Shine Not Burn
Andie Marks, known as “Party Girl” in her college days, is now a whip-smart lawyer on the fast track to success. Determined to move on from a bad break-up, she joins her girlfriends for a wild bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, promising to let her hair down just this once.
Vegas is a blur of cocktails and blackjack, and in the middle of it all she meets Mack, a real-life c...more
“If you really, really want me to stop touching you, I will. I swear it But if you want me to keep touching you, all you have to do is say please, and it’ll be done. I’ll touch you all night. All you have to do is ask.”
OMG OMG OMG I love this Freakin book!!!!!! It is so damn good. OMG I am in yummy cowboy heaven. This is my first time reading a Elle Casey book, and I am now a total fan girl. This is such a funny, sexy, and sweet love story I was swooning all ove ...more
SQUEE!!! I loved this book and I fell in love with a cowboy! If you're looking for a book that'll make you happy, this is it! 4.5 stars!
"Why can't you just let me go?" …
"I can't let you go because you're mine."
All it took was the blurb for me to know that I wanted to read this book and from the first few pages I was hooked! It was a total escape from reality. The character made me fall in love, the romance made me swoon, and the witty writing kept me laughing and chuckling the whole way ...more
Andie goes to Vegas with the girls for a friend's bachelorette party. After a few too many drinks and one night of steamy sex with a handsome stranger, she's on a plane headed back to her real life.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Right? Well, not always. Of course, Andie doesn't realize this until a couple of years later as she's getting ready to get married ...more
Then one of her best friends is getting married and her bachelor party is in Vegas. Andie doesn't really want to go because she knows her friends will go wild because "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."
"They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but sometimes the trouble follows you home. Know wha ...more
Andie Marks’s life didn’t start out very well. With a childhood full of abandonment and abuse, she made a plan, ...more
"Be still my heart," I said, talking to no one, to the wind, to the goddess of love who I was pretty sure had just shot an arrow into my chest cavity." ...
My heart just melted reading this book. I've been missing out on my sweet reads lately so when this book was recommended to me, I had the feeling that 'shine not burn' was going to be just what I needed to fall in love, sit back and enjoy and yes, it delivered on all counts for me, sweet, easy and sexy.
What's it all about?
Looking for a LOL funny, sweet, sexy, light and swoony read? Look no further... you’ve found it!
Andrea- aka Andie- has a ‘life plan’. She has it all figured out.
Life plan, the document that laid out the route that would lead me to my goals: independence, safety, and financial success.
But one weekend to Vegas with her best friends changes everything... and she doesn’t even know it for two years...
Twenty five year old Andie just got dumped... via text message on her way to ...more
Hero Rating ~ 5 HUGE Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 4 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 5 Stars
Humor Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3.5 Stars
Ending ~ 5 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars
I REALLY enjoyed reading Shine Not Burn it was a very funny, sexy and such an entertaining read.
The humor from page one was off the charts funny, I swear I almost pissed myself I was laughing so hard.
The story-line had a good pace and kept my interest the whole time I was reading.
My favorite character was Mack. He w ...more
"They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but sometimes the trouble follows you home."
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but that's not the case for Andie Marks because just when she was about to get married to her fiancé, she was notified that she's not allowed to wed someone because she's already married to the sexy cowboy named Mack whom she met and had a one-night-stand with two years ago in Las Vegas.
Ooops. I really loved the premise of this book. It also started funny ...more
“Come on, wife. Come take a little ride with me. Let me show you all the things you'll be missing when you go back East and leave me here with a broken heart.”
If you are in the mood for a delicious cowboy... If you have a bad day and need some belly laughs.... If you want to escape the world for a while and get drunk in Vegas.... If you want to go horseback riding and then do some more riding with/the cowboy...look no further!
This is your book! Period.
No seriously. Shine ...more
If you want a good laugh and a good story, look no further.
I really enjoyed this one. Some real LOL moments. Loved the two main characters.
