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Up in Flames

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  9,857 ratings  ·  541 reviews
One small town girl with a bright future.
One smokejumper with a dark past.
One summer that will forever change them both.
They’re going . . .

Up In Flames.

Elle’s life couldn’t possibly get any more small town than it already is. She was raised in the same home as the two generations before her were, her family owns the iconic downtown cafe, and she’s been dating the pasto
Nook, 209 pages
Published December 19th 2012
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Up in Flames is a book about finding oneself, taking control of your own life and possibly finding a true love along the way.....


This was my first Nicole Williams novel and I am not disappointed. Up in Flames is an angst filled read, and although I am not a huge fan of angst, I devoured this book. Perhaps it was Cole. Hmmm????

She scooted her cup out of arm's reach. "Don't be scared of making mistakes," she said, waiting for me to look at her before continuing. "Be scared of making none. Because
Jennifer Kyle
4 1/2 Stars
"Timing wasn't only a factor in love, it was the creator, keeper and executioner."

Elle & Cole

Up in Flames is a fast paced well written angst filled read, which I devoured within hours. I loved the way my heart pounded as I flew through each page of this story it was a definite adrenaline rush!

Whenever Elle Montgomery finds her life suffocating and boring she goes to her swimming hole on her grandmother’s property. Elle recently graduated high school and is wearing her first and o
Aestas Book Blog
Dec 21, 2012 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read
Shelves: top-tbr
WOW so I just googled what a "smokejumper" is (never heard of it before) and those guys are BADASS!! They jump out of planes to go fight fires when the really big ones start. Holyyyyy, I think I need to bump this book up my list!

Zemira Warner
As far as I know there are two types of books about cheating:

1. those who actually make me like the cheaters
2. those who make me want to burn them to ashes

and this book goes into the second category.

Wow! What a load of crap. This girl(forgot her name right after I finished it-not a good sign)is acting like she was living in a freaking monastery where people aren't allowed to say things like rack,penis,f#*% and so on but she still goes to this lake for a naked swim. What the actual *beep*? And
Alexis *Reality Bites*
3.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance

I liked it, I didn't love it. Hmmm, I find myself being stingy with stars in 2013...

“My name’s Cole,” he said as he continued towards the shore. “Don’t care,” I lied, not able to peel my eyes away from that long, tanned, muscled, dripping wet body.
“Last name’s Carson.”
“Care even less.” Did I sound as unconvincing to him as I did to my own ears?
“What’s your name?” he asked, pausing at knee level and glancing back at me.
A. Bookzilla.
I wanted to like this book, so much. As a matter of fact, when I learned about it, it sounded so good, I went around telling people "This is gonna be SO good!"

Well, it wasn't. It was just another piece of smut, which seems to have infiltrated the new adult genre. The story had potential - good girl with a wild streak, trying to please everyone and forgetting herself. Unfortunately, the heroine is a cheater, the hero has no personality, there's insta-love, and the story was basically about her lo
Lise *friends don't flag*
2.5 stars
Elle just graduated from High School, lives in a small town, works in her Dad's crepe shop, dates the preacher's son and has never had sex. Elle meets Cole, sexy smoke jumper dare devil bad boy while she is skinny dipping in a lake and so is he. Yeah.. you guessed it (insta-love) and so goes the story.
Cole wants Elle but only if he can have all of her, which means she has to break off her "promise" to Logan. So.. we have some misunderstanding, some angst, some caught with our pants dow
2.5 *sigh* stars

I really wanted to love this book, but sadly there was just too much about it that bothered me. It started off promising – a young girl, trying to figure life out and dreaming of a bright future meets a hot badboy and they embark on a seamy summer fling. Sounds good, huh? But the heroine turns out to be whiney and weak, and the story dissolves into a love triangle with lots of cheating and game playing.


