Burn for You (Slow Burn, #1)
The marriage is fake. But for a sassy chef and an arrogant billionaire, the sparks are real…Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum—money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract—and a stunning ring.The heir to a family bourbon dynasty, Jackson knows the rumors swirling around him. The truth is even darker. Still, he needs a wife to secure his inheritance, and free-spirited, sassy Bianca would play the part beautifully. Soon, though, their simple business deal evolves into an emotional intimacy he’s built walls to avoid.As the passion heats up between them, Bianca and Jackson struggle to define which feelings are real and which are for show. Is falling for your fake fiancé the best happy ending…or a recipe for disaster?

Burn for You (Slow Burn, #1) Details

TitleBurn for You (Slow Burn, #1)
Author
ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherMontlake Romance
ISBN-139781542047456
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Did Not Finish

Burn for You (Slow Burn, #1) Review

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    January 1, 1970
    Burn For You is book one in the Slow Burn series by J.T. Geissinger. J.T. is a new to me author. I won this book in a give-a-way. This is one of those times when I am smacking myself in the forehead and asking myself why in the world I haven’t read anything by this author before! This book gets all the stars! I was attracted by the blurb and the cover but was barely a couple of chapters in when I was completely in love with both Jackson Boudreaux and Bianca Hardwick.I think Jackson is my favorit Burn For You is book one in the Slow Burn series by J.T. Geissinger. J.T. is a new to me author. I won this book in a give-a-way. This is one of those times when I am smacking myself in the forehead and asking myself why in the world I haven’t read anything by this author before! This book gets all the stars! I was attracted by the blurb and the cover but was barely a couple of chapters in when I was completely in love with both Jackson Boudreaux and Bianca Hardwick.I think Jackson is my favorite kind of hero. He’s all rough and tough on the outside but inside, he’s all mush with a heart as big as Texas. And that describes Jax to a “T.” Jackson is heir to the Boudreaux Bourbon empire. Except he left his parents behind four years ago and fled his family home in Kentucky for New Orleans. Jackson has secrets, a pain filled past he keeps buried deep inside. He has made a life for himself in New Orleans with his long time butler as his only real friend. Jackson is also father to an adorable adopted son, Cody. It’s with Cody that we see glimpses of the man Jackson really is. We see all the love he has to give.Bianca Hardwick always knew she loved to cook. Her mother ran a restaurant but is now retired. Bianca has opened her very first restaurant, a lifelong dream. She has focused her entire menu around Boudreaux Bourbon. Her restaurant is flourishing but she is still barely making ends meet. Then, one night, the rudest man but probably the most beautiful man she has ever known pushes his way into her restaurant and her life insisting on tasting the food bearing his family’s name. “Don’t tell me you don’t think he’s handsome.”“Handsome? How could I tell? It’s impossible to see past the forked tongue and the horns!” These two get off to a rough start. Jax has so much trouble expressing himself except when it comes to anger. He’s great expressing that! From the start he’s mesmerized with Bianca. Her body, her sass, the way he doesn’t intimidate her. At times, though, he also broke my heart. He was so insecure and was constantly second guessing his own words or her words or actions. But then life kind of intervened and gave Jax a reason to tie himself to her. By his upcoming birthday, if he wasn’t either married or working for his father’s business, he would lose his entire inheritance. He would be penniless. Moving back to the family home was out of the question. But the idea of marriage to one particular woman wasn’t bad at all. Bianca also has her life turned upside down when she finds out her beloved mother is sick. Neither of them have money or health insurance. So Jackson’s proposal of sorts isn’t a bad idea. He wants to save his inheritance and she wants to save her mother. They both get what they want. “When her lips curved up at the corners, I felt like I’d been living my life up to then at the bottom of a dark well filled with trash and slimy water, and someone had just lifted the lid and lowered me a ladder.” These two together were magic. Bianca stood toe to toe with Jackson and held her own. The more she got to know him, the more she liked him. She made him feel things he hadn’t felt in a very long time. “I stared at his profile and wondered how many more layers I’d have to peel back before I uncovered the true heart of the walking contradiction that was Jackson Walker Boudreaux.” I am just in love with this book. It was so much fun, the banter between them, they were both so slow to realize their feelings. If I had one little complaint, it is I wished for an epilogue. I would have loved a little glimpse into their future. Maybe it was just that I didn’t want it to be over. I hope I have been able to say something to help to convince you to give this book a try. I most definitely will be waiting for book two in this series, Melt For You. I don’t know who it is about yet but I can’t wait to see. “With my slow exhalation, my final, futile shreds of resistance slipped away. My lips said, I’m an idiot. Please forgive me.” But my heart said, I’m yours.”
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  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 STARSAwesome. I had so much fun.A perfect example how an overused plot can still be enjoyable and original when it's done right. NOT ONE mistake according to my own personal romance rule book.- Enemies-to-lovers romance - Marriage of convenience trope - A beauty and the beast theme - A strong, sassy and intelligent heroine. No annoying traits, habits, actions or uttered words. Everything that comes out her mouth is hilarious. - A grumpy, reclusive, scary and asshole-ish but sexy as hell he 4.25 STARSAwesome. I had so much fun.A perfect example how an overused plot can still be enjoyable and original when it's done right. NOT ONE mistake according to my own personal romance rule book.- Enemies-to-lovers romance - Marriage of convenience trope - A beauty and the beast theme - A strong, sassy and intelligent heroine. No annoying traits, habits, actions or uttered words. Everything that comes out her mouth is hilarious. - A grumpy, reclusive, scary and asshole-ish but sexy as hell hero with a heart of a saint - Witty and hot as hell banter This is my fortieth(ish) fake relationship book and you’d think I’ve had enough by now. Nope.Oh, and Lučka? QUICK REVIEW:Enjoyment: 4.25/5Writing style: 4/5Storyline: 3.5/5 Hero: 4/5Heroine: 5/5Secondary characters: 4/5 Hotness/steam: 3/5 Romance: 4/5 Angst: 3/5Darkness level: 1/5Humor: 4/5Depth of the book: 3.5/5POV: dual, 1st personTriggers: (view spoiler)[cancer, death of a parent (on page), death of a sibling (off page) (hide spoiler)]
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 stars rounded up*JTG is an auto-buy favourite, as she's one of only a few authors who can write smart and intelligent prose across all genres. Without a doubt Burn for You wasn't mediocre, though it lacked the intensity that I attribute to her books. Still, it was a fun way to pass three lazy hours on a Saturday.
