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Burn For Me (Secrets & Shadows 0.5)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Scarred long ago by the disappearance of his mother, Nichole, Tate Bell aches to spend his days and nights withAli Holmes, a womanhe’s loved for years. But while Ali’s heart pines to be with Tate, her head has reservations... Ali knows that Tate has never forgiven his father for the fight he had with Nichole right before she left the house—and was never heard from again. A ...more
ebook, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because I thought Tate's emotional issues were solved too easily - I mean, it was hard to believe that a guy who'd been hanging on a belief for fifteen years would give up on it after one short conversation with a friend)
Margreet Asselbergs

My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️

Single mother of two, Ali Holmes, spends her days working in her family pizzeria and her nights in the arms of her lover. For three years she had been taken whatever he had been willing to share with her, but it simply was no longer enough.

Never the same after the disappearance of his mother fifteen years ago, Tate Bell was consumed with the need to find answers. He still blames his father for the horrible fight that took place right b
Burn For Me is a brisk, emotional, read. Shiloh Walker introduces readers to her latest contemporary series, Secrets & Shadows, with this novella featuring Tate Bell. I enjoyed the subtle suspenseful undertone that I believe will continue as a story arc throughout the next two novellas – about Tate’s younger sisters - Break For Me (Jensen Bell) and Long For Me (Christina Bell).

Tate Bell was devastated by the mysterious disappearance of his mother fifteen years ago; it has overshadowed his en
Rosarita Reader (iScream Books)
Oh. Well. Hell.
Oh first Shiloh Walker read...where the hell have I been? It's funny how different readers have different opinions on the same book. I think it's just preferences and life experiences that make certain things speak to us differently. Well, this book yelled at me, I L❤️VED it. I love the passion, the pain, the mystery, the chemistry, the rain, the sex, the art, the deep emotion that made me feel what the characters were experiencing. I'm a fan, and I will be reading every b
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

BURN FOR ME was unexpectedly just romantic. I know, obviously there’s gotta be the connection between Ali and Tate. And although I’m not usually a fan of the guys that think they are too damaged to be in a relationship (especially when their reasoning is a bit unsubstantial) I couldn’t help but connect with the H/h in this story.

Tate and Ali have always been meant to be. He’s had a crush on her since high school, where she ended up dating someone else and getting knocked up. Now, loser gone and
Anna's Herding Cats!
Sexy, sweet and full of steam. Just what I expect from Shiloh Walker! Burn for Me was a little heartbreaking but at the same time a completely heartwarming glimpse inside the life of Tate as he hits a crossroads in his life. One where he has to decide if holding on to his childhood traumas and anger will keep him from the woman he loves and a future he desperately needs with her and her sons. It's a quick read--only about 80 pages--but pretty satisfying.

I really liked both Tate and Ali. The stor
I liked the journey that Tate went on through this book, that he was able to let go of the past, reconnect with his family, and grab the best thing that is in his life. I especially loved that Ali called Tate on his crap, forcing him make the changes.
Under the Covers Book Blog

BURN FOR ME was unexpectedly just romantic. I know, obviously there's gotta be the connection between Ali and Tate. And although I'm not usually a fan of the guys that think they are too damaged to be in a relationship (especially when their reasoning is a bit unsubstantial) I couldn't help but connect with the H/h in this story.

Tate and Ali have always been meant to be. He's had a crush on her since high school, where she ended up dating someone else and getting knocked up. Now, loser gone and

A woman's disappearance after a domestic dispute fifteen years before has left a family torn apart and a man unable to move on with his own life. Tate Bell's life is only satisfying when he is with Ali, but he is a broken messed up man thinking he doesn't deserve happiness or is capable of being what she needs him to be so he keeps her at arm's length.

Ali knew the deal when she agreed to a friends with benefits deal with Tate, but it has turned into something more for her. Tate will never give h
Emsy Van Wyck
When this story opens, we encounter Tate and Ali in bed. Yes, these two are hot and heavy friends with benefits, but after three years Ali wants more. Familiar story right? Well, Shiloh Walker takes this trope makes it urgently fresh and powerful.

