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Burning Down the House

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Rob Kensington is just your typical high school senior. Athletic, intelligent, handsome. Sees a therapist once a week. Because his parents just died in a house fire of questionable origin. And he doesn’t seem to care.
Maybe he isn’t so typical.

Sara Marsh had no clue when she returned to live with her divorced father that the bedroom down the hall would be occupied by a stra
Published March 17th 2014 (first published March 10th 2014)
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Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mature, likeable h/H. I loved the sweet and sexy progression of relationship with a perfect bit of rom. suspense. I usually can tell, but this time I didn't guess the villain at all!

4 stars!
Varied Books
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not the target audience for this book. I could be the H's young mom. But I still enjoyed reading.

Sara the h was a cool chick. She believed in herself. She knew that she deserved respect. I loved the lunch scenes. I lol on what all her friends were saying.

Rob the H is a fantastic boyfriend. They love & respect each other. They were sweet to each other but not sappy. There are a few sex scenes. Sensual but not real explicit.

Book is only told in h pov.
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Sensuality: PG-13

18 yr old moves back in with her father for her last yr of high school and finds the orphaned H is living in her home.

This is my second AG after The Firefly Effect. It wasnt bad but a bit disjointed.

The H was great and surprisingly well-adjusted considering his issues. I never warmed to the h tho. I thought she was a creeper and oft-times TSTL, esp in service of the suspense. Nobody deserves some silly chick who constantly thinks you are an arso
Gwen ~the Book Diva
4 stars! This was a good New Adult-ish hot romantic suspense.

*ARC provided to G the Book Diva Blog in exchange for an honest review*

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Sara returns to her hometown to live with her dad and finish out her senior year of high school. She is surprised to find that her dad has become guardian to Rob, a neighborhood kid who has lost both his parents in a house fire. She remembered Rob as an anti-social goth kid who always gave her the creeps. But three years is a lot of time fo
Sheryl C. Nash
This was HANDS DOWN one of the BEST NEW ADULT/SUSPENSE books I have read in a LONG TIME!!!

Another book I bought on a WHIM from Amazon and I was COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY!!! It was not what I expected at all... and I have to say, I "seem" to have developed a "crush" on Rob *SMIRK*

I will write my full review soon...
Jen ❥
Loved this character-driven novel with Sara's voice narrating the story. Her down-to-earth and sometimes dry sense of humor was great, and it gave us the ability to see why Rob was so gone over her. He was such a wonderful young man! The lunch room dialogues were funny, too, and allowed us to get to know a great cast of supporting characters, which ultimately built the suspense of who was the culprit in the arson/murder. This is a suspenseful, sensual YA/NA true love story with a great mystery t ...more
Lustful Literature

If you are in the mood for a fun, flirty, suspenseful story then look no further. Burning Down the House was that and so much more. Every word Allie wrote had me completely consumed and I was anxiously turning the pages not wanting to miss a thing.

“You never really know anyone “

And oh how true this was throughout this book. There are a lot of characters mixed into the story but every single one of them plays an important role. Some will make you laugh, some will ha
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Burning Down the House was the first book that I have ever read by Allie Gail, and I absolutely couldn't put this one down! It kept me awake until the very early hours of the morning because I absolutely had to keep reading. I enjoyed this story so much, and I can't wait to read more from Allie Gail. This book was the perfect combination of sweet moments, steamy scenes and enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. I am definitely a new fa
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley!

Shel: This was a super quick YA-ish read. It's set during the senior year of Sara and Rob's senior year and though they start as less than friendly, they make up for that..eventually. The problem is that Sara and Rob are holding on to ideas about each other that are no longer true. He's no longer a goth boy and she's not some spoiled princess. Once they get that out of the way things heat up. Truly, it's the perfect teen scenario. No
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-coming-of-age
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May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy young adult novels then this one is for you.
Come along for the ride as Rob Kensington and Sara Marsh rediscover each other.
Sara remembers Rob as her Gothic neighbor, black clothes, black makeup
and anti-social.

Spending the summer with her father has an unexpected surprise, Rob.

When his parents were killed in a house fire Sara's father offered him a place to stay, the guest room.