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  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars!Review and Book Buddy Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.Wow. I can't believe I didn't read this until today! This Beauty and the Beast-inspired romance had everything I want in a book—Enemies to Lovers, Marriage of Convenience, Slow burn, a reclusive, arrogant billionaire hero and a sweet and sassy heroine chef. Plus, it's set in New Orleans and features recipes of food in between chapters. Yum.It wasn't love at first sight for chef Bianca Hardwick and bourbon billionaire Jackson "The Beast" 4 stars!Review and Book Buddy Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.Wow. I can't believe I didn't read this until today! This Beauty and the Beast-inspired romance had everything I want in a book—Enemies to Lovers, Marriage of Convenience, Slow burn, a reclusive, arrogant billionaire hero and a sweet and sassy heroine chef. Plus, it's set in New Orleans and features recipes of food in between chapters. Yum.It wasn't love at first sight for chef Bianca Hardwick and bourbon billionaire Jackson "The Beast" Boudreaux. He was rude to her and her staff the first time they meet, plus he kind of threatened to sue her for using his family's bourbon as a key ingredient in her menu. Bianca will not stand for it, and she gives him a tongue lashing no one's ever had the guts to do before. Bianca swears she'll never cook for the man again, but she still ends up catering an event for him when he offers to pay her generously. Beggars can't be choosers, and Bianca can really use the money to help her mother. And when he proposes another opportunity that will give her more than enough to help her mother, she doesn't have it in her to say no.Jackson left Kentucky and moved to New Orleans to run away from his past. But he's reached a dead end when his father reminds him that he might lose his trust if he doesn't take over the business or get married by his birthday, which is only a few weeks away. There's no way he'll return to Kentucky and take over his business, so a marriage of convenience will have to do. He has no romantic prospects except for the sharp-tongued beauty he can't get off his head, so he'll have to offer for her or risk losing his inheritance. And he can't afford to lose it now. It was nice to see the story highlight New Orleans without overdoing or overshadowing the romance between Bianca and Jackson and the multiple plot points related to their story arcs. I've always wanted to visit New Orleans, so books like this never fail to give me a major case of the wanderlust. I love the pacing, the main and secondary characters, and the adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (BATB) into modern times. I love that the author didn't stick to the step-by-step progress of the classic, but still managed to get the essence of BATB while becoming a story of its own. For example, a marriage of convenience can be considered a prison sentence to someone who originally has no romantic feelings for the person she'll be marrying, and there is a loss of freedom there, too. I adore Bianca! She is strong and sassy, but like Belle, she is kind-hearted and will do anything for her loved one—in this case, her ailing mother. She's a great character with flaws and strengths just like anyone else, and it makes her real. Three dimensional.Jackson is my kind of hero. When I meet someone like him in real life, I'd probably hate his guts, but there's just something about a surly and brooding hero in romance books that makes my heart flutter. Despite the reputation, this man has a heart of gold. He's a gentleman, a selfless man, all hidden beneath a rough exterior because of a past that left him scarred. I give you my word that you'll fall for him, too.The chemistry was brewing between them from the very start, and I enjoyed every encounter they had! Bianca never lets him get away with his rude attitude, and it was really funny to see her set him straight. There's some fantastic banter here that will make you smile and laugh. And the feels when he was 'wooing' her. I can't, you guys. Jackson is the sweetest. I love him so much!This is my first J.T. Geissinger read, but it definitely won't be my last. I can't wait to read Melt For You , the next story in this series because it sounds just as good as this one!I'd recommend this to anyone who prefers slow burn romance with fantastic female leads and grumpy heroes who are actually total marshmallows. I'm a complete sucker for 'em, and Jackson Boudreaux fits the bill. Shout out to the cabbie, the trope master, the me in this book. I loved his short appearance!Tropes: Marriage of Convenience, Hate to LovePOV: First Person, Dual POVStandalone: Yes Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    4 STARS She was my religion. My north and south, my heaven and earth, the axis of rightness around which everything had suddenly aligned. For the first time in my life, all my polarized parts worked as one, humming happily along in harmony with the universe, finally understanding their place. Looking for a perfectly paced slow burn romance? Well, I've got your fix right here! This series is so appropriately titled, and for this slow burn lover? I gobbled it right up.Bianca Hardwick is a talen 4 STARS She was my religion. My north and south, my heaven and earth, the axis of rightness around which everything had suddenly aligned. For the first time in my life, all my polarized parts worked as one, humming happily along in harmony with the universe, finally understanding their place. Looking for a perfectly paced slow burn romance? Well, I've got your fix right here! This series is so appropriately titled, and for this slow burn lover? I gobbled it right up.Bianca Hardwick is a talented chef that's determined to get her restaurant off the ground and make her mother proud. Her signature menu created around her favorite bourbon is keeping her restaurant packed, but it also brings the attention of a particular brute apply known throughout Louisiana as "The Beast". And after being on the receiving end of his attitude, Bianca can see that title is more than earned. The first time I laid eyes on the man known throughout the state of Louisiana as “the Beast,” I thought he couldn’t possibly be as bad as his reputation. As it turned out, I was wrong. He was worse. Jackson is the name behind the Boudreaux bourbon that is his family's legacy. But what starts as a look at a woman that's using his family's bourbon to get guests in her restaurant, actually turns into something else. At first it's an offer to cater his fundraiser dinner. Next? A proposal of marriage.Jackson needs to be married by the time he's 35 in order to receive the rest of his trust. The problem is? His birthday is quite literary right around the corner. Knowing he'll never trust a woman with his heart ever again, he knows the best alternative is Bianca. She needs money for her ailing mother's medical care and he needs a wife in name only. What's a mutually beneficial arrangement between two people that can barely stand to be in the same room together?But the more you get to know Jax, the more you see beyond the grumpy and brusque personality to a very broken and vulnerable man beneath. The more time he and Bianca spend together, the more he yearns for what could be but likely never would. Bianca goes from hating him to tolerating him to something so much deeper. This is a slow burn in every sense of the word. It takes these two a while to finally see beyond their assumptions of each other. It takes a while for Jax to really open up and let Bianca in to the dark crevices of his heart and memories. But when she gets in there? There's no turning back. No one calls me Jax. No one but you.” When her lips curved up at the corners, I felt like I’d been living my life up to then at the bottom of a dark well filled with trash and slimy water, and someone had just lifted the lid and lowered me a ladder. With a colorful cast of secondary characters, a sweet and sassy romance, plenty of emotions, and an enemies to lovers trope unlike many I've read lately, Burn For You was one fantastic read.ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    4 Beastly Stars“This is a business deal, Bianca. A good one for both of us. We’re not doing favors for each other. No one is getting taken advantage of here. We’re going into it with our eyes open, fully informed and consenting, with an exit strategy that’s painless and precise. Which is a hell of a lot more than most people can say about their marriages.”To say that the first meeting between Bianca Hardwick and Jackson Boudreaux was a rocky one would be a huge understatement. Who cares if he’s 4 Beastly Stars“This is a business deal, Bianca. A good one for both of us. We’re not doing favors for each other. No one is getting taken advantage of here. We’re going into it with our eyes open, fully informed and consenting, with an exit strategy that’s painless and precise. Which is a hell of a lot more than most people can say about their marriages.”To say that the first meeting between Bianca Hardwick and Jackson Boudreaux was a rocky one would be a huge understatement. Who cares if he’s the heir to a billion dollar Liquor Empire? That doesn’t give him the right to barge into her restaurant, demand an unavailable table and threaten her staff. He may be used to getting what he wants from everyone else around him but if life’s taught Bianca anything, it’s not to bow to any man, no matter how much power he thinks he has.Jackson’s not nicknamed “The Beast” for nothing. He’s earned his reputation as a wealthy, hard to please recluse and he has no plans of changing that. When he sets out to investigate an up and coming restaurant that happens to be using his family’s liquor as a menu theme, he isn’t expecting gorgeous and fiery Bianca to verbally kick his ass while feeding him some of the most delicious food he’s ever eaten. An expensive family medical emergency for Bianca and Jackson’s need for a caterer coincide and before you can say “jambalaya” the relationship’s off and running. Who was the real Jackson Boudreaux? The Beast that snarled and snapped? The suave sophisticate at ease in front of crowds? Or the sad, lonely man with a mysterious tattoo and eyes full of bad memories? Right off the bat, I fell in love with Bianca. She’s smart, determined and most of all REAL. She realized a long time ago that no man was going to carry her off into the sunset and make her dreams come true. She knows she has to be the one to make her life what she envisioned so she’s automatically skeptical of Jackson’s continued interest in her, even though that interest is disguised as professional in the beginning. Did Jackson make the best first impression on me as a reader? Not so much, but you know there’s a gooey center beneath all of that douchebag exterior. Luckily Bianca realizes that as time passes and it was such a treat seeing these two warm up to each other. “I think sometimes it’s easier for a man to be the worst version of himself than to let the world keep breaking his heart.” I can’t write this review without mentioning what I consider the third main character, New Orleans. I’ve read so many books where the culture and colloquialisms of New Orleans end up reading like something gimmicky to me, sometimes to cartoonish results. Bianca’s restaurant, neighborhood and the cast of characters that came along for the ride helped set the scene without interfering in Bianca and Jackson’s story. It most definitely made me want a beignet.My only real issue was with the pacing. I hit the 85% mark and thought the story might actually be a cliffy because I had no idea how it was all going to be wrapped up when, to me, it felt like it was just getting started. I was happy with the ending but I’ll admit to being slightly jarred by the last 25% of the book or so and how quickly things FINALLY started moving.This is my first J.T. Geissinger book and I can definitely say it won’t be my last. It looks like Burn for You is part of a series and I’m already anxious to see what this author has planned next.ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked this fake engagement romance! The beginning was a bit slow but I didn't mind it. I loved it while I was reading it but it's been a couple of weeks since I've finished it and I'm really hazy on the details. :S
