Saturday, May 6, 2017

Starting Fires by Makenzie Smith

- Goodreads Synopsis -
I was strong enough. 
My resolve was high.
My walls were higher. 
He was heartache incarnate.
I knew this, but didn't stay away. 
We pushed and pulled, keeping one another at arms length.
But then something changed. 
Something started.
And neither of us were prepared for it.

"You came into my life and started a fire that burned so hot and fast, I was ash, crumbling before I even knew what was happening."

I do not even know where to begin! You guys, I LOVE THIS BOOK! Starting Fires by Makenzie Smith is absolutely amazing and totally blew my mind. It is safe to say that this book is one of my favorite reads this year. I enjoyed every little tiny part of this book. Smith has an amazing mind and I need more books by this lady!

Smith introduces us to a young woman named Marlowe. Marlowe lives in Louisiana where she is stuck in a bad relationship. The day this man breaks up with Marlowe is the day her life truly begins! Marlowe moves in with her best friend Charles. Moving to New Orleans will either be a blessing in disguise or one big mistake. Living with Charles is great, but living across the street from Lucas is a whole different story. Marlowe spotted Lucas the first day she arrived at Charles' house. Lucas immediately spotted her as well. There is only one problem here.. Lucas is a player! Lucas really likes his girls and never stays with one for too long. Can Charles convince Marlowe that liking Lucas is a bad idea? Will Marlowe be just another girl under Lucas' belt? Charles is genuinely worried about Marlowe.

"I thirsted for her. Hungered for her. And I burned for her. My fire was strong, and it was never going out."

Starting Fires has everything a great book needs! There is drama, love, friendship, betrayal, and so much more! The characters are all so complex and well thought out. Smith really brings this story to life. I felt that I was in this book with Marlowe helping her along the way. I cried when she cried, I was frustrated when she was, and I was happy when she was happy! This book really tore at my heart strings! I was crying one minute and then I was all happy and excited the next minute. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and was not able to put this book down. I felt like there was always something important or intense happening, so there was never a good time to take a break. There was no way I was going to walk away from this book and be able to think straight. Smith's pages had consumed my mind. 

I loved all the characters in this book! Charles, Wally, Ian, Lucas, Marlowe, Nicole, and Lacey were awesome! Ian was the only one I never felt totally connected with, but that is because he was the most quiet out of all the characters. This group of friends is definitely a group you guys do not want to miss out on! 

One thing I noticed and enjoyed the most was that Smith's writing is real. The love in her book was not easy, it was real. The fights in her book were not exaggerated, they were real. The girls in her book were not all skinny and perfect, they were real! While reading this story, I did not feel like I was reading some perfect fairytale romance. Don't get me wrong, I do love perfect romance stories.... but we do live in the real world, and how often do those perfect romance stories really happen? Never. Smith's story is real and could easily happen daily. 

This will always be a book I hold close to me. I really connected with this book for some reason. Makenzie Smith is an awesome writer and I can not wait to start the second book in this series!

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