"Luceo non uro means I shine, not burn. To me, though, it means that I have a choice. I need to balance the bad with the good, make sure to avoid the things that could burn or scar me but get close enough to the heat that I feel life and really experience it. Until I met you, I'd never really embraced that idea. I walked around my life just bei...more
This one of those books that came completely by surprise. I even never heard of it and suddenly I’ve read a great friend review and I gave it a try.
Well, thank God for friend’s reviews, this was awesome!!
So, this books starts in Las Vegas. In one of her best-friends bachelorette party and is recently out of a relationship with a shitty boyfriend so she does what every girl in her situation does: drink. And then some more. And drink just a little more. And a little more just t ...more
6 Shining and Spoiler Free Stars!!!!
Shine Not Burn will have you shinning from head to toe with pure joy, excitement, smiles and belly filled of laugher. You do not need to think about your next read because Shine Not Burn NEEDS to be it … like NOW!
All I wanted was one night of reckless abandon so I could get all this craziness out of my system and go home with a clean slate, ready to kick ass, take names, and get on with my life. ...more
is what bwings us together today . . .
Well, actually it’s what brings Andie and Mack together today. A couple of years ago Andie attended a bachelorette party with her besties. While she was there her d-bag boyfriend dumped her via text – putting a real kink in the “life plan” she had all laid out for herself. What better way to forget about her troubles then to get completely blottoed and go in search of a possible one-night stand. ...more
For me, this book was a cross between the movies What Happens in Vegas and Sweet Home Alabama.
First of all, what happens in Vegas NEVER stays in Vegas. We all know this. When you're doing a lot of this....
It's going to lead to a lot of this....
What do you know, you're MARRIED! To a really HOT cowboy named Mack.
Andie had a plan....a lifeplan that was written when she was 15 years old. She had goals to meet, a husband to find and babies to birth...a ...more
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Shine Not Burn was exactly what I needed! It made laugh and it made me swoon and honestly friends sometimes that is all I need.
Could I have sex with this guy? A total stranger who I know nothing about? Who I’ll never see again? Whose name I don’t even know?
“My name’s Mack, by the way. What’s yours?”
Panic mode, level eight. What is he? A mind reader. Okay, scratch the not-knowing-his- ...more
What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas?
Yeah Not So Much!
Andie is 25 and had a life plan..
Work had as a lawyer, make partner at the firm, get married and have the 2.05 kids before she's 35...
Yes that's the plan...
"Sometimes when our lives are out of control, the only thing that makes us feel secure is to swing in the opposite direction. To control every last detail.”
And Andie follows it religiously!
When Andy's friend is getting married, they talk her into going with them for the bachelorette part ...more
...Luceo non uro= Shine not burn...
Oh, my Gosh!!!! I had a real good time reading this book...
It was a wonderfull, tender, sexy, light and funny story...
In some points, i was laughing so hard that it was possible to heard me many people in the next block...
Yes, in many scenes i freaked out with Addie's control issues and denial...
I just couldn't accept, how in the hell she could resist to this man...
This man could be the fantasy of ev ...more
A cute story that starts out with an invitation to Andie's best friend's bachelorette party.
'Yo, Party Girl! We. Need. You. Be at the airport tomorrow ...Don't let us down. And remember, you have permission to have fun and forget about your bullsh*t boyfriend PUKE because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.'
A friendly piece of advice from the ticket guy~
"Just be careful. They say what happens in Vegas stays in V...more
first reread: December 23-31, 2016
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER LAUGHED AS HARD, SO MANY TIMES IN A SINGLE BOOK.
This was a beautiful book....Oh my God was it fucking beautiful. I loved it all. ALL OF IT. I loved the storyline, and the writing, and the main characters. I loved her best friends, and I seriously loved his family so much. There were a few sad parts....but this was...just....a really good, HALLMARK MOVIE WITH AMAZING SEX book. Wow, the sex... ...more
Andie is a career driven lawyer who gets pushed into a night in Vegas for her friend’s bachelorette party. Andie is plan oriented due to her past. She sticks to this plan and stays with crappy boyfriends just because they fit her plan. Besides her plan, she is funny and very likable.