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsBurn for You is the first book in J. T. Geissinger’s new series entitled Slow Burn. I went in to this book not really knowing what to expect. I have loved all the books I have previously read by this author. I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised by this lovely romance. This book was a fantastic whirlwind. Funny, heart-warming, sexy, and romantic. This book was simply a lot of fun!Both protagonists were amazing characters who just seemed to fit. Both make mistakes as they em 4 StarsBurn for You is the first book in J. T. Geissinger’s new series entitled Slow Burn. I went in to this book not really knowing what to expect. I have loved all the books I have previously read by this author. I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised by this lovely romance. This book was a fantastic whirlwind. Funny, heart-warming, sexy, and romantic. This book was simply a lot of fun!Both protagonists were amazing characters who just seemed to fit. Both make mistakes as they embark on their romantic journey and some of what occurred was a little over the top. It was a fast-paced ride that I enjoyed through and through.All in all, Burn for You as a fantastically awesome feel-good book with a lot of passion, heat and sticky situations. This was definitely a wonderful start to what promises to be a fun series filled with witty banter, humor and unforgettable romances. I am definitely looking forward to more.***An advance reading copy of Burn for You by J.T. Geissinger was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alex ♈
    January 1, 1970
    For whatever reason I shelved this book as no-thanks-but-no. ???As my buddy Sigmund Freud said:"The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is: ‘What does a woman want?’"Well, I made a mistake, see, I'm that honest and self-critical.It's the second mistake I acknowledged making last year: not reading this book and singing 'U + Ur Hand' by Pink in karaoke at a party with many kids *blaming my For whatever reason I shelved this book as no-thanks-but-no. ???As my buddy Sigmund Freud said:"The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is: ‘What does a woman want?’"Well, I made a mistake, see, I'm that honest and self-critical.It's the second mistake I acknowledged making last year: not reading this book and singing 'U + Ur Hand' by Pink in karaoke at a party with many kids *blaming my 2nd best buddy booze'.Otherwise I'm perfect!Such a cool heroine. Loved her.Strong, sassy, but also kind.This woman made my day by saying these lines about her cheating ex: “Just because trash can be recycled doesn’t mean you deserve another chance.”I may borrow it for my next (so popular in CR) second chance romance *eye roll*The story itself was a bit predictable, I hoped her mother would survive *sad* and I wanted to have a freaking epilogue!!!I wasn’t a big fan of the hero. He was rude, but somewhere deep down he was a good man, I wished for less depth in this case *lol* WHERE IS THE EPILOGUE?!?
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    The man gave the term resting bitch face a whole new meaning. He looked like his face had caught on fire and someone had tried to put it out with a fork.Do you love BEAUTY AND THE BEAST retellings? Need I even say more at this point? Probably not. But I will. This isn't your standard homage but there's enough similarities to tickle your fancy and enough differences to delight you. In addition we have a hate-to-love slowburn and a fake-marriage trope. Throw in some New Orleans flavour (like, a lo The man gave the term resting bitch face a whole new meaning. He looked like his face had caught on fire and someone had tried to put it out with a fork.Do you love BEAUTY AND THE BEAST retellings? Need I even say more at this point? Probably not. But I will. This isn't your standard homage but there's enough similarities to tickle your fancy and enough differences to delight you. In addition we have a hate-to-love slowburn and a fake-marriage trope. Throw in some New Orleans flavour (like, a lot) and a cheeky, quirky, memorable cast of characters, and BURN FOR YOU is a winner for me. And, well, hopefully you."Miss Hardwick. You. Are being. Unreasonable.""And you, Mr. Boudreaux, are the reason the gene pool needs a lifeguard."This is my first read by Geissinger but I'm no stranger to seeing her in my feed. She's an author I've meant to try for a while and I loved having the ARC as an excuse to finally get around to doing so. That being said I had no idea what to expect as far as quality of writing but am pleased to report this was not only well done but was also fucking hilarious. I could not stop laughing. I also cried once or twice so, I mean, it's all not silly shenanigans."I think sometimes it's easier for a man to be the worst version of himself than to let the world keep breaking his heart."As the series implies, this is a slow burn. For a moment I thought we were nearing MZ levels of slow but thankfully it wasn't quite that bad (by which I mean good. but this was also good. arg, you know what I mean). And it was worth the wait. Between the outlandish Southern-isms and the cracklin' hate-snark banter, the back and forth between the moody bourbon-royalty-beast and the fiery belle-chef was as delicious as the food woven throughout the story. "That kiss was hotter than the sidewalk in July.""Your metaphors need work.""Excuse me. Hotter than a billy goat with a blowtorch.""That doesn't even make sense. And comparing a lady's kiss to anything to do with a goat is just bad manners."While Jackson's darker more mellow moments swung him from highs (welll, bit of a stretch to call them a high) to lows as a result of his past, Bianca had more present-day fires to put out. It was a good balance not only for the story but worked to complement their (respectively) stubborn and relentless natures. If he was trying to get me to feel sorry for him.. it was working a little.It wasn't all perfect moments of hilarity or sparks, though. Sometimes I did find the dialogue a little reliant on !'s and some reactions felt a little overblown or drama-llama-ish. But every time a little bit of it irked me, I would be distracted by something wonderful or the characters would simmer back down. It was definitely not a consistent thing and really I think that's the only thing I have to complain about or make note of to explain why this isn't a perfect ten (or, rather, five).Dear Lord. I was sexually attracted to my fake fiancé.Book one in Geissinger's Slow Burn series was a hell of a good time (seriously, I lost track of my lol moments), it made me feel all of the things, cleverly strung together all different elements and tropes without feeling tropey, was packed full of heat when said heat finally kicked in, and.. I just had fun reading it. Truly. If you want something fresh and flavourful, pick this one up. It's delicious -- and this is one order you definitely won't be sending back to the kitchen unfinished.4.25 "whatever conversation you're having with yourself, I'd love to join in. it looks fascinating" stars** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Sara➽ (Ink Is My Sword)
    January 1, 1970
    ✪✪✪1/2 “I always thought love was a pair of shackles, but I was wrong. Love was the opened door of a cage.” ➽ FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED You can also find it on my blog, Ink Is My Sword🌼 All images were found in pinterest, I do not own any of them. Has the addicting quality that makes you invested in the story and the romance even if isn’t perfect.💬When I picked burn for you I was expecting a fake marriage storyline, where the marriage of the main characters is a charade and after a while fall in l ✪✪✪1/2 “I always thought love was a pair of shackles, but I was wrong. Love was the opened door of a cage.” ➽ FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED You can also find it on my blog, Ink Is My Sword🌼 All images were found in pinterest, I do not own any of them. Has the addicting quality that makes you invested in the story and the romance even if isn’t perfect.