I finished reading Burn Me by Éirinn Brennan and let me tell you, it was hot. This first book in the Illicit Allure series features four friends that jet off to Bora Bora for Emma Clark’s bachelorette party. This is unlike any other bachelorette party I have experienced. The premise of the book had me a little concerned because I am really not a fan of cheating or one night stands. Brennan managed to calm my nerves in the way the story was told and allow me to enjoy the whirlwind romance Emma shared with Calvin…or Callum…or Cal. Whatever you want to call him. 😉
As with all novellas, the story had a quicker buildup than a traditional novel and startled me at first. I quickly realized it was indeed a novella and was able to just enjoy the fun story for what it was.
Emma was a nervous soon-to-be bride while her friends all encouraged her to enjoy this last getaway before the big day, reminding her that her marriage was not one of true love. Emma, being the skeptic about true love anyway, decides to go for it when she sees the hottie in the water. Cal, working undercover as a windsurfing instructor at the resort he just purchased, meets Emma and doesn’t need to think twice about the proposition of an evening with her. After all, he was checking her out just as much as she was him earlier that afternoon. What he assumed was going to be a fling suddenly turns into more than he expected.
The love scenes were well written and matched the timing of the story and characters beautifully. I found the hesitation between the two the first time to be refreshing because it made it a little more realistic. I enjoyed watching their awkwardness fade away and the passion kick up a notch when they let loose of all reservations and just lived in the moment with one another.
Burn Me has a unique ending to it because there are two epilogues. We get to see what Emma’s life is like following her heart with Cal and what it is like following her duty to her family by marrying Richard. I enjoyed Brennan’s writing in Burn Me and look forward to reading more of her books. If you are looking for a short, hot contemporary romantic beach read, I recommend you give Burn Me a try!
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About the Book:
Title: Burn Me (Illicit Allure, #1)
Author: Éirinn Brennan
Publisher: Eire Publishing
Release Date: June 14, 2015
Category: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble as part of the Hot Beach Romance box set
Emma Clark has made a decision that will impact the rest of her life. But a chance encounter with the handsome windsurfer Calvin Nash can change a woman’s mind about a lot of things. In the end, it’ll be up to you to determine her fate.
All Illicit Allure books give you two endings for the stories. It’s up to you to choose which one you prefer to read: the fairytale ending or the more realistic one. Enjoy!