Rumor around town is he may have been responsible for the fire.

Rob a senior and football player has chang
Nerd Alert
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog***
Sara Marsh is a sweet, feisty, funny, smart seventeen year old. She is moving back to her father's for her senior year of high school after her mother gets remarried. She is looking forward to moving back and settling back into her old life she had to leave years ago. But Sara is in for a surprise when she comes to find out creepy goth boy Rob Kensington is now living
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read other works by Ms. Gail and I will say that I have truly become a fan… she is a dynamic writer who has a way of pulling the reader into her world and becoming invested in her characters whether love or hate, there’s never indifference. The other works were adult reads, Burning Down the House, a New Adult with its slightly younger characters still delivers that heat which I believe is Ms. Gail’s signature. This author also has a way of creating realistic interactions between her chara ...more
Mary Tatar
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burning Down The House was the first book I have read by Allie Gail. I really enjoyed reading this book it had the perfect amount of mystery,suspense, humor, and romance. When I read the synopsis my interest was piqued. It exceeded all my expectations then some. The story was filled with some intense twists and turns. It had me guessing till the very end.

Sara moves back home to live with her father and finish her senior year of high school. She has been living with her Mother since her parents d
Danielle from Short and Sassy
I am sitting down here, trying to figure out how to write this review without giving anything away. It was too good of a book to ruin with spoilers. Burning Down The House is a Romance/ Suspense novel. It is a really good read. Really Good. There is so many components of this book that made it amazing. There is romance, arson, murder, love, falling in love, affairs, you pretty much name it. I never thought the book was going to be like this, especially since the characters were younger. I was mo ...more
Gretchen Anderson
LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! It’s romance but it’s mystery. It’s love but more importantly it’s trust. It’s having doubt but also unwavering faith.

Sara’s come home. She’s going to live with her dad and graduate with her friends. Even though she hasn’t seen them in almost three years she is still very excited to be back “home”.

Her dad “forgot” one detail about her return….he’s taken in another teen that lost his family and everything he owned in a fire just six weeks before. She’s ok with it…sorta….
beth myrick
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute must read.

put down what your doing or reading. cancel all immediate plans. turn off your phone. order out. shut away yourself and open this book.

I. kid. you. not. this book is it. total package. you know when you are reading a really good book and it's really time for bed, so you say..just one more chapter. well one more then one more then one more....I couldn't stop. I was HOOKED.

this book has it all. I mean ALL. you got your drama, suspense, tragedy, love, and comedy all written
Anny hernandez
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provide a copy of the book by the Author for an honest review.

I just finish reading this book, and I love it, I love the characters, and love how the book turn out to be, have to say that this book got me mad at some point, but I love every single minute of it, I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.

The story begging with Sara, Sara move in with her father, after her mother got remarried, on the way home while talking to her dad, she notice that her was acting a
Angela Goodrich
OH. MY. GOD!!! This book was amazing. When I read the blurb, I knew I had to read the book. Suffice it to say, the blurb does NOT do this book justice. I expected an angst-filled read about a troubled teen and the girl who tried to save him. Although that is one of the themes of Rob and Sara’s story, it is not the sole focus of the book. We not only get a wonderfully written coming of age romance, Ms. Gail gives us a tale with murder, arson, abuse, affairs, hot sex (thank goodness Rob and Sara a ...more
Alicia at Mean Girls Luv Books
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mglb
4.5 stars
This story is all about misconception. Everybody and just about everything isn't as it seems.
Sara has just moved home with her father after her parents' divorce and finds out that the son of an old family friend, Rob, is also living with her father. He recently lost his parents in a house fire. Though he was cleared from any involvement, a lot of people in town thinks he set the fire. His suspicious behavior and not caring attitude about it doesn't help.
What starts out as a hostile re
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 3.5 stars

Allie kept me captivated throughout the duration of this standalone novel. The fires, the mysteriousness that is Rob, and the intensity of Rob and Sara's emotions had a tight grip on me. The plot kept me guessing and although my heart wanted to trust, my gut wasn't giving that trust away easily. The past connection from when Rob and Sara were younger had me intrigued from the beginning and Allie did great keeping the focu
Taryn Lee
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Find this Review at Taryn Lee's Book Blog

A gifted copy was provided by the author for an honest review.

