Conflagration (The Wellingtons #2)
Author: Tessa Teevan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: October 26th
Rating: 4.5 stars
Branson Wellington? The name, my name, is usually followed by arrogant prick or self-serving bastard, and I can’t say I haven’t earned those titles. It’s true. I’m not the good guy. I’m not the boy next door. I’m definitely not your Prince fucking Charming. Not even close.
And I never wanted to be. Until her. The day I pulled her from the wreckage was the day that my life changed.
Who would have thought that one little lie had the power to throw two lives off course?
Love has never been in the cards for me, but now that she’s here, I have no idea how I’m ever going to let her go. Even if I don’t deserve her.
Because like I said, I’m a self-serving bastard and some things never change.
Know what I love(d)?
Branson Wellington in Conflagration.
And who doesn’t love a good redemption story?!
Before I begin, let me note that you don’t have to read Incinerate to read this book. Conflagration can be considered a standalone. You get the whole back story of what went down with his brother Knox, in this book. And hearing it from Branson’s POV, you see things in a whole new light. Is he innocent in all that went down? Hell no! He definitely played a role, but its just not the role that you may have assumed if you read Incinerate.
Anywho, onward to the review.
Going into this book I had no idea what to expect. Did I think this would become my favorite book by Tessa? No, I didn’t expect that. But that’s what absolutely did happen!
The prologue is as intense as it gets. Sweet baby Jesus, what a way to start! A night that changes everything for two people.
Our male hero, Branson Wellington, has struggled for a long time. Struggled to impress his father. Struggled to achieve professional success. His ambition to get to the top was ultimately his downfall. One overheard conversation sets into motion a series of events that create a new struggle. A struggle to gain the love and support of his family back after he burns a lot of bridges.
It was eye opening to see how much the love and support from his family meant to Branson. He has spent time trying to right his wrongs and earn the trust and forgiveness of those closest to him, who he drove away with his mistakes. With the tragic accident in the prologue, its hard for him to ignore the love his family is showing him, and he doesn’t want to lose that feeling again, even if he feels he doesn’t deserve it.
What I loved about this story, was the connection between the two characters, Branson and Ariana. One chance bar encounter changes their mindset on how to move forward in their lives. And a glance at each other during a life and death moment that changes the course of everything.
From the tragedy comes a lie.
From a lie comes a connection.
From a connection comes a truth.
From a truth comes a future.
“Never more real than this.”
The relationship between Branson and Ariana is anything but normal. But the connection between them from the first moment is meaningful. I love how they grab onto that connection, that feeling they have when they are around each other, and never want to let it go.
I give her all of me, and in return, I take. I take her body. I take her heart. I take all that she’s willing to give.
While Ariana has her own family issues, she looks at Branson as more than her savior. He’s her second chance.
And even though he once said that it’s impossible, I’m making it my mission to save him, too.
Branson still has his dickish moments in this book, but he really won me over by the end. Going into this book, I expected to be pissed off with him a good portion of the read, but it was the opposite. He had me grinning for most of the story. A man desperate for forgiveness who gets so more than he ever expected. All following a random moment of heroism.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.
As the blackness starts to fade away, I see that white light, but it doesn’t really look like that tunnel. No, it’s just a scene change, and if I could muster up enough strength, I’d groan because there are things in my life I’d rather not relive. It’s bad enough that I have the memories and have been dealing with the fallout for far too long. Reliving it all over again is more agonizing than the first time around, because now, I know the truth. I betrayed my brother in the worst possible way when he’d done nothing wrong, but by the time I found out, it was far too late.
So why am I having these flashbacks playing in slow motion? I thought when you were on death’s door, your life was supposed to flash before your eyes. So why am I replaying every single mistake I’ve ever made as if it were the first time—in slow motion instead of quick bursts?
Maybe my life did flash before my eyes and it happened so fast that I missed it. Maybe I’m dead after all and this? This is my hell.
Additional Books by Tessa Teevan
The Wellington series
Ignite (Explosive #1) – Amazon
Sweet Southern series
Sweet Southern Sorrow (Sweet Southern #1) – Amazon
I’m a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.
If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.
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