RELEASE BLITZ REVIEW: Controlled Burn by Lani Lynn Vale

Title: Controlled Burn

Series: Kilgore Fire Series #4

Author: Lani Lynn Vale

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 5, 2016

Cover Model: Shane Williams

Photographer: Furious Fotog



July Dupree and Dean ‘PD’ Hargrove fell head over heels in love. When PD comes home to tell July the good news about joining the SWAT team as a tactical medic, everything changes.

July can’t fathom why PD would want to be a cop in this day and age. Wasn’t it enough that he already had a dangerous job with the fire department?  Now he has to add another, even more dangerous, job to the equation?  With so many cruel people in the world who make a sport out of hurting cops just because of the badge they wear, she has to make him understand. But when he refuses to listen to her reasoning, she feels she has no other choice but to issue an ultimatum: her or the SWAT team.

Dean doesn’t like ultimatums.  He’s furious with July for putting him in the awful position of having to choose between a dream and her.

July never believes for a second that he’d choose the SWAT team over her, but she is wrong.

A year later, they’re both still in love with each other, but neither one is willing to budge regardless of their feelings.

July’s feelings for Dean haven’t changed, in fact her love for him has only grown. But seeing him living his life seemingly unaffected by the loss of what they had breaks her heart over and over each time she sees him.

Dean has a good poker face, though.  He’s just going through the motions of his life until finally, the smoldering embers of his feelings erupt into a full-on blaze of emotion, burning through everything but his love for July. When the smoke clears, Dean wants to know if they can reignite the fire of their love or is he destined to live his life in a constant state of controlled burn?


A woman who’s felt abandoned for most of her life.

A man whose very passion puts him in harm’s way on a daily basis, threatening to, yet again, take someone else away from the woman.

A relationship that burned bright for six months until lack of communication and life choices caused the couple to walk out of each other’s lives, leaving them both heartbroken and yearning for what might have been.

A year full of hollow acts and unhappy tears…a year spent avoiding one another and living half a life.

Now, 12 months later, a chance to prove to one another that they can work…that the past doesn’t have to prevent them from having a future…but they’re going to have to get out of their own way and actually work through their issues.

July Dupree and Dean ‘PD’ Hargrove story holds true to Lani Lynn Vale’s writing style and character development. Readers truly get to know July and Dean and understand what’s at stake for both of them if they decide to give their relationship a second chance. July is definitely the kind of woman that Dean needs because his alpha tendencies need to be pushed and challenged and July’s mouthy, opinionated, and take no shit attitude turns him on but also drives him crazy, which is clear in every encounter between them.

But Controlled Burn is about more than July and Dean’s relationship, and even though the events play into what July and Dean mean to each other, the plotline takes a darker and more suspenseful tone than most of Lani Lynn Vale’s books, and those circumstances showcase what it truly means to fight for someone and hold on to whatever it takes to know that everything will work out in the end.

A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Poison Apples

I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.



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