Elle is a small town girl, working in her father’s restaurant, dating h
Krissy P (Kris)
Jan 08, 2013 Krissy P (Kris) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love angst, lots and lots of angst and whining
(somewhere between a 2.5 and 3 stars)

The Good, the Okay, the Bad and the WTF:

This may sound like I did not like this book, but I did enjoy a lot of the story. I did not hate it, I did not love it. It was just okay for me. The biggest problem was that it’s hard for me to love a book when the heroine of the story is a total asshole. I hated her attitude about her life. I especially hated how she treated her boyfriend, Logan. She cheated and lied all so she could sneak around with Cole. I just did

The most exciting thing was smoke jumping, and even that didn't satisfy, because the action of it didn't happen until the end.

Again, this was one of those reads where the characterization of the heroine ruined the whole dang experience for me and the hero just wasn't yummy or charismatic enough to camouflage it.

Elle was a weak, judgmental and selfish neophyte who never redeemed herself and certainly made me wonder why the hero and the other guy (who btw was a good guy) were SOoo smitten with h
M Marie
While I wanted to love this book it just wasnt for me. I didnt feel a connection between Cole and Elle even though they were instantly "in lust"..all this while the heroine is practically engaged to her school sweetheart and cheating behind his back. Elle is torn between being a good girl and working in her Dad's diner and then being a bad girl doing vodka shots and dancing on tables. The characters lacked depth for me and the story was too predictable..I will give it 2.5 stars
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Bravo Ms. Williams! You became one of my favorite YA writers after reading such series as Crash and Eternal Eden that have been my favorite reads of 2012. Now Ms. Williams has moved on up with an amazing Adult novel, Up In Flames.

Up In Flames is about 18 year Elle Montgomery who has her whole life planned out for her by her father and high school boyfriend Logan. Elle and Logan have been together since Elle was 16 but have been friends since chil
Teresa Mary Rose
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It’s no secret that Nicole Williams is one of my favorite authors, so I went in hoping to love this one and love it I did. She always hits me right in the feels. Her books always tug on the heartstrings and put me through the wringer and I absolutely love every single second of it.

Elle was always the good girl who did exactly what everyone expected of her. But that is beginning to get old for Elle and she is looking to break free. I liked Elle. She
So much love for this book I don't know where to start!

Nicole Williams- I. Love. Your. Books. I love your mad writing skills, your emotionally gripping stories, your sweet and complex characters and of course your name. You really do have a gift for writing incredible stories....thank you! "I might kinda, sorta, really, truly love you. "

This book has everything I love: The story is fast paced, angst filled, with chemistry that keeps your heart pounding and turning the pages with adrenaline. And

wow wow wow wow wow wow wow This was everything I expected and everything I didn't. Up in Flames was my monthly Favourite .
It was beautifully written, as all Nicole Williams books are. I am over the moon with this book, over the mother flipping moon !
I hate love triangles with a passion because I always feel bad for the person left out but somehow in this book I didn't maybe it was because the other character was amazing, anyway if you're like me and dislike love tr
The story of Elle and Cole...... Well I like the chemistry these two had almost immediately. Elle has pretty much been
"Betrothed" to Logan her high school sweetheart. She wanted something more, it was a feeling she had deep inside. She wanted college, she wanted to have a life before she was settled down and married. She wanted to experience things. Logan was happy being the small town king. Cole was a smokejumper, and boy was he on fire! He was hot, sexy and fierce. But he was also wounded. He
Jan 27, 2013 Pam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 3, new-adult
3.5 stars
”Don’t be scared to make mistakes. Be scared of making none. Because if you’re not making a healthy number of mistakes along the way, you’re not really living life to its fullest.”

Elle just graduated high school, and has her life all planned out for her, the only problem, she’s not the one planning, her dad and her boyfriend-soon-to-be-husband make all the decisions for her.
”The cowardly lion had nothing on me.”

Cole Carson is a smokejumper, in for the summer and lives in the mo
“Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, be scared of making none. Because if you’re not making a healthy number of mistakes along the way, you’re not really living life to the fullest.”