💬When I picked burn for you I was expecting a fake marriage storyline, where the marriage of the main characters is a charade and after a while fall in love, but I was wrong, this was nothing like that. Burn for you follows our hero and heroine arrangement towards a fake marriage, but we do not see an actual fake marriage. A story of opposites attract a romantic retelling of the beauty and the Beast fairytale. Incredibly addicting, funny and endearing, I was captured. A book where I didn’t necessarily agree with everything but I could still appreciate it as the author’s ideas. It took me a few chapters to really get into the writing. It’s more of a light comedic voice but I still came across wonderful quotes. My only complaint was the huge amount of beast references, it was just a bit unnatural for a person to growl that much if someone did in real life I would think they have a lung problem. I also appreciated the unique format of the author including recipes, I personally couldn’t really invest in them because is not my type of easy cooking I like, I know I am cheap that way lol but I am pretty sure some readers tried them. As I mentioned before I was a bit disappointed we didn’t follow a fake marriage but rather the prior building to that. I personally I am addicted to the whole developing the feelings after a while into the fake relationship, but I still would love the course. I really loved that our characters were like oil and water, creating a wonderful witty dialogue, comebacks, and tension. Something I wasn’t a huge fan of though, was the reason why Jackson decided to pursue the marriage option, it just felt too cheap for me. I truly couldn’t buy the whole “I have been rich all my life I can’t do anything on my own”. It just pretty much killed my fervent love for the beast. On the other hand, I really liked the way Bianca’s mother storyline developed, the unexpected factor certainly made an impact on me. What didn’t make as a huge impact as I would have hoped was Jackson’s tragic past, seriously it felt too over dramatic and out of nowhere. But overall it was a fun ride.Now let’s talk about our hero and heroine. Jackson “the beast” Boudreaux, was a broody, dark, handsome man I really loved until his rich side showed, ups. I mean I really loved his creambrule side, he was so precious in the inside, and how he let himself have feelings for Bianca. But I couldn’t get over his attitude of being incapable of working and sustaining himself. It was kind of mentioned he had a disability but we never really discussed it, which was seriously a bummer. Although the moment he started talking or thinking about his feelings I was melted butter. Our heroine Bianca Hardwick was awesome, I loved her so much. Biracial, which yes is important to mention, because the romance genre needs more representation other than white there I said it, sue me but is true. She was a strong, independent woman, who knows what she wants of life. I loved how selfless she became for her mom, it was touching. I loved how the relationship develops and it was pretty clear at the start Bianca and Jackson were annoyed with each other, and I liked how she didn’t see him as handsome and irresistible until a while. I really liked how slowly alongside with Bianca we are able to see the different layers the beast has, his kindness and loneliness. One of the most touching scenes is when he explains to her his semicolon tattoo. I overall enjoyed Bianca’s headstrong personality and her no-bullshit attitude. The chemistry was palpable and the aspect that made me keep reading to know how their story would unfold. I also appreciated how the guys are the first one showing signs of falling in love, I just personally hate when the girl falls and suddenly becomes all weakness and hearts. 😻Bianca’s personality. Jackson’s sweet moments. Wonderful quotes.😾Jackson’s rich spoiled attitude.Overall a book I will probably re-read when I need banter, sexy brooding bearded guys and strong female characters in my life. “You remind me an awful lot of her daddy. Crème brûlée, I always called him. Hard as nails on the outside, but inside all soft and gooey sweet.” 📢Recommendation. If you like connecting with the characters and rooting for them to get together, comedic writing, millionaires falling in love, and the fake dating troop then you will enjoy this book. I want to know: Did you love Jackson and his growls? Do you agree the romance genre needs more representation of all ethnicities? 💭Pre-reading thoughts:Hate to Love✔️Fake Marriage ✔️New Orleans✔️And if I am not wrong a biracial heroine✔️Emmm... YAS.
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  • R.K. Gold
    January 1, 1970
    As usual my reviews will contain spoilers so if that bothers you stop reading here.Okay, I am incredibly new to the romance genre so I am rating these differently than I rate other books. A four star here means I was thoroughly entertained by the book, but I'm no entirely sure about what my baseline 3 star in this genre is. As for the book itself it did a good job engaging my imagination. I plan on finishing the series. I just downloaded the second book and saw the third comes out this fall. I'm As usual my reviews will contain spoilers so if that bothers you stop reading here.Okay, I am incredibly new to the romance genre so I am rating these differently than I rate other books. A four star here means I was thoroughly entertained by the book, but I'm no entirely sure about what my baseline 3 star in this genre is. As for the book itself it did a good job engaging my imagination. I plan on finishing the series. I just downloaded the second book and saw the third comes out this fall. I'm still digesting the whole thing. I've read books with romance in it, but never read one where romance was the plot. The restaurant, Bianca's dreams, her history with her family, her mother's illness, and just about everything else felt secondary to her feelings for Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux. The same goes for Jackson, since this book was written in dual first person POVs we saw his feelings for Bianca take over his life, of course his arc was less about discovering the feelings and more about containing them. He had a long troubled past, which was secondary to the love plot arc and was ultimately given to the reader and resolved in the same chapter.This didn't bug me. This is what I mean by I need to figure out how I rate romance books because if this was any other genre I'd be annoyed by this, but I rather enjoyed that this book didn't have any moments of severe stress. It had moments of emotion, sure, but the stakes weren't the end of the world or anything-the stakes were directly linked to love and the stress stemmed from that.Ultimately, I enjoyed this book and I plan on finishing the series.
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  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐3.5 STARS⭐⭐⭐⭐Amazingly entertaining, packing heat, passion and banter! If you like your heroes on the growly side, your heroines fiery with a smart mouth, a push and pull potent with animosity and a healthy dose of steam, you don’t want to miss Burn For You! This is your next afternoon escape!I discovered J.T. Geissinger recently over the past summer and fell in love with her sexy and suspenseful stories propelled combustible thanks to a perfect mix of strong alphas with a gentle streak and ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️3.5 STARS⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Amazingly entertaining, packing heat, passion and banter! If you like your heroes on the growly side, your heroines fiery with a smart mouth, a push and pull potent with animosity and a healthy dose of steam, you don’t want to miss Burn For You! This is your next afternoon escape!I discovered J.T. Geissinger recently over the past summer and fell in love with her sexy and suspenseful stories propelled combustible thanks to a perfect mix of strong alphas with a gentle streak and independent heroines with a strong bite. (Her Wicked series is a must!!!)With that promise in mind, I was already salivating about meeting a beastly Bourbon king meeting his downfall in the person of a sassy restaurant owner in Burn For You.Enemies to Lovers. Marriage of Convenience. Tortured Hero. Beauty and The Beast retelling… Oh the last one got your attention? Well, you’ll love to read about all the parallels and references to the tale as old as time… and enjoy every minute of it! Jackson Boudreaux, impersonates oh so perfectly the growly and grouchy beast in this modern southern retelling. More beast than man, I loved how the author chose to characterize our tortured and complex hero with a bestial and almost feral behavior. He snarled a lot and he growled even more and I loved it! Growl count in this book : 27 Yes, I’m well aware a few readers don’t like growling heroes, humans don’t growl I was told by a few… Well guess what? This very reader likes it a whole lot. I find it super hot to witness the hero reach such a level of frustration he calls to his carnal and bestial side by growling and snarling. In this slow burn and hate to love you setting it was more than called for and a great parallel with the Beauty and The Beast references.Rude, grumpy and surly—every nuance applies— he’s used to get what he wants —or more aptly, what he orders.Unfortunately for him, our heroine, Bianca, has a no nonsense strict policy and Bourbon King or not, Jackson will just have to learn some manners!Bianca Hardwick, the heroine would easily feature on my favorite heroine’s shelf—if I had one—, she’s smart, packs enough sass to spare an army of cheeky ladies and gives as good as she gets, with witty come-backs and exquisite audacity. Especially when she dares setting straight the man everyone even fears looking in the eyes.Chef in her own restaurant specializing in southern cuisine—inherited from her mother—she’s dealing with family issues impending a need for immediate funds. Conveniently enough, our prickly beast needs someone to fulfill the role of his wife for a marriage of convenience. Considering both can’t stand each other—but can’t help to lust after one another—it’s off with this promise hate to love you trope that the book really starts.Another thing worth mentioning, is the immersion in Deep South, Louisiana! I voraciously devoured every bits of Southern slang and idioms! Everything about the setting and secondary characters felt so genuine, I could almost see, hear, taste and smell everything. J.T. Geissinger did a fantastic job at setting the New Orleans’ scene and made me travel the time of a book. I also loved the inclusion of Bianca’s typical recipes throughout the book, opening a few chapters. Now about the much expected slow burn… I just adored every minute of it! The author did a fine job developing the tension between both heroes, none of them willing to yield on anything, yet, both unintentionally attracted to each other.The push and pull was a delight to read about, making any small gesture or thought met with high expectations for the reader. I was ready for them to become an item after one chapter! I just knew their pending chemistry and lustful thoughts would lead to some explosive and playful scenes later on.The building of their relationship was really nicely done, the author skillfully increased the anticipation, gradually dropping hints and clues about Jackson’s past making him a multi layered and complex character you had no choice but to get attached to. Generously sprinkled with a nice dose of humor and banter, Burn For You have everything to set you up for a good time! This author definitely has a knack for creating sizzling dynamic between her characters! Stretching the tension to the culminating point, she makes the reader antsy to jump off the cliff along with the MCs and just give in to their desire. And I was right there with Bianca and Jackson! The passion between them was eruptive, J.T. Geissinger knows a thing or two about heating up a bedroom! So good! Gosh but I love a good slow burn! So why not a full 5 stars rating?The last quart of the book unraveled rather… unexpectedly and so fast it left me a little disappointed. With so much care given to carve such a delectable tortured hero, I was regrettably disconcerted by the quickness the author chose to tie any loose ends and felt robbed of a part of his story. In this case a simple sentence was delivered to excuse and explain years of self-hatred, hurt and misconceptions. One would think over fifteen years of psychological issues, family drama and exile should have easily deserved a little more depth but I do however understand the necessity to keep this book under wraps to meet an —imposed?—length. I personally think this particular side of him was central to the story and should have been explored a bit further and not brushed under the carpet.I also regret the quickness it took to deal with another issue on the heroine’s side, especially considering it was another initial setup for the main plot. It felt all contrived to me, to draw an issue out for 80% of the book and just dealing with it from what I personally perceived rather… offhandedly.To conclude, J.T. Geissinger cleverly dishes-up every romance reader’s dream with a clever blend of well loved tropes, a tingling slow burn, a prickling hero with a soft heart and a heroine you can’t help but love and wish you had a tenth of her witiness, all tastefully seared with sexiness, wrapped in quality banter and served with with a well merited HFN!Arc received in exchange for a review.More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞
