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Shine Not Burn (Shine Not Burn #1)

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I can't be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much.

Andie's just days away from tying the knot, but there's just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she's already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won't issue her a marria
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Elle Casey
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Sep 18, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it

4 Cowboy-licious Stars


Light-hearted, sexy, tender, sweet, funny, swoony. All these adjectives describe Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey. I love books that are able to simply take you away and make you laugh and feel. Sometimes you need a book that will be light and fun without any extreme drama or angst. After all, reading is about fun. It is nice to get back to that with books such as this one.

Gavin “Mack” Mackenzie:

I doubted at this point that I'd be able to string a coherent sentence together. H
Aestas Book Blog
Sep 05, 2013 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

SQUEE!!! I loved this book and I fell in love with a cowboy! If you're looking for a book that'll make you happy, this is it! 4.5 stars!

"Why can't you just let me go?" …
"I can't let you go because you're mine."

All it took was the blurb for me to know that I wanted to read this book and from the first few pages I was hooked! It was a total escape from reality. The character made me fall in love, the romance made me swoon, and the witty writing kept me laughing and chuckling the whole way
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Cowboy up Stars

*Some Spoilers*

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“If you really, really want me to stop touching you, I will. I swear it But if you want me to keep touching you, all you have to do is say please, and it’ll be done. I’ll touch you all night. All you have to do is ask.”

OMG OMG OMG I love this Freakin book!!!!!! It is so damn good. OMG I am in yummy cowboy heaven. This is my first time reading a Elle Casey book, and I am now a total fan girl. This is such a funny, sexy, and sweet love story I was swooning all over
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Andie Marks is a good girl. She has a "life plan" and knows what she wants out of life. Kids by a certain age, making partner at her law firm, that perfect for her husband, she can have it all.
Then one of her best friends is getting married and her bachelor party is in Vegas. Andie doesn't really want to go because she knows her friends will go wild because "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."
"They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but sometimes the trouble follows you home. Know wha
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Nov 10, 2015 Carol [Goodreads Addict] rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carol [Goodreads Addict] by: Jacqueline's Reads
Shine Not Burn is book one in the Shine Not Burn series by Elle Casey. This is my very first book by Ms. Casey and I am in love. This book was perfection. I need many, many more stars than five to rate this book. It was perfect, sexy, hilarious, did I say sexy? There are plenty of more adjectives I could come up with to describe it’s perfection but let me just tell you about it instead.

Andie Marks’s life didn’t start out very well. With a childhood full of abandonment and abuse, she made a plan,
Lisa Jayne
Aug 03, 2013 Lisa Jayne rated it it was amazing


"Be still my heart," I said, talking to no one, to the wind, to the goddess of love who I was pretty sure had just shot an arrow into my chest cavity." ...

My heart just melted reading this book. I've been missing out on my sweet reads lately so when this book was recommended to me, I had the feeling that 'shine not burn' was going to be just what I needed to fall in love, sit back and enjoy and yes, it delivered on all counts for me, sweet, easy and sexy.

What's it all about?
Jul 09, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christy by: Jacqueline's Reads
4.5 Shining Stars!
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Looking for a LOL funny, sweet, sexy, light and swoony read? Look no further... you’ve found it!

Andrea- aka Andie- has a ‘life plan’. She has it all figured out.
Life plan, the document that laid out the route that would lead me to my goals: independence, safety, and financial success.

But one weekend to Vegas with her best friends changes everything... and she doesn’t even know it for two years...

Twenty five year old Andie just got dumped... via text message on her way to V
Aug 06, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Story Rating ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 5 HUGE Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 4 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars
Humor Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3.5 Stars
Ending ~ 5 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars

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I REALLY enjoyed reading Shine Not Burn it was a very funny, sexy and such an entertaining read.

The humor from page one was off the charts funny, I swear I almost pissed myself I was laughing so hard.

The story-line had a good pace and kept my interest the whole time I was reading.

My favorite character was Mack. He was
ღFloღ the coffee addict
4 **hilarious** STARS

“Come on, wife. Come take a little ride with me. Let me show you all the things you'll be missing when you go back East and leave me here with a broken heart.”

If you are in the mood for a delicious cowboy... If you have a bad day and need some belly laughs.... If you want to escape the world for a while and get drunk in Vegas.... If you want to go horseback riding and then do some more riding with/the cowboy...look no further!

This is your book! Period.

No seriously. Shine
Jun 04, 2014 Mo rated it really liked it
4.5 sexy stars

If you want a good laugh and a good story, look no further.

I really enjoyed this one. Some real LOL moments. Loved the two main characters.

"Luceo non uro means I shine, not burn. To me, though, it means that I have a choice. I need to balance the bad with the good, make sure to avoid the things that could burn or scar me but get close enough to the heat that I feel life and really experience it. Until I met you, I'd never really embraced that idea. I walked around my life just bei
Aug 08, 2013 Catarina rated it really liked it
4 Cowboy Stars!!