This book felt a little too young adult for me. I don't look at high school setting as young adult. Just the way the characters behaved and acted. The high school romance was average for me. The suspense/mystery element lifted this book way higher than I expected it to do.

Sara Marsh decides to move back into her dad's house for her senior year of high school. Upon arrival, she realizes her chil
Sharon Xuereb
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Burning down the house is a sweet romantic story with a mystery that keeps you guessing the whole time. It’s nicely written; moves at a great pace and there are never any lulls in the story-line.

Told in first person via Sarah’s point of view the characters are very likeable and relatable in some way to the reader. Sarah is a funny, strong and independent young lady that has moved back in with her father after her mother remarried. Rob is quiet, protects himself from further hurt after losing his
Karen Voitik
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

>Book Review – Burning Down the House –

>I am an independent reviewer. This is a standalone novel that ends in an HEA.

>This story begins a bit like "Twilight". A high school girl, Sara, lives with her divorced mom. Sara moves in with her dad, after her mom remarries. Sara's dad has taken in the son of his best friend, as well. Rob and Sara are the same age and knew each other way back before her parent's divorce. Rob's parents were killed in a house fire. Of course Rob and Sara hate ea
Xunaira J.
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the third novel that I have read by Ms. Allie Gail and she hasn’t failed to keep my attention and curiosity piqued till the very end. Being one of her beta readers as well, I enjoyed the book from start till end. At the start, I felt that the book was inspired by Stephanie Meyer’s, Twilight, but as the story opened up, my observation wasn’t quite true. I loved the character build-up of Rob and how the author had differentiated between the past and present of Rob. The dark lurking behind ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: let-it-burn
I was given a ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

I am blown away by how much I actually loved this book. The mystery was intense and had me guessing until the end. Allie delivered one hell of a romantic mystery. I couldn`t put this book down! I was captivated in this tale and it had it`s hold on me and would not let me go! we meet Sara who I ADORE she is such a strong female character and she was a breath of fresh air. She was feisty, funny and strong! she was a fighter that one. Rob, what ca
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

Burning Down the House is the first book I've read by Allie Gail, and let me tell you, I couldn't put this thing down. It was crazy addictive. Not just the romance, which sizzled, but there was a whole mysterious, suspenseful side to the story. There isn't a single character that I didn't mentally accuse. I can usually figure out who's to blame. I usually at least get it narrowed down to two. That wasn't the case with Burning Down the House. Everyone seemed gu
May 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started off really well with a high school romance between a girl whose father took in a boy in his senior year after his house burned down and his parent's were killed. The two teenagers had been less than friends a few years ago when the girl left her home town to live with her mother. Her mother remarried and the girl moved back to live with her father for her senior year. She was surprised to find the boy living in her house, they clashed a little but then started to have feelings ...more
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This was a new to me author and I have to say after reading this book I'll be on the lookout for more. I wasn't quite sure it was going to be up to my speed since it was about high schooler's but I was pleasantly surprised by the steam factor. The characters and dialogue were believable. Rob and Sara's friends were great secondary characters and truly made me laugh out loud several times while reading.

This book was cute, fun & sexy with some great suspense elements thrown in to boot. Burning
Twin Opinions
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really surprised by this book. I hadn't really know what to expect, but I thought I would like it based on the synopsis. Instead I loved it. I was fascinated with the characters and the story line. I did kind of expect a YA, but again I was surprised. While the characters are young adults, this story is definitely not.

I loved the suspense and mystery to the book that went with the romance. A great read to keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. Rob is the perfect brooding male
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Born and raised in rural Alabama, Allie Gail currently resides in sunny Florida with her very own blue-eyed Prince Charming and a hyperactive hamster named Toot-Toot. Always an avid reader, she took to her keyboard on a whim in 2012 and that was the last anyone ever saw of her. (Just kidding...I did venture out of the house that one time back in 2014, but only because I was tricked into it. Stupid ...more