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Heart on Fire

(Combustible #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,074 ratings  ·  117 reviews
One night to be someone else.
Mila Day had plans. When her lover demands she give up her dreams to be a trophy wife, she leaves. Wanting to forget the wasted years, she ends up at a party in the next state, craving one wild night of abandon. It was exactly what she wanted.
No strings.
No names.
But it’s not exactly what she gets. Six years later, she’s a happy high school teac
Published October 20th 2014 by Smashwords (first published October 10th 2014)
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Oct 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, reviewed
Can someone please explain to me how I keep ending up choosing the most lame-ass romance novels out there? Talk about shitty luck. All I want to do is puke my guts out. Why do authors create these stupid stories and heroes and heroines that are so bloody unrealistic? The heroine of this novel, who is a high school teacher, is perfect in every way. I mean she's gorgeous, beautiful, smart, intelligent, thin, athletic, multi-orgasmic, a terrific baker, every one she meets loves her, her male peers ...more
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
I honestly don't know what this hero saw in this heroine.

~Good hero.
~Weak AF heroine.
~Cute kid.
~OW drama.
~OM drama.
~Both not celibate after meeting.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating: 4.5 "Little Devil" stars!!!!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love Triangle: (view spoiler)
Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)

HEA: (view spoiler)

My review:

This book was a breath of fresh air! I totally guessed the twist at the VERY beginning of the book, but that was totally okay. I LOVED IT! It was actually a good twist for a change. The prologue totally drew me in!

You have Mila
Mary Lou Hoffman
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Series: N/A
Category: Contemporary Romance
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Received from: Brandy L. Rivers (in exchange for an honest review)
Grammar/editing: ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

This is a stand-alone novel / not part of a series.

Mila is going to just have a one-night-stand and forget the man who tried to crush her dreams. She plans to have a night of anonymous lust with no strings and no regrets. She gets more than she bargains…Six years later she
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!

I was given this book to read in turn for an honest review!!!

Mila wanted one last night of freedom to forget her ex boyfriend and embrace her new life. No names, no strings, just one wild night. One night was all it took.

Six years later Mila has a beautiful daughter and great teaching career. Deciding to move away from her mother and closer to her aunt she hopes she has put a stop to her mother’s matchmaking.

Kyle’s the local hot fireman happily living the single life, that's until his
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance

Destiny and fate are terms easily thrown at readers to describe the connection that two characters may have. Oftentimes, the connections formed between characters come across more rushed than fated. I – for one – am many times a little skeptical about characters falling in love in a matter of a few dozen pages. I go along with the stories because as a reader I know that that is what is the norm in many novels. But Brandy L Rivers has breathed a breath of fresh air into the concept of fate and de
Samaris Creech
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After being in a relationship with Paul for years Mila sees his true colors and calls it quits. With a little encouragement from her best friend Barb she decides to put Paul and their failed relationship behind her and have fun at a Halloween frat party. There she runs into a handsome man dressed as The Phantom of the Opera and he literally sweeps her off her feet. That one night has stuck with Mila for years to come. She got a precious gift that night, her beautiful daughter Cherish. Her only r ...more
Felicia Tatum
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing contemporary debut from Brandy L. Rivers! I love her paranormal stuff, but my heart always belongs to contemporary first. This story was amazing, following Mila and Kyle as they fall in love and face so many struggles and revelations. I sincerely hope Rivers decides to write more in the genre.
Andrea B
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
It was sweet light read but huge cheese factor
Lynn Worton
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Combustible contemporary romance series. I loved it!

Mila Day is a wonderful character. I like her but she has a nasty habit of not seeing herself as others see her and constantly belittles herself. Whether this is because of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, I am not sure. However, after breaking up with him, she decides to live on the wild side for one night and has a one night
Melinda ~ Twinsie Talk
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book by the Author for an honest review.

I am a huge fan of Brandy L Rivers paranormal series so when she told me she was writing a Contemporary Romance I was supper excited. She did a great job and I loved it.

Mila decided that after a breakup with her boyfriend she wanted a one night stand. She got what she wanted at a Halloween party after meeting “The Phantom” no names, no strings, no regrets, simply one night and well something she wasn’t expecting.

Six years later Mila was a h
Marta Cox
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a standalone contemporary romance from an author who is most usually associated with paranormal romance . There does seem to be quite a lot of authors recently trying different genres is it's no surprise that Ms Rivers has decided to dip her toe in. This is a story of just how easy it is to overlook what's right in front of you and how sometimes it's worth taking a chance.
Have you ever wanted to just step out of your comfort zone and do something wildly crazy? The heroine of this story M
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Leave the mask, the boots and gloves too!

I loved this story. There were so many twists and turns possible, but never the ones I thought would happen did -- Brandy sent us down other paths. I loved that it wasn't predictable. Sometimes people have trouble changing things up, but Brandy wrote this contemporary romance wonderfully. There was intrigue, romance (of course), comedy, tragedy, and even a couple slimy evil villains. In a few short pages she had us hot for the phantom and later we were in
I received this book from the author in exchange for an hones review.

Mila Day is a person that always has a plan. She know what she wants and no one will change her mind. So when the guy that she's been dating in college wants her to give up dreams and be the stay at home wife. She walks away. She is brokenhearted when he doesn't try and win her back.So her best friend talks her into coming to party in the state state over. So she goes and plans to have a one night stand with no names no nothing
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

I loved this book. It was sweet, sexy, naughty, suspenseful, full of twist and turns, and has one sexy fireman that will easily become a new book boyfriend! This is not your average romance and has quite fresh spin on the story. I loved the twist even if I did figure it out early on. I also loved the pace of this story. Don't let the length fool you... this book packs a serious punch.

