Slash & Burn | Kiss
Slash & Burn Series
Before anything else, know that SLASH & BURN volume 1 is FREE on Amazon (and everywhere else) so please grab a copy! The other links are below in case you don't use Kindle.
Now to my review!
So I've been on a slump, that or I just need more sleep, so I can only read short novels currently. I can't get behind anything "heavy" and I can always trust on Alice Bello to sweep me away with her lighthearted romantic romps, SLASH & BURN is no exception.
The premise is simple, SLASH & BURN is sort of a second-chance in love with a few awkward situations and sexy times thrown in the mix to keep things interesting. Liz Hamilton wanted to give her V-Card to Jackson Burk back in college but the handsome jock declined it. Liz carried that bitter rejection all these years until one fateful day when their paths crossed once again. Seems like Jackson's been remorseful over what happened between him and Liz all those years ago and he's bent on getting her back.
SLASH & BURN is leaning more towards the romcom/chick-lit side than the staple contemporary romance with weeping heroines and dramatic confrontations and revelations. Liz and Jackson had quite the... reunion in the dirty back alley. Okay it was a bit yucky because it's dirty in more days than one coupled with their dysfunctional display of exhibitionism but it didn't remain like that for long. ABello has a knack for making awkward situations funny and Liz and Jackson's post coital bliss didn't last for long... unless they want the restaurant owners to call the cops on them.
Now SLASH & BURN wasn't just about unwise, spontaneous, and animal displays of attraction. It has a few sweet moments and heartfelt interactions between Liz and Jackson that it didn't take long for him to melt her cold heart. Jackson's explanation why he rejected Liz all those years ago was sweet and thoughtful even. The overall conflict does feel a little shallow but in this case it's acceptable because the premise isn't all that complicated anyways. I simply like that nothing about these two novellas are heavy and emotionally taxing.
So, ABello is helped me get through this week and I enjoyed SLASH & BURN immensely! The novellas are to the point, didn't linger much on the extras and the secondary characters were as fun and crazy as Jackson and Liz. The ending of Kiss, volume 2, was a bit of a cliffhanger so I am looking forward to reading how Jackson is getting himself out of the mess especially now that him and Liz are back together.