This one of those books that came completely by surprise. I even never heard of it and suddenly I’ve read a great friend review and I gave it a try.
Well, thank God for friend’s reviews, this was awesome!!


So, this books starts in Las Vegas. In one of her best-friends bachelorette party and is recently out of a relationship with a shitty boyfriend so she does what every girl in her situation does: drink. And then some more. And drink just a little more. And a little more just to
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Aug 03, 2015 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly (and the Book Boar) by: shelby
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is what bwings us together today . . .

Well, actually it’s what brings Andie and Mack together today. A couple of years ago Andie attended a bachelorette party with her besties. While she was there her d-bag boyfriend dumped her via text – putting a real kink in the “life plan” she had all laid out for herself. What better way to forget about her troubles then to get completely blottoed and go in search of a possible one-night stand.
Jacqueline's Reads
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6 Shining and Spoiler Free Stars!!!!

Shine Not Burn will have you shinning from head to toe with pure joy, excitement, smiles and belly filled of laugher. You do not need to think about your next read because Shine Not Burn NEEDS to be it … like NOW!

All I wanted was one night of reckless abandon so I could get all this craziness out of my system and go home with a clean slate, ready to kick ass, take names, and get on with my life.

Alexis *Reality Bites*
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Shine Not Burn was exactly what I needed! It made laugh and it made me swoon and honestly friends sometimes that is all I need.

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Could I have sex with this guy? A total stranger who I know nothing about? Who I’ll never see again? Whose name I don’t even know?
“My name’s Mack, by the way. What’s yours?”
Panic mode, level eight. What is he? A mind reader. Okay, scratch the not-knowing-his-
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
4.5--Laugh Out Loud--Stars!!!

For me, this book was a cross between the movies What Happens in Vegas and Sweet Home Alabama.

First of all, what happens in Vegas NEVER stays in Vegas. We all know this. When you're doing a lot of this....

It's going to lead to a lot of this....

And eventually....

What do you know, you're MARRIED! To a really HOT cowboy named Mack.

Andie had a plan....a lifeplan that was written when she was 15 years old. She had goals to meet, a husband to find and babies to birth...a
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas?

Yeah Not So Much!

Andie is 25 and had a life plan..
Work had as a lawyer, make partner at the firm, get married and have the 2.05 kids before she's 35...

Yes that's the plan...

"Sometimes when our lives are out of control, the only thing that makes us feel secure is to swing in the opposite direction. To control every last detail.”

And Andie follows it religiously!

When Andy's friend is getting married, they talk her into going with them for the bachelorette part
Amy (Foxy)
Jun 08, 2014 Amy (Foxy) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amy (Foxy) by: Chrissie
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A cute story that starts out with an invitation to Andie's best friend's bachelorette party.
'Yo, Party Girl! We. Need. You. Be at the airport tomorrow ...Don't let us down. And remember, you have permission to have fun and forget about your bullsh*t boyfriend PUKE because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.'

A friendly piece of advice from the ticket guy~
"Just be careful. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Ve
NiCoLeTa E.
Oct 05, 2015 NiCoLeTa E. rated it it was amazing
5 Funny as Hell & sweet "Luceo non uro" stars for me...

...Luceo non uro= Shine not burn...

Oh, my Gosh!!!! I had a real good time reading this book...

It was a wonderfull, tender, sexy, light and funny story...
In some points, i was laughing so hard that it was possible to heard me many people in the next block...

Yes, in many scenes i freaked out with Addie's control issues and denial...
I just couldn't accept, how in the hell she could resist to this man...

This man could be the fantasy of eve
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 02, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Luceo non uro.”


Andie is a career driven lawyer who gets pushed into a night in Vegas for her friend’s bachelorette party. Andie is plan oriented due to her past. She sticks to this plan and stays with crappy boyfriends just because they fit her plan. Besides her plan, she is funny and very likable.

”You fall in love with potential instead of reality. You are attracted to characteristics on paper instead of the real man underneath.”

Gavin ‘Mack’ Mackenzie is one HOT cowboy with a heart of gol
Crystal~BIG book addict~
Nov 06, 2013 Crystal~BIG book addict~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
4 Shining Stars!

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I had a lot of laugh out loud moments when Mack and Andie first met at a blackjack table in Vegas. She trips over her impossibly high heels and spills her drink all over him. When she tries to help him get cleaned up, something rather *cough* large pops up. He excuses himself to the bathroom and he asks her to watch his spot at the table. She either has to play or he loses his spot, and she knows absolutely nothing about blackjack.

"No, I don't want you to hit me. Do you want m
Claire Robinson
Aug 04, 2015 Claire Robinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "King Dong." Stars!

I think you can tell from the level of 5 star reviews just how good this book is. It is my first by this author and there is absolutely no doubt that it won’t be my last.

”What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but sometimes the trouble follows you home.”

It’s not a new storyline by any means but the quality of Elle Casey’s writing, story-telling and characterization in Shine Not Burn is what makes it stand out.

