Wednesday, June 12, 2013

**Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Flames ~ Jessica F.F. Evans**

Howdy and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Flames by Jessica F.F. Evans. My stop includes all the important information about Flames, my review, AND a giveaway. :) To follow all the stops on the tour, click here. This tour is presented by Irresistible Reads Book Tours.


Author: Jessica F.F. Evans 
Release date: May 5th, 2013
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours

Book Description:

Seven years ago Jenna Farley left her hometown of Cedarville, Indiana and vowed never to look back. She created a thriving business and a quiet life on the sunny beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. But seven years and hundreds of miles can’t keep the 
nightmares of her past and visions of a hellish future from plaguing her dreams.

With the fate of her first love resting solely in her hands Jenna must go back to the town she despises and risk everything for a man who is not at all pleased to find her on his doorstep talking about a murderer on the loose and asking him to trust her.

Nathaniel McGregor has put many years and many women between him and the memory of the only woman he ever loved. Now she's back and doing what she does best. Turning his life upside down and warning him of an obsessed pyromaniac hell bent on killing him. Can he trust her? Does he even have a choice? The clock is ticking, both their lives are on the line and they must work together to stop a determined killer 

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About Jessica

Jessica F.F. Evans lives in a little village in rural Indiana with her husband, daughter and crazy large family. She spends every chance she gets on the Gulf Coast. When not writing romance novels she enjoys woodturning, hiking and passing on her love of reading to her daughter.

Flames is her debut novel. Carry On is coming in September 2013 and is her second romantic suspense novel followed by her suspense novel: Under the Cajun Moon in December 2013 and her Young Adult novel: Lessons Learned by Arnold St. James in June 2014.


My Review

Goodness! For a short novel, this one sparked my interest and kept it throughout the story. Flames has a few shortcomings, but overall, the plot was interesting, the story was paced well, and I genuinely liked the characters.

Jenna is blessed, or cursed in her opinion, with a psychic gift. Living in a small town, being different didn't make for easy friendships. But she had her best friend and her boyfriend. Her life was pleasant. However, she loses her best friend and her boyfriend lets her down, so she leaves for college and a new life. She's been successful these last seven years. She has a thriving business and a best friend with her own psychic gift. 

I liked that Jenna shows strength and resilience after the adversity she faced growing up and especially right after graduation. She's made a life for herself and is relatively happy. I understood her hurt over the actions of her boyfriend, Nathaniel. It revealed a lot about her buried feelings that she went running home as soon as it was clear Nathaniel was in danger.

Nathaniel is one hard-headed guy. He's moved on and built a life for himself and he's happy. But he's never settled down. He's been through a lot and goes through a lot over the course of the story, but is steadfast in his decisions. When Jenna arrives back in town, his actions and reactions said a lot about the feelings he's been carrying around for seven years. I understood his reluctance to believe what was right in front of him, but was glad when he finally embraced the truth. 

I enjoyed the psychic element of Flames. It added to the suspense since knowing something is going to happen doesn't mean it can be changed. I also liked the supporting characters of Shana and David. We don't see them often but they play important roles and made an impact on the story.

There were a few editing issues in Flames. However, I felt that the story was strong enough that I was able to overlook them most of the time. Also, the actions of Jenna and Nathaniel irritated me at one point. It seemed immature - Jenna evens comments on the situation becoming childish - and didn't mesh with the strength I felt both characters projected.

Overall, Flames was a quick and suspenseful read. I liked the characters and felt engaged in their story. I will definitely read Ms. Evans again.

**I received an ecopy of Flames as part of the tour in exchange for an honest review.


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  1. Thank you so much for such a great review! I'm glad you liked Shana's character because she is getting her own book in September.

    1. You're very welcome, Jessica. And I'm so glad I'll get to see more of Shana! ;)

  2. This seems like a pretty exciting story. I'm glad you liked it, despite the few issues.

  3. It does sound interesting. The pyro side of the story and the title flames has me curious. I am wondering about the events and this murderer that make her go back. Seven years is a lot of time apart and I can see how there could be a good deal of drama and emotions buried in the pages. Excellent review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.


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