Monday, February 10, 2014

Flame Review Blitz By Brooke Cumberland

Book Title: Flame
Author: Brooke Cumberland
Genre: Erotic Romance


Carissa Wright doesn’t do relationships. Raised with a junkie mother and an alcoholic father, building relationships were far off her list. Rather, one night-stands were her usual.

Carissa has one constant in her life—her best friend Velaney. Completely opposite of each other, yet they balance each other out.

Although Carissa admits to only wanting sex and nothing more, will she allow in the one guy who wants to break down her walls or will she run out of fear of finally letting her guard down?

She is unfamiliar with these feelings and wants nothing more than to walk away without a shattered heart. Will she be able to find the courage in order to turn a flame into a long lasting relationship?

With walls built up and emotions locked away, can she learn to put her heart on the line?
Or will each guy just be another flame?   


WOW! This is a HOT one! I think this by far is the hottest book Brooke has out there.

Carissa Wright has grew up with a rotten childhood. Her parents didn’t give her what she needed, but instead they helped create the walls she put up. They neglected her, treated her like crap, left her to fend for herself and disappointed her time and time again.  She doesn’t know how to feel or hold any kind of emotions. She doesn’t really know how to love. The only love that she has ever known was the love of her best friend Velaney.

Velaney and Carissa have been best friends for as long as they can remember. She has been the only person Carissa could ever count on. When they were old enough to, they left their childhood home to start a new life, free from all the horrible memories of the past.

I absolutely love Carissa’s spitfire attitude. What you see is what you get and she will definitely tell you how she truly feels. She’s a beautiful woman that absolutely knows it and uses it to tease men around her. She knows exactly what she wants. The past with her family has her walls put firmly put up. She trusts no man out there. She feels empty and alone. With one experience in the past, it made her feel something, feel wanted by someone. She wanted that feeling again and not want the complications of a relationship. That started her love for sex.

Since that experience she has been obsessed with the feeling of being wanted again. The feeling of being needed by someone. Sex gave that to her. She craved sex. There wasn’t anywhere she went where she didn’t have sex with a man. She had no boundaries. It was about feeling good and having a good time. As long as it didn’t get too intimate and feelings we’re attached, it was all fun and games. It just shocked me how many partners she had. She would have a different guy every day, sometimes two in one day. And the men that she would have sex with pretty much would approach her for that one reason. She didn’t want a relationship. She just wanted a hook up and nothing more. If they were lucky they would get a second round and nothing more.

Drew ended up being a flame who spent the night, but yet she felt comfortable with him there. There’s just something about Carissa that he’s drawn to and he can’t help but want more than just one night with her. Of course after a fun night, she can’t help but crave yet another, but can’t give him more than that. Her walls are so put in place, they won’t fall. He is so persistent on wanting to try something more with her, he’s not willing to give up.

There’s something about Drew that Carissa can’t forget about. She tries to get him out of her thoughts, but memories of their time together keeps surfacing and a smile seems to appear on her face. She can’t help but want more of him; something that has never happened before. Drew is the first guy she has ever want to feel this way about; she doesn’t know what to do with these feelings. It’s not even just about the sex with him. He makes her feel things she’s never felt before. He makes her happy and she just enjoys his company. He wants to truly get to know her and how to overcome her past insecurities. The sex scenes were super-hot and some parts were pretty damn kinky. Drew knows how to challenge Carissa and he wants to slowly put all her walls down. He knows she cares about him, but there’s something holding her back.

Drew is in the States on a football scholarship and will be moving back to London in a few months after he graduates. Because of this Carissa has her guard put more up than ever. She doesn’t want to get too attached to Drew because she knows that if she falls for him, she knows her heart will shatter.
Will Carissa be able to completely give herself up to Drew and allow herself to fall for him? Or will she ruin what she has with him because she is afraid of heartbreak? Will Drew continue to fight for her? Or will he have a breaking point and give up on her? Will Drew be able to drop a few of Carissa’s walls? Will Carissa’s past continue to haunt her relationships? Will Carissa end what they have before it gets any further? Will Drew be able to be strong for the both of them and get them through anything?

