Review: IGNITE by Tessa Teevan

After nearly a year and a half of grieving the loss of her husband, twenty-seven year old Alexa Sullivan Tate is headed back to her hometown after a decade of being away. She has no idea her high school crush, Jace McAllister, the guy who stole her heart the same night that he broke it, is more than ready to pick up the pieces.

Jace has spent the last ten years in the Army defusing bomb after bomb, trying to forget the girl who ignited all his passions. Little does he know that the spark still exists.

Ten years ago they had smoldering chemistry, but the spark between them now might light a fuse that leads to an explosion even Jace can't stop. Not that he wants to. If only Alexa can get past her guilt and trust her heart again.

But how do you put it all on the line when you've already lost everything once before?
*While this is a series, each book will be standalone with spinoff characters.

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Review

This story opens with our heroine, Alexa “Lexi” Sullivan struggling to get by in her day to day life, still reeling from the loss of her husband. She works, runs, and drinks a couple glasses of wine each night in an attempt to have a dreamless sleep. If not, she risks having a nightmare of the accident that took her husband, and left her with his not so nice parting words. 

“The words replay in my head as if on loop. Like I’ve died and gone to Hell, where I’m tortured with those five cruel words over and over again.” —Alexa

But Lexi has an older sister, Sierra, who is a nosy nelly and wants to help her get back on the horse, so to speak, and start living again, really experiencing life. Sierra is hilarious and relentless, and super sneaky. She arranges for Lexi to join her and her husband Jeremy on a trip back home to Florida for the couple’s ten-year reunion. Lexi will play nanny to their four-year-old daughter, Ava, and get some rest and relaxation in the process. Or so she thinks. Her sister is scheming, and knows of a certain someone that might be able to coax the old Lexi out of her shell—Jace McAllister

“You’ve been void of any emotion for almost a year. And in one phone call, you felt something else. Sure, be pissed at me, but at the end of the day, you’re going to be happy about it.” —Sierra

Jace and Lexi were best friends since her sophomore year in high school. They shared a love of baseball and each other, though they never knew how the other felt. On the night of his graduation, Jace came clean with her, right after dropping the bomb that he was leaving the very next day for boot camp. 

“You just don’t get it. You’ve never gotten it. It makes me crazy, but I also love that about you, Alexa. You’re so unaware that it drives me insane.” —Jace

To say their last night together was eventful would be an understatement, but then life and ten years got in the way, and they never saw each other again. 

That is, until now. Lexi, Sierra, and Jeremy take their trip for the reunion weekend, which of course Jace will attend. Hilarity commences, and eventually, so does the sexual tension. I loved the interaction of these characters, all of them. Jace, well, he is such a swell guy. No pretenses here. Sure, he spent the last ten years jumping from one meaningless hook up to the next, when not defusing bombs in the desert, but when it comes to Lexi he is a single minded soldier. First, he just wants to do whatever he can to be her best friend again. But eventually, he’ll want to be her future. 

“My homerun. My grand slam. My perfect game. I’ve never, I will never, ever want anyone but you.”  —Jace

I do not want to delve too much into the events that unfold, the will they or won’t they, and the what happens next, but the focus of this book is whether our girl Lexi can allow herself to let go of her fears and give someone else her heart. There are a lot of sad scenes in this book that had my heart breaking for poor Lexi, to deal with so much grief at such a young age. I could totally understand her uneasiness about learning to live and love again, and feeling like she had nothing left. 

“I have a nine year old cat and a Netflix subscription. Oh, and a dead husband with a headstone I can barely stomach to visit because the reminder is too painful. Can’t forget that.” —Alexa

I really liked “Ignite” a lot. Between the funny Star Wars references and the cute little things that came out of precious Ava’s mouth, this book had me cracking up. But, there were so many sweet moments and sexy scenarios that kept me tied up in the storyline, wondering where it would go and what could go wrong. I would definitely give this book 4.5 stars, and would recommend it to all of my book friends that love a story about healing, and attempting to re-ignite old flames.

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