2.5 stars

Julie Prestsater – Tell Me You Love Me (Fire Me Up #1)

Title: Tell me you love me
Author: Julie Prestsater
Series: Fire me up #1
Genres: Contemporary romance, Humor
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All I’ve ever wanted was to be loved, but if this is what true love is…I’m not so sure I want it anymore. It also makes me wonder if any of my memories of our once happy marriage are even real. Maybe I just conjured up the fairy tale in my head because I wanted…no…needed it so much. Who the hell knows?

“Molly just called to remind you about your book club meeting this afternoon.” He turns away. “I told her you’ve never missed a meeting and I doubt today would be any different.”

The door shuts behind him before I let a smile creep across my lips. Instantly, the hurt from this morning flees my mind and I feel nothing but giddiness. I have a book club meeting today, and let’s just say it’s not your everyday book club.

Sure, my husband may never truly love me again…but who needs love when you’re about to get an eyeful of hot firemen?
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Tell Me You Love Me is the first in a four-book series called Fire Me Up—a sweet romantic comedy series about a group of sassy neighborhood women who have a serious love for steamy romance novels and sexy firemen. Lucky for them the local firehouse is just a few steps away and is in no shortage of hot firefighters to fill their wild imaginations.

I found this book by chance when I was browsing one of the blogs I frequently read. All I read about it was good and praising so it’s the sad truth when I say this was just okay by my standards. Not a bad okay but not a great one either.

It’s a really slow progressing romance novel but I liked that it’ not dominated by sexual content that most of them are nowadays. Oh there are sexy times in it but not much and it’s written in a really subtle and kind of conservative fashion. I liked this aspect if the book but not the way the relationship and the progress is dragged out through the whole book.

What I really didn’t like is how Lizzy acts. I get that there are different type of abuse and everybody reacts to them in their own way but I felt that Lizzy didn’t stay in the relationship with his abusive husband because she was afraid. Oh no, she knew that how Jace was treating her is not what she deserves and she hated every minute of it but she stayed because she thought no one else will love her and only made the first step to get out when she has a really likely prospect of new partner in Ryan. When their relationship almost was existing and only her being married stood between them. Which was already too late to act and felt like she lied to Ryan? Her personality and her submission to her husband demands clashed for me.

Ryan is a great character, if a bit rash sometimes and I liked them together a lot they created a fantastic dynamism between the two of them but I would have liked them more if their relationship happened under different circumstances.

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