”You fall in love with potential instead of reality. You are attracted to characteristics on paper instead of the real man underneath.”
Gavin ‘Mack’ Mackenzie is one HOT cowboy with a heart of gol ...more
EDIT: My feisty Jen (Nevada Jen) got this for me for Xmas (LAST YEAR-2014-yes I'm slow like that)!! I need to see why she loves this author so much! (We both realized our tastes have changed and that it wasn't a purchase she'd still make for me today)
Okay, so, I didn't love this. And, come on, let's give me a little credit: I may hand out a lot of 4 and 5 stars, but those books aren't ever given a 5 based solely on the boys I so fondly adore. No, they have to earn it by merit, and yes, sometime ...more
I had a lot of laugh out loud moments when Mack and Andie first met at a blackjack table in Vegas. She trips over her impossibly high heels and spills her drink all over him. When she tries to help him get cleaned up, something rather *cough* large pops up. He excuses himself to the bathroom and he asks her to watch his spot at the table. She either has to play or he loses his spot, and she knows absolutely nothing about blackjack.
"No, I don't want you to hit me. Do you want ...more
I think you can tell from the level of 5 star reviews just how good this book is. It is my first by this author and there is absolutely no doubt that it won’t be my last.
”What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but sometimes the trouble follows you home.”
It’s not a new storyline by any means but the quality of Elle Casey’s writing, story-telling and characterization in Shine Not Burn is what makes it stand out.
The only thing that slightly tarnished the shine for this and k ...more
**Possible Spoilers ahead**
“You’re my wife,” he said, only inches away, his hot breath flickering over my lips. “You married me in Las Vegas two years ago.”
“And I’m your husband.”
I nodded, tears slipping out.
He gritted his teeth and growled out, “And this is us, consummating our marriage.”
♥ Meet Mack, my new cowboy boyfriend ♥
**Sigh** I really LOVE Gavin (Mack) MacKenzie. Finding out I was married to him would’ve been fucking awesome. Hold up. Wait. I’m getting ahead of myse ...more
Thank you jacquelin for starting this book. this goes out to you
"Just be careful. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but sometimes the trouble follows you home.",/b>
I have never laughed so much in my entire reading life then with the book. Where has Elle Casey been hiding? I want to track her down and find out how she came up with half of the witty remarks she has for Kelly, Candice and Andie.
Such a fun and sexy read! I loved Elle Casey's Just One Night serial, so I knew I wanted to read this book. It took me a while to finally get to it, but I'm so happy I finally read it.
Andie is a successful lawyer. Everything is in order and going according to her life plan. She didn't have the best childhood growing up. As a teen she made a plan that would get her out of that environment and into one that she controlled, was independent and felt safe in.
I think we've all heard ...more
(re-releasing on July 28. Cover update too!)
Re-read June 1, 2014
I really love this book! My original review wasn't long or flowery, but caught my feelings perfectly :)
Original review July 11, 2013
What a refreshing and romantic read. 4.5 stars
I laughed (literally out loud, with tears rolling down my face) so many times. I was in love with Andie & Mack from first drop of ridiculously spilled drink. But the laughter is just what drew ...more
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cowboy man of Baker City, Oregon …
being of sound mind and hot body … do
hereby declare that I love you, Andie
Marks, lawyer extraordinaire, and want
to be married to you until I’m so old, I
either die or my pecker falls off.I will have sex
with you whenever you want, and I will
always give you the option to be on top
if that’s what will make you happy.
Blowjobs will always be optional but
appreciated.I will change diapers when called
for, both for our children and for you
when you’re old and decrepit. I will
never spit in public or burp too loudly or
say mean things about your friends.I promise never to raise my hand
against you in anger or tell you that
you’re useless or threaten to hurt people
who you love. Ten-four, over and out,
happily ever after. Those are my vows.”