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  • Leonor
    January 1, 1970
    I loved, loved, loved the heroine. Omg wow this woman was amazing!!! She was a strong sassy woman who didn't take crap from the hero. I liked the hero although I have a tiny complain about him. I like my heroes to work for their money and this one didn't but that didn't stop me from liking him and I don't mind a hero who's an asshole and this one may have been one but he sure redeemed himself.She was my religion. My north and south, my heaven and earth, the axis of rightness around which everyth I loved, loved, loved the heroine. Omg wow this woman was amazing!!! She was a strong sassy woman who didn't take crap from the hero. I liked the hero although I have a tiny complain about him. I like my heroes to work for their money and this one didn't but that didn't stop me from liking him and I don't mind a hero who's an asshole and this one may have been one but he sure redeemed himself.She was my religion. My north and south, my heaven and earth, the axis of rightness around which everything had suddenly aligned.I absolutely LOVED IT but I can't rated higher than 4 stars because there's no epilogue and I needed. #wherestheepilogue. #epiloguewhorehere.
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  • Dilek VT
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 stars, actually***********************************************How can you create wonders with the common trope of “enemies-to-lovers” and “fake relationship”?This book has a popular romance trope: Enemies to lovers! And as main characters, we have a grumpy and arrogant billionaire and a sweet and sassy Southern belle. Then, a fake engagement!Everything sounds cliché, right? It sounds like this book is no different from the many other similar romance books, right?Well, surprisingly, this book 4,5 stars, actually***********************************************How can you create wonders with the common trope of “enemies-to-lovers” and “fake relationship”?This book has a popular romance trope: Enemies to lovers! And as main characters, we have a grumpy and arrogant billionaire and a sweet and sassy Southern belle. Then, a fake engagement!Everything sounds cliché, right? It sounds like this book is no different from the many other similar romance books, right?Well, surprisingly, this book is a perfect example of how a writer can use very common tropes of romance books such as “enemies-to-lovers” and “fake relationship” and still can make it exceptional. ***********************************************When I saw 99 % of my friends loved this book, I thought there was something special about it and there really is! This is totally a very sweet, fun, hot and emotional love story with a lot of character depth and a well-constructed background story. The chemistry between the characters is burning the pages and it is heart-throbbingly steamy. I loved every minute of mine with this book. It put a constant goofy smile on my face with its LOL moments and I was all hearts in the eyes with my love for the characters. I sucked their sweetness into my soul and it made my day!Characters:Well, our hero, Jackson, is a grumpy and arrogant billionaire. He is rude and he has a temper. He is dark and brooding. At first sight, he is the classical alpha but with each layer peeled, we see his insecurity about his self-worth. He is, in fact, unloved and insecure; therefore, brooding, sulky and temperamental. Although Jackson is a rich as*hole on the surface, he is not the cliché player or man-whore. On the contrary, after experiencing tragedies and heartbreak one after the other, he has become a reclusive, who is embittered. He doesn’t have any social life, friends or one-night stands. He doesn’t trust anyone because he has been stabbed in the back so many times. He is so alone in his bitter life. Jackson’s damaged soul and brokenness is my kryptonite. I love broken and damaged heroes. And with every new information about his sad past, my heart broke more and more for him. The fact that he has adopted his now-dead best friend’s child, who is mildly autistic, and the way he loves and takes great care of him, shows he is, in fact, capable of love if he believes it is unconditional.Jax is indeed, as the book says, a total "creme brulée.”, hard on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside.Our heroine, Bianca, is the chef and the owner of a New Orleans' restaurant. (You will find some surprise recipes from her in the book 😊) She is very successful at her job. She also has lots of friends and her relationship with her mother is endearing.Bianca is totally my type of heroine. She is sassy and smart with a golden heart. She is feisty, hilarious and great fun. ***********************************************Bianca is the sunlight whereas Jackson is the dark sky. Total opposites! And when these two meet, the air is full of tension and sparks fly. Their bickering and bantering is definitely the best part of the book – it is awesome! They fight each other but at the same time they are crazy about each other. It is great fun to be in the minds of both characters.A very cute and delightful bookThis book has depth and it has sad moments that include tragedies, illness and even death but it is not a depressing and angsty book. Despite the sad and bitter moments, the overall mood of the book is sunny, sweet and tender. It is most of the time funny, hilarious even. It is deeply emotional and scorching hot.And it is totally safe!My only criticism about the book:Normally, I can do without an epilogue. Some books end without an epilogue and I am totally OK with them. However, the sad and tragic events came towards the very end of this book and it was only on the last few pages that the hero and the heroine came back together so this story definitely needed a good and long epilogue. Although we have a HEA in the end, I just needed more happy time with them after what they have suffered through.That's why it is 4,5 stars but not 5 for me; otherwise it would be 5 stars easily...Still, I can recommend this book whole-heartedly, do read it, you won’t regret! ***********************************************Here are some quotes from the book, enjoy! “Miss Hardwick,” he said, the edge in his voice rougher, his eyes burning blue fire, “You. Are being. Unreasonable.” Boy, did he like to punctuate his words with a hammer! A laugh escaped me. “And you, Mr. Boudreaux, are the reason the gene pool needs a lifeguard. Have yourself a nice evening.”***As soon as we pulled to a stop, Jackson yanked my door open. He stood peering in at me with narrowed eyes, his head cocked. He snapped, “Why are you sitting in front?” Heat crawled up my neck and suffused my cheeks. Lord, grant me the serenity not to take off my shoe and hurl it at his balls. “And a fine good morning to you, too, Mr. Boudreaux,” I said sweetly. “I see you’re in your usual sunshine-and-rainbows mood. Did you misplace your human pills again?” ***“Remind me never to get on your bad side.” “I don’t know about a bad side, but I do know that a man has to choose me or lose me. I’m not a backup plan.”Jackson was silent. When I glanced at him, he was giving me that burning look again, the one that made me feel like I might ignite. He murmured, “He’s an idiot. But he’s a lucky idiot.” “Why do you say that?” “Because for a while, he had you.” ***“You’re so fucking beautiful it sometimes hurts to look at you, like I’m gazing into the sun and could go blind if I stare too long.” “It’s different with us,” he said more gently, guessing why I couldn’t speak. “How, exactly?” His voice turned vulnerable, almost boyish. “This time I know.” Shot through the heart. Bullet to the brain. Fall from a forty-story building. With that one sentence, he killed me in a dozen different ways. “Jax,” I breathed, trembling. “Oh God.” “It’s ancient history, Bianca. I’m over it. Mama was right about him. The man was crème brûlée. Tough on the outside, but on the inside all soft and gooey sweet. It made me feel good to know that secret, and also surprisingly protective.***I broke away and cuffed her wrists over her head on the pillow. We were both panting. I was practically vibrating with frustration. “Fuck. Fuck, Bianca!” She wasn’t done torturing me. She lifted her head, put her mouth against my throat, and bit me. Gently, but enough to sting. Against my skin she murmured, “Yes. That’s exactly what you should do, Jax. Fuck Bianca.” I groaned. What the hell was going on? Hearing those words from that normally chaste mouth made it all the more carnal.***He knew exactly how to take me to the edge and keep me there, teasing and gentling when I got too close, chuckling at my delirious implorings of “More. Hurry. I’ll kill you if you stop.” He took his time, though I knew he felt the same unbearable urgency I did. His fingers digging into my skin were just shy of painful. Every once in a while, he would catch his breath and curse.I felt like I was riding a wave. A wave of heat and emotion, expanding from my body to fill the room, the house, the entire state. I wanted to laugh and cry and scream, I wanted to break apart and let him put me back together. I was sinking into the bed at the same time as I was floating over it…***She was my religion. My north and south, my heaven and earth, the axis of rightness around which everything had suddenly aligned. For the first time in my life, all my polarized parts worked as one, humming happily along in harmony with the universe, finally understanding their place.
