Friday, December 8, 2017

Review Tour - I Burned Down His House - Jessica Frances

Title: I Burned Down His House
Series: Love at Frist Crime Series
Author: Jessica Frances
Genre: NA Romance/Suspense
Release Date: November 28, 2017

She burned his house down, so he lit a fire between them that she could never extinguish.

So, I burned his house down.
It was an accident.
I mean, technically, the dog did it.
Well, the dog helped me to do it.
Did I mention it was an accident?
When circumstances mean I suddenly have a new housemate,
A man who is my ultimate fantasy,
And my entire world is turned upside down by new friends,
And a dog who likes to get me into trouble,
I have to wonder how my life got so crazy.
Add in my neighbor, who is under investigation;
Some unfinished business from the past, which just won’t go away;
Interfering family, who don’t know when to stop;
And mixed signals, making me wonder if fantasies really can come true,
And you have my new, hectic, crazy life.
But, when things take a dangerous turn,
And lives are on the line,
Will we all make it through in one piece?
Or is everything destined to crumble down around us?
Who would have thought that burning down a house would change everything so much?
Then again, as some people say: there is nothing quite like love at first … crime.

Trying not to feel like a loser that I have Joey’s number memorized, I dial, hoping like hell he picks up. It has to be in the incredibly early hours of morning, so there is every chance, if he hasn’t come home yet, it’s because he’s out with someone and won’t answer.

After five, drawn-out, torturous rings, he finally picks up.

“What?” he grumbles. I can’t tell if I woke him up, or if he’s just annoyed to be disturbed.

“Hey, Joey, it’s Teagan—”


I pause, annoyed I’m so forgettable he can’t remember who he gave his house key to! “Teagan Bevon, the woman who lives next door?”

“Oh … Oh!” There is finally recognition in his voice. “Right. Look, Teags”—he sounds so distracted I don’t think he even noticed he gave me a nickname—“I’m kinda busy—”


“—so I’ll just see you later—”

“Wait!” I cry out, afraid I will hear the dial tone any second.

“Actually, you probably won’t see me later. I’m going to be—”

“I BURNED YOUR HOUSE DOWN!” I scream into the phone and am finally met with silence. “Joey?” I whisper, fearful he already hung up.

“Can you repeat that for me?” he finally gasps out.

“I …” Now I feel nervous. “I … umm … I accidently”—I use too much emphasis on the word, making me sound extra guilty—“burned down your house.”

“Are you okay?”

My heart skips a beat. I just told this man that I burned down his house and his first thought is if I’m okay?

“Some smoke inhalation, but nothing serious. I’m so sorry about your things—”

“How about Karma?”

“Karma got out fine. She’s with the Glovers,” So … maybe she’s not okay. The almost ninety-year-old couple may not be quite at the same speed as Karma.

As he sighs in relief, my hands begin to shake again. 

“Joey, I’m so sorry.”

This is an author to watch! I really enjoyed book one in this series so when this one came up for review I thought, why not? Now I did not read book two, but I don’t feel I really missed too much. While I am sure it was a great book, it did not take away from this book as this book has a separate plot. I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. I also loved that we got to see past characters as well.

You can guess from the title what the main theme of this book is. The main female burns down her neighbours house. Feeling guilty, she offers him to stay with her. The problem is she is about to get way more than she bargained for. This is such a wonderful book. I love books with a bit of mystery and action. This book gave me this.

Teagan is such a beautiful character. She is witty and has a life force about her. I love how she is the one who gets sucked into this group of people and pulls out parts from them that they didn’t realize they were missing. I think she is a very important piece to this group of friends. Joey isn’t so bad himself. He is described as a hot Asian dude. Sign me up. He would probably be my book boyfriend from this group.

The heat in this book is not lacking. As you can imagine, two people who are virtually strangers moving into a house together can cause some tension. Thankfully, in this case, it is sexual tension. This translates into each and every one of their interactions with each other. It also is the catalyst that Teagan needed in her life.

I love the way this author writes. Just like the first book, I got sucked right into this world. I wanted to finish it in one sitting, but unfortunately I had to work. That did not stop me from thinking about it all day until I could get home and finish it. I bought book two so I can go back and read it too. That is how much I enjoyed this author.

In conclusion, this was one flipping amazing book. I do have to say the ending is a little bitter sweet, but it was totally worth the ride. I really hope this series continues and we get to see these characters a little more. I love the theme of this whole series. Love at first crime really has a ring to it.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Born and raised in South Australia, Jessica spends her days working in a bakery, afternoons catching up on lost sleep, and nights reading and writing. Writing has always been a passion of hers, however it wasn’t until recently that she decided to put pen to paper and make things official.


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