July Dupree and Dean ‘PD’ Hargrove fell head over heels in love. When PD comes home to tell July the good news about joining the SWAT team as a tactical medic, everything changes.
July can’t fathom why PD would want to be a cop in this day and age. Wasn’t it enough that he already had a dangerous job with the fire department? Now he has to add another, even more dangerous, job to the equation? With so many cruel people in the world who make a sport out of hurting cops just because of the badge they wear, she has to make him understand. But when he refuses to listen to her reasoning, she feels she has no other choice but to issue an ultimatum: her or the SWAT team.
Dean doesn’t like ultimatums. He’s furious with July for putting him in the awful position of having to choose between a dream and her.
July never believes for a second that he’d choose the SWAT team over her, but she is wrong.
A year later, they’re both still in love with each other, but neither one is willing to budge regardless of their feelings.
July’s feelings for Dean haven’t changed, in fact her love for him has only grown. But seeing him living his life seemingly unaffected by the loss of what they had breaks her heart over and over each time she sees him.
Dean has a good poker face, though. He’s just going through the motions of his life until finally, the smoldering embers of his feelings erupt into a full-on blaze of emotion, burning through everything but his love for July. When the smoke clears, Dean wants to know if they can reignite the fire of their love or is he destined to live his life in a constant state of controlled burn?
So if you have read the other reviews I have been writing the fact that I have been in a horrible book slump is nothing that isn’t already news. I 99.9% of the time have always loved Lani’s books so when I started Controlled Burn I hoped and prayed to the book gods that I would love Controlled Burn and I did. This one, I think has been the most emotional and angst filled for this book whore. When a couple breaks up but neither are ever able to fully heal and move on that makes some of the most emotional reconciliations there are. I will admit I started off hating Dean and don’t even get me started on that whore Alexa, we will get to her in a moment. I thought maybe Dean wasn’t meant for July but I was wrong.
These two go through a lot; I think Dean really did know how much he screwed up the previous year because he was miserable without July, just like she was miserable without him. I understood why July was the way she was and could one hundred percent be behind her and her feelings. Dean, like I said I wasn’t happy with him from the start but once he decided to get his head out of his ass he proved that he was worthy of July. The hell they suffered should never ever have happened to them or anyone else and I cried more than once during this book.
Now let me quickly mention the whore that should have had an ass beating from the very start. Alexa. This is one of those things that I wish the author would have given us closure on, especially her relationship/friendship with Dean. I think he needed to step up and put her in her place and he didn’t so that did take away from how much I loved him. She should have been dealt with and in a way that she would never have tried to cause another riff between them again. Can you tell I hate her? No? Well I hate her and I hope we never have to read about her again.
Sorry, about that little bit of nastiness above. Controlled Burn is my favorite of the series so far. I love how Ms. Vale really does weave all of her series together beautifully; we see old favorites and find new ones. I think though, the next book may actually top Controlled Burn in angst, tears, and heart break, I can’t wait to read it but at the same time I know I am going to be broken after I do. This is another must read by Lani Lynn Vale and one I highly recommend!
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.