Burning Down the House by Allie Gail
burning down the house

Book Description

One look stirs the embers…
Rob Kensington is just your typical high school senior. Athletic, intelligent, handsome.
Sees a therapist once a week. Because his parents just died in a house fire of questionable
origin. And he doesn’t seem to care.
Maybe he isn’t so typical.
One night sparks the flame…
Sara Marsh had no clue when she returned to live with her divorced father that the
bedroom down the hall would be occupied by a stray with a major attitude problem. The
last time she saw Rob, he was a brooding goth who could have passed as Marilyn
Manson’s love child. But at some point during her three years away, Creepy Kensington
managed to evolve into a sizzling hot star running back with smoldering hazel eyes.
One passion burns out of control…
The attraction is undeniable. The temptation is irresistible. And soon they’re sharing
more than just an address. But with another life lost in a deliberately set blaze, Sara’s
trust is faltering. Has she lost her heart to a serial arsonist? He’s already shown her the
allure of playing with fire.
And somebody’s about to get burned.
One killer could end it all.

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Allie kept me captivated throughout the duration of this standalone novel. The fires, the mysteriousness that is Rob, and the intensity of Rob and Sara’s emotions had a tight grip on me. The plot kept me guessing and although my heart wanted to trust, my gut wasn’t giving that trust away easily. The past connection from when Rob and Sara were younger had me intrigued from the beginning and Allie did great keeping the focus on them and their friendships. The dialogue and interactions were fluid and came together well. I could feel the connections and emotions being presented between the characters and those they’re close to. The interactions and dialogue that felt choppy to me were those which took place in the cafeteria. These larger group interactions read more like the feel of text messages instead of face to face interactions. My mind wasn’t allowing me to experience the facial expressions, the mannerisms of the characters because there was a lack of depth. But other than these handful of cafeteria interactions, the dialogue and banter between friends, family, and the main characters had me connected. The ending wrapped up lose ends and left me satisfied. Give this a try and find your next book crush!! Rating: 3.5 stars

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