New Release Review | Controlled Burn (Kilgore Fire #4) by Lani Lynn Vale

Title: Controlled Burn
Series: Kilgore Fire #4
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 5, 2016
Cover Model: Shane Williams
Photographer: Furious Fotog 

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?

Dean, aka "P D" is walking through life wondering if he made a smart decision of letting go the one woman that hold his heart. His reasoning at the time made sense, July just could not handle all the dynamics that came with his career choices.

July has her reasons for not being fond of "P D's" career. If he would just give her some time to explain her fears he might understand better. The fear stems from something deep rooted. It’s so great that it has her in a constant worry of losing someone she loves and being left alone.

Reading this story was quite an emotional roller coaster ride! The ups and downs of this book had me reading at super speed. I needed, no, I wanted to know what would happen next. The beginning was actually quite sad. "P D" and July don't start with a happily ever after story. Oh no Lani Lynn gave this couple a complete twist. A breakup in the beginning, a compromise in the middle and a BAM! at the end. What is this BAM you ask? It's such a big OMG moment that I will not even give a hint because I'm in fear of spoiling this wonderful read. I will say that "P D" and July story is truly a different read from another of Lani Lynn's books. Don't get me wrong this story still has our over bearing Alpha male, of course those amazingly hot and scorching love scenes and let's not forget our mouthy yet brave heroine. The difference of this read is that this couple has a 180 degree turn of events that I can honestly say I did not see coming. So yes ladies and gentlemen our all-time favorite Lani Lynn Vale has once again given us another marvelous book! So hurry and one-click this superb read today.


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.