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Blog Tour: Conflagration by Tessa Teevan {Review, Excerpt,+Giveaway}

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: October 29
Conflagration is the second in an Explosive spin-off series called The Wellingtons.
Can be read as a standalone
Branson Wellington? The name, my name, is usually followed by arrogant prick or self-serving bastard, and I can't say I haven't earned those titles. It's true. I'm not the good guy. I'm not the boy next door. I'm definitely not your Prince fucking Charming. Not even close.

And I never wanted to be. Until her. The day I pulled her from the wreckage was the day that my life changed. Who would have thought that one little lie had the power to throw two lives off course? Love has never been in the cards for me, but now that she’s here, I have no idea how I’m ever going to let her go. Even if I don’t deserve her. Because like I said, I’m a self-serving bastard and some things never change.    

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“There are some questions I need to ask you, but we can do that in a little bit. Until then, is there anyone you want us to call? Someone on scene was able to find your purse, which fortunately hadn’t been destroyed in the blast. There was no emergency contact information in your purse, however, and you’ve only been out of surgery for a couple of hours. We haven’t been able to track anyone down as of yet.”

The last thing I want is Victoria and William showing up here, especially with Benjamin in tow. Not wanting to worry anyone, I decide I’ll call Alyssa once things calm down. “No, I’m not from around here, and the last thing I want to do is worry my family. When I’m feeling a little more rested, I’ll give them a call.” The nurse gives me an understanding smile, and I sigh with relief that she’s not going to push me on this. At least not yet.

“Okay, Ms. Covington. I understand completely. I’ll just set your purse here, and if you feel up to it, your cell is still inside. Now, I need to answer this page, but if you need anything in the meantime, don’t hesitate to hit the nurses’ call button. You may feel a little drowsy from the pain medication, so for now, try to get some rest.”

I watch as she leaves the room before I rest my head on my pillow, replaying the events of the past twenty-four hours. What should’ve been the prelude to one of the best days of my life has turned into a nightmare. Instead of wearing a white wedding dress, I’m stuck in a hospital gown. And even now, my fiancé—or, well, former fiancé—is the last man on my mind. No, instead, I’m thinking about the beautiful man who saved my life. Who once told me that he was beyond saving. The night I met Branson Wellington, he was a mess. A drunken, pitiful, angry mess. This evening, I saw no signs of that man. I saw confidence. I saw arrogance. I saw determination. But I also saw the pain, the anger, the frustration. That broken man is still in there no matter what strides he’s made since that night eight months ago. Tonight, he saved me. And even though he once said that it’s impossible, I’m making it my mission to save him, too.  

I am such a sucker for a good redemption story. You know an author does a great job with their characters when they can transform a not so liked character into one we do! I was NOT a fan of Branson Wellington when I first met him in Incinerate. I mean, what kind of person betrays their own brother like that?! We see Branson again in the next book of the Explosive series, where we see him actually having a pretty compassionate moment with a very pregnant woman. That definitely endeared him a bit more to me. Conflagration is his story and now we get to see things from his side.
Branson is not a bad guy at all. Sure, he has his douche moments and he's made some mistakes in his life that weigh heavily on him. All he's ever wanted is to take control of his father's company and has worked hard to do so. When that is threatened, he doesn't handle things the way he should and makes a mistake that costs him his relationship with his brother. He is suckered into a loveless marriage and spends more time at the office than he does caring for his wife. He is once again a free man, but the damage has been done.
Branson isn't the self-serving bastard that he believes himself to be, however. Risking his life to save Ari's is one of the most selfless acts he's ever committed. He refuses to acknowledge himself as a hero or a savior of any kind though. I really liked Ari's character. After overhearing her fiancé having a rather rude conversation, Ari decides to take control of her own life. She won't be a pawn in anyone's game, and she certainly won't be a trophy wife trapped in a loveless marriage. Seeing Branson rush up to her car after the accident is a complete coincidence, as this isn't the first time these two have crossed paths.
They have some seriously hot chemistry together and I liked watching them struggle with what was real and what was just pretend. They both find themselves falling for one another and while they are afraid of what will happen when it ends, the two decide to live in the here and now, taking things one step at a time.
I loved seeing Branson mend fences with his family. Things between them have been tense in the past, so to see them come together as a unit and look after Branson is really sweet. Branson might act nonchalant on the outside, but you can tell their presence and acceptance of him really means a lot.
I did feel things progressed rather quickly in this book, however. Branson and Ari's arrangement is temporary, and he'll tell her so one minute, but then it isn't long after that he decides he doesn't want temporary. I also thought we would see a bit more of his transformation. Yes, he's not quite the guy he was when we first met him, but I expected to see more of that closed off guy. Instead, Branson is flirty and embraces his good guy side a lot faster than I thought we would.
Overall, I did enjoy Branson's story and I really like that Tessa doesn't go overboard with the angst and drama. It's a romance through and through with some trials and obstacles to overcome, and instead of having that constant back and forth it's rather straightforward and I liked that. I also love seeing familiar faces from the previous novels so we can see how they're doing. I do need to go back and read Cohen's story though!

The Wellingtons
The Wellingtons
Combust (The Wellingtons #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N
Conflagration (The Wellingtons, #2) Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N
Additional Books by Tessa Teevan
Explosive series
Explosive series
Ignite (Explosive #1) - Amazon
Incinerate (Explosive #2) - Amazon | B&N
Inflame (Explosive #3) - Amazon | B&N
Sweet Southern series
Sweet Southern Sorrow (Sweet Southern #1) - Amazon

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I'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats. If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.  

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  1. This sounds like a good one and I remember wanting to start this series but then I think I just forgot... I do love a good redemption story so I definitely want to try this one one of these days. Great review!


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