One of the reasons I love reading her books is that I hear and see both protagonists so clearly. When Shiloh Walker writes Tate’s (or any of the male protagonists parts), you really hear his voice. Yes, this is how guys act and think. That’s not to say
An intense, emotional novella…

Ali Holmes has been involved in a “friends with benefits” relationship with Tate Bell for years. She deeply loves him but yearns for more. She understands that he suffered greatly from the disappearance of his mother when he was young but things need to change for herself and for her children. If only he would share with her it would make a difference but he lives behind strong walls through which no one can reach.

Tate Bell is tormented by the night his mother disa
Rachel Webb
The first prequel in the Secrets & Shadows series.

Ali and Tate have been having a "secret" no strings attached relationship for a while now, but Tate has been blurring the lines with Ali (loving her kids, wanting to kiss her in public, etc.) and she is fine with it until she wants the full commitment and Tate just can't do it because of his dark past. Tate is afraid he'll be just like his father, who Tate still thinks is responsible for his mother's disappearance several years ago. Not knowi
Christi Snow
My Review:
This is labeled as a novella and it can be read in just a couple of hours, but it definitely doesn't read like a novella. This is a story rich in depth, with incredible characters.

Tate and Ali have had a friends-with-benefits arrangement for several years and it's still as hot as ever. But it's becoming something more which is something that Ali can't live with because Tate has always made it perfectly clear that they will never have anything more. But with two small boys who are becom
4.5 stars. This was a great, short book. I loved the main characters and loved the author's writing style. The blurb pretty much tells the story. Tate and Ali have been dating for a few years. Tate has shied away from any commitments (including most regular parts of a relationship like dating, staying overnight, etc.). Ali is the mother of two young boys. They adore Tate but he seems to keep them at arm's length also and Ali is getting tired of longing for more from Tate so she makes a decision ...more
Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
I received an e-Copy via Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

BURN FOR ME is the first of the three novella prequels leading up to DEEPER THAN NEED, the first novel length installment of the Shiloh Walker’s new Secrets & Shadows series. The prequel novellas feature the three Bell siblings and the on-going fallout from their mother, Nichole’s long ago disappearance. And I have to say, as far as opening scenes go…Shiloh Walker certainly knows how to grab your attention.
Burn For Me by Shiloh Walker is a fast paced introduction novella to Shiloh's Secrets and Shadows series.

After a tragedy that changed his whole outlook on life, his way of being and the way he views himself, Tate has kept his emotions under tight control, his feelings hidden. He has a relationship with Ali, but in her opinion it is more of a friends with benefits relationship. He keeps so much of himself from her, coming and going in the night. Ali loves Tate, but she needs so much more. So much
In Burn for Me we meet Tate, one of the three Bell siblings. They have a very tragic past, their mother disappeared 15 years ago, and the mystery of her disappearance is still unsolved and an open wound for all of them.

Tate Bell is the oldest of the three and has always blamed his father for his mother’s disappearance. He is convinced his father killed his mother. He is a tortured soul and holds his emotions back afraid he may end up hurting someone he loves, just like his father did.

Ali Holmes
This novella is the first in the Secrets & Shadows series. I really enjoyed the book. Tate Bell is one of three siblings whose mother disappeared 15 years ago after a fight with her husband. Tate has convinced himself his father killed his mother. And, since he is so much like his father he won't let himself get close to anyone. Ali Holmes is a divorced mother of two. She loves Tate but is tired of only getting the small pieces of him that he is willing to share. Once she decides she deserve ...more
I loved this introduction to Secrets & Shadows, Shiloh Walker's new romantic suspense series. I cannot wait for the full length novels and the continuation and conclusion of the suspense. Meanwhile I'm going to enjoy the stories of the secondary characters I met in this one and I also hope to catch a glimpse of Tate and Ali in the next books.

