(The Wellingtons #2)
by Tessa Teevan
Released: October 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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(The Wellingtons #2)
by Tessa Teevan
Released: October 29th, 2014
My rating: 5 of 5 ⭐️
When the road to redemption intersects with the path to independence....
Branson is not a particularly kind or social man. Rather misunderstood, but mostly by his own doing. He is harder on himself than he needs to be, but isn't quite sure how to move from the person he has let time and circumstance create. That is until a woman stirs up his rather rusty emotions. A woman he vaguely recalls another rather poignant interaction with. One that started his attempt to turn a new page.
Arianna barely escapes a life patched together with expectations. Not hers. Everyone elses. Trying desperately to find her own path, she needs to create distance from her old life. But when a car accident lands her in the hospital, she finds herself tangled up with her rescuers family in a way that creates a whole new set of expectations. This time, however, they are as much hers as anyone else's.
A great study in character development by Tessa Teevan. With a slight edge for Branson, who was a familiar name from previous novels, and one not always fondly remembered. CONFLAGRATION gives us great context to clarify some of his past behavior and emphasize the massive strides he makes in growth in this story. On her part, Arianna does a bit of maturing as well, although in her case it is less hung up in the past, and more focused on what is needed for her future. Finding her own voice is the ultimate result.
Even if you haven't read any of Tessa Teevan's previous books, CONFLAGRATION offers sufficient background to be able to easily read it as a standalone.
Tessa has become one of my favorite, go-to authors.
✨One of the better reads this year!✨
**Copy provided in return for an honest review**
“There are some questions I need to ask you, but we can do that in a little bit. Until then, is there anyone you want us to call? Someone on scene was able to find your purse, which fortunately hadn’t been destroyed in the blast. There was no emergency contact information in your purse, however, and you’ve only been out of surgery for a couple of hours. We haven’t been able to track anyone down as of yet.”
The last thing I want is Victoria and William showing up here, especially with Benjamin in tow. Not wanting to worry anyone, I decide I’ll call Alyssa once things calm down. “No, I’m not from around here, and the last thing I want to do is worry my family. When I’m feeling a little more rested, I’ll give them a call.”
The nurse gives me an understanding smile, and I sigh with relief that she’s not going to push me on this. At least not yet. “Okay, Ms. Covington. I understand completely. I’ll just set your purse here, and if you feel up to it, your cell is still inside. Now, I need to answer this page, but if you need anything in the meantime, don’t hesitate to hit the nurses’ call button. You may feel a little drowsy from the pain medication, so for now, try to get some rest.”
I watch as she leaves the room before I rest my head on my pillow, replaying the events of the past twenty-four hours. What should’ve been the prelude to one of the best days of my life has turned into a nightmare. Instead of wearing a white wedding dress, I’m stuck in a hospital gown. And even now, my fiancé—or, well, former fiancé—is the last man on my mind. No, instead, I’m thinking about the beautiful man who saved my life. Who once told me that he was beyond saving.
The night I met Branson Wellington, he was a mess. A drunken, pitiful, angry mess. This evening, I saw no signs of that man. I saw confidence. I saw arrogance. I saw determination. But I also saw the pain, the anger, the frustration. That broken man is still in there no matter what strides he’s made since that night eight months ago. Tonight, he saved me. And even though he once said that it’s impossible, I’m making it my mission to save him, too.
Other Books by Tessa Teevan:
COMBUST (The Wellingtons #1)
IGNITE (Explosive #1)
INCINERATE (Explosive #2)
INFLAME (Explosive #3)
SWEET SOUTHERN SORROW (Sweet Southern #1)
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