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I wear my scars like a scarlet letter, reminding myself that I'm not worth the trouble. I've spent 17 years pushing men away, never allowing myself to believe in the fairytale...then, he walked back in. Just like before, we explode when we're together. I hate him for what he did to me, but I can't stay away. Eighteen days filled with passion and promises. Nineteen letters filled with threats and foreboding. It only takes 20 minutes for the numbers to all add up. One thousand two hundred seconds until everything changes and there's no going back. This is my story, and it's going to leave a scar.

©2014 Tara Sivec (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Same Old trope but very good performers

I confess I just got this audiobook because of the very talented male performer. That said this kind of stories display always the same old trope romance and I hope the author, who is a very good writer by the way, gets the hint for her future books and adds a little more creativity to her stories...because, seriously, this plot was so predictable that makes me wonder about the source of her inspiration...

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THEIR DYNAMICS ARE VOLATILE & SO IS THE CHEMISTRY

Phina's bitchy attitude, cold heart and standoffish ways towards the confused, frustrated, jealous and besotted DJ was a bit annoying at the start because it caused so much conflict, fierce sassy banter and angst between them. But, as soon as I got passed the first few Chapters, I realized that it was just her way of coping with the life altering heartbreak that DJ had unknowingly put her through 15 years earlier. And it also confirmed to her that all the verbal insults of being told she's not good enough, declared a whore at the tender age of 5, of being worthless etc., etc., that her Father had repeatedly taunted and brainwashed her with throughout her childhood, were all true. When the reason behind her animosity, aggravation and hatred towards DJ was revealed I too wanted to kick him in the nuts. But, in his shaky defence, booze had obliterated his memories and it ended what should have been the start of a beautiful love story.... and instead, years later, it left an intense frustrating chemistry that was both combustible and explosive.

So now, 15 years later, they verbally spar and wound each other but it hides their true feelings for one another of rejection, lust, desire, passion.... and love. Then hate-filled cryptic notes randomly appear talking of sexual acts they had performed in private, revenge and the promise of violence yet to be inflicted on Phina. They were quickly followed up with very dangerous and serious attempts and the shocking news of her Father's release from Prison has Phina seriously scared. It pushed DJ over the top and he became her protector, her saviour and her lover..... but too many tequilas were to blame when DJ finally overheard the toxic secret of his long ago hurtful actions which led to Phina's pain, anger and heartache towards him as she relived memories that still haunted her today..... memories that now instantly came flooding back to DJ. He should have also picked up on the clues that Phina was secretly carrying on the shameful legacy that her Father had so cruelly inflicted on her young and tender skin years before.

An intense roller-coaster ride for your emotions, they argued, hated and loved each other fiercely all at the same time. It was passionate and steamy with occasional humor. There was danger, suspense, mystery, twists and deaths. Apart from the intense, swoon-worthy, sexy, Alpha Hero who's a Fireman/Paramedic and the Heroine with a tortured soul and a broken heart, there were a few other likeable secondary characters.... including Finnely and Collin from book 1 and the next book better be about Dax the charismatic, loveable, sexy, womanizing Cop. Alternate and overlapping POV's and the narration was really good. Part of a Trilogy but could easily be a stand alone listen.

Worth a credit? YES, a very enjoyable, well written, entertaining, action-packed story of forgiveness, growth, love and second chances during a time of danger, stress and uncertain tomorrows.

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Predictable plot

The plot was rather predictable and did not have as much depth as I would have liked.
I did like the male narrator’s voice and performance, but could not stand the female narrator’s nasal voice.

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Don’t Understand

I know I have the right to not listen to Tara’s books. Tara has the right to tell any story she wants. I wonder why she feels the need to put so much fire and death into these two books. I was married to a firefighter. I heard the horror stories. I was there when one of our special friends was killed fighting a fire. A depressing subject. One that doesn’t leave you with good feelings about these stories. One that leaves fear within. One that may lead to nightmares. Listen to the books if you want to feel depressed.

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AMAZING second book!

Again. second book was just as phenomenal as the first. checked all my boxes! definitely will be one of my top series.

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Captured

Being an emergency room nurse, my only complaint is - that isn’t even close to how the medical field works and I had a tough time not getting by annoyed w the errors. Once I moved past that, I was captivated and interested in the book. Narration was great.

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2 Excellent Reading, Ignite Duel

I enjoyed the Ignite Duel. I loved the great love story of first loves and how they returned to their true love. This had action, sex alot and good sex and friendship. I am a big fan of Tara Sivec, and I hope she continues to write great stories just like this. The performance for both books was also great!! Tara, 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽❤❤❤

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Unimaginative

MISPRINT ALERT!!! Graydon Long is not the male narrator, it's Jason Clarke. No wonder why I loved this narrator so much. I fricken love JASON CLARKE!!!

UPDATE! Jason Clarke is the only thing that made me stick with this book. He always gives the right inflection in each word, and let's face it, his voice is panty-droppingly sexy.

The story is just a regurgitation of the first book BURNED. DJ, the self professed bachelor falls for Phina and she doesn't think she's worth being loved. In the middle of all that, she is being stalked. Really???

SPOILER ALERT...Finley's friend Phina(sp?) has a stalker (just like Finley), is taken captive (just like Finley) and she is presumed to be dead by the other (just like Finley and Colin), Seriously, could the writer not have thought up another way to put her in danger so DJ could come to her rescue? And it was so obvious who was writing the notes. I got a migraine from all the eye rolling I did.

THAT SAID... I did listen to the whole book but, as I said before, I really think that had more to do with Jason's narrating than anything.

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Tragically beautiful!

I loved this story. It broke my heart to learn the reasons for Phina's self doubt and destructive behavior. Well worth a credit! I agree this is a very enjoyable, well written, entertaining, action-packed story of forgiveness, growth, love and second chances during a time of danger, stress and uncertain tomorrows.

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Bordering on sappy.

Thr first book in this series was pretty good, this one was horrible. The plot was thin with holes all in the storyline. No fire department is going to allow one of their firefighters to bring his girlfriend to work with him repeatedly even if it is their captain. I just don't understand the masochistic behavior in the storyline either. (Maybe that's just me). In the first book I got a totally different vibe of what Sarafina's personality was (strong, confident, etc). This is certainly not the impression I got from listening to her in this book. And the beginning! Totally different where Dax started out from where she later painted him in the story. No way that could be the same man. The story was just disjointed and haphazardly written.