by Elle Casey Series: Shine not Burn #2 Published
by Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
on June 2, 2014 Pages:
375 Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance Goodreads AMZ US B&N IndieBound
Still bitter about his failed engagement and life on the family ranch, Ian MacKenzie has been cranky for nearly three years. His brother Mack’s married bliss hasn’t helped, and now his pregnant sister-in-law’s airhead best friend is coming for a visit.
Candice arrives to help with the new baby, even though it means swapping her Louboutins for snow boots and her flat irons for flannel. She’s far from prepared for the freezing cold and she certainly wasn’t expecting the sizzling heat of her attraction to a certain green-eyed cowboy. Ian may be rude and infuriating, but he looks sinfully good in those jeans of his.
The two clash at every turn, but there’s one thing they can both agree on—if they do give in to their undeniable chemistry, then it’s just a fling…because he’s a country boy and she’s a city girl, and their zip codes are on opposite sides of the map.
Revised edition: This edition of Mackenzie Fire includes editorial revisions.
I was provided a review copy by Montlake Romance; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
“Is it really possible for city and country to live in harmony together?”
‘MacKenzie Fire’ was a super cute follow-up to ‘Shine Not Burn’. Filled with tons of hilarious banter, fun and of a whole lot of heart.
“I look like a redneck slut from the nineteen forties on a bender.”
We first met Candice in ‘Shine Not Burn’ as the spit-fire, funny, and loyal bff to Andie. She’s back at the ranch waiting for the birth of Andie and Mack’s baby. While there she brings hilarity, accidental moments (which reminded me of the days of the “Dick Van Dyke” and the “Carol Burnett Show” where Slapstick style of humor that involved exaggerated physical activity which exceeds the boundaries of common sense, ruled the airwaves) and whole lot of love. I adored Candice. She is the perfect bff. If you need someone to stand in your corner, or to slap you out of your self-pitying moments she is your go-to girl!
Candice is a fixer. She likes to fix problems, people, hair. If it is a mess, she wants to straighten it out. When she gets to the ranch and discovers two messes, she finds her two-week vacation very busy. First, she needs to find out why Andie doesn’t seem to have any friends in her new home town. Candice can’t possibly leave knowing her bestie doesn’t have a back up.
“They call me Wonder Bitch.”
And second, she has discovered that Ian is having a huge pity party over the events that occurred 3 years ago. Andie never meant to fall for Ian in the process of helping him. She thought she could just have a fling. But she quickly learned their chemistry was too combustible.
“It’s like he knows he sends my heart racing with every touch, with every stupid joke. I hate that he has me in such a mess. This was supposed to be a fun fling at first, and then it was supposed to be nothing at all.”
Ian may “act” the bad guy. His moody self sure is a put off. But underneath all of that is a good guy. He is stuck in a place he doesn’t want to be, under the shadow of his brother and failed engagement. He is the perfect match for Candice and she for him. When they are around each other fireworks are sure to occur, both outside and within the bedroom! I loved their banter, flirtation, and crazy antics.
He laughs and takes another sip of beer. “Can’t wait to taste your pie.”
“Well, Ian, I am also looking forward to the day that you taste my pie. I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it.”
‘MacKenzie Fire’ is a cute story that will leave your heart warm and your day filled with laughter!
“You’ll back me up.”
“That’s what I said.”
“I think you would,”
“You think I would, what?”
“Back me up. Have my back. If I needed you to, I mean.”
“Hell yea, I would.”