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Burn For Me

(Secrets & Shadows #0.5)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Scarred long ago by the disappearance of his mother, Nichole, Tate Bell aches to spend his days and nights with Ali Holmes, a woman he’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. ...more
ebook, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Lady Heather

I love when my favorite authors give their readers (me) these short stories that feature the secondary characters in main novels of a series.

Ali is a secondary character in Deeper Than Need, and her story was wonderful to read.
She is a strong, smart, loving woman-mother, and friend.
She's loyal and reliable, and wants desperately to finally have her own HEA.

Tate was just...Wow!
Broken, strong, loyal, and has been in limbo for the last 13 years since the disappearance of his mother... until Ali.

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) ...more
Talk Supe
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Thank goodness this was a shorty otherwise I wouldn't be able to handle the angst and Tate's emotional unavailability! ...more
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
Margreet Asselbergs
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
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
BBMoreB ~
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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 entire
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I learnt my lesson with the Ash Trilogy. Don't start a series by Shiloh Walker till you have a compete set. The cliff hangers are a b*%#h if you have to wait. Luckily, I don't. :-)

This is the first of 3 prequels (dealing with siblings) of the Secrets and Shadows Novels. We get a glimpse into the town and the people in it, as well as a hint of future couples. Over arching is the disappearance of the siblings mother 15 years earlier. Things are just starting to get interesting as I think clues are
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
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
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Johanna Sawyer
(Wolf Whistle) wow, burn for me is aptly named. Tate loses himself in Ali’s arms almost every night refusing to give her more. His mother has been missing for 15 years, and he blames his father for the disappearance. Ali, is a young mother of two boys, and part owner of a pizza parlor. She wants more from Tate but does he have it to give?

What did I like? This is a sweltering hot read. Tate and Ali have scorching chemistry and a three year relationship that looks like it’s going no where. Ali h
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback-own
I definitely want to keep reading this series. I really enjoyed this story and got sucked into it and the mystery of Nicole Bell's disappearance 15 years ago. And near the end of the book, after 15 years of learning nothing, there's a hint that something's about to become uncovered, literally. I also really want to see how Ali and Tate's relationship progresses now that he's made the decision to let her in and try to make a life with her and her sons. ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Gaye Truesdell
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and romance

Once again Ms Banks has created a heart wrenching story with characters we root for a happy ending for. Love love love her stories!
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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
Angela Goodrich
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually started reading the Secrets & Shadows series with the second novella, Break for Me, and never got a chance to go back and read Burn for Me (although apparently I bought it and didn’t remember doing it). Having read the other two novellas and three novels in the series, it was nice to go back and read Tate’s story to find out just how he and Ali got together. While Break for Me got me hooked on the series and Ms. Walker’s writing, I have no doubt that Burn for Me would have done the sa ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So angsty, and I loved every letter of it!
Christi Snow
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Under the Covers Book Blog
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

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 g

Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. Damn
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 muc
Shirley Frances
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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 had 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, she k
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel Webb
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 knowing w
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
I read this novella as part of the "Hot Alphas" anthology out May 2015.

Tate and Ali at the start of the novella have been friends with benefits for 3 years or so. She loves him, but she is about to give up on him because he just can't seem to accept anything more than the distant relationship they have. She knows he has trauma from his mom disappearing when he was 14, but she doesn't realize just how that is impacting his relationship with her, a relationship he really does want to deepen but i
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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 Shiloh’s
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