The only thing that slightly tarnished the shine for this and k
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

EDIT: My feisty Jen (Nevada Jen) got this for me for Xmas (LAST YEAR-2014-yes I'm slow like that)!! I need to see why she loves this author so much! (We both realized our tastes have changed and that it wasn't a purchase she'd still make for me today)

Okay, so, I didn't love this. And, come on, let's give me a little credit: I may hand out a lot of 4 and 5 stars, but those books aren't ever given a 5 based solely on the boys I so fondly adore. No, they have to earn it by merit, and yes, sometime
6 amazing, hilarious, rolling around on the floor laughing my ass off stars

Thank you jacquelin for starting this book. this goes out to you
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"Just be careful. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but sometimes the trouble follows you home.",/b>

I have never laughed so much in my entire reading life then with the book. Where has Elle Casey been hiding? I want to track her down and find out how she came up with half of the witty remarks she has for Kelly, Candice and Andie.

"I said
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Four Stars

**Possible Spoilers ahead**

“You’re my wife,” he said, only inches away, his hot breath flickering over my lips. “You married me in Las Vegas two years ago.”
“And I’m your husband.”
I nodded, tears slipping out.
He gritted his teeth and growled out, “And this is us, consummating our marriage.”

Meet Mack, my new cowboy boyfriend

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**Sigh** I really LOVE Gavin (Mack) MacKenzie. Finding out I was married to him would’ve been fucking awesome. Hold up. Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself.
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Hearts Cole, Lucas, Jesse  & James ✝✝
Hmmm, I wish I could have rated higher but this book reminds of my favourite movie, Sweet Home Alabama!
There was too many similarities.

But Cowboy Mack is one hot guy, oooo he is really sweet. Both of them are steamy together.

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Overall, it was:

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Happy reading

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Jul 16, 2013 Erica rated it really liked it
"Oh my pink granny panties," I loved Shine Not Burn. This is one of the funniest, cutest, most heart stealing books I've read in awhile. I might be a little biased because I have a soft spot for cowboys, but, really, who doesn't?

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You have Andie, an attorney, that's obsessed with following her life plan to the "t". She has everything mapped out. College, career, marriage, babies... She likes to have total control over her life. The only problem is...she dates total garbage. Her friend is getting
Ash Reads
Oct 18, 2015 Ash Reads rated it it was amazing
Shelves: need-a-hard-copy
**I read this via Kindle Unlimited**


This was a beautiful book....Oh my God was it fucking beautiful. I loved it all. ALL OF IT. I loved the storyline, and the writing, and the main characters. I loved her best friends, and I seriously loved his family so much. There were a few sad parts....but this was...just....a really good, HALLMARK MOVIE WITH AMAZING SEX book. Wow, the sex....yes please! :)

It wasn't
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
5 ++++++++++++++++++ Huge Hot Cowboy Stars!!!

A huge thank you goes to my bff Marcie for recommending this book to me. I was in a huge book slump and needed a book to pull me out of it. Let me tell you this book did the trick. I fell in love with this story from the first page and wow did I mention there is a hot cowboy. Mack is my new book boyfriend I just adore him and his sweet ways. The sexy times were ultra spicy and very sexy. Oh how I wish it were me and not Andie. This is such a sweet lov
Kim B
READ NOW on Netgalley:
(re-releasing on July 28. Cover update too!)

Re-read June 1, 2014
I really love this book! My original review wasn't long or flowery, but caught my feelings perfectly :)

Original review July 11, 2013

What a refreshing and romantic read. 4.5 stars

I laughed (literally out loud, with tears rolling down my face) so many times. I was in love with Andie & Mack from first drop of ridiculously spilled drink. But the laughter is just what drew
Love, love, LOVED this one! Mack is one hot piece of cowboy. And the fact she nicknamed him "King Dong" hurts not one single thing, in my humble opinion. I'm going to try like hell to actually sit my ass down and review this one!
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Elle Casey, a former attorney and teacher, is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling American author who lives in France with her husband, three kids, and a number of furry friends. She has written books in several genres and publishes an average of one full-length novel per month.

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“I, Gavin MacKenzie, sexy
cowboy man of Baker City, Oregon …
being of sound mind and hot body … do
hereby declare that I love you, Andie
Marks, lawyer extraordinaire, and want
to be married to you until I’m so old, I
either die or my pecker falls off.I will have sex
with you whenever you want, and I will
always give you the option to be on top
if that’s what will make you happy.
Blowjobs will always be optional but
appreciated.I will change diapers when called
for, both for our children and for you
when you’re old and decrepit. I will
never spit in public or burp too loudly or
say mean things about your friends.I promise never to raise my hand
against you in anger or tell you that
you’re useless or threaten to hurt people
who you love. Ten-four, over and out,
happily ever after. Those are my vows.”
“Just because a person is obsessed with the idea of something, doesn't make it right or even good for them.” 62 likes
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