Title: Fire In You
Series: Wait For You, Bk #6
Author: J. Lynn
Release Date: November 28, 2016
SYNOPSIS:From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…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 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.PURCHASE HERE:
Jillian Lima was Brock Mitchell's shadow for years, quietly longing for him, patiently waiting for him to see her the way she had always seen him. Despite what her friends warned her of and regardless of the way Brock consistently overlooked her, Jillian never let go of the hope that Brock might return her feelings. But she'd misread the signs all along and on the same night Brock broke her young heart for the last time, Jillian faced the most horrific moment of her life. Now, 6 years later, Jillian and Brock are reunited by the family business that brought them together in the first place. Navigating an unexpected working relationship, the two try to be friends. But, of course, this second chance at friendship is messy and unpredictable and rife with the signature angst Jennifer Armentrout has woven throughout this entire series.
I think Brock and Jillian may have been mentioned briefly in a previous book, but I had long forgotten who they were when I started reading Fire In You. And maybe that made this reading experience even better, going in blind, because I turned these pages hungrily as I got to know them for what felt like the first time. Brock is a former MMA fighter and Jillian is the daughter of the gym owner that first gave Brock a chance. This new dynamic between them as boss and assistant is so fresh, so addictive. I was as eager to see where they were going as I was to understand where they'd been. Armentrout slowly unearths the past through perfectly placed flashbacks revealing everything that lead them both to this place at just the right time. And the timing in this book is everything.
Jillian broke my heart a bit with how much she was made to question everything. Her insecurities really drive this storyline painfully and perfectly. She had misread Brock's feelings when they were young, so now she second guesses every word, every look, every blatant flirtation, believing she'll only get hurt again, believing Brock can't possibly see her as anything other than the way he always had. It's such an honest human reaction considering what she's been through and I connected with her right from the start because of it. Jillian is such a real character and I really loved her. And while I loved Brock too, HARD, I was staunchly on Team Jillian in that I couldn't quite forgive him for how he'd overlooked her years ago. I wanted him to fight. I wanted him to really deliver a solid case for why he deserved a shot now when he had broken her heart so severely years prior. I wanted to understand who he was and why he broke her heart and I wanted him to earn her, to be good enough for her this time around.
There were moments in this book that made my heart feel like it was going to just pound right out of my chest. Memories so heartbreaking, moments too real, moments of rejection and frustration and longing that cut so sharply, I couldn't breathe. This story hurts but it's also a story that'll make your heart warm, will bring you hope, will fill you with sheer bliss. Fire in You is everything I love in a good romance... It's sexy, it's swoony, it's slow burning, but it cuts really deep at times and i just love that. I love the pain as much as I love the joy and Jennifer Armentrout delivers both in droves. This isn't just a fantastic story, it's also a really fantastic way to say goodbye to every character we've been introduced to in this series. This series of interconnected stand-alones has honestly given me some of the most memorable characters in romance I've ever read. And Brock and Jillian are now firmly on that list as two characters I'll never, ever forget.
Brock’s eyes widened and then he threw back his head, laughing loudly and freely. “Ms. Lima, language.”
My face turned blood red. Did he seriously just say that to me?
Andre’s smile was a bit sly as he eyed the both of us, and I knew—I just knew—he was fully aware of the fact I had no idea Brock was going to be here. Just like my mother had to have known and just like my father had failed to mention.
My family was a bunch of assholes.
“Okay, I’m going to go—uh, pretend to do something,” Andre said.
Brock’s brown eyes were trained on me as he stepped aside and clapped the shorter man on the shoulder.
“Good luck,” Andre said to him, and my hands balled into fists.
The half-grin appeared on Brock’s mouth and he waited until Andre had disappeared. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard you use the word ‘fuck’ before.” His gaze flipped to the ceiling. “Well, there was the one time you tripped over your own feet and banged your knees off the pool deck. Pretty sure you yelled ‘fuck’ then.”
“This is not happening,” I murmured, heart thumping heavily in my chest.
“Actually, I think you yelled ‘fuck’ when your uncle Julio caught you trying to sneak out of the house. You remember that, right? You were trying to follow me—”
“You can stop,” I snapped, “with the walk down Fuck Lane.”
That grin increased, spreading into a full smile that caused my stomach to dip. I placed steadying hands on my desk. “Please tell me I’m dreaming right now.”
“If you were dreaming, I’d hope we’d both have less clothes on.”
“What?” My jaw hit the top of the table. Was he flirting with me? Not entirely surprising. If you looked up “flirt” on the internet, I was sure it had a picture of him grinning the panties right off of some chick, so I guessed a fiancée wasn’t going to change that.
Chuckling, Brock leaned against the door and folded his arms across his broad chest, stretching the material of his white button-down. My gaze dropped. Yep. He was wearing the damn Chucks. “You’re not dreaming, Jillian. I’m the new General Manager and you’re my assistant manager.”
“There is no way,” I said dumbly.
He glanced around, arching a brow. “Is it really that surprising?”
I wanted to scream yes, but I should’ve guessed it the moment I saw Brock Friday night. Anger swept through me. Not only did I feel incredibly stupid for not figuring out Brock was my new boss, I was extremely pissed everyone in my family had basically set me up.
Taking a deep breath, I asked, “Can you give me a second? Please?”
Brock didn’t move for a moment and then he unfolded his arms. “Your wish is my command.”
My fingers curled around the edge of the desk to stop myself from throwing something at him. The moment he stepped out of my office, I hurried to the door and closed it behind him. Storming back to the desk, I pulled my cellphone out of the little slip inside my purse and jabbed my finger on my father’s contact.
He answered on the third ring, his accented voice way too cheery for this time of the morning. “Jillian, my baby girl, are you—”
“Brock is the new General Manager?” I whispered-yelled into the phone.
“You’re at the office already? It’s not even eight-fifteen— Wait, Brock is already there too?” He laughed. “That is surprising.”
“That’s not really important right now.” I took a deep, calming breath. “Brock really is…he’s the GM?”
“I don’t think you really need to ask that question,” he responded. “Especially when you know the answer to it.”
Closing my eyes, I held the phone so tightly I was surprised it didn’t shatter into a million pieces. “Why didn’t you tell me?”
“Would it have a made a difference?” he asked.
Yes. A thousand times yes, but I didn’t say that. I refused to admit that. “Why didn’t you tell me?”
“You’re going to have to ask him that.” There was a pause. “I didn’t offer you this job because I thought you couldn’t handle working with him or that you would be calling me on your first day, thirty minutes before you should even be there.”
“And I’m not saying that to hurt you, hon. You know that. Hurting you is the last thing I’d ever want to do.” There was another gap of silence while I contemplated knocking the computer off my desk with a ninja kick, and then Dad said, “You can do this.”
Then he hung up on me.
What in the hell?
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.