Elle Montgomery, small town sweetheart, has her whole life planned out for her. She has just graduated high school, and is working at her family’s diner. Sooner rather than later she is supposed to be marrying town hero and high school boyfriend Logan. Deep down, everything about her future freaks her out. She is
Lori ~Lover of Books~
4 SMOKIN Stars
I love when a book surprises me! I have read several Nicole Williams books. Most of them have been YA or a toned down New Adult. This book was holy hotness! Smokejumper Cole was SMOKIN! I loved this one! I had no clue what a Smokejumper was before I read this. I seriously can't believe there are people brave enough to make that career choice. Awesome read!
I loved this booked! It had a good mix of everything I love in a book. Looking forward to reading something else by Nicole Williams.
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Autumn Review
I'm a big fan of Nicole Williams, so when I found out she was writing a NA Contemporary, I said "YES, PLEASE." Up in Flames certainly didn't disappoint. It had everything I like to see in a New Adult book; it was steamy and had a great love story.

I will go ahead and warn you that Elle has boyfriend. They've known each other since they were kids. It's almost expected that they get married, but Elle feels like she wants something more. Then she meets Cole. When Cole comes into the picture, everyt
Katy Belongs to ACE you can call me Mrs Donovan ❤️
Ok I freaking love this Author I loved Crash and Clash and I loved Up in Flames.... Anyway moving on!!!

This is a book about finding yourself, making decisions sticking with them, and finding your soul mate along the way

Elle Montgomery has her life set to work at her fathers crepe cafe, get married to her boyfriend since they were sixteen and have babies.
She feels numb just surviving above the surface, living day to day doing what she's been told to do by her dad who makes her decisions for her
Jan 21, 2015 StacyHgg marked it as dnf
DNF'd the Audiobook.
Narrator was not for me. But what made me DNF at practically the beginning was another BFF that was outgoing, slutty, stylish, and beautiful. You know everything the self conscious heroine "was not." *eye roll* So it may be a fantastic book that just starts out with a bunch of cliches, but I just don't have the patience to find out...
Natalie M
I wasn't sure what to think about this book because of some of the reviews I've read. Being that I loved the other books by this author, I went ahead and read it and I'm so glad I did!!! The story did not feel rushed to me and there was some angst, but nothing too extreme (just the perfect amount for me!). It was a quick read, but I loved every bit of it. I really liked Cole and Elle! You feel their attraction to one another from the moment they meet...from that point I just zoomed through this ...more
Another great book from Nicole Williams. Now i can sleep with smiling on my face :)
Dec 07, 2012 Jill marked it as to-read
I was sold on the "saucy language" ;-)

I'm having a really hard time rating this book. I think I'll make it:

3/5 stars

I wasn't hooked from page 1 and I'm not a fan of the 'holier-than-thou-virgin' heroine. I warmed up to her a bit later on though.

I don't know, the book had potential and it had some great parts but about halfway it was just ruined for me. The constant doubting and nobody willing to make a decision grew tiresome and it ended up being a 'who can hurt who the best' game. it turned nasty and cruel - not to mention that it
Chris- Chris' Book Blog Emporium
Badass Smoke Jumpers , Hot, hot hot Men ... Best reason to read this book lol .

Well I had my review all typed up and hit the wrong button and closed the tab and lost it all soo , now your gonna have to deal with my review this way because I am not gonna sit here and type it all again lol .... This is a great read , if you have not read it yet get to it .

One small town girl with a bright future.
One smokejumper with a dark past.
One summer that will forever change them both.
They’re going . . .

Allison  (Abibliophobic)
Now at this point, I’m sick of reading New Adult books that follow the track of Fifty Shades of Grey and the like. It’s depressing reading romances about college age students who are falling in love, all the while battling their pasts full of sexual abuse. That seems to be a theme in romantic fiction as of late and I’m starting to need something a little bit more upbeat and less depressing. That’s when I read Up In Flames by Nicole Williams. It was my saving grace for the NA genre because I was ...more
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