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28 June 2014

Review: Love is a Fire (Burning Lovesick, #1) by Lyssa Layne

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn your house down, you can never tell.” -Joan Crawford

Dr. Katy Malone has sworn off love after losing those she loves most in her life including her father, a member of the FDNY. She has decided to spend her time focusing on her medical research. Her ex-fiancée, and fellow doctor, isn't ready to give up on loving her though.

Firefighter Nick Garrity is on a search for the future Mrs. Garrity. As he pushes thirty, with no prospects in sight, he's afraid he'll never find her. A devoted member of FDNY, he loves the thrill of his job and the satisfaction it brings him. He strives to teach the proby firefighter, Patrick Doyle, the ropes and pass on his passion to him.

When Doyle tries to impress the guys on the crew, he ends up in the care of Dr. Katy Malone. One look at Dr. Malone and Nick knows he's found his future wife but can he convince her to love again?

About the Author

Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also the wife to Matthew, an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.

Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

I don't know how to start this review because I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I liked it and I hated it at the same time. Right now there is a war inside my head between my critical side who saw a lot of bad things and mistakes and my cheesy little heart who melted at every page.

In the first place, I don't know how to judge this book; was this a novel or a short story? If this is actually a novel, I am very disappointed. The plot was actually great, it was full of romance and 'aww' moments, it had pretty characters and the writing was pleasing to the eye. I fall in love with Nick from the first page and I was sure that it will be a happy ending. But judging from a novel perspective, this book has a lot of minuses.The action itself was so damn rushed and the relationship between Nick and Katy was forced, all the events were to quickly thrown in the readers head and I didn't actually had time to understand all the new stuff. This was so not a novel. And it didn't seem realistic at all. I need to stop right now because if I say just one more thing I'm going to give a lot of spoilers. It seems to me that this book was just a draft, incomplete and waiting for the next 200 pages so it could be done.

But if I have to say my opinion about this awesome short-story, I will give it 4.5 points because it was definitely my kind of book. I don't have to put logic in this discussion and I can speak from my heart. It's just that kind of story that you can't say bad things about and just love it as it comes.

Based on the fact that this is the first book of Lyssa Layne I can't say that I'm upset or disappointed. It was great for the first book and I wish that she continue writing because the writing, in essence, is good.

I will give this book 3.5 points, but you have to know that I enjoyed reading it and that I am pretty sad because there will not be a second book. I hope, in exchange, that I can read very soon another book of Lyssa :) 

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