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Controlled Burn

(Kilgore Fire #4)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  2,737 ratings  ·  198 reviews
July Dupree and Dean ‘PD’ Hargrove fell head over heels in love. When PD comes home to tell July the good news about joining the SWAT team as a tactical medic, everything changes.

July can’t fathom why PD would want to be a cop in this day and age. Wasn’t it enough that he already had a dangerous job with the fire department? Now he has to add another, even more dangerous
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published October 5th 2016
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Gi's Spot Reviews
3.75 'Second Chance' Stars

Everyone who follows my reviews knows that first, I’m a huge Lani Lynn Vale fan, and second that Kilgore Fire is my favorite series from her, so it comes to no surprise that when this book landed on e-reader, I devoured it like a thirsty woman after going through a desert!

Controlled Burn delivered all the great elements that make Lani’s writing so addictive and I got deeply involved within PD and July’s story.

PD, whom we know from the previous books, and July have been
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
July and PD"Dean's "book.
While I love LLV's hero's,this one I could have taken a mallet to his head!! Talk about an idiot who could not see the conniving, evil ,wannabe delusional ow !! God I despised that chick!!!!
I really felt for this heroine,she went thru a lot and then some.
The hero did redeem himself towards the end and I loved it when the evil ow got told off by the hero!
The only reason for not 5 starring this one is because of the blinders the hero had for the other woman till nearly 3/4
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Lu Bielefeld
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Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars

Great until...
I have a few questions...

WHat the heck happened?
Was she sold, raped, what?
How/why was she stabbed????
What's up with his parents?
What's up with Alexa?

July Dupree and Dean "PD" Hargrove danced around the attraction they had for one another for awhile before Dean made his move and was building a life with July. The problem is Jul didn't like his job and when he gets a job with SWAT it is the breaking point. Problem is he didn't take a chance to talk it through or see where July was coming from.

July didn't fight for Dean, but her past taught her one thing, everyone leaves. A year later her heart is still broken and she has tried to keep her dis
Wtf?? It was f***g sick! It's safe between the MCs but what the kidnappers did to the h was hard to read.
Done with this author.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this one, as I do all LLV stories. The sex in this one was definitely hotter than her usual, IMO.

I just have a couple of things that I felt could have been fleshed out or resolved more than they were-- (view spoiler)
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
For me this book left me with to many questions unanswered. When the book started all you hear is Dean complaining to his best girl friend how July doesn't like his job and he can't see it going on with how she reacts. Why is he telling Alexa instead of trying to figure shit out with July?
A year goes by and they have avoided each other but now they are turning over houses next door to each other. Now he is all up in her business. When she gets hurt Dean rushes her to the hospital but of course
Sarah - Books to Breathe
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was simply beautiful in a multitude of ways, the biggest being how they fought their way back to each other. I loved that, from the beginning, we were thrown into angst. Most books take you through the stages of a relationship in order from beginning to the angsty middle and then finally the happily ever after. But this story was unique in that before we know anything about the characters, they are already not together and haven't been for some time. So right from the start you get to ...more
Red Cheeks Reads
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lani Lynn Vale’s Kilgore Fire series has fast become a favorite of mine. I love how she blends the stories of the new cast of characters in this series with fan favorite characters from her other Kilgore, Texas-based series, and in the case of this story, her Uncertain Saints MC series. This series is hot, hot, hot – and it has nothing to do with fires.

I’ve been waiting for Dean’s story since he was introduced in the first book of the series, and Vale did not disappoint with this character. He’
Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
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So if you have read the other reviews I have been writing the fact that I have been in a horrible book slump is nothing that isn’t already news. I 99.9% of the time have always loved Lani’s books so when I started Controlled Burn I hoped and prayed to the book gods that I would love Controlled Burn and I did. This one, I think has been the most emotional and angst filled for this book whore. When a couple breaks
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review by: Jennifer
(5 stars)

Here is your PSA: This is part of a series, please read the previous stories before reading this.... in fact I think you should read all her books before you read this... as there is mention of things that happened in one of the other series... and lets just face it.. that's crazy to read in the middle of a series.

July has been in love with Dean from the moment she met him, and for 6 months they had a good thing going... but with holding herself back at times and not
kristy ☻
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
i love lani lynn vale’s books. i’ve read a ton of them and will eventually get through all of them. but this book was an epic disaster. it was messy, confusing, and there were so many plot holes.
[spoilers ahead]
this book starts off with dean and july breaking up because she was upset that he got shot and his nurse convinced him she was nuts and he should call it quits. and he did.
a year later, they’re still madly in love and miserable. he decides life is too short and they should be together, bu
Tonya Farmer
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read and reviewed for 2 Gilrs Who Love Books
Trigger warnings (view spoiler)
This is book 4 in The Kilgore Fire series. I have not previously read the other 3 but I still really enjoyed Dean and July's story. Controlled Burn was steamy and fast paced. There was a few times i found myself cursing Dean and wondering how the hell he was likeable. For example......Dean and July find themselves in the hospital and July needs medical attention in the start
Kodie Mackay
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lani-lynn-vale

Right so anyone who knows me knows lani Lynn is one of my favourite authors ... probably my favourite actually. So you know that I completely devour her books like a crazy lady.

