Author: J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait for You (#6)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.
She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.
Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.
Another book from J. Lynn (aka Jennifer L. Armentrout, one of my all-time favourite authors). It’s been a while since I read a book in the Wait for You series. The first two I absolutely adored but sadly Fire in You fell a little short.
The same thing again…
What struck me most was how similar Fire in You felt to the others in the series. This is the sixth and final book and as much as it hurts to say this, I don’t think contemporary romance is JLA’s forte. The two main characters, Jillian and Brock, felt a little stereotyped and similar to the other characters in the series. This isn’t to say that I didn’t like them but I definitely noticed it throughout the whole book. Having said that, one big difference that I really appreciated was the age of the characters. The Wait for You series started as an NA series with the characters being college/university aged but both Jillian and Brock are adults in their late twenties and thirties. I thought this was great. Part of this is because as I get older I tend to prefer adult characters but I also thought it reflected the growth of the series a lot. Both Jill and Brock are grown adults who have gone through a lot in their lives. Both of them have had prior relationships so there wasn’t that cliché of the characters finding their soul mate at 18, which is important. Yes, Jillian and Brock have a long history but the fact that Fire in You takes place later on in their lives really drove home the point that just because you don’t fall in love with ‘The One’ at 18 doesn’t mean you’re never going to find someone.
More on the Characters
At first I found Jillian’s voice a little bit annoying and slightly cliché but this went away after a couple of chapters. I didn’t fall in love with Jillian but I did grow to like and respect her. Typical of J. Lynn’s contemporary heroines, Jillian went through a serious traumatic event earlier in life, which of course has shaped her character. The book sees Jillian moving jobs to her family’s company and that’s where I really started admiring her. We actually see Jillian at work as a professional and even with all her mixed up emotions involving Brock (who turns about to be her boss) she does a stellar job. I’m not exactly sure why but that made me really happy. Also, although Brock is Jillian’s boss it isn’t the typical situation where the power dynamics are seriously skewed in favour of the man – Jillian was in a position of power within the company and I liked that a lot.
Brock I didn’t have many complaints with. He was your typical alpha male in many respects but I loved his character development; he goes from a young man high on the fame and adrenaline of fighting to someone who is old enough to appreciate what they have and how they’ve changed. We see quite a few flashbacks to when Jillian and Brock were younger, showing us their friendship. I loved their friendship and how much they both worked to restore that friendship before the romance even went anywhere. Sadly I didn’t fall in love with Brock or swoon excessively over him.
Fire in You wasn’t super steamy. It did have some heat but I thought the sex was all a little cliché and boring. To be honest, the sex wasn’t the focus of the book (obviously) but if it had been a little less standard I wouldn’t have complained.
Fire in You was a little underwhelming and probably my least favourite in the series but it’s not a bad last book. We see all of the other couples from the series as well as a couple of minor characters (Katie for the win!). It didn’t take long to read but I enjoyed seeing everything wrapped up. I definitely think Jennifer L. Armentrout is better at fantasy but her contemporary books, especially the first ones in the Wait for You series, are still great. Fire in You is worth picking up if you want a quick contemporary read and I’d definitely recommend reading the rest of the series!