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  • NMmomof4
    January 1, 1970
    3 StarsOverall Opinion: This is a rough one for me to rate, tbh. This had me engaged, but I wasn't really wowed by it. I never fully felt the connection between the h and H, but I did feel connected with the characters individually (which is kind of weird as it's usually no connection to any of it for me). I liked their back stories, but I feel like their futures were left hanging in a way that it didn't help me feel that connection. I also felt like some things felt unfinished. There was thing 3 StarsOverall Opinion: This is a rough one for me to rate, tbh. This had me engaged, but I wasn't really wowed by it. I never fully felt the connection between the h and H, but I did feel connected with the characters individually (which is kind of weird as it's usually no connection to any of it for me). I liked their back stories, but I feel like their futures were left hanging in a way that it didn't help me feel that connection. I also felt like some things felt unfinished. There was things like the h's career and the H's adopted son that felt like they were focused on for a little bit but then forgotten...which I thought was weird too. Overall, an okay read but not going on my favorites shelf or probably won't be all that memorable in the long run.Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Bianca and Jackson's story. They meet when Jackson shows up at Bianca's restaurant demanding a table so he can taste all of her menu that is inspired by his family's bourbon. They clash at first, but can't stop thinking about one another. Jackson is in a predicament, and has to get married soon. Bianca's mom is having health issues and as much as she dislikes Jackson she cannot turn down the big paycheck he is offering her to marry him. There are some big secrets revealed, some family and ex drama, some sexy times...and they get a HFN ending.POV: This alternated between Bianca and Jackson's POV.Overall Pace of Story: Good until the end (see closure section below). I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well otherwise.Instalove: No, they take a while to develop stronger feelings.H rating: 4 stars. Jackson. I liked him. I felt bad for his past, and I appreciated how he cared for the h.h rating: 3.5 stars. Bianca. I liked her, but I also wanted to shake her with her preconceived notions about the H. Sadness level: Low, no tissues neededPush/Pull: Yes (view spoiler)[The h pushes away a good bit. I would say that they both pursue the relationship at times, but the H is the main pursuer. (hide spoiler)]Heat level: Good. They have some good tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story. Definitely a "slow burn" as they are not intimate until around 80% (just a few kisses up until that point).Descriptive sex: YesOW/OM drama: Yes (view spoiler)[ The H's ex shows up and wants her back and causes some drama. The H also carries some baggage from the mess his ex left behind. (hide spoiler)]Sex scene with OW or OM: NoCheating: Not between mcs (view spoiler)[ The h and H were both cheated on by their exes. (hide spoiler)]Separation: Yes (view spoiler)[They are separated shortly (few days or week?), but there was no mention or suggestion of other partners during this time. (hide spoiler)]Possible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[ Loss of a friend and sibling (off page), H has adopted a child of a dead friend with Down syndrome (on page, but minimal interactions), loss of parent to cancer (on page), the H was engaged to OW before h (off page), and parent with stroke (on page). (hide spoiler)]Closure: This had a really abrupt ending that I didn't feel worked well at all. It left too many unanswered questions for me, and we didn't get any concrete commitments made or any glimpse into their future. I would call it a HFN ending.Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers(view spoiler)[- Does Not have cheating- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM- Does have the h pushing the H away- Does have a separation between the h and H- Does Not have abuse- Does Not have OTT sad parts- Does Not have a HEA ending (hide spoiler)]
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  • Tijuana *BookTwinsReviews*
    January 1, 1970
    It's like Beauty and the Beast meets Princess Tiana. Jackson and Bianca are so much fun to read. He's overbearing, high-handed, and demanding....beastly.She's hard-working, feisty, and doesn't take any crap. The two of them generate sparks that ignite all of New Orleans!What I loved: Mainly the characters. It's a super cute take on the Beauty and Beast story. Jackson is misunderstood, but also doesn't help the situation by barking orders and demands at everyone he comes into contact with. His ba It's like Beauty and the Beast meets Princess Tiana. Jackson and Bianca are so much fun to read. He's overbearing, high-handed, and demanding....beastly.She's hard-working, feisty, and doesn't take any crap. The two of them generate sparks that ignite all of New Orleans!What I loved: Mainly the characters. It's a super cute take on the Beauty and Beast story. Jackson is misunderstood, but also doesn't help the situation by barking orders and demands at everyone he comes into contact with. His backstory is heartbreaking. I loved seeing how his character developed and evolved over the course of the novel.The secondary characters were a hoot. The humor spread throughout is well done. I laughed my ass off. While this isn't at all what I expected when I grabbed this book, it was just what I needed at the time.Recommended!Audiobook review: The audiobook alone, is worth the price of admission. The book is over the top. but funny. I laughed out loud several times. It was a great performance!For more of my reviews:My Blog: Book Twins ReviewsFacebook Blog PageTwitterSubscribe to Blog
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  • Aisling Zena
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars1/2 cup of Slap,Slap,Kiss,1/3 cup of marriage of convenience,a dash of cliches,add a pinch of dirty talk and voila the perfect book for me!!P.S. Jackson Boudreaux is mine!!!
