Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Review: Up In Flames by: Nicole Williams

Release Date: December 19, 2012
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"One small town girl with a bright future.
One smokejumper with a dark past.
One summer that will forever change them both.
They’re going . . .

Up In Flames.

Elle’s life couldn’t possibly get any more small town than it already is. She was raised in the same home as the two generations before her were, her family owns the iconic downtown cafe, and she’s been dating the pastor’s son since she was allowed to go on her first date at sixteen.

Cole’s life couldn’t possibly get any larger. He’s tried. Roaming from town to town for the past three summers as a smokejumper, Cole dreads the thought of putting down roots. The only thing he avoids more than that is settling down with one woman, especially when there are as many willing women as there are trees in the forest he jumps out of planes to save.

Elle Montgomery’s life is going one way. And Cole Carson’s is going the opposite. There’s no reason their paths should ever intersect, even in a small town in central Washington.

But summer in the Methow Valley has other plans for Elle and Cole. After an awkward run-in at the local swimming hole, Elle tries to keep away from the guy who looks at her like she’s already lying beneath him in bed. She fails. Cole is about as successful at staying away from the girl who seems immune to his charms.

As the summer heats up, and tensions between Elle and Cole run high, he begins to realize there’s more he’s attracted to than Elle’s body, and she discovers there’s a lot more to the man that jumps out of planes into raging forest fires than meets the eye.

UP IN FLAMES is a New Adult Romance intended for mature readers due to steamy content and saucy language."

My Thoughts:

It’s no secret that Nicole Williams is one of my favorite authors, so I went in hoping to love this one and love it I did. She always hits me right in the feels. Her books always tug on the heartstrings and put me through the wringer and I absolutely love every single second of it.

Elle was always the good girl who did exactly what everyone expected of her. But that is beginning to get old for Elle and she is looking to break free. I liked Elle. She made some bad choices and I didn’t agree with some of her decisions, but I still liked her. She just felt stuck and while none of her problems may seem monumental, I still saw how she felt like she had no choice. It may not be rational, but she just needed to find herself. Her Dad controlled her entire life and it’s hard for her to finally take that control, but I was proud of her when she did.

Then we have Cole and I loooooooved Cole. I fell hard for him. He is tough and rugged but also sweet. He is a bad boy with a good heart and I absolutely loved that about him. But boy, when he got upset did he get upset. Some of the things he said out of anger made me so mad at him, but that’s Cole. It doesn’t excuse anything, but he feels everything and he feels it with everything he has.

I’m not gonna lie. The cheating aspect was not something I approved of, but I’m not one of those readers who absolutely hates it in book. I accept it as fiction and go along with the story. I didn’t like what Cole and Elle did to Logan behind his back, but I also didn’t hate them for it. Elle just didn’t want to hurt anyone and neither Cole nor Elle expected one another. So I don’t approve of it, but I could understand their decisions and I was 100% rooting for Cole and Elle to make it work.

Up In Flames brought all of the swoon and schmexy times and I ate them up. The feels were strong with this one. My heart was ripped to shreds multiple times because I cared so much for these characters. No one does feels and romance like Nicole.

Up In Flames was a great read and another wonderful book from Nicole. A great romance, not to be missed.


  1. Gosh, I still haven't read her, but I want to so much every time I see a review of yours

  2. Oh, as much as I love Nicole, you know I can't stand those cheating scenarios, whether fictional or not. Ugh, I think I've only ever liked 1-2 of those that I've attempted to read. Idk, I'm always wary going in.

    1. Yeah.. idk if this is a Vi book. I know the cheating would bother you and I don't think you would like Elle very much lol.

  3. I have had this book sitting on my shelf for well over a year now and keep forgetting that I have it. After reading your great review, I'm definitely putting it on my TBR next list. Thanks for putting it back on my radar.

  4. Cole does sound good! And I love this author too. Glad you enjoyed.

  5. I remember this one! I LOVED it and I think now I need to re-read it because it's been too long! Glad you finally got to it and enjoyed it so!


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