by Jessica Jayne
Publication Date: July 23, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone
Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and knew that came with risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own. Even though her marriage to Chad Riley had its difficulties, dealing with the last year without him has not been easy. Her brother-in-law, Matt, has been the rock that has kept her from collapsing or imploding.
As a fireman, Matt Riley had been at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed. For the last year, Matt has suffered from survivor’s guilt and drank himself into oblivion. His sister-in-law, Gracelyn, supported him, lending him a shoulder to cry on. Her friendship has pulled him through time and time again until he finally sobered.
With the year anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt turn to each for support and comfort. What they didn’t expect was to realize that their feelings for each other go beyond the solid friendship they share. Can they overcome the guilt and the scrutiny of their family and friends to find love together?
Rating: 5 stars
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3EM9Q5NOX8Y8R/
In Flames is the first novel I’ve read by Jessica Jayne. I was pulled in from the beginning as the hero, Matt, sits in front of his sister-in-law’s house, trying to build up the nerve to go in and tell her his brother, Chad, had died in while fighting a fire. I felt every ounce of anguish he was feeling, which let me know this book was going to be a great read.
Following Chad’s death, Matt was in a very dark place and Gracelyn helped pull him out. In return, Matt consoled her, helped her with the kids, and did everything he could do to help. Throughout that year, they became best friends, however, I think feelings were already simmering.
When the first year of Chad’s death came around, it was too much for them to bear and they turned to each other physically for comfort. I wasn’t surprised at all, and honestly, I’m surprised it took a whole year for it to happen.
As much as I wanted to see them together, I knew it was going to be an uphill battle, mainly fighting their own guilt, then Matt’s insane ex-wife, his judgemental mother, and a lot of the townspeople.
How did it work out for them? You’ll have to one-click and find out. 😉
With this book, Jessica Jayne became a one-click author for me. There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book. The author created complex characters it was easy to become invested in and the story line was multi-dimensional. I give In Flames 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who likes best friends to lovers romance novels.
I will be looking for more of Ms. Jayne’s work in the future.
ABOUT JESSICA JAYNE
Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the stories floating around in her head!
Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She’s a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!
In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure.
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