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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
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Published December 19th 2012
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Jennifer Kyle
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 20, 2012 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 (Kylo Ren fangirl) 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.
Dec 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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)
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jessica's Book Review
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
“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
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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!
Jan 21, 2015 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...
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grandiosa historia para finalizar mi 2016 No entiendo porque no lo publican en español. No entiendo porque una editorial hispanohablante no apuesta por publicar esta intensa, romántica, pasional, tierna y muy buena historia en lugar de estar publicando "fenómenos Wattpad"
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 07, 2012 marked it as to-read
I was sold on the "saucy language" ;-)
Gina *loves sunshine*
3.5 stars - definitely read this if you enjoy a contemporary teen romance!!! I was caught up in this audio immediately - the characters and narration were very intriguing!! The story unfolded a bit predictably and stuck to the traditional small town teen woes and life frustrations. The love triangle did get a tad old once it hit the back and forth, but again if this is your style you will really enjoy it - the writing is great!!
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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
Autumn Review
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
Lena ♫ ♪
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Wow. That was not good. That was nothing like I imagined it would be. Very little appealed to me. Mostly the font. I kid you not.

The heroine is a little whiny bi...scuit with fluff in her head and no empathy for others' feelings, for example her boyfriend whom she cheated on repeatedly (while trying to jump bf's bones too). The "hero" is an ass with behaviour and psychological issues. He acts like a high-on-testosterone ass hat who doesn't even know what (or who) he wants and so he dry humps al
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
Up In Flames = Burned out. I didn't expect this great absence of quality throughout ALL 14 chapters! Such an airy-fairy lot! A bunch of horny teenagers, a convenient ignorant boyfriend, oh...and Elle = insignificant. I couldn't care less about Cole.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another great book from Nicole Williams. Now i can sleep with smiling on my face :)
Audio Book Review

3.5 Stars

I have LOVED, loved Nicole Williams other books, but with this one the heroine was so indecisive and selfish. I wish she would have chosen the guy sooner. Honestly, I did not trust the heroine. When she made up her mind who she wanted, she would make a million excuses why it probably would not work. The heroine annoyed me. She was what I would term a "slutty virgin". She wanted to lose her virginity, but had no takers since both guys wanted a commitment before they had
Chris- Bookaddict
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 . . .

Alley B
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Question. Why is it that I am just now learning about Smoke Jumpers? Holy crap and holy hotness. Thank you Nicole! This book is really hot. I mean yes, it does feature a bunch of firefighters so I was expecting a hot factor, but it is seriously steamy.

Elle Montgomery is a good girl. She's always done what she was supposed to and what is expected of her. She knows that now that she has graduated high school she'll probably marry her high school boyfriend and work for her father. But when
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I'm not big on YA fiction, I'll admit. However, after reading Crash, and enjoying it, I decided to give this NA novel a chance.

I'm in a bit of an internal debate with my rating however. The book was good. It was well written, angsty, and steamy. So what made this not a 5 star read for me? The main heroine, Elle.

minor spoilers below

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Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Confession, I had to Google smokejumper at first, no clue about that kinda of job and it's definitely firefighting upped. I read a few mixed thoughts on this one so I wasn't sad sure if I'd like it, but I loved the authors previous work so I gave it a shot. I'm pleasantly surprised I enjoyed this one. Exciting, fun, angst filled and hot story of two seemingly opposites that actually were more similar than they thought.

Life can pass us by if we don't pay attention, its all about doing th
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
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I first stumbled upon Nicole Williams with her Crash series which I just LOVED so I was super stoked to read this book.

Normally I'm not a big fan of cheating but in the case of Elle you get why she makes the decisions that she does. She is so confused and is doing everything that everyone else wants instead of doing what she wants. With Cole it is the first time that Elle realizes that she wants more out of life.

The chemistry between Cole and Elle
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, 2013
Wow, that was sweet I guess.

I love the way it started. Girl with a wild streak, suppressed by her friends and family. Then a boy comes along and tells her to live her life before someone else takes control. I really liked the concept. And the way they met seemed so promising to me, I thought this kind would be like a coming of age story or something but it's actually more about a girl in lust and what she's willing to sacrifice just to have sex with him. (They fall in love later, but this is act
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cand am inceput sa citesc acest e-book, nu mi-as fi imaginat ca il voi termina intr-o singura zi.
Am fost brusc interesata de cand am citit descrierea, iar dupa primele 50 de pagini nu puteam abandona lectura. In principiu, a fost o poveste pe placul meu. Insa pe langa povestea de dragoste a avut ceva in plus fata de alte carti de acelasi gen: un strat subtil de lectii de viata.

"If you don't take control of your life, Elle, someone else will," Cole said, his voice quiet, almost distant.
Un citat
Hmmmm...what to say about this one?? Saw that this book was a love triangle and those I love to read so I was onboard. This book for me had its equal of the good and the bad. The first part of the book was really good and it was on a fast track to a 5 star read for me. I was feeling the chemistry, sexual tension and insta attraction between Cole and Elle ..Loved their little banter too...

THEN after hitting the half way mark things got really weird. Suddenly I was not really feeling them....(view
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
“We live our lives afraid of change and if we were to just embrace it instead, it wouldn’t seem like such a big deal when it hits us.”

After reading Nicole Williams' Crash series, I was eager to read something else written by her, and while I enjoyed Up in Flames, it wasn't as good as the Crash series.

Elle's life is ruled by her father and her brother. She has given them the control of her life and it isn't until she meets adrenaline junkie Cole, that she suddenly starts questioning her everyth
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Alas! Another indecisive heroine! Hope this doesn't break my patience meter



3.5 Stars

"So where does that leave us?" I asked, holding my breath.

He squeezed me tighter before his arms loosened. "An ocean apart, Elle," he breathed. "An ocean apart."

I shook my head against his chest. "No, Cole."

"Yes," he replied, running his hand up and down my spine. "You might care for me, but you chose him. You're here with him. That ring is still shining bright on your finger."

"I haven't chosen him. I hav
Teri Beth
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked Up In Flames. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. It wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. It was just an okay, likable read. It was a fairly quick read also.

I wanted to really like Elle, but I didn't. I put up with her mainly because I really liked Cole. In the book, it refers to The Notebook and how they don't feel sorry for Allie because she has two guys who love and what not. That's exactly how I felt about Elle.

I did enjoy Cole's character and what he brought out in Elle. And
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved it! It was an awesome read. The whole story had me wrapped in it from start to finish. I cried more than once. Cole Carson is a sexy Smoke jumper (holy hotness)!!! I felt Elle and Cole chemistry throughout every page of the book. Loved their first meeting lol.

Love the books Clash & Crash and Nicole Williams has done it again with Up In Flames! I highly recommend Up In Flames to those who loved the Crash series

* There is cheating in this book so if you don't like that don't read it.
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I get Ella. She is raised in a small town with small town values, not a bad thing. But she is dying to bust out and do something against the norm. Not too wild, just not what is EXPECTED of her. Enter Cole. He is living by his own rules with an uber-cool job and little responsibility. She is torn between the safe and thrill of the unknown. Loved the fellow smokejumpers. Matt was a hoot.
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