What a great story! I've read RS novellas before but none of those have been as perfectly balanced with intensity, sensuality, emotions, character dept
I've read most of Shiloh Walker's books and this one doesn't disappoint. It is short - a novella, I guess. The hero, Tate, and heroine, Ali, are already together in a friends-with-benefits relationship and the conflict starts there with Ali wanting more. Tate also wants more, but feels he's unable to give it. There is a big mystery concerning the disappearance of Tate's mother that is left unresolved, but I knew this before starting the book and I'm fine with purchasing the follow up novellas/no ...more

3.5 stars.
One of the reasons I read Shiloh Walker's books is for her versatility. I had just finished The Departed , which I loved, and starting reading this ARC. It threw me for a loop because The Departed is a dark, moody, romantic suspense and I didn't have any context for this first-in-series contemporary romance. However, what both books DO have in common is Shiloh Walker's trademark intensity. This is an a passionate story about guilt, building walls, and learning to ask for m
I'm a huge Shiloh Walker fan. I was super excited to see she had a new series of books from St. Martin's Press, and with Burn for Me, she set the story up well.

Burn for Me is a novella length story and while it is a quick read, it is also a very satisfying read. Tate and Ali have amazing chemistry together and I loved how strong Ali had to be to let Tate know she needed things to change for her and her boys. I could feel how much Ali loved Tate and knew it wasn't easy to take a stand.

Tate has al
Cheryl Sanders
A mystery. A romance. A brooding, sexy, suffering, troubled man and a woman with two kids thats tired of hiding her feelings. Can she wait for him or will she just move on?

Fantastic story! I know this is a novella but I wish it were longer. I want to be immersed in this little town with these people for a little while longer. Shiloh Walker has an amazing writing style that captivates you from beginning and doesn't let you go. She keeps you wanting more. I'm sure glad this is a series and I can't
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Tate Bell has never forgotten the night his mother disappeared. Convinced his father had something to do with it, Tate has spent years trying to find out what happened that fateful night and has locked down emotionally, much to the dismay of Ali Holmes.

Ali and Tate have engaged in a three year no strings affair but the lines have blurred and Ali finds she wants more than a few stolen hours in bed when her kids are asleep. Ali knows Tat
Shirley Frances
Tate Bell hasn't gotten over the disappearance of his mother and can't forget how his father's temper flared during the argument he had right before his wife disappeared never to be found again.

As a result, he keeps his emotions in check and never opens up about the pain he has felt all these years. Not even to the woman who has been there for him all these years.

Ali Holmes has had enough of Tate being emotionally withdrawn--she needs more than sex from him. And although it hurts her to do it
Burn For Me, the first of three prequel novellas in Shiloh Walker’s new series Secrets & Shadows, was a fantastic read that I just couldn’t get enough of! To only be 80 pages, this novella packed a serious punch and absolutely has me hooked.

Ali and Tate have had a friends-with-benefits relationship for a couple of years now, and even though they both have deep feelings for the other, Ali knows that Tate isn’t ready for a commitment. She wants and deserves more and, as painful as it may be, s
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Burn for Me it the first novella in Shiloh Walker’s new Secrets & Shadows series. In Burn for Me we get to meet Tate Bell. A man afraid to truly love or let anyone get too close. Yet knows that the one thing that matters most to him is about ready to walk away. Ali might love Tate, but she can’t wait for him any more. Walking away is going to be the hardest thing she has ever done.

This was an amazing start to Shilo
A short story/prequel that sets the scene for a new series.
You get the feeling there´s a lot of mysteries and secrets in the small town of Madison.
Tate and Ali have a friends with benefits relationship. Ali wants more, or whishes he´d stop being thoughtful, since that makes her want more of him. Faced with losing Ali, Tate has to take a good look at himself and what he wants.
Smutty fluff, angst and an old tragedy you want to know the answer to.
Can´t wait to continue this series!!
I have to confess, I met Shiloh in Birmingham in 2013. Having not read a single book of hers I sat right next to her and was impressed before I had read anything..

This series is so packed with alpha's that I can't put into words how good they are. So well written and this story moves scene to scene smoothly. I felt like I was right there the whole time. WOW! Wouldn't that have been the BOMB. LOL

Julie Brengard
Loved this book! I really can't wait for the next. I like that you know there is more to the story, but it felt like this one reached an ending instead of being a cliff hanger. There is foreshadowing that lets you know there will be more, but it still ended well. I love every book I have read by this author.
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