This is Mila and Kyle's story. After a nasty break-up, Mila finds herself wanting to let loose for one n
Sassy Southern
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this beautiful love story. It was sweet, sexy, suspenseful, and at times naughty, and full of twists and turns. This is a second chance romance and having the characters follow their dreams.

Mila just got out of a bad relationship and just wants one night of no strings attached sex. There are no names exchanged and identities are kept secret by the wearing of masks. Fast forward six years, Mila moves to a new town with her daughter and next door to a sexy Fireman, Kyle. The chemistry is p
Shanoff Reads
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC for an honest review.**

This book is a sweet romance with an HEA ending. I don't usually give away ending in reviews but I just loved this book. The storyline was different than others that I have read and the characters were really great and well developed. I absolutely loved Kyle and I really loved Cherish and Mila. Mila's personality is fantastic and genuinely a sweet person. I love her need and want to put her daughter first. I love the choices she makes so that they are b
Bonnie Rediske-
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I am going to start of by saying that I am not typically into the contemporary reads because they are too sappy for me. I like heat, I like raw bedroom shenanigans, I like mystery in a book.

We are first introduced to Mila who has decided that the way to get over a broken heart is to have an anonymous one night stand. Mila has built walls to protect herself and those she loves from feeling the pain she has endured. The first chapter delivers a scorcher of a sex scene that pulled me in hook, line
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Ms. River’s “Others” series and when I ran out of them to read I decided I’d take a chance on this one as well. I loved it.

Kyle is seriously hot and steamy, he’s the perfect guy next door, normal every day you could meet in your own hometown, with a heart of gold and sexy as hell.

Mila is going for uptight schoolmarm, but she was gifted with a little too much sexy at birth to pull that off. She is however an awesome Mother and Cherish is absolutely adorable.

The build up of t
Heather andrews
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kyle is a total flirt, "his hand gently landed on her shoulder, and she nearly jumped out of her skin. "Oh, you star in all my dreams lately, but I didn't want to embarrass you further." Sometimes Kyle and Mila just go at it and forget where they are, "moaning she wrapped herself around him, her hand clutching the back of his head - as if he needed any encouragement. Quick steps down the stairs signaled watching eyes and they took a step apart. "Sorry," she whispered. "Got carried away." Kyle is ...more
Colleen Everly
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful love story. The chemistry between these two was amazing, it was like they were magnets drawn to one another. I really did not like her ex he was a "douche" and his ex was an egotistical snob, let's just say I didn't like either one. I found this story heart warming because they had met, connected,and went their separate ways then nearly 6 years later meet again and the chemistry was still there and they still couldn't fight it. I got a little teary eyed a few times during some o ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mila Day had plans. When her lover demands she give up her dreams to become a teacher to be a trophy wife, she leaves. She ends up at a party in the next state, craving one wild night of abandon. But it’s not exactly what she gets. Six years later, she’s a happy high school teacher with a beautiful daughter she will always Cherish. Kyle Blake is a fireman and neighbour. He finds it hard to resist Mila, and her little girl, who steal his heart.
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
They both have awful exes, he was with Rene for two years. She kept trying to convince him to work with her father. Her brother Gavin has been his best friend for as long as he can remember, their step-father was also a fireman, and a much better dad than her real father.

Rene wants him back in the hopes of transforming him into a career he doesn’t want. She only wants him because he doesn’t want her.

Her ex, Paul was engaged to another woman two weeks after she left him. Her mother is convinced
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading about the three main characters: Mila, Kyle, and Cherish, and how they became a family.
Breezy *Lover of all things Alpha Male*
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Catarina Swartz
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well every now and then you will read a book that will just grab you right from the start and you cant put it down. This is just the book, 2 pages in I found I couldn't put it down. Just like a movie on the big screen I could see this book unfold page by page and loved it.

Mila was new to town and moved next door to Kyle the drop dead gorgeous fireman and from the moment he saw her he was smittened. Mila has a secret in the form of a beautiful 5 year old daughter who kyle just adores.

The chemistr
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Heart on Fire was sweet and hot. I loved the romance in the book, it made things just so sighworthy. I enjoy that feeling. It gives you hope and yeah, it's just a great feeling.

The coincidence that goes on in Heart on Fire was really kind of almost eerie. Although very interesting. I don't know how likely that would be to happen in real life but I was really glad that it happened in this book. It made things really interesting espec
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Mila only wanted to forget about her heartbreak so she ventured out and joined a costume party. All inhibitions aside, her night ended in bed with a complete stranger. Too bad they forgot one rudimentary item in their one-night stand - the condom. Nine months later, Cherish was born and Mila couldn't be happier, even without the father of her child.

Fireman Kyle Blake fought fire, although he himself could start one. When he met his new neighbor, the daughter's laughter and Mila's beauty doused h
Emery LeeAnn
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brandy Rivers is my absolute favorite paranormal author so when she said she was writing a contemporary romance, I was intrigued! She blew this out of the ballpark! Was so excited to help beta this book.
Mila Day wanted a wreckless night of abandon. She had been through a breakup and all she wanted was a hot sexy one night stand. No names, no comittment, no guilt. She dresses as a sexy she devil at a masquerade party and meets a sexy Phantom of the Opera. No strings attached and with their masks
Renee Entress
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
I was pulled right into this book. Mila is letting loose after a breakup. She attends a party and wants one night without any strings and no names. It’s costume party and she decides that her and the guy will keep the masks on and not even exchange names. The night is everything she ever wanted and she sneaks out before he can ever see her face.

Years later she moves to a new town with her daughter. She has been through some nasty relationships and just wants to raise her daughter. He neighbor Ky
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