Title: Light Me Up
Series: Three Little Words #2
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 25 June 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
For Rachel Hennessy, it’s been an interesting six months. Boyfriend? Cheated on her. Job? She totally just got fired. Starting her own wedding planning business sounds exciting … in theory. In reality, it’s completely terrifying. And on top of all that, the freaking cherry right on top? She just had an ill-timed, alcohol-instigated one-night stand with her bff Casey’s brother, Tate. Yeah, that Tate. The one that she’s had a teensy, inconvenient crush on for years.
But nothing about it is ill-timed or inconvenient for Tate Steadman. Because he finally feels free. Free of the oppressive relationship he’d been in for the past six years. Free to pursue Rachel, because one alcohol-fueled night was not even close to enough for him. He just wished she saw it that way. Because she makes him want more than he ever knew he was capable of.
When their one night has unexpected consequences, Rachel has no clue how to trust that he’s not just trying to be ‘the good guy’ who wants to do ‘the right thing’. And even though the chemistry between them practically burns down an entire city block when they’re together, she doesn’t know how to let down the concrete wall she’s built up around herself.
The ‘mistake’ of one evening can change the trajectory of two lives, but maybe a mistake is all they really need to push them right into true love.
I really liked the sound of Light Me Up when I read the synopsis. It is nice to see the path a couples road takes following the aftermath of a blazing night together. Told in third person narrative, mainly focusing on Rachel with the alternating perspective woven through the narrative. Personally, I prefer the use of first person narrative as I feel I bond on a deeper level with the characters. However, in this case it allowed Karla Sorensen to demonstrate the far-reaching consequences of emotional issues when a character hasn’t come to terms with them as yet.
I really loved how Karla mixed up the romantic tropes within Light Me Up with Rachel being the commitment-phobe and Tate being the clueless romantic. Speaking of Tate, I absolutely adored that man. He is the kind of main character you want to be real so you can have him for yourself. He is committed to making things work with Rachel, even if he has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth, lol.
Both Tate and Rachel are very mature in their attitude and surprisingly calm under the circumstances. Thier reactions were priceless and a joy to witness. Their partnership was just that, they worked together toward a common goal. It was obvious, as an outside observer just how perfect Tate and Rachel were for each other. The chemistry between them nearly set the page on fire 😉 Unfortunately, Rachel has so many deep-rooted emotional issues creating a rough road on the path to happiness.
Karla shows how profoundly observing our parents relationships shapes the way we view and therefore, undertake our own relationships, both good and bad. Providing a deeper level of understanding to Rachel’s issues. Rachel’s character growth and the breakdown of her emotional barriers is an amazing journey to follow.
Above all else Light Me Up has an overwhelming sense of hope and the glimmer of the Happily Ever After permeating the narrative.