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Burning Bright (Flynn #2)

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The second title in a new four-book romance series from the Red House Book Award–winning author of Girl, Missing.

Four months have passed and River and Flynn are still going strong. But things are not perfect. Flynn continues to fly into unprovoked rages, and when River tells her mum, she is banned from seeing him. Fighting to stay together, they end up being torn apart. Is
Paperback, 265 pages
Published January 5th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Children's Books (first published January 3rd 2013)
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Burning Bright picks up River and Flynn's story several months on from the end of Falling Fast, they are still head over heels in love with each other but that doesn't mean their problems have gone away. Flynn is still having issues with his temper and as much as he tries not to take it out on River he can be very snappish with her and he's also getting into trouble at school for fighting. River's friends are wary of him because of the rumours about his behaviour and even her mother is against t ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
*actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

Holy shit! This book was way more heartbreaking than the first!... We follow Flynn and River's relationship evolvement, how the real difficulties start showing up and how Flynn's issues start to truly affect their being together... Honestly, in FF I thought McKenzie made their relationship a bit mushy, a bit dream like, not how it would be in real life. However, I was wrong! In BB she moves the story on, telling us how things go, and she describes my thoughts exactly a
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Ever since I read the first book in this series; Falling Fast, I've been dying for the release of Burning Bright. This is my first series that I've read by this author and so far, I'm really liking what I read.

Burning Bright starts a few months later after the events in Falling Fast, and even though Flynn is trying to control his anger - nothing can stop him flying off the hand expect for River. However, when River's mother and friends become concerned about River's well being, it's harder for
Olivia-Savannah Roach
Oct 23, 2014 Olivia-Savannah Roach rated it really liked it
I wanted to tell you about these two books in an awesome romance trilogy I love reading. The first book is called ‘Falling Fast’ by Sophie Mckenzie, and the second (the one I just read) is called ‘Burning Bright’. It’s a romance series, and definitely a chick-lit.

The series follows River and Flynn. River is smitten when she first sets her eyes on Flynn in the first book while he acts Romeo in a school play. But Flynn has a rough past and has trouble dealing with things in the present because of
Holly Hunt
Jul 05, 2016 Holly Hunt rated it did not like it
Not that great. Same problems different book.
Helena Pinder
Jun 25, 2013 Helena Pinder rated it really liked it
I thought this book is better than the first, river is not as clingy and always complaining. I enjoyed this book, really great connection between the two of them. Great short read.
Nicola Bradshaw
Jul 27, 2014 Nicola Bradshaw rated it really liked it
I absolutely LOVE these series of books by Sophie McKenzie. She is a brilliant author and her writing style is both unique and creative.It is very hard no to connect to the main characters and you soon end up having the same emotions as them. This series is all about a teenage girl who is always the single one. Most people around her are in relationships and she starts to doubt herself until she meets Flynn. This series follows a relationship of intense commitment, heart wrenching situations and ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Natalie marked it as to-read
St Stephen's C C
Four months have passed and River and Flynn's romance is still going strong. River thinks Flynn has his anger under control, but when she discovers he has been getting into fights and is facing a terrible accusation at school, she starts to question both Flynn's honesty - and the intensity of their passion. Things come to a head at a family get together when River sees Flynn fly into one unprovoked rage too many. The consequences for both of them are devastating and threaten to tear them apart f ...more
Serendipity Reviews
This is the second book in Sophie McKenzie's four part romance series and I have to say that with each book this series just get better and better. Seriously, I was left feeling desperate for the third book, Casting Shadows. An unputdownable read.
The emotional intensity of the relationship between River and Flynn is at times dazzling, as well as stifling. Flynn reminded me of a younger version of Travis from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. Only Flynn is on the verge of complete melt down;
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
I really enjoyed Falling Fast, the first book in this series so I was looking forward to reading this. I really like River and Flynn and am really enjoying their journey.

Following on from the events of the first book, River and Flynn have now been dating for a few months. They are completely smitten with each other – there is just one problem. Flynn’s temper! What I found interesting about this is that it’s not just the fact Flynn gets angry (at pretty much everything) but it is how his mood com
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I enjoyed burning bright after enjoying the first book in the series last year.

Burning bright picks up where book one left off. River and Flynn are a cosy couple and completely in love with other but River in particular is having to deal with the differing opinions of others on their relationship. Her friends aren't keen, her family doesn't like Flynn and everyone is worried about the temper Flynn appears to have especially as he can lose it completely in a matter of seconds. Adding to this Fly
Aug 30, 2013 Sašenka rated it liked it
3,5 ale bližšie k 3, kedže jednotke som dala 4 a to bolo omnoho lepšie ako tento diel
Tvárim sa že som to dočítala včera, aj keď už bolo pol jednej dnes, ale pre mňa je dnes kým nejdem spať, aj keď je už technicky zajtra (vyčerpávajúce ja viem)
Ale aby som sa vrátila ku knihe.
Išla som do toho s veľkými očakávaniami, lebo jednotka bola skvelá, ľahká, vtipná, milá. Dvojka bola minimálne do polky ak nie dvoch tretín otravná. River úplne drblo a Flynn bol len večne na niekoho nasratý. Potom to trochu
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
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I was excited to hear that Falling Fast was going to have a sequel and after finishing it I was dying to know more. I have finally found the time to buy and read Burning Bright and wow it plays on you emotions! I thought Falling Fast was bad but this takes it to a whole new level.

