Series: Holly Woods Files #6
on October 6th, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Brody Bond. The youngest homicide detective in Holly Woods. My best friendÔÇÖs younger brother.
Off. Freaking. Limits.
IÔÇÖve told myself that for the past five years, and IÔÇÖm going to keep telling myself that. BesidesÔÇöIÔÇÖm kind-of dating Jason. I donÔÇÖt need Brody. I shouldnÔÇÖt even want him, but want him, I do.
Not that I have time to think about it. With Noelle and Drake in Mexico for two weeks, IÔÇÖm holding down the fort at Bond P.I. Or I wasÔÇª until I stumbled upon a young woman whoÔÇÖd been attacked while walking my dog.
Jason thinks itÔÇÖs the latest in a long line of gang-rapes happening across three states. Brody thinks IÔÇÖve added a target to my back. Getting to the bottom of it is at the top of my to-do list.
Two men, both determined to protect me.
I think I could love one. IÔÇÖm almost certain IÔÇÖm in love with the other.
Ride or die just got a whole lot realer.
IÔÇÖve been a massive fan of Emma HartÔÇÖs Holly Woods Series ever since book one in the series. These stories are packed with humor, suspense, hotness, and love in unlikely places. Further, for the last 5 books, IÔÇÖve been begging to get BekÔÇÖs story. And when we finally got it, it sure delivered on the promise made in previous books.
Going in, I wasnÔÇÖt sure I was going to like this book, based solely on the fact that itÔÇÖs set out to be a love triangleÔÇöand I hate those with a passion. But Burning Bond surprisingly didnÔÇÖt bother me as such, and everyone who knows my issues with love triangles knows what exactly it was this book lacked, thankfully. (But since this would be a spoiler I wonÔÇÖt spell it out.)
IÔÇÖve always loved Bek. SheÔÇÖs feisty, stubborn, strong-headed, loyal, and funny as hell. Her and Noelle are a lot alike, but while I feared Bek is going to be a carbon copy of Noelle, this wasnÔÇÖt the case. Bek had her own distinctive voice and was more level-headed. She is more cautious when in danger and not as reckless, which I liked. For once, the men could be the heroes.
As for the two men Bek is stuck in betweenÔÇöJason and BrodyÔÇöI donÔÇÖt want to say too much and give the ending away, even though it is quite obvious who sheÔÇÖll choose from pretty much the start. Regardless, I did like both of them. TheyÔÇÖre very different however. Jason, while he likes Bek, is not secure in his feelings for her. The one thing I didnÔÇÖt like about him was that he tried to change Bek and gave her shit when she just did what came naturally to her.
Now Brody though, I loved him. HeÔÇÖs just the type of guy you canÔÇÖt help but like. HeÔÇÖs known Bek his whole life and loved her just as long. HeÔÇÖs not only strong and stubbornÔÇöour typical alphaÔÇöheÔÇÖs also super sweet and funny when he wants to be. And he actually loved Bek to the brink of madness.
The one thing that annoyed me is their fighting. Grown-ass men fighting like children over a toy. But thatÔÇÖs about the only think that really bugged me.
Over all I really enjoyed this book. The suspense was great, but unlike the previous ones the whole situation wasnÔÇÖt over the top. It was actually believable. Further, the writing in this book is something I really enjoyed. The witty banter between the characters had me laugh out loud in public. And while Nonna was annoying at times, I mean IÔÇÖd have killed her by now or disinherited, she does what she does out of love.
If you are in need of a story that will make you laugh, with great writing, an engaging story line, and funny, charming, and sexy characters, look no fartherÔÇöBurning Bond is the book for you! I for one loved it!
I do want to say though that I donÔÇÖt believe this is a standalone. Everyone should read the first books in the series to fully understand BekÔÇÖs character and what happened before between her and the guys. It will give readers a better understanding and insight into their character.
~Review by Anja
ÔÇ£Danger! Danger! Danger!ÔÇØ Gio screams. ÔÇ£Danger! Neenaw neenaw neenaw!ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Jesus Christ, Nonna!ÔÇØ Brody yells, rubbing his ear. ÔÇ£What the hell is that?ÔÇØ
Nonna stops. ÔÇ£He-a likes CSI.ÔÇØ
I blink. Gio watches CSI?
ÔÇ£You let your parrot watch murder TV shows?ÔÇØ I ask.
ÔÇ£Si. He-a likes it.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Neenaw neenaw neenaw!ÔÇØ Gio flaps his wings.
ÔÇ£What is the neenaw about?ÔÇØ I say quickly when he stops.
ÔÇ£He-a is-a a police-a car,ÔÇØ Nonna says in the kind of dry tone that says I should know that.
Like it’s totally fucking normal for a parrot to pretend to be a police car.
ÔÇ£Nonna, you need a quieter pet,ÔÇØ Brody tells her. ÔÇ£That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.ÔÇØ
She snorts. ÔÇ£He will-a learn-a a fire engine next!ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I’m leaving.ÔÇØ I grab my purse and stand up.
Nonna grabs my arm, stands me up, and spins me toward the dining roomÔÇöand away from the wannabe siren with a heartbeat. ÔÇ£No. You-a must-a help me.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Nonna,ÔÇØ I say gently, hoping to placate her and trying not to think about the fact that I dropped my purse on the floor. ÔÇ£They haven’t set a wedding date. This can wait until they’re home.ÔÇØ
She shakes her head. ÔÇ£No. She-a does-a not-a care about-a napkins!ÔÇØ
I don’t blame her. I’m not gonna lie. I don’t care about napkins, either. At least, not right now. There are far bigger things to worry about.
ÔÇ£Neenaw!ÔÇØ Gio cries through the house.
Brody slams the dining room door, cutting him off. ÔÇ£That goddamn bird, Nonna.ÔÇØ
Nonna clasps her hand to her chest. ÔÇ£Take-a it-a back!ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I’m going to damn you if you don’t get on with this. I’m supposed to be on a lunch break, not a torture break,ÔÇØ he grinds out. He grabs the samples and, flicking through them halfheartedly, selects the most god-awful pattern I’ve ever seen. ÔÇ£Here. This is nice.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£If you’re blind,ÔÇØ I say sarcastically, reaching across and taking them from him.
It’s even uglier at closer look. I don’t know what Nonna was drinking when she picked these, but it must have been Moonshine or something. I can’t even describe the vile mixing of lace and satin on that swatch.
ÔÇ£One of these three.ÔÇØ I pull them from the clip and put them on the table. ÔÇ£Trust me. I’m not being responsible for Noelle having to wipe her mouth with a napkin that looks like it lost a fight with a paper shredder and a glue stick.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£What’s wrong with the one I picked?ÔÇØ Brody asks me indignantly.
I cast my gaze upward. ÔÇ£It looks like it lost a fight with a paper shredder and a glue stick,ÔÇØ I say slowly so he gets every word. ÔÇ£No. I’ll be held responsible, and it’s not happening.ÔÇØ
Nonna wrinkles her nose as she puts her glasses on and examines the swatches I’ve handed her. Honestly, if she brings them any closer to her face, she’ll be able to feel them. Then she selects a fourth.
ÔÇ£I like-a this one.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£No,ÔÇØ I say firmly. ÔÇ£One of these.ÔÇØ I hand her the best three.
Brody groans. ÔÇ£Why can’t she just use paper napkins?ÔÇØ