Brooke does a fantastic job capturing all of Carissa’s different emotions in this book and making you see what she’s going through. I can’t help but feel bad for Carissa throughout this entire book. The past that she has had to deal with was horrible and it broke my heart. But the way she grew up feeling unwanted and unloved and turning to sex to fulfill that feeling just made me feel sorry for her. But that’s how she dealt with her emotions, I get it. I’m glad she finally met Drew. I fell in love with Drew. It made me really happy that he never gave up on her and still continued to pursue her even when she kept pushing her away. There were so many times where I just wanted to yell at her and tell her to stop pushing him away and just accept that fact that he wasn’t using her like the other guys. In a way when her past came around and bit her in the ass, I couldn’t help but laugh because that’s exactly what happens when you whore around. Great job with this book Brooke, I can’t wait for more!

I received an ARC for my honest review.
This review was done by Jennelyn

Meet the Author:

Brooke is a midwestern gal, from the cheese state of Wisconsin! Go Packers! She's a stay-at-home mom to a wild three year old. Most days you can find her reading or writing, or just hanging out with her family! She loves movies, cooking, and shopping! She's addicted to Starbucks, Coach purses, and wearing yoga pants..

I’m still blown away by Drew’s sudden attack on my lips. He left without so much as a goodbye or a here’s my number. I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but it does. One moment I’m sad, wondering if I’ll ever see him again, and the next I’m pissed off that yet again, a man has staked their claim on me and then just bailed.
Ugh…what the hell is happening to me? I don’t think about guys. I dream of sex. Of multiple orgasms. But I don’t think of guys as anything more than just that—a way to get off.
But Drew…yeah, he’s different. He’s a blend of sexy meat layered with a sense of entitlement. He knows he’s hot—he has to know. His muscles are practically popping out of his tight t-shirt. And I’m pretty sure I even saw some ink under those sleeves. Had he given me more than two minutes, my hands would’ve wandered up those arms and felt those muscles.
Must get Drew out of my head.
“Fuck this shit,” I yell at myself. I waltz back into the bar, searching for him through the crowd that’s gotten rowdier since the next game started.
I spot him near the back, laughing with his friends as they continue watching the game. I stalk over, grab him by the arm, and drag him with me into the back hallway.
“Feisty little thing, aren’t you?” I let go of his arm once we make it down the hall where it’s quiet. “Fucking hell, you’re strong.” He rubs his arm with his hand.
“What the hell was that?” I demand.
“I should ask you the same thing, Doll.” He eyes me curiously, not giving away his thoughts.
“Do you typically go around kissing girls like that and then bailing? Or am I the exception?” I realize I’m practically yelling at him, demanding answers, but I don’t care. He’s messing with me, and I don’t like it.
He thinks for a moment before responding. “I suppose you could be the exception to many things.” He grins, roaming his eyes up and down my body again.
I’m dumbstruck and bewildered by him. Fuck it. I grab his face in my hands and force his mouth back on mine. I’m not ready to leave his lips just yet—I need more.
He happily reciprocates, wrapping his arms around my waist as he backs me up against the wall behind me. The kiss isn’t sweet and tender like before, but rather needy and aggressive. The intensity is overwhelming, but I give in and let him take control of the kiss.
His hands roam down my ass and thighs, lifting my legs up as they wrap around his waist. He pushes hard against me, making me throb in between my legs as I feel his erection against me. Shit, he’s hard. I so desperately want to submit to my knees and take him in my mouth, but I don’t just yet. I’m too mesmerized by his mouth, his taste, that nothing else seems to matter but getting more of him.
“Oh my god, Drew…I want you. I want you right now,” I whimper out. There’s no point in beating around the bush. I want him so fucking bad.
“What do you want, Doll?” he asks, not parting our lips. “What can I give you?” he asks again softly.
Jesus…the sound of his voice is so fucking captivating. Panty-dropping, heartbeat-skipping sexy.
“Come home with me. Please.”
What the hell…I’m begging now? I don’t beg men. But shit…I’m ready to beg for him. I guess there really is an exception to certain wants.
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  1. Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

  2. Hi Brooke, thanks for an awesome giveaway!!!

  3. Hi Brooke! Luv ur work. Thanks to u and Naughty & Nice for the great giveaway :)