Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blog Tour: Ingite by Tessa Teevan

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Tessa Teevan's debut novel Ignite, hosted by Love Between the Sheets.  Tessa is an awesome author and a super-nice person, and I loved her book, so I'm very happy to be taking part in the tour!

Title: Ignite (#1, Explosive Series)
Author: Tessa Teevan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 30, 2013

After nearly a year and a half of grieving the loss of her husband, twenty-seven year old Alexa Sullivan Tate is headed back to her hometown after a decade of being away. She has no idea her high school crush, Jace McAllister, the guy who stole her heart the same night that he broke it, is more than ready to pick up the pieces. 

Jace has spent the last ten years in the Army defusing bomb after bomb, trying to forget the girl who ignited all his passions. Little does he know that the spark still exists. 

Ten years ago they had smoldering chemistry, but the spark between them now might light a fuse that leads to an explosion even Jace can't stop. Not that he wants to. If only Alexa can get past her guilt and trust her heart again. 

But how do you put it all on the line when you've already lost everything once before?

*While this is a series, each book will be standalone with spinoff characters.

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I was SO impressed that Ignite is Tessa Teevan’s debut novel.  The writing is deliciously smooth and pulls you in right from the beginning, making for a very enjoyable reading experience.  The story is told in dual POV from the hero and heroine, Jace and Lexi, and the two voices were always believable and distinct, coming together to give us the very complete and satisfying story of this couple.

Ignite is a second-chance love story that begins a year and a half after Lexi’s husband Ty has died in a tragic car accident.  We soon learn that before Ty, Lexi was secretly in love with her best high-school friend, Jace, but she didn’t believe he returned her feelings—until he admitted that he did, the night of his high-school graduation.  And, oh yeah, the day before he left for the Army.  Due to a series of miscommunications, Lexi and Jace never reconnected after that night, but now, ten years later, they meet at Jace’s high-school reunion.

Second-chance love stories are usually incredibly romantic, and this one is no exception.  Having lived, grown up, and experienced pain in their time apart, Jace and Lexi come together again on a deeper level, emotionally and, yes, physically too.  Both are emotionally stunted in their own ways—Lexi because of the loss of her husband, and Jace because he’s avoided relationships and thrown himself into his Army life—and during their time together (and even apart, when they share romantic letters), they both allow themselves to feel true happiness and connection for the first time in a while.

I really appreciated the way the author dealt realistically with the issues in Lexi’s and Jace’s lives, rather than glossing over or romanticizing them.  Teevan could have easily made Lexi’s former husband either a saint or a villain, but instead she made Ty a complex yet ultimately good man, and she wasn’t afraid to present the painful parts of Ty and Lexi’s marriage and the issues left unresolved between them.  As for Jace, the author goes into depth about his experiences as a specialist in disabling IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in Afghanistan.  I did a lot of research on the war in Afghanistan and Iraq for a project a few years ago, and I could tell that Teevan cared about portraying this subject accurately and completely in Ignite.

I also have to add that the secondary characters were great, especially Lexi’s four-year-old niece Ava, who totally stole the show.

By the end of Ignite, both Jace and especially Lexi have to decide if they’re willing to give their hearts fully again, even though doing so will make them vulnerable to future loss and pain.  I loved following both of them along this journey, and I look forward to Tessa Teevan’s next book!


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