  • Carvanz
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my! Jackson Boudreaux! I could leave my review right there because really, who doesn’t love a big, burly, scowling hero? Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that Bianca’s mama was right. Crème brulee. “Hard as nails on the outside, but inside all soft and gooey sweet.”So yeah, I’m absolutely heart over heels in love with Ms. Geissinger’s latest hero. I have to say he’s one of the most interesting male characters I’ve ever read. Absolutely alpha on the surface but with so much insecurity about Oh my! Jackson Boudreaux! I could leave my review right there because really, who doesn’t love a big, burly, scowling hero? Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that Bianca’s mama was right. Crème brulee. “Hard as nails on the outside, but inside all soft and gooey sweet.”So yeah, I’m absolutely heart over heels in love with Ms. Geissinger’s latest hero. I have to say he’s one of the most interesting male characters I’ve ever read. Absolutely alpha on the surface but with so much insecurity about his worthiness on the inside. During his points of view we are given a chance to really feel his uncertainties regarding his comments and actions with Bianca, and definitely his feelings toward her.Jackson is not your rich playboy/manwhore. You won’t find his castoffs loitering on the edges of this story. A player he is not. What you will find is a man who’s afraid to believe anyone could ever want him just for him. So damaged from layer after layer of hurt it’s a miracle he could even conceive the idea of a semicolon tattoo. When all of his heartache was revealed I cried for the injustice of a life filled with so much pain and misunderstanding. I cried for Jackson Boudreaux. An imaginary character. On the pages of a book. On my kindle. If that doesn’t speak of the talent this author expended in developing his character, nothing will.So, okay, I get it. This review has been all about Jax. To me, he was the heart of the story. And because of his history perhaps you’re thinking this was one heavy, angsty read. Nope. Not at all. This was one of the cutest, quirkiest reads I’ve read in some time. I started smiling from chapter one and continued throughout. Yeah, there were definitely scenes when things are heavy, and not all of them revolve around the hero. But in the end I was smiling again. Happy with these characters. Happy with their decisions. Happy with where this story took me. This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Montlake Romance.Dual POVSafeNo apparent triggers
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  • Kindling Micky
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI’ve heard of JT Geissenger in my book feeds but now I realise what I’ve been missing out by not reading her work. BURN FOR YOU delighted my literary senses from start to finish. The two main characters were both hugely likeable in their reality, completely lacking perfection, both stubborn and fun to observe clashing. This book is a piece of wonderful hate to love with great story substance.Jackson is like a grisly bear, a pathetic communicator, preferring to shout or grunt. He met his 4.5 starsI’ve heard of JT Geissenger in my book feeds but now I realise what I’ve been missing out by not reading her work. BURN FOR YOU delighted my literary senses from start to finish. The two main characters were both hugely likeable in their reality, completely lacking perfection, both stubborn and fun to observe clashing. This book is a piece of wonderful hate to love with great story substance.Jackson is like a grisly bear, a pathetic communicator, preferring to shout or grunt. He met his match in Bianca because he didn’t intimidate her. Bianca was a newly successful chef-owner of her restaurant in New Orleans.”The man gave the term resting bitch face a whole new meaning.”The context of restaurateur with food and bourbon gave depth and something I could enjoy identifying with. These two characters clash with anger and chemistry, the burn was slow but steady, building to the most delicious heat. When this book comes to love, there were so many lines that had me highlighting the text. I thought the way JT Geissinger wrote the connections of the heart was refreshing and made me pause, there were no cliches, only tangible feeling. I have a book buddy that has read an advanced copy too so I highlighted and screenshotted through the last 40%. “I always thought love was a pair of shackles, but I was wrong. Love was the opened door of a cage.”I am a new and enthusiastic fan of this author, I’m grateful to my buddy for the recommendation and I hope I can, in turn, lead a few friends in this direction. I’m excited at the back catalogue I have to peruse for Geissinger and I’m placing this particular book on my favourites shelf. Slainte!A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through netgalley, in return for a honest review.Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
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  • Snow
    January 1, 1970
    The old romance trope where two total opposites fight like cats and dogs until they suddenly realize they're crazy about each other well, that's how the first encounter starts between a grumpy, broody, rude billionaire Jackson Boudreaux and Bianca Hardwick, Chef/owner of a New Orleans' restaurant.It's not even pretty but each of them hold their own, yet the sparks fly, even though they fight it, through out the relentless pent up bickering... Who was the real Jackson Boudreaux? The Beast tha The old romance trope where two total opposites fight like cats and dogs until they suddenly realize they're crazy about each other well, that's how the first encounter starts between a grumpy, broody, rude billionaire Jackson Boudreaux and Bianca Hardwick, Chef/owner of a New Orleans' restaurant.It's not even pretty but each of them hold their own, yet the sparks fly, even though they fight it, through out the relentless pent up bickering... Who was the real Jackson Boudreaux? The Beast that snarled and snapped? The suave sophisticate at ease in front of crowds? Or the sad, lonely man with a mysterious tattoo and eyes full of bad memories. So when he proposes to Bianca an offer to cater his raise-fund dinner with a large compensation in tow, Bianca hesitates at first, but due to her personal problems and a huge medical bills for her mother's hospital treatment hovering over her, she accepts and gets the chance of seeing a different side of this man that so suddenly crashed into her life... Without unmistakable attraction between them, their personalities are so different yet there's a hidden link that pulls them towards each other... There were so many layers to this man-compassionate, complex layers beneath that thorny exterior. He was quick to snap and snarl, but just as quick to get his feelings hurt. on the other hand, Jackson's inheritance/trust fund comes into a question cause of the clause stating he has to be married until his next birthday, which is due in a month time...Jackson's a man who's a recluse at heart, he's a man deeply hurt and betrayed in his past and he doesn't engage in relationships with people nor women BUT he needs a quick solution and the only available person who comes to his mind is Bianca.Bianca's mother grows heavily ill and the financial situation to cover the medical treatment exceeds the current financial status she's in, so when Jackson comes with this marriage arrangement, after she's considered every possible option, and having to admit she's backed into a corner, she accepts. This is a business deal, Bianca. A good one for both of us. We're not doing favors for each other. No one is getting taken advantage of here. We're going into it with out eyes open, fully informed and consenting, with an exit strategy that's painless and precise. Which is a hell of a lot more than most people can say about their marriages. well, the time is on their side for once, and as they get to know each other, it's hard to believe how difficult is to let go, and when the lines get blurred and passion prevails, emotions are impossible to avoid but will they be able to admit them out loud...I absolutely dig this story, it had every segment needed for me to fully enjoy in this enemies to lovers/slow burn romance drama filled with anticipation and intelligent humor vivid in banter and bickering of these lovable characters. Especially Bianca, I simply LOVED her.
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  • Mada Linx
    January 1, 1970
    I laughed out loud so many times while reading this, it was too funny not to.“You just told me I wasn’t nice to you. Why would you like me?”His eyes started to burn. “You’re honest. And real. And you don’t care about my money—”“Ha! So you offer me a million dollars of it?”I loved Bianca’s sassiness and spunk and the fact that she doesn’t take crap from anyone.Jackson was too cute not to like him either. Even though he comes across rude and mean, he’s actually a really nice guy with a golden hear I laughed out loud so many times while reading this, it was too funny not to.“You just told me I wasn’t nice to you. Why would you like me?”His eyes started to burn. “You’re honest. And real. And you don’t care about my money—”“Ha! So you offer me a million dollars of it?”I loved Bianca’s sassiness and spunk and the fact that she doesn’t take crap from anyone.Jackson was too cute not to like him either. Even though he comes across rude and mean, he’s actually a really nice guy with a golden heart, who is hurt and misunderstood.There were though a few things that instantly made me think at other books.Example:“If you were mine, I’d take you over my knee for that little speech.”That sounds so like Fifty Shades Of Grey.Beauty is as beauty does.Forrest Gump?Well, anyway, it was a good read and it made me laughed my ass off.I’ll definitely read more by this author.
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Slap Slap kiss Stars!Heir to the Boudreaux Bourbon empire, Jackson Boudreaux was a beast of a man that had a perpetual scowl on his face and would just as soon growl at you than not.Bianca is a beautiful Creole woman who has just opened a restaurant and based her menu off her recipes paired with Boudreaux Bourbon. When Jackson shows up at her restaurant demanding a table, the sparks flew.Oh man, Jackson is one of my favorite types of Hero’s. He’s got the whole wounded beast thing going on an 4.5 Slap Slap kiss Stars!Heir to the Boudreaux Bourbon empire, Jackson Boudreaux was a beast of a man that had a perpetual scowl on his face and would just as soon growl at you than not.Bianca is a beautiful Creole woman who has just opened a restaurant and based her menu off her recipes paired with Boudreaux Bourbon. When Jackson shows up at her restaurant demanding a table, the sparks flew.Oh man, Jackson is one of my favorite types of Hero’s. He’s got the whole wounded beast thing going on and despite how much everyone has failed him, he never fails everyone else. He’s just such a good man. He’s rock solid and supportive. I was rooting for him from the very beginning.Bianca was pure sass. I loved that she doesn’t bow down to status or money. All she cares about is doing her mama proud. She’s one of those woman that if you win her over, she’ll be loyal to the day she dies.Together, Jackson and Bianca were spitting fire right from the start. I enjoyed every bit of their banter and the chemistry was intense. These two had me constantly laughing as well as all the great side characters.J.T. Geissinger really could just write anything and I’ll read it. She never fails to draw me in so completely in to the lives of these characters. Burn for You was a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to see what comes next!
