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?
***BlueSeal97’s review of In Flames by Jessica Jayne***
Matt, a divorced father and firefighter, has fallen in love for second time in his life. The first time was when his son was born and the second time is with the one person that he should not love, his best friend, his brother’s gorgeous widow. It has been a year since Matt watched that burning house collapse on his big brother, but is Matt brave enough to ignore what everyone thinks, including his own mother, and follow his heart?
Gracelyn and her two children have been through hell. Chad hasn’t even unpacked the boxes from moving back in with his family when Grace gets the knock on the door that every firefighter’s spouse dreads. He’s gone. After spending months as the talk of the town when Chad got caught cheating, is Gracelyn brave enough to trust Matt, her husband’s brother, with her delicate heart or will she let him run away?
As the wife of a retired police officer, I was in tears just reading the prologue because I understand the fear of that late-night knock on the door. Don’t get the wrong impression; this is a hot and heavy romance but Jessica’s character development is outstanding. You can feel Matt and Gracelyn’s inner struggles to do what is right for their families and their intense attraction is like nothing they’ve ever felt before. I love the fact that Gracelyn is a strong woman who knows what she wants and we get a glimpse into the vulnerable side of Matt, the big tough firefighter.
I did not read the first release in 2013, but this one deserves 5 out of 5 propellers, or in this case 5 out of 5 alarms, because it will break your heart; and yet give you hope that just maybe your best friend can also be your soul mate. This is a stand-alone book with a happily ever after ending.
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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