Book Review – Inflame by Tessa Teevan (Explosive #3)

Easy going soldier Kale Montgomery, a self-proclaimed ladies man, has no plans of settling down, especially not with his best friend- the sexy, sassy schoolteacher Lucy Dawson. Their relationship, though unconventional, is mutually beneficial, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Friends with benefits? Casual lovers? Whatever you want to call it, they’re having fun, in and out of bed, and to them, that’s all that matters. At least that’s what they think, but how long can you spend in someone’s bed before you find they’re also infiltrating your heart?

As their casual fling with no strings attached progresses, it’s not long before they realize they’re both in way over their heads. One fateful night changes their lives forever in ways they could never have imagined, giving them the push to finally admit that maybe, just maybe they want more than they’ve let on. Their mutual attraction rapidly intensifies as it shifts from burning lust to unrelenting want, need, and possibly even love. Suddenly the idea of settling down doesn’t seem so bad. In fact, it sounds pretty damn perfect.

Just when things seem to be falling into place, past pain and renewed insecurities rise to the surface and threaten to smother the flames of their passionate relationship, reminding them both why they’ve always kept the idea of love at arm’s length. Will Kale and Lucy realize that what they’ve been waiting for is each other, or will the blazing whirlwind of their feelings burn out too quickly, causing it to all go up in smoke?

 
4 out of 5 stars
I love a good friends-to-lovers story, and this one didn’t disappoint.  Kale Montgomery and Lucy Dawson have been best friends (with benefits) for a year and a half.  One little word changes everything – won’t spoil, but I’m guessing you can figure it out.
 
I enjoyed the evolution of the relationship that blossomed.  Lucy was a kick-ass heroine.  She was tough as nails, yet gentle when she needed to be.  I really love Kale, but he acted like a bit of a baby, keeping his “secret” from Lucy (which in all actuality wasn’t a big deal).
 
The banter between Kale and Lucy was fun and light, and they had a relationship that felt fun and real.  I enjoyed the ending where Knox’s brother (and semi-villain) Branson took a role in Lucy’s life, and opened up a spin-off series about the Wellington brothers (which I will very quickly be adding to my TBR list).
 
Overall, I really love this series, and I’m excited to read Xavier and Kalli’s story next.  Good read.
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