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this one! I wish it had an epilogue!
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received for review4.25 stars ...It (and I) needs an epilogue!!!!!!!!!!!Great story..tale as old time..This book hit so many emotions. I laughed and I cried. Jackson aka the "Beast" has a library. He was so damaged yet he was able to open up to loving and being loved. Bianca gives better than she gets. I can't wait to try some of the recipes Ms. Geissinger graciously included at the end of each chapter.One more thing...cover art people...please read the book. He needs a beard, and she needs ARC received for review4.25 stars ...It (and I) needs an epilogue!!!!!!!!!!!Great story..tale as old time..This book hit so many emotions. I laughed and I cried. Jackson aka the "Beast" has a library. He was so damaged yet he was able to open up to loving and being loved. Bianca gives better than she gets. I can't wait to try some of the recipes Ms. Geissinger graciously included at the end of each chapter.One more thing...cover art people...please read the book. He needs a beard, and she needs cafe au lait color skin...
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  • Jeannine Allison
    January 1, 1970
    *** Only $1.99 ***I adore a classic B&B retelling, and this one definitely delivered! ❤ Bianca was sassy and a lot of fun, and I loved Jackson's surly attitude! It was easy to forgive him because we got his POV and it was obvious how sweet he was on Bianca, he just had major hang-ups. I love the "first sour, then sweet" heroes 😉 There were a handful of things (all random and mostly personal preferences) that I didn't love, which is why this is 4 instead of 5 stars... but I'm really looking f *** Only $1.99 ***I adore a classic B&B retelling, and this one definitely delivered! ❤️ Bianca was sassy and a lot of fun, and I loved Jackson's surly attitude! It was easy to forgive him because we got his POV and it was obvious how sweet he was on Bianca, he just had major hang-ups. I love the "first sour, then sweet" heroes 😉 There were a handful of things (all random and mostly personal preferences) that I didn't love, which is why this is 4 instead of 5 stars... but I'm really looking forward to more from this author! Especially the next in this series!! *gimme* 😍
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  • Gio
    January 1, 1970
    My Reaction To This BookThe Cover Does Not Fit The Couple (WHY?????)Interacial Couple Deserves A Interacial Cover At 40% The Heroine Slaps The Hero IMO Not For A Good ReasonIt Went Downhill From The SlapThe Heroine Uses The Phrase "Sweet Baby Jesus" Not Once Not Twice But A Total Of 15 Times And Then Once During SexAll I Could Think About Is Will Ferrell In Talladega NightsMISCOMMUNICATION (Which I Hate)Love This Author Her Book Is One Of My Favshttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Oh Well My Reaction To This BookThe Cover Does Not Fit The Couple (WHY?????)Interacial Couple Deserves A Interacial Cover At 40% The Heroine Slaps The Hero IMO Not For A Good ReasonIt Went Downhill From The SlapThe Heroine Uses The Phrase "Sweet Baby Jesus" Not Once Not Twice But A Total Of 15 Times And Then Once During SexAll I Could Think About Is Will Ferrell In Talladega NightsMISCOMMUNICATION (Which I Hate)Love This Author Her Book Is One Of My Favshttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...Oh Well On To The Next
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  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    January 1, 1970
    OMG OMG OMGMy ship heart has been so blessed this past days! Okay, this book is SO GOOD.I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did, and I’m so happy it lived up to my expectations.I can’t believe I never heard anything about it before. I thought this book would have a lot of drama like most contemporary romances do, but NO, is was a fast, funny, entertaining, adorable read. I absolutely adore all of the characters!! They are so good.This is a very slow-burn romance that made me so happy! S OMG OMG OMGMy ship heart has been so blessed this past days! Okay, this book is SO GOOD.I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did, and I’m so happy it lived up to my expectations.I can’t believe I never heard anything about it before. I thought this book would have a lot of drama like most contemporary romances do, but NO, is was a fast, funny, entertaining, adorable read. I absolutely adore all of the characters!! They are so good.This is a very slow-burn romance that made me so happy! Seeing the relationship development was the best part of the book. A hate-love trope (one of my favorites) so well executed.The romance was so holy shit I just LOVED IT!Their dynamic was just on point. I’m a hopeless romantic. And this book delivered exactly what I was in the mood for. And the sexual tension? It could be cut by a knife. I could feel it while reading it.And those hot, sexy scene that came out of nowhere? DAMN, me like it😏I really liked how is double POV’s. And holy shit I cannot decide which one is my favorite. Both were awesome!Jax and Bianca are so funny and realistic, in any way were I bored while reading this book, and none of the characters annoyed me, which is very unusual in a contemporary.I’m in love with Jax, seriously I call dibs. MINE MINE MINE. 😍😍I’m definitely continuing with this series. And if the romance in the next one is like this one I’ll have a very very happy ship heart.
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  • Nikki ღ Navareus
    January 1, 1970
    ***FOUR STARS***I absolutely adored everything about this story (Thank you for another amazing recommend, Sweet Anna!). Jackson was such a raging dick when he first met Bianca, and you all know me, I love my asshole heroes, so I was a gonner for him! Bianca was a spitfire too, and never took his shit. She was funny as hell too, and these two had amazing chemistry. Such a slow burn until the finally came together, I thought I was going to die, but it was worth the wait. These two were scorching h ***FOUR STARS***I absolutely adored everything about this story (Thank you for another amazing recommend, Sweet Anna!). Jackson was such a raging dick when he first met Bianca, and you all know me, I love my asshole heroes, so I was a gonner for him! Bianca was a spitfire too, and never took his shit. She was funny as hell too, and these two had amazing chemistry. Such a slow burn until the finally came together, I thought I was going to die, but it was worth the wait. These two were scorching hot!!!My heart kind of broke for poor Jax when his history was revealed. Made me love him even more. And as a side note, I've decided I need an Eeny in my life. Her sharp tongue was fabulous, and made me laugh my ass off. Actually all the side characters in this story were perfect. This is a sweet little story with so many funny moments, I loved every second of it. Total recommend!
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  • Stacey is Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    Is it HOT in here?Just finished the audio for Burn for You and I enjoyed it. Holy shamoly that slow burn was definitely worth waiting for. I admit to being very hot under the collar as I was listening to this one. Luckily I didn't have to struggle with squirming in public and avoiding eye-contact with my fellow passengers on the train (for a change). I was a little uncomfortable though. Straight after the remarkably hot sexy scene, an extremely sad thing happens in the book. Ummm...not sure abou Is it HOT in here?Just finished the audio for Burn for You and I enjoyed it. Holy shamoly that slow burn was definitely worth waiting for. I admit to being very hot under the collar as I was listening to this one. Luckily I didn't have to struggle with squirming in public and avoiding eye-contact with my fellow passengers on the train (for a change). I was a little uncomfortable though. Straight after the remarkably hot sexy scene, an extremely sad thing happens in the book. Ummm...not sure about you, but it's a tad uncomfortable when you're still squirming and you've got to switch to devastating news. I felt guilty because I was SOOOOO not in the mood for a sad scene. I kind of needed a little bit more...lying back with a smoke and scotch on the rocks (not literally, thinking James Bond) to relax after the high. Having to switch gears so quickly left me a little discombobulated. I recovered and went on, but admit to having to pause for a minute.The story was interesting, narrators were good and I was left extremely satisfied in the end. Not sure (as I'm from Australia) but the accent and terms used seemed a little bit OTT. At first, I was highly amused but as the story went on, it became a little distracting. It may have seemed more so because I was listening instead of reading, though.I will definitely be interested in reading more from this author.
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