Saturday, August 23, 2014

Christie's review: Combust by Tessa Teevan


Title: Combust
Series: The Wellingtons #1
Author: Tessa Teevan
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Rating:4 stars
Cliffhanger: No

After years of being called a tease and then being labeled the Virgin Queen, Andi Kane decides that when she goes off to college, she's ready to ditch the labels. She's grabbing the bull by its horns and riding as wild as she can.

Fate must be smiling on her the night she meets Cohen Wellington, the cute boy-next-door and fellow music lover. Their connection is instant, and as the night progresses, she knows she's found The One. doesn't go exactly the way she had planned it. And even though she can't get him off her mind, some humiliations are just too much to overcome. She walks away, never planning to see him again.

Three years and a whole lot of experience later, Andi and Cohen are suddenly drawn together again, and it doesn't take long before it's clear their connection is stronger than ever.

Fate. Destiny. Kismet. Whatever you want to call it, these two fall hard and fall fast. Their love burns hot, but when their plans for the future seem to move in two different directions, will it be enough to sustain the flames, or will the fire consume them, their relationship combusting before their very eyes?

Sometimes love comes quickly without question, without hesitation, and without fear. But this kind of love is once in a lifetime, and sometimes you just have to ask yourself, can it really last?

*Although these are college aged characters, they are in the contemporary romance genre.

What is Combust about? Two people who are very right for each other meeting at the wrong time. Two people who have a deep connection who speak to each other without words through music. It's a second chance story about two people that from the minute they meet, have a natural fit-you can clearly see that they are the counterpart for each other. But circumstances and mixed signals get in their way of starting a relationship together.

I've been a big fan of Tessa Teevan for a while now, so I was so excited to start a new series all about the Wellingtons who were introduced to us in her Explosive series. As usual, I fell hard for the main characters-Cohen and Andi were adorable together! They understood each other, felt comfortable together, and their sense of humor matched in a way that made them seem like they've known each other forever. After meeting each other one night their freshman year, that one night shapes and changes them in a way that they'll never be the same again. They flirt, they talk, they learn one another through music, and they have a disastrous sexual experience that I just had to laugh at. It was just awful! But that one thing scared Andi off and made her doubt her feelings which caused a whole lost of misunderstandings and a long separation. Despite them being unable to connect for several reasons, they never forget each other and no one else can ever measure up to what they experienced that night.

"Just for the record, in case you forgot, I'm Cohen Wellington." She looks at me with the sweetest expression on her face.
"Just for the record, Cohen Wellington, I never forgot."

They continue to cross paths during their years at school, but their inability to communicate with each other about their feelings prevents them from finally getting together. This caused angst, tension, and for me, frustration. Nothing bothers me more in New Adult than miscommunication/non-communication and this book had that in spades. I understand why it was there, but honestly, I wish there had been less of it. They were their own worst enemies and they had a lot of growing to do in order to be able to reconnect for good.

I wanted to shout, "Hallelujah!" when they finally worked themselves out because they were absolutely adorable together. Cohen was a total sweetheart and had it bad for Andi. He wore his heart on his sleeve and would do anything to make her happy.

If Andi were my girl, there's no way in hell I'd be out with anyone else. I'd spend all my time so wrapped up in her that no other woman would compare.

As they got older, their attraction and deep feelings only intensified. Cohen grew up. He grew physically, he gained confidence and experience, and Andi grew into the realization that the biggest mistake of her life was walking away that morning after they met. They had a great chemistry that, (sorry for the pun) would combust with one glance at each other. They try to take things slow this time. Fast didn't work out too well for them the first time, and Cohen is determined not to make the same mistake twice. He's never going to let her slip through his fingers again now that she's agreed to be his. Well...that's a whole lot easier said than done.

"Have I turned you into a fiend, Andi Kane?"
"I think I've been a fiend for a long damn time, Cohen. I just didn't know you were my drug of choice."

Their feelings grow from respect, friendship, comfort, and seeing the reflection of themselves in each other.

My love for these characters overrode my dislike for the frustrating conflicts. I totally "got" this couple and rooted for them the whole way. They were romantic, fun, and incredibly adorable. I loved being able to spend more time with Knox and Charlie as well! They were my favorite couple in the previous series and now, I'm left wondering, how is Tessa going to redeem Branson in the next book? If anyone can do it, she can.

"There will never be anyone else for me, Ruby. You're it. And I meant what I said. Your first and your last. I want to be your forever."

**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**


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