Ignite – 4.5 Stars

ignite Karen Erickson

The Wildwood Series (Book 1)

Release Date: March 15, 2016



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book blurb

Weston Gallagher is falling hard-for the wrong woman.

One night of passion has haunted him for years.

Now he’s got a second chance to get the girl of his dreams…but there’s just one problem:

She hates him.

Eight years after he stormed out of Wildwood, California, West has returned to his hometown as a firefighter. His friends and family are thrilled he’s back-with the exception of Harper Hill. His best friend’s sister is all grown up and in all the right ways. He knows she’s going to do everything she can to protect her heart and keep him at arm’s length, but West has other ideas.

He will win the girl that got away. No matter what it takes…

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Oh, shit. He was fairly certain he knew what was about to happen. She’d shed the coat and—he hoped—she would be wearing nothing much underneath. And if she was asking for uncomplicated sex, could he give her that? Did he want to give her that?

She bent her head and undid the belt, letting it fall to the floor. Glancing up at him, she didn’t smile, didn’t say anything. Just held his gaze while her fingers moved over the few buttons keeping the coat together, until the last button was undone and the coat fell open. Revealing that she wore nothing but the smallest scrap of black lacy panties he’d ever had the honor of seeing.

He broke out into an immediate sweat. Yeah. He’d give her whatever she wanted, no questions asked.

“Sit down, West,” she demanded and he did, practically falling backward onto the couch, his hands gripping his knees. He told himself to calm the hell down but the quick mental reassurance was no help. He had an erection just from seeing her like this, watching her move toward him with pure determination in her every step as she shrugged out of the coat so it fell onto the floor in a crumpled heap.

She pushed his hands away from his knees and straddled his thighs, her bare breasts in his face, hard, rosy pink nipples a complete temptation. Ignoring them, he tilted his head back, blinking up at her as she smiled down at him, shaking her head so her hair tumbled all to one side.

“Like what you see?” she asked, her voice husky. Sexy.

So unbelievably sexy he couldn’t believe this was happening. How’d he get so fucking lucky?

“I definitely like what I see,” he said, his gaze…everywhere. He didn’t know what to look at first. Her face? Her breasts? Those slender legs straddling him, the lace panties and what lay beneath? Christ, she was trying to kill him. Slay him dead.

It was working.

Harper rested her hands on his shoulders, her fingers tracing the artwork that covered his skin. She drew closer, her hair trailing over his bare skin, and bent her head so her mouth was by his ear. “You should touch me, West. Touch me wherever you want.”

Ah, fuck.

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about the author


monica murphyUSA Today bestselling author KAREN ERICKSON writes what she loves to read – sexy contemporary romance. Published since 2006, she’s a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She also writes as NYT and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy.

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my review

4.5 Stars

No matter what name this writer goes by she is an automatic must read author for me – I love her books. Her words draw me into her character’s world and I always feel immersed in whatever drama they are experiencing – it’s awesome.

Ignite is the first book in The Wildwood series and it is a second chance love story. This fast-paced romance brought me to Wildwood, CA and it was the start of a new series about a group of firefighters who live there.

Weston Gallagher swore he’d never return to the town he grew up in. He had wanted to break free of the town’s preconceived notions of him and his family so that he could become the man he wanted to be.  However, to keep himself on his career track, he must spend some time at the Wildwood station.  He just needs to pay his dues and then he can leave again.

The only trouble with Weston’s plan is that he left behind the only woman he had ever felt a true connection for – Harper Hill. He thought enough time had passed for her to get over his betrayal and for him to get over his feelings for her.  However, after a chance encounter Weston realizes all the lust and passion for her is still very much alive and he feels it throughout his entire being.

Harper isn’t quite so enchanted or excited that Weston is back. Even though the boy she was enamored with as a young adult has grown into an enticing and sexy man who she desperately wants, she isn’t ready to give him a chance.  She’s afraid to trust him with her heart.  However, she might just not be able to help herself.

Overall, I would absolutely recommend Ignite.  Weston and Harper’s personalities made Ignite a fun and entertaining for me. Their romance moves along swiftly and it unfolds well.  I was definitely rooting for them to get their happily ever after together.   I also enjoyed the introductions to the other various characters in Wildwood.  I can’t wait to get to know everyone and read other books in this series.


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