Friday, November 2, 2018

Review for Aflame by Penelope Douglas - 4 out of 5


The tables have turned. Now I have the power-and it's his turn to beg...

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it's the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don't care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can't stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I'm her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I'm surviving - something he thought I'd never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won't be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I'm someone new.


So, I knocked a star off for putting these poor characters through a separation, but I actually really enjoyed this book and I loved getting more of Jared and Tate. I listened to the audio, and the narrators did a good job, so definitely listen to the audio. There's probably going to be spoilers in this review, so warning for that. Warning. Warning. Spoiler Warning.

Jared leaves Tate to "find" himself, but does an absolute horrible job of explaining this to Tate. He doesn't really say that he plans to be loyal to Tate, and he doesn't have any idea when he'll be back, so Tate is understandably upset. Supposedly he tries texting and calling, but Tate ends up trying to move on 6 months later. Unfortunately, the timing for the characters in this series is super bad and they always manage to witness just the thing that sends them running again. Jared comes back after 6 months to tell Tate he's ready, but sees her hooking up with some guy, so he runs away again. I understand Tate trying to move on; Jared devastated her and she's heartbroken. This is the only time she sleeps with someone else. Fast forward a year and half later, and Jared's mom and Tate and Jared's friends trick Jared into coming back home for the birth of Jared's mom's baby. After Jared saw Tate with that other guy, he too slept with other women. I don't like that at all. I really wish Penelope Douglas would've had them remain faithful to each other; especially Jared.

So, it's been 2 years since Tate has seen Jared. Tate is newly dating a new guy, but they've only kissed so far. Tate is a bit jaded now, and her friends are worried for her; they don't want her to just settle. I loved that Madoc hasn't been communicating with Jared either, so he can be fully there for Tate. I like that Jared realized rather quickly that he still deeply loves Tate, and he was going to do whatever he needed to win her back. I love that Tate was sassy towards him, and made sure he knew how much she was hurting and wasn't going to put up with his crud. Jared needs to show Tate that she can trust him. I love the depth of emotion between the two of them. They have great chemistry and the passion is red hot. The only things Tate needed to do better is break-up with the guy she was dating way before she did, and the games were getting a bit tiring. This is an entertaining, sweet, heartfelt read that I really enjoyed. The characters in this series annoy me at times, but the story is still engrossing in every single book I've read of this series.

Love seeing the happy ending for everyone, and it's great to see all the characters in this book. I'm not sure if I'll read the next book, I read some reviews that say it's more about Jared's mom and Madoc's dad. I don't like either of them, so I don't really think I care about reading about their relationship. The audio isn't on the romance package as of yet, so maybe if it's added to that, I'll check it out.

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