Fireworks by Sarina Bowen

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Fireworks (True North #6)
by Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing, LLC

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Rating: ★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map.

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong? 

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.

A quick trip. In and out. Much like – never mind. She can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and slide back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.

But things go sideways the moment she steps over the county line. Her stepsister is running from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke Skye’s teenage heart.

His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.

Things are about to go boom.

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Twelve years ago, Skye Copeland left Vermont with a bag of clothes and a broken heart and never looked back. Now years later, Skye is a journalist in NYC and living the dream (so to speak) but when an on-air mishap leads her to become the talk of all media, her boss puts her on paid leave until things die down. With not much to do, Skye’s stepsister Rayanne suggests she comes up to Vermont for a visit. When she arrives, the only thing to be found is a note telling Skye to contact Benito Rossi, her high school crush and the guy who broke her heart all those years ago. Though it’s the last thing she wants to do, Skye knows that Benito is her only hope if she wants to find Rayanne…before it’s too late.

Fireworks is the sixth installment in the True North series and one of my most anticipated releases for the fall. I’ve been curious to know more about the other half of the Benito twins ever since we first met him in Bountiful. Fireworks has the same small town charm and strong familial bonds like the previous installments, but Sarina switched it up with this book by throwing in a dash of suspense. I wasn’t expecting all these nail-biting moments but they totally had me hooked as I was dying to find out how things would end for Skye’s stepsister. I kind of wish Sarina would right more romances with suspense because she definitely nailed it with this book.

This book touches upon themes of sexual harassment/abuse and while the scenes aren’t graphic it’s still worth noting. Skye is one hell of strong woman who endured a lot of hurt during her adolescent years but eventually found her way out and escaped. She still has some scars from those experiences and struggles in situations involving intimacy. Learning how to let down her walls and allow someone to see how vulnerable she truly is is something Skye has to learn how to overcome in this book, but luckily she has a considerately patient guy who is willing to help her. Benito has always had a protector’s instinct and that is something that hasn’t changed over the years. He’s a good brother, a caring uncle and a badass cop. I just thought Benito was the perfect match for Skye because he grounds her and made her feel safe when she needed it most. 

While I liked our characters and was caught up in all the suspense, I was a bit let down by the romance. Second-chances and friends falling for one another are two of my most favorite tropes but even that wasn’t working for me in this book. I felt like the romance was rushed and lacked the emotions and passion I was expecting when I first started this book. You see when we first meet Skye, she is still harboring a lot of hate and hurt towards Benito and he’s basically the last person she ever wants to see again. But the moment she lays eyes on him it’s like all those negative feelings dissipate and she’s just falling all over again for him. I would’ve rather if things had moved a bit more slower between these two and there had been more of a build up rather than them just jumping into bed together on the first night they reunite.  

Despite the let downs, Fireworks was still an enjoyable read and I’m sure fans of this series will enjoy it as well! I’m super curious to see which character will get a book next…if there even is a next installment that is, lol.

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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

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