Series: True North #6
on November 13th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map.
Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern that day created a perfect schlong?
Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s agreed to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.
A quick trip. In and out. Much like - never mind. Skye can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and get back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.
Except things go sideways even as she sets foot over the county line. Her step-sister is on the run from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke her teenage heart.
His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.
Things are about to go boom.
I’m always giddy the moment a Sarina Bowne book hits my kindle, and I stay giddy through every page. The True North series is amongst my favorites of all time and I was more than ecstatic to FINALLY get Benito’s story. The man has been a mystery for too long.
This book stood out to me from the go Sarina’s way of telling Skye’s story is unique and sets a tone that invokes the feel of a “newsroom”. Considering Skye’s profession, as a TV reporter, this works so well. From the moment we meet Skye and discover her pasts with Benito I was captivated.
“Our girl smiles inside, because Vermont just got a little bit brighter. “
Parts of the story are hard, as Skye reflects on their young friendship and the way she grew up. At 16 she’s forced to contend with a man we know is simply no good, and one that as an adult Benito is hard at work trying to put in jail.
Adulthood for these two, and the funny way they are brought back together, make for a highly entertaining read:
“So… you’re Uncle Benito.”
“That’s right.” He smiles, and I realize that it might undo me completely to see him holding a child. The news headline would read: Tough Guy Holds Infant. Women Faint in a Twenty Mile Radius.
Yup. Sounds about right.
I’m not sure I’ve ever rooted stronger for a second chance. Their connection and banter is electric. As the story unfolds and Benito and Skye experience that second chance, things go sideways and things get scary and dangerous. But it’s worth is to see Benny get his guy and for Skye to experience the elusive “fireworks” for the first time in her life. I love being in Skye’s head and she may be one of my favorite heroines. Benito is sext and smart ( aside from one silly oversight) and his protective nature is completely swoony.
I simply adore this series and well all books by Sarina, and Fireworks is another 5 + star read from her.
~Review by Cyndi