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September 11, 2014

Loved It: Slash & Burn by Alice Bello

Slash & Burn | Kiss
Slash & Burn Series
Alice Bello
Contemporary Romance
April 2014



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. 









31 comments:

  1. I'm kind of in the opposite position now, I'm wanting the big, sweeping story, and nothing else. I will pick this up for a rainy day. Glad you enjoyed!

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    1. We all are mood readers in that case.

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  2. Glad you loved it. Like Andrea, I'm also on a door stopper type of books kick nowadays. I haven't really checked out some of those series of short novels but I know everyone's loving them.

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    1. I need to break the streak, reading fantasy back to back got me exhausted! I need a breather.

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  3. I like the light stuff too to 'cleanse the palette' between the heavier stuff. Sounds good and thanks for the heads up on the freebie.

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    1. Hi5! I love palette cleansers too! It's like sniffing coffee beans in between testing fragrances.

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  4. I absolutely love those novels that can pull us out of slumps! I am so glad this did it for you or at least for the time being, gave you an incredible read just when you needed it.

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  5. I just finished one where the the characters didn't have major hangs ups. Sometimes that is all you need, a nice clean romance :D

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    1. Yup, not everything has to be a big dramatic production.

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  6. I'm glad you've found something that's working for your current reader girl state of mind. As much as some of these intrigue me I just can't do those serials.

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    1. Oh these are not serials, this is a novella series.

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  7. I understand why you are taking a slight step back at the moment, good on you!
    This sounds like a fun start to the series and it's great to see how much you enjoyed it!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  8. In a back alley? Really? I do enjoy the second-chance-at-love trope, though, so I know I'm going to check it out - thanks for letting me know it's free for kindle right now *runs to amz*

    Great review, Braine :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Enjoy your freebie and the back alley scene is in the first one ;)

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  9. Reading slumps suck! I hope you get out of your funk soon, Braine. I prefer chick-lit over contemporary romance so that fact drastically increases my chances of giving these a whirl, then add the words free and novella into the mix, and I'm pretty much sold.

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    1. Oh yes, chick-lit lovers are rare nowadays, some even say the genre is *gasp* dead! Nope, not if I can help it!

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  10. Oh it sounds nice. I didn't know this one but I love a chick-lit with my contempory romances and I think I could like it. I think I'll take the first one as it's free and we'll see. thank you!

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    1. I love my stories to incorporate ridiculous fun, I hate sad/sappy/angsty stories (unless it's that time of the month).

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  11. Love second chance love when done right, so going to grab a copy

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  12. I'm not really in a reading slump, but I have the same as you as in 'not in for heavy stuff'
    Somethimes you just need something light and fun! :) This sounds fun and especially since the first one is free on Amazon. Woohoo for Amazon! ;)

    Nina from J'adore Happy Endings

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    1. The fantasy books that I read have that dark, sad, angsty undertones so when I read contemporary, I want it to be as light as possible.

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  13. Love the dark and sweet combo..grabbed it. Thank you :)

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  14. I feel like it's been hard for me to read full length novels lately as well. I should start reading novellas.

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    1. I feel you, when I research a book and it's more than 300 pages, I get slightly discouraged. I think my ADD is getting worse LOL

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  15. More sleep is ALWAYS a good thing! ;) But I'm glad Slash and Burn helped you make it over the hump, Braine. I love a good second-chance romance and this one sounds like my kinda of story. I one-clicked the first one. :) Great review, girly!!

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