Received from Publisher

Received from Publisher

Title: Torch 
Series: Wildwood #3
Author: Karen Erickson
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: 16 Aug 2016
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Tate Warren has never met a woman he couldn’t charm—until now.

Wren Gallagher won’t give him the time of day and it’s making him crazy.

But he won’t give up without a fight… because there’s one thing he knows for sure:

Enemies make the best lovers.

Most women swoon over Tate’s devilish grin and firefighter uniform. But Wren couldn’t be less impressed by his good looks and flirtatious banter—in fact, she seems to downright despise him. She thinks he’s a player, but his attraction to her is no game. Wren is unlike anyone he’s ever known and he isn’t about to let the feisty, gorgeous woman slip through his fingers. 

Wooing Wren would be so much easier if she didn’t hate him…

Or does she?

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REVIEW 

Torch maintains all the tension of the series while adding to the romance. Although hit has left me with far more questions than answers.

The arsonist is still on the lose in Wildwood but now things are getting personal when Wren’s house goes up in flames. The only girl out of four children, Wren struggles against her brother’s overbearing protectiveness. Obviously, the loss of all her worldly possessions and the chance that it wasn’t just an opportunist attack sends the alpha males into overdrive. Top that off with the very hot, Tate, and you have a smorgasbord of  alphas in full bear mode ?

Wren has issues stemming from her younger years, deeming herself bland and boring, she yearns to make more of her life with the possibility of leaving Wildwood behind. While this plot thread seemed a vital part of the story at the beginning it tapered off and I have to admit I am not really sure about the origin or depth of Wren’s issues. Although, some clarity is achieved when Wren’s ex-boyfriend makes an appearance in town after an absence of nearly ten years. Yet more questions arise as to his sudden appearance and connection to Wren.

Tate and Wren have been circling each other under the disguise of disdain for a while, their verbal sparring the equivalent of foreplay. So when Tate steps up to the plate to offer Wren a place to stay you just know things are going to combust.

I adored Tate, and loved how he quickly accepted his feelings for Wren along with his caring nature. However, there were issues alluded to at the start of the story as to Tate’s history and background that were not fully developed. I can’t help but feel I still don’t know Tate all that well and I desperately want to.

Both previous couples from Ignite and Smolder make an appearance and progression of their own stories *SWOON*

There definitely has to be another book in the series as there are still so many outstanding issues, with only one Gallagher sibling left, is Holden going to get his own story????