My beautiful and talented friend Karla Sorensen has just released her second book! When I read (and reviewed) Karla’s debut novel, By Your Side, one of the things I quite literally said in my review was:
I loved Rachel, I have many Rachel’s in my life, I think we all do. I secretly hope for another book on Rachel, because although By Your Side wasn’t about Rachel, any mention of her life or struggles had me equally as interested.
Guess what?! I got my wish! Light Me Up is the second book in the Three Little Words series, and although it can be read as a standalone, I definitely recommend snagging up a copy of By Your Side first. You’ll miss some crucial Rachel moments, and you’ll get introduced to a different side of the same characters mentioned in Light Me Up.
Light Me Up
a Three Little Words novel
by Karla Sorensen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
For Rachel Hennessy, it’s been an interesting six months. Boyfriend? Cheated on her. Job? She totally just got fired. Starting her own wedding planning business sounds exciting … in theory. In reality, it’s completely terrifying. And on top of all that, the freaking cherry right on top? She just had an ill-timed, alcohol-instigated one-night stand with her bff Casey’s brother, Tate. Yeah, that Tate. The one that she’s had a teensy, inconvenient crush on for years.
But nothing about it is ill-timed or inconvenient for Tate Steadman. Because he finally feels free. Free of the oppressive relationship he’d been in for the past six years. Free to pursue Rachel, because one alcohol-fueled night was not even close to enough for him. He just wished she saw it that way. Because she makes him want more than he ever knew he was capable of.
When their one night has unexpected consequences, Rachel has no clue how to trust that he’s not just trying to be ‘the good guy’ who wants to do ‘the right thing’. And even though the chemistry between them practically burns down an entire city block when they’re together, she doesn’t know how to let down the concrete wall she’s built up around herself.
The ‘mistake’ of one evening can change the trajectory of two lives, but maybe a mistake is all they really need to push them right into true love.
I was given an Advanced Readers Copy of Light Me Up in exchange for an honest review, and my review is as follows. All opinions are my own.
Rachel was one of my favorite supporting characters in By Your Side. She is mouthy, she’s tough, and she’s sarcastic. A few of my favorite things. She’s independent and does not like the idea of someone “taking care of her”. And she has a lot of issues with her mom. All these things appealed to me, and I could relate to Rachel’s, erm, situation as well.
Tate Steadman was just…woah. I couldn’t imagine Karla topping Jake in the steamy hot department, but Tate Steadman? Yeah. She came close. I still love Jake (and his beloved pooch, Remy, of course) but there’s something about Tate Steadman.
Rachel, one of the things I love most about you is your rough edges, that sharp tongue and wit that keeps me on my toes. You, my love, are the most raw and real thing in my life, and I would never change a single thing about you.
I got frustrated with Rachel – a lot – at times. I got angry that she was so stubborn towards Tate, and what he was offering. I wanted to bitch slap her and be like RACHEL, GIVE IN TO HIM! I wanted to hug her and rub her back and tell her that her mother’s issues were not her own. But it was worth the wait, and when I reached the last page of the book, I literally did that stupid ass, girly blissful sigh thing that I never do. Seriously, Karla got me to swoon – out loud. The way she harmonized everything was just…perfect. Blissful. Totally worthy of an out loud, stupid ass, girly blissful sigh thing.
This is definitely an add-to-your-summer-reading-list-ASAP book. It’s perfect for the beach, the cottage, the backyard – wherever you are.