I really enjoyed reading this book and finished it within a few hour, I just wish there was more. I liked how this book in the series had a slightly darker u
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Dec 31, 2012 SJH (A Dream of Books) rated it really liked it
This is the second book in Sophie McKenzie's series about the teenage romance between River and Flynn. Yet again it has a gorgeous cover which is beautiful and made me itch to pick it up and start reading.

The story follows Flynn and River and their volatile relationship. River loves him wholly and completely but struggles to deal with Flynn's explosive temper. Her parents and friends don't approve of him either but she can't imagine living without him. McKenzie depicts the intensity of their rel
Oct 13, 2015 Monica rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy reading this book, I finished reading it really fast because I just could not stop reading. I would really recommend this book mostly to girls. River is a young girl in a tough relation with Flynn. Flynn has a really bad time because he loses his temper. River needs to fight for what she wants.
Dec 20, 2013 xxjust-being-mexx rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh!! It was great but I hate the fact that it can't just be one long book because now the story continues in Casting Shadows and I just recently bought this so I'll have to wait a few good months Grr. Oh well, the book was really a heart ache as he- Flynn had to go Ireland and she ended up getting into boy problems without him and plus he was framed into stealing a iPad which he didn't do and was only made into thinking that so that the guys parent could buy him the latest one. How Stupi ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: real-life-issues
4.5 stars.
So I much preferred this one to #1. Possibly because it now felt more relatable.

The ending: FINALLY. That's all I can say without giving too many spoilers. But it has made me want to read the next one in the series to see how it goes.

Well done, McKenzie.
Apr 03, 2013 Loulou rated it it was amazing
It's been four months since River and Flynn met and they are still going together. River thinks that her beloved boyfriend had his temper under control but that was before she learnt Flynn was being accused of stealing an Ipad and getting into fights at his school. This causes her to question Flynn's honesty and how far they are taking their relationship. But, while at a big family accasion, Flynn's rage causes his mother to make a decision that threatens to end Flynn and River's relationship fo ...more
Feb 13, 2014 CatchTheseWords rated it liked it
I thought this book was better than Falling Fast, the first one in the series. The characters seemed a little more mature and I could identify with them more. River spends a lot of her time mad at her parents and generally learning how to grow up. It was nice to see her make decisions of her own rather than letting everyone control her.

Poor Flynn. I just want him to turn out ok because even though he makes things ten times worse for himself he is really likeable. He's a guy who has had a really
Mar 25, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it
I got this and Falling Fast out the library at the same time - I think if I hadn't known that I had the sequel already, I might not have finished the first book. This one was worse as it didn't progress the whole way through - literally the book was one argument after another and the whole thing felt like filler. I assumed this would be a trilogy of books but I have read that there will be 4, which has put me off reading the others because I really cannot see how the plot can be dragged out for ...more
May 21, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I just love these books. They are so easy to read and get into. They are very easy to pick up and read non stop till the end if I had the time to do so.
Feb 07, 2016 Maddie rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first book in the series but it is still my favourite series yet.
Nov 01, 2015 Jax rated it it was ok
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Emily Wood
Sep 05, 2015 Emily Wood rated it it was amazing
A great sequel to "Falling, Fast".
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Apr 10, 2014 Katie (Kitkatscanread) rated it really liked it
I remember really liking the first book in the series at the time, and I wanted to see what was going to happen next for River and Flynn.
I finally picked this sequel up.
In this book, I had a couple of problems with the characters. However, River surprised me at the end of the book, which made me applaud her.
Overall I thought the book was good.
It's a short, quick contemporary read about romance, trust and friendships, as well as believing in yourself.
I can't wait to see what's going to happen nex
Dec 19, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
review to follow soon :)
Kayleigh Woods
Mar 08, 2014 Kayleigh Woods rated it really liked it
Fab book
Shannon Warner
Apr 19, 2013 Shannon Warner rated it it was amazing
l;oved this book and took me 2 days to read anbd I loved it and I recommened this to anyone who loves romance or love teenage love and it has so many good this that happen in really life in releaship and it made me think how many people might go throw that but then I just love this story and can't wait for the 3rd book to come out as I love this series to bit and it is brilliant and YOU GOT TO WATCH IT!!!!!!
Jun 20, 2013 Iolanda rated it it was amazing
Burning Bright, sequel to Falling Fast was brilliant! Like the first one, I flew through the book easily and it was really intense! I loved each character and cared for them so much. The story was deeper and really sad at the end, it also left us at a cliffhanger! I'm ordering the next one on Amazon as it comes out on the 4th July. I'm just so excited, FLYNN AND RIVER ARE JUST... PERFECT.
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