REVIEW: Fireworks by Sarina Bowen


Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a wiener on the traffic map.

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong?

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.

A quick trip. In and out. Much like – never mind. She can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and slide back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.

But things go sideways the moment she steps over the county line. Her stepsister is running from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke Skye’s teenage heart.

His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.

Things are about to go boom.

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My Review

Fireworks aren’t something that Skye Copeland knows anything about when it comes to sexual intimacy; she’s never experienced such a reaction and she’s never really held out hope that she would, especially given her current single status and the state of her career and even her life in New York.

Twelve years ago, though, she thought she may have found the love of her life, but their relationship fizzled out before it ever really began, leaving Skye heartbroken and alone, fleeing Vermont and never looking back because the one person she trusted didn’t protect her like he said she would.

Benito Rossi felt sparks ignite throughout his entire body the moment he laid eyes on a teenage Skye, and when he made himself her protector, it was a job he’d gladly taken, and he wanted to be that person for Skye for years to come, but outside interference destroyed the connection they were building and set them both on much different paths for over a decade.

In order to understand what happened to send Skye fleeing Vermont all those years ago and what her subsequent return means for a second chance with Benito, Sarina Bowen shares their history in a series of flashbacks mingled with present day scenes that offer Skye and Benito a way to make things right between them and perhaps look to a future that they were once denied.

There are multiple story lines involved in Fireworks, and while they all, in some way, play into Skye and Benito’s past connection as well as their possible reconnection, they also shed light on other characters’ involvement in the hero and heroine’s lives and what their choices and actions forced Skye and Benito to do 12 years ago and how they continue to wreak havoc even in the present.

I have to admit…I struggled with the way two plot lines played out, and I know I’m not alone in that assessment. Did they deter me from enjoying the overall story? Absolutely not, but they did leave me feeling a little confused and a whole lot annoyed, and I’m sure the reason for my annoyance had a lot to do with what readers learn about Skye’s past and everything that she had to endure at the hands of a mother who did not love or treat Skye as a mother should and her mother’s male companions who forced her daughter, especially one in particular, to live in a constant state of fear with his inappropriate words and actions.

I love Sarina Bowen’s True North series and I’m so glad Bowen told Benito’s story! I really enjoyed the mystery and suspense aspects of Fireworks and the fact that he got a second chance with the only woman he’s felt a deep connection with was perfect, and while I did have a few issues with the story as a whole, I enjoyed being back in Vermont and catching up with past characters and with the bevy of supporting characters present in this series, I hope Sarina Bowen keeps expanding her Vermont family for many stories to come.

4 Poison Apples

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