What Worked For Me:
This book is titled appropriately! I was simply shocked at some of the things I read, most of them good, a few of them questionable. First, this is an extremely emotional book. Be prepared to grab a box of tissues and brace yourself for a seriously mind-blowing event. I was rocked. But, what made this book so good was the complete heartfelt emotion the author put into the healing process of our heroine, whose life is irrevocably changed in a way I can’t comprehend. Mia is an amazing heroine. She is shattered and grieving and we watch her struggle to come to terms with the changes in her life and it is so beautiful to see her rise above and move on the best way she knows how. She reconnects with Tai, our delicious and damaged bad-boy, when she begins to realize that she cut him out of her life rashly, while she was dealing with the after effects of her new reality. Their relationship builds slowly but it does build and when these two come together if tugs at your heart and makes you tingle all over. It is poignant and raw. Tai and Mia have real chemistry and it completely incinerates anything in its path. It is a reflection of them both healing from their pasts and moving on as best they can, together. Tai is very protective and connected with Mia. He cares for her like no one else possibly could, because he relates to her pain and understands everything she is feeling and going through. There is some turmoil in the mix, in the form of a couple of very nasty ladies, and even more tragedy that befalls one of their friends. Overall, Shock Advised had a very unique plot, some twists you don’t see coming, and a solid and sound cast of secondary characters, both old and new (I love that we get to see characters from other series in her books). This was a very enjoyable read and I can’t wait to read the next Kilgore Fire book!
What Didn’t Work For Me:
There was a lot of grief and sadness in this book. This poor heroine just had so much go wrong for her, I spent a lot of the book broken hearted. I can’t remember the last time a book made me cry so much. This can be bad or good, depending on your preferences. There was also one scene that absolutely floored me involving the heroine. I was so embarrassed for her, I had to put my Kindle down and walk away. Some readers may find this situation funny, but I am not one of them. However, this situation does drive home how kind and over-whelmingly supportive our hero is.
Would I Recommend This Book:
Final Star Rating:
Title: Shock Advised
Series: The Kilgore Fire Series #1
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 6, 2016
Taima, a.k.a. Tai, is the last person people come to for help. He’s the fuck up…the bad boy…the guy that only looks out for himself.
Which couldn’t be further from the truth.
He’s fought hard to become the man he is today. He’s a hero in the public’s eye. A firefighter that the young all the way to the old turn to for help at the lowest point in their lives.
What people don’t know, though, is that he’s no hero. He’s the reason his sister is dead, and he’ll spend the rest of his life trying to right that wrong.
Then one split second decision has him coming face to face with Mia Darling. The woman changes his life, making him reevaluate everything he thought he had figured out, and showing him the tenderness he never knew he needed.
Just like always, though, his luck runs out.
When the smoke settles, Mia’s gone, and Tai realizes there’s no way he can live the rest of his life without her. He’ll show her just how hard a bad boy will fight to get his woman back, and he’s not opposed to fighting dirty.
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.
Up Next In The Series:
Title: Flash Point
Series: Kilgore Fire Series #2
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 2, 2016
Masen Crisfield fell in love with Booth Jones when she was sixteen years old. Booth was the love of her life. The rock she needed to get her through the day. Then she rips his heart out while he’s deployed, leaving him wondering just what he’d done to warrant something so severe as a breakup that neither of them wanted.
Stubbornness is their middle name, and ten long years pass before either one of them try to breach the gap.
Circumstances force Booth to come home, and within an hour of him being back in his hometown, there she is. Right back in the forefront of his mind where he knows she shouldn’t be.
The day he starts his first civilian job at Kilgore Fire Department, his worst fear of seeing Masen is realized. And not only does he see her, but he sees her with another man. A fellow firefighter that he has to trust with his life.
It soon becomes apparent that they are both still just as much in love with each other now as they were the moment they met. But there’s a problem. Booth’s married, and Masen’s in a committed relationship.
They fight the pull with everything they have, but they’re both about to learn the true meaning of flash point as the two of their lives crash together. Their love consuming everything in its path.