cover of, and I LOVE!) It is West’s brother Lane’s story. And I can already tell from what I have seen of Lane in Ignite- he is going to be a brooding heck of a hero. I want Lane’s story right now!
Bottom line: if you like Contemporary romance with great chemistry and a healthy side of heart, and you love the idea of a series long arson plot- the Wildwood series is a great one for you. Check it out. I really enjoyed it.