This is not my favourite by a long shot.
Know I'm not going to put all the blame on PD (dean). However... he pissed me off enough to not like him through a lot of this book.
He was charismatic yes. He was also great when they finally got their shit together. But wow did he come across a total self-centred asshat.
Karen Harper
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read all the books in Kilgorie Fire Series and I have to say this is the sexiest one yet, but it also has a story that keeps you turning those pages as quickly as you can to see what happens next, especially towards the end.
Even though this is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, but I think you should read them all, simply because they’re worth reading.
It’s hard to decide what I liked most about this book–––the story or the characters. I’ll start with the charact
Kim  Brewing
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love LLV stories, how even though they me be a different series there are interconnecting characters. This is July and Dean's (PD) story. If you've read this author before you know what to expect - she delivers great romance with a touch of suspense.
Here's why this one was not a 5 star read for me - I love my alpha man and Dean is that EXCEPT when he wanted July to fight for him. I believe him to be totally wrong in the break up and the way he did it. Which brings me to my second issue - Alex
Kristin ~ Book Lovers Obsession
July Dupree and Dean ‘PD’ Hargrove have done this before. They fell in love hard and fast but when Dean's job proved to be too much for July - they went their separate ways. Miserably.

One miserable year later, both of them are tired of faking happiness for the sake of their friends and family. Dean is ready to get his woman back. July is ready to prove that she is tough enough to handle Dean's job. Both of them are ready to be happy.

Back together and happy again, life takes it's toll and turns
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
2.75 stars
Megan Fall
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Dean and July! Their relationship was so intense. I am so glad they got back together. But, the shocking!! I was floored! Such a good book. Now I need Wolf's story!! ...more
Nina Wallace
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

I hate giving LLV books anything less than 4 stars but not every book can be a winner. As much as I wanted to love this story there was just something missing. Sometimes I hate reading second chance romances because the romance is already built at that point and we don’t get to see it. We just get glimpses of the past to help us along and that doesn’t always work for me. Another thing is I felt like the drama at the end was a bit glossed over, like how did everything go down, we needed
Laura Hampton
Gahhhhhhh!!! Holy Jebus! This is the second book that I have had the opportunity to read by Ms. Vale and Holy Jebus was it awesome. I can now say that I have totally fallen in love with her writing style and the way she depicts her characters in these stories. Her writing is damn near flawless, as an editor I mark up every book I read and this one had very few mistakes or issues with it. Vale's ability to draw the reader in and keep them literally on the edge of the chair is great. Controlled Bu ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Running the emotional circuit

This book was great. It was interesting and well written. From the beginning, it pulled me in emotionally. It made me angry, I laughed and cried.
This review was originally posted at my website, Leona Woolfolk
Controlled Burn by Lani Lynn Vale didn't so much go wrong for me as it left me almost puzzled and unsatisfied; I wasn't wowed by its story basically. The transitions from the different situations that July and Dean faced was very choppy, therefore it left me feeling as if pieces were missing from its story.

I found myself really liking July, the character development done for her was perfect. There was never a moment when I didn't
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Controlled Burn
Lani Lynn Vale
4.5 stars

The Kilgore Firemen are back … and others too. A certain MC group makes an experience as well. YESSSS! There is one coming that Im so ready for and have been waiting and waiting .. but not saying who it is. Anyway …

Dean and July have a past. Seeing him again would wreck her; she isn’t strong enough to stay away but she has to. Being independent has brought her so much and being with Dean again would be devastating. She still hasn’t healed her wounds from be
This was my favorite in the series so far! July and Dean “PD” were together and then he joined the SWAT team which caused them to split up. Of course their feelings never changed and OMG when they see each other in the restaurant and he tells her to stop you just know that their are going be all kinds of fireworks t come. I won’t tell you why he does that or what is going on because you really have to read this one.

July tries really hard to move on from Dean and the reasons they split was hard f
Reflections of a Book Geek
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-from-author, r
5 Stars

This was another great instalment into the men of Kilgore Fire Department and their women. I haven't read a Lani Lynn Vale book that I didn't love and this was no exception.

I could hardly stand Dean in the beginning of this book, the things he said about July hurt my heart and knowing that he didn't even apologise bugged me beyond belief! He didn't seem to care about the reasons for July's feelings about him working as a fire fighter and part of the swat team and that really annoyed me! I
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have been looking forward to the story on Dean (PD) and July. This is the story of two people who break up because July feels his job is too unsafe. However after a year the love they have for each other is as strong as ever but how do you recover from heart break when neither one of you will talk about the problems. I am a big fan of Lani Lynn Vale and I would have to say that in the Kilgore Fire series this would have to be my favourite couple. My only criticism would be that I needed a few mo ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This review is my personal opinion and may contain: spoilers, quotes, rants and swearing.

28 year old July Amsel moved from Uncertain to Kilgore. Her brother Wolf still lives there as he is a member of the Uncertain Saints MC and is a Texas Ranger. His profession marked her. July finds this out in full detail when her relationship fails with Dean. She is shocked when her project house is right next to a house he is working on with his best friends. The odds of he
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