Title: Up in Flames
Author: Nicole Williams
First published December 19, 2012
209 pages, Nook
Small town girl Elle Montgomery has always known her path in life – taking over her family’s iconic downtown cafe and marrying the pastor’s son. Smokejumper Cole Carson, on the other hand, has been running from commitment and settling down for years.
When their paths cross in central Washington’s Methow Valley, sparks fly. Despite their differences, they can’t resist each other.
As the summer heats up, so do their feelings for each other. But will their vastly different lifestyles and goals tear them apart?
UP IN FLAMES is a steamy New Adult Romance that will leave you breathless.
About the Author
Meet Nicole, a bestselling author of both the New York Times and USA Today who discovered her love for writing at the age of three by dictating books to her parents. After nearly three decades, she signed her first publishing deal and never looked back.
Despite her passion for writing, she majored in Economics due to the impracticality of a Creative Writing degree. Go figure!
When she’s not crafting her next masterpiece, Nicole enjoys being a wife and mom to her favorite people in the world, as well as a referee to their three rescue pets. She calls the Evergreen State her home, where she can indulge in her love for outdoor activities and the region’s diversity.
Nicole cherishes connecting with her readers, so don’t hesitate to reach out to her on social media. You can find her on Facebook as Author Nicole Williams or on Instagram and Twitter as author_nicole_williams.
Up in Flames by Nicole Williams is a thrilling tale of love, passion, and betrayal that will leave readers captivated until the very last page. The novel, published on December 19, 2012, is an exemplary creation by Williams, who is known for her unique storytelling style.
Set in a small town in Montana, the novel opens with Eliza Smith, a young woman who is struggling to make a new start after a difficult past. She is living a quiet life, running her own bakery, and taking care of her daughter when she meets Holden Harris, a wealthy and successful businessman who quickly sweeps her off her feet.
Despite the glaring differences in their backgrounds, Holden and Eliza begin a passionate romance that threatens to upend their lives. However, their newfound happiness is short-lived when Holden’s ex-fiancee, Kendra, returns to town and sets her sights on destroying their relationship.
As Kendra’s dangerous and obsessive behavior continues to escalate, Eliza and Holden are forced to confront their deepest fears and secrets, ultimately leading them to make some difficult decisions that will change the course of their lives forever. Williams masterfully weaves together the themes of love, trust, forgiveness, and redemption in this page-turning romance novel.
The chemistry between Eliza and Holden is palpable, and readers will find themselves emotionally invested in their story. The small-town setting adds a cozy charm to the novel, while the well-crafted plot keeps readers on the edge of their seats.
One of the strengths of Up in Flames is Williams’ skill with character development. Eliza and Holden are complex and multi-dimensional, with flaws and insecurities that make them relatable and compelling.
Kendra, the novel’s villain, is equally well-written, with motivations that are both understandable and chilling. On the other hand, some readers may find the pacing of the novel to be slow at times, particularly in the early chapters.
Additionally, some of the plot twists and turns may be predictable for experienced romance readers. Overall, Up in Flames is an impressive work of fiction that will appeal to fans of the romance genre.
Williams’ writing is elegant and descriptive, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the world of the novel. Despite its flaws, the story is engaging and thought-provoking, and the characters are unforgettable.
For those who enjoy romance novels with a touch of drama and suspense, Up in Flames is a must-read. As such, we recommend this novel to anyone looking for a captivating story of love and redemption.
With that said, we would give this book a score of 4.2 out of 5.0, based on its captivating plot, character development, and emotional resonance.