Saturday, January 31, 2015

REVIEW: Beautiful Burn by Adriane Leigh

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Title: Beautiful Burn
Author: Adriane Leigh
Genre: Steamy Student Teacher Romance
Release Date: January 13, 2015
I've broken him, bent him, and burned him, and each fevered moment was worth every ounce of pain. Auburn Lawrence has loved her English teacher, Reed West, since she was fourteen. Through brainstorming stories, reading classic literature, and plenty of fiery banter, they've forged a bond that neither of them expected. Propelled by a chance encounter after her graduation, they discover just how deep their connection runs, but love requires more than chemistry to flourish. They spend three electrifying summer months discovering each other under a veil of forbidden passion and desperate lust before they learn that the unattainable is often destined to remain exactly that. By the time temperatures dip and snowflakes fly, their relationship will face a deep freeze that threatens to snap the bond they thought they shared, shattering their lives one secret at a time. Intended for mature audiences.  

Erin's Review
This book was not what I expected at all. I love that it was written mostly in the male pov. I think it helped the story more. I would have loved more of Auburn's but I'll get to that in a minute. 
Reed and Auburn's story isn't the typical tawdry student/teacher romance. It shows the real problems that can arise with this type of relationship. It's not always a seamless happy ever after. I loved that. It made their moments together all the more special. 
Now, to Auburn's pov. This is told at the end. And what an ending it is! It's emotional, unexpected and I sat my kindle down asking why? But I think it did the story justice. It isn't your typical HEA though, I will warn you. But it perfectly sums up your feelings about their relationship throughout the book. Once you read it you will understand.
An emotional 4.5 stars from me

TOP Ten Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Writing
  1. Believe in your story.
  2. Write every day, no matter how long, no matter how bad the words.
  3. Hire an editor.
  4. Hire a professional cover designer.
  5. Emotion is what connects the writer and the reader.
  6. Too much sex can be a bad thing! In books, in books ;)
  7. Accomplishment happens one step at a time.
  8. Step away from the story for a while.
  9. Avoid cliches, adverbs, repetition, and excessive inner monologue.
  10. Drinking helps.
About the Author
Adriane Leigh
Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore. She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer. Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.  
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