Book Title: Flame Author: Brooke Cumberland Genre: Erotic Romance Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
I’m still blown away by Drew’s sudden attack on my lips. He left without so much as a goodbye or a here’s my number. I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but it does. One moment I’m sad, wondering if I’ll ever see him again, and the next I’m pissed off that yet again, a man has staked their claim on me and then just bailed. Ugh…what the hell is happening to me? I don’t think about guys. I dream of sex. Of multiple orgasms. But I don’t think of guys as anything more than just that—a way to get off. But Drew…yeah, he’s different. He’s a blend of sexy meat layered with a sense of entitlement. He knows he’s hot—he has to know. His muscles are practically popping out of his tight t-shirt. And I’m pretty sure I even saw some ink under those sleeves. Had he given me more than two minutes, my hands would’ve wandered up those arms and felt those muscles. Ugh…dammit. Must get Drew out of my head. “Fuck this shit,” I yell at myself. I waltz back into the bar, searching for him through the crowd that’s gotten rowdier since the next game started. I spot him near the back, laughing with his friends as they continue watching the game. I stalk over, grab him by the arm, and drag him with me into the back hallway. “Feisty little thing, aren’t you?” I let go of his arm once we make it down the hall where it’s quiet. “Fucking hell, you’re strong.” He rubs his arm with his hand. “What the hell was that?” I demand. “I should ask you the same thing, Doll.” He eyes me curiously, not giving away his thoughts. “Do you typically go around kissing girls like that and then bailing? Or am I the exception?” I realize I’m practically yelling at him, demanding answers, but I don’t care. He’s messing with me, and I don’t like it. He thinks for a moment before responding. “I suppose you could be the exception to many things.” He grins, roaming his eyes up and down my body again. I’m dumbstruck and bewildered by him. Fuck it. I grab his face in my hands and force his mouth back on mine. I’m not ready to leave his lips just yet—I need more. He happily reciprocates, wrapping his arms around my waist as he backs me up against the wall behind me. The kiss isn’t sweet and tender like before, but rather needy and aggressive. The intensity is overwhelming, but I give in and let him take control of the kiss. His hands roam down my ass and thighs, lifting my legs up as they wrap around his waist. He pushes hard against me, making me throb in between my legs as I feel his erection against me. Shit, he’s hard. I so desperately want to submit to my knees and take him in my mouth, but I don’t just yet. I’m too mesmerized by his mouth, his taste, that nothing else seems to matter but getting more of him. “Oh my god, Drew…I want you. I want you right now,” I whimper out. There’s no point in beating around the bush. I want him so fucking bad. “What do you want, Doll?” he asks, not parting our lips. “What can I give you?” he asks again softly. Jesus…the sound of his voice is so fucking captivating. Panty-dropping, heartbeat-skipping sexy. “Come home with me. Please.” What the hell…I’m begging now? I don’t beg men. But shit…I’m ready to beg for him. I guess there really is an exception to certain wants.
The Spark series continues to be hot and Flame is much hotter! I always liked Carissa in the Spark series and I am so glad that she got her own novel. She always looked out for her friend Velaney and was like the voice of reason for Velaney. However, when it comes to her own heart, she has all these walls guarding it.
Carissa never has trouble finding a man. She goes out somewhere, finds herself a man! Or they find her! Even at her workplace she finds them. She would be with these men one time only and not have the emotional attachment along with it. She likes calling all the shots and have fun with a man, but not have a relationship with any of them. There would be no second or third time with any man.
Things do change for her. Drew comes into the picture. He's a foreign exchange college student from London who plays football. He's hot and athletic (think about how sexy the British accent must be!) He only has a few months left till graduation and plans to leave the US to head back to London. Unlike the other guys, Drew spends more than one night with Carissa. Carissa becomes fascinated with this man and she slowly starts to let these walls come down. She is still hesitant because he isn't going to be in the states for too much longer, but Drew wants to enjoy all the time with her that he can.
What I like about Drew is he didn't want to give up on Carissa. There are the ups and downs the two go through in the time they are getting to know one another. Allowing a man into her life is still so new to Carissa and Drew has been very patient with her and not wanting to throw in the towel. Drew not only tries to get Carissa to open up her heart more, but tries to get her to let go of some of this hatred in her past that still affects her and eats into her mind.
Even though Flame is part of the Spark series, you can read it as a standalone novel since this focuses more on Carissa's story. I still recommend reading Spark and Burn in addition to reading Flame! Brooke, as always, has done an amazing job in showing us what is going on in the character's mind, this time Carissa's! Great job Brooke!
My rating: Five Stars!
Brooke is a midwestern gal, from the cheese state of Wisconsin! Go Packers! She's a stay-at-home mom to a wild three year old. Most days you can find her reading or writing, or just hanging out with her family! She loves movies, cooking, and shopping! She's addicted to Starbucks, Coach purses, and wearing yoga pants.