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Burning Embers

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  26 reviews
For Rachel, finding love is complicated. She works hard to raise her daughter alone, and even if good, loyal men still existed, she finds it impossible to believe they’d want to sign on to a ready-made family.

Besides, with work and childcare schedules, dating is chaos.

Olly hides behind a flirty, tattooed bartender persona to keep women at arm’s length. His facade hides a d
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 12th 2021
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Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by L.S. Pullen, but it most certainly won’t be my last. I adored this book and these characters so much. The dialogue was seamless and the story flowed so well, I had a hard time putting it down. I also loved the shorter chapters! It made it so easy to read “just one more.” Highly recommend this book!
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Burning Embers is a spinoff of sorts of Pullen's first series. This book follows two side characters mentioned in the Hearts series and they absolutely stole the show in this book. Rachel is a strong independent single mom, Olly is the tattooed flirtatious bartender, and when they hit it off sparks fly in every direction. We also catch glimpses of the other couples and their lives now. Olly is definitely my new favorite of Pullen's harem. ...more
A.D. McCammon
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of beta reading this one. Pullen never fails to deliver emotional heartfelt stories. It gave me all the feels. Olly is so swoon worthy. He definitely had my heart by the end.
Courtney Turner
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I have to say I’m hooked! Olly and Rachel’s journey is a bit difficult at times. They have to struggle with deadbeat troubled ex’s, personal demons and so much more. I actually didn’t want this story to end. I feel like I could have read their story for days and days.

Olly is so much more they we ever could have thought he was. He is now officially my new book boyfriend. He’s loyal, sweet, trustworthy and kind. He would literally die for Rach
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by L. S. Pullen. I loved Olly and Rachel's story. It's a sweet story of a single mom doing all she can to ensure her daughter is well taken care of. She's also attempting to co-parent with ex, but he makes it difficult at every turn. Rachel decides start dating again, but the night takes an unexpected turn. Luckily, Olly is there for the rescue. From there, you see these two hurt individuals grow a friendship and bond while fighting inner demons. But it all works out beaut ...more
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Melancholy. This was the mood that transpired while reading this novel. Reasons? Because of...
-Ollie(THE BEST CHARACTER OF THIS BOOK!!!!), who sees himself as Frankenstein's monster, but who has nothing monstrous about him... A kind, selfless, generous soul, hurt too many times to open up to love and discover that he deserves all the love available,
-Molly, Rachel's daughter, a veritable tornado of tenderness and mischief, too often forgotten by a father who uses her only to take back th
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and I really liked both Rachel and Olly. Rachel was a mother and it wasn't easy to date. After date almost gone wrong, she sign up for self defence class. Olly is teaching that and they get closer. I liked how they were together and Olly was great with Rachel's daughter Molly.

An ARC was provided in exhange for an honest review.
SaDonna Campbell
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rachel and Olly's love story. Rachel is an amazing mom putting her daughter first above all else and then Olly comes along. Olly loves Rachel and Molly more than life itself.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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When I read the synopsis for this work, something in me urged me to sign up for it. I was back and forth on wanting to read it, but I am glad that I did. I really enjoyed this work and found it really hard to put down; I just wanted to keep reading it. The plot was great with a few twists and turns, making it unpredictable at times. The back stories were pulled out over the course of the story and not all at once. The characters were fantastic and had great growth over the course of the story; t ...more
Elsie Pitt
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! With Olly being a sexy and irresistible man I fell in lust with him instantly! Rachel was so funny and even though she did not know it but she needed Olly and he needed her! Oh this was such a grandly great read! I love your style of writing and the flow was fantastic! I loved this book so much I went and invested in your whole collection! You have turned my heart around and dropped it only to pick it up and hold it in warmth! I love these characters and you writing ...more
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is Olly and Rachel’s story. I can see why Olly might try to hide from his past, but Rachel is literally his saving grace. I don’t think that I could find someone with a purer heart and such a strong will. She has a daughter (who is super cute) that she is bending backwards for to give her a good life. As she and Olly get closer after she turns to him for help, she now just has to prove to Olly that they have a future together

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntar
Jeanne Richardson
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book I've read written by L.S. Pullen; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Celina Delgado
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Rachel and Olly! They both have played it safe for so long, but there’s an undeniable attraction between the two. The question is, is their spark enough to keep them together rather than let their separate traumas take hold. Truly absolutely beautiful and I could not put it down. This is a new to me author and I will definitely be checking more of L.S. Pullen’s works.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Olly & Rachael's book. It was an intriguing & emotional (at times) read. Plus a new author for me. I received a free copy of the book. And am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion. ...more
Mari Acosta
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As usual beautifully written. Pullen creates wonderful characters and has absolutely no issues fleshing them out and making them relatable. Once you're invested she will weave you a story full of twists and turns with plenty of steam. I can't wait to read more of this world in the next two installments as I'm sure there will be glimpses of Rachel, Olly, and of course the ever entertaining Molly-Mae.
Jennifer Wilson
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rachel is a single mother, who spends all her time taking care of her daughter Molly. She knows men don’t want a ready made family, so she doesn’t date. Olly uses his flirtatious bartender persona to keep women away. He hides his troubled past, believing no one will want someone who is scarred, and a monster he believes he is. But when Rachel needs him, the two get close. But Rachel believes Olly wouldn’t want her and Her daughter, and Olly believes he isn’t good enough for her.

I really loved t
J. Ockenhouse
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rachel and Oliver start out with him not even noticing her but when a "date" turns into a disaster, he suddenly smells the raspberries.

Rachel is a single mom and don't have the best history with men so perhaps a future with a tattooed hottie might be in the cards. There is such a realism here. They are not perfect. Each have pasts that stand as a towering wall and blocks what could be a great future between them. I received an ARC for an honest and voluntarily review.
Esme Greiner
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rachel is a single mom who has always put her daughter first. She starts to dip her toe in the dating pool and after a bad date meets Olly. Olly is a bartender and feels an attraction to Rachel but has ghosts from his past to deal with so doesn’t feel like he’s the kind of guy she deserves. They seem so perfect for each other that you can’t help but cheer for them to end up together. So good!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sara Sigler
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! Olly and Rachel deserve their happy ending! They were perfect for each other even though they went through a lot to get there. Great book!
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read! I was really excited to read Olly’s story and it didn’t disappoint. Both Olly and Rachel had really interesting back stories, it was nice watching them come together. And Molly was so adorable, she almost stole the show! I also always love reconnecting with past favourites and it was really great to see the whole gang in this book, even Simon. Can’t wait to see what LS Pullen has for us next!
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed Olly & Rachel’s story!
Suzaan Jansen van Rensburg
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rachel thought Olly didn't really like her until the day he saved her from an over amorous date. He offered her self defense classes which led to them spending more time together. Not long before they realized there was an attraction. But he was a foster child with scars from his past and she a single mom who thought this too good to be true and just waiting for the other shoe to drop. He tried his best to convince her with his actions that he wants a lasting relationship and he loves her little ...more
Chris McMurdy
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Really good character development, which always helps a story line like this one, where both characters are insecure from their past decisions and uncertain about a future together. The pace of this story is a little slow but it works to better understand Olly and Rachel and their challenges.
The back story on Olly gets frustrating because you're led to believe throughout the story that he's done something in his past that makes him a monster, despite all of the good he's done throughout the book
I received an ARC from the author thru Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving my review. This is a love story between Olly and Rachel. They both are damaged and convinced there is love is not in their future. The closer they get, the more they fall. Olly has to get beyond his past to see his future is right in front of him with Rachel and Molly. Rachel has to trust her heart to guide her. They have some obstacles in their path to happiness. Once they get past them, their future will be great. I e ...more
MJ Symmonds
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
I really liked Ollie and Rachel's story but something held me back from falling completely for them. I can't even really put my finger on what it was only to to say some things went too fast while others too slow. I know I'm probably not making much sense but that's the only way to describe it.

Ollie is most definitely a major hero. He's the guy all the ladies will swoon over. Rachel grew up a "princess" but since having her daughter she realizes money doesn't make it all better and there are man
Crystal Blanton
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. Olly, the tattooed bar owner, fighter is way more than meets the eye. Rachel a single mum who lives life to make her daughter happy, her number 1 priority.
She's found it hard to find a guy who would want an instant family.
Rachel and Olly may have known each other for a while now, due to mutual friends, but as soon as they let their desires go the tension between them is fire. As in any relationship, things are not easy and always come with hardships, but to find out if th
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L.S.Pullen aka Leila, is a daughter, sister and proud aunt. An indie author of Where the Heart Is, Dysfunctional Hearts and Hearts of War. Born and raised in North London, she recently relocated to Peterborough, England. She enjoys art, photography, film and theatre. In true English fashion, loves afternoon tea. No longer working the corporate life, she is currently writing full time. As well as m ...more

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