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One night changed an entire town.

One girl changed my entire life.

After she left without saying goodbye, I never expected to see her again.
The fire that changed Hawk Valley was my first night on the job. She was my first save as a firefighter. But she wasn’t the first to walk out of my life without looking back.

She was just another number on that list.

I grew used to putting out sparks in my personal life, too. But when she came back, I couldn’t stop myself from chasing after her. Just a fling, we said. But where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Of all people, I should have known that. It could never be casual with us. It was always going to become an inferno.

Until someone else put out the fire.

A portion of Emma Renshaw’s first week proceeds will be donated to the ALS Association in honor of George Gallegos, Emma’s uncle who died of ALS in February of 2019.

300 pages, Kindle Edition

Published July 21, 2020

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Emma Renshaw

24 books1,036 followers
Emma loves to write, just don't ask her to write about herself. If she isn't writing, you can find her lost in a book or trying to get her doggo to take a selfie with her. He usually refuses. At the end of the day, you can find Emma at the closest Mexican restaurant eating queso and sipping on a margarita. She lives in Texas with her husband and dog.

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Profile Image for The Book Bee.
562 reviews263 followers
July 27, 2020
"Lick. Sip. Suck. Just like a shot of tequila."

I was so excited to jump into this book after meeting Ridge and Zoe in EMBER, so I'm excited to say that Emma Renshaw did not leave me hanging. I was a little gun-shy because I don't like a lot of 'out there' drama in my books - a lot of romantic suspense has this in it, but this one, while there was some drama, it fit the storyline really well. This was an easy, smile-inducing, heartwarming read that certainly hit all the buttons for a wonderful read for me. The characters were real and down to earth. The storyline gave me some good ups and downs. I got to see some of the past characters I met previously. This book really made me smile.

Since this is a romantic suspense series - not a genre I willingly read often, I was concerned that the abundance of drama to give "excitement" would feel a bit overworked and repetitive from book to book, but she doesn't overdo it. She didn't disappoint with the love that is IGNITED between Ridge and Zoe either. So so good. I loved their easy banter, the way they got along and the fact that it was a natural progression with content. There were real boundaries, real emotions, and real consequences - and I loved that!! Renshaw writes such a different take on insta-love. It's a different vibe and the tone of it is down to earth and real. The draw that Ridge and Zoe had was unmistakable, undeniable, but unavailable to one heart...that's what drew me in.

I definitely enjoyed her easy writing style and the love she poured onto the page through her characters. The way her characters mixed and connected with each other was super sigh-worthy. Ridge is something else. Renshaw gives me good insight on the softer side of a strong man, willing to stand up for his convictions, but has a side that melts for the woman he loves. She's brilliant at giving me that side of a strong man and I have adored it with the two men she's introduced me to with her books so far. I am fairly new to her, so I am loving her voice and word flow.

I know I complain about drama in my reviews often, but I won't trade good storyline for amazing love as that is one of my pet peeves, so I don't normally overlook overdone drama - so this one was a welcome addition to my kindle, for sure. This one had some drama, but not too bad, so it was easier to read than I had anticipated. I am hoping the drama for the next one is as easy going as this one was. It always worries me because I don't want to wade through crazy antics before I get to the amazing love she can and does present effortlessly with her stories. I have really fallen for her writing style and the ease in which she shares a love that is undeniable.

Another thing I know I can count on is the number of characters she introduced in this book, there are some stories out there waiting for me to read!! I loved that she was able to cross over some of the guys from her Vow series!! (I need to go back and finish that one!!!) I really enjoy her character introductions and the story beginnings she delivers. I honestly can't wait to read more. I am super curious about the final two books in this series, Inferno and Smolder - there are a few characters I am waiting for stories on and I am excited to see who gets the next one.

"I've been waiting my whole life for something like this."

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Profile Image for Christina ( The MasqueReader ).
535 reviews60 followers
April 10, 2021

With each book I read into this series the more I love these characters and world.
Each one is just better than the one before in a way that doesn't take away from the previous story only adds to it. I love the way these characters' pasts weave around each other and reconnect in the present. The way this author writes these heroes that are completely dedicated to their heroines will have you swooning!

After reading Ember I knew that Ridge had some baggage that he was still trying to maneuver. Straight out of high school, a young Ridge knew exactly what he wanted to do and wasted no time trying to follow that dream. Not only did his first official call change him but the girl (Zoe) that he met that night altered his entire world. I adored the little quirky relationship these two formed early on but I full blown LOVED their relationship years later.
If you love firefighters, broken characters that can heal each other in the process of healing themselves and an amazing friend crew that will bend over backwards for one of their own...READ THIS SERIES!!!

The way this series is written is that you can read any or all of the books. Each book is a different couple and the plot for each book surrounds one heartbreaking night that affects each character in some way. So you can read any of the books without the others but I really recommend reading the entire series to get the full effect of the entire crew.

Burn series
1. Ember
2. Ignite
3. Inferno
4. Smolder (coming April 20th)
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96 reviews15 followers
January 7, 2021
Ridge was an amazing character. Zoe was alright but I did not love her as much as I loved Ridge. Again this book had the "fling" element but this time Zoe stepped over Ridge's heart in order to get out of town. Honestly, it was hurtful even to me. And the suspense element was really non-existent (at least to me) because it was so obvious Jesse was not a good person.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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913 reviews325 followers
June 12, 2021
⭐️ 5 "Clover" Stars ⭐️
Gah! Ignite was sooooo good! I loved this second standalone novel in the Burn Series even more than the first one. There was just something magical about Zoe and Ridge! This couple was simply incredible! Their story was the right balance of swoon worthy, sensual, emotional and suspenseful moments!

"𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝑰 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒁𝒐𝒆. 𝑺𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒎𝒚 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝒔𝒂𝒗𝒆. 𝑺𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒊𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒅𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒔𝒐𝒐𝒕, 𝒂𝒔𝒉, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍. 𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒌𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒕."

Zoe harbors a lot of culpability over the bonfire turned disaster that cost a lot of lives on her high school graduation celebration. She left Hawk Valley soon after this event and she’s only now, over ten years later, coming back in town to spread her aunt’s ashes. She’s soon rekindling her friendship with her BFF Makenna and all her entourage. Ridge, the man that saved her life on that fateful day is part of the group and when they meet again, a fierce attraction exists between them. They start a fling, knowing she’s not in town for a long time, but soon feelings gets involved. I absolutely adored every interaction this couple shared. From sweet, to steamy hot, to intensely moving, they left me breathless!

As a firefighter, you see Ridge’s need to protect people at every cost and I was enthralled by the way he cared deeply for Zoe. He was so determined to prove to her that she has her place back in Hawk Valley with him and their friends that are more like family. Zoe is also a really selfless person, being a geriatric nurse and having devoted her last years taking care of her sick aunt. She’s kind-hearted, but plagued by her guilt she has difficulty to move on and live her life to the fullest.

"𝑾𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒘 𝒖𝒑 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒈𝒏𝒊𝒛𝒆 𝒂 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆. 𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒓𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆, 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓. 𝒀𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒆𝒙𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒓𝒚. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖’𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆."

Ignite checked out all the boxes in my list! I enjoyed that in the middle of all this romantic stuff, there was also an interesting intrigue that kept me hooked at every turn. The whole cast of this series is so interesting and I’m really invested in all their own stories. I’m excited about Inferno, the next novel! Emma Renshaw is undoubtedly a new author to me I’m now addicted to.
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1,491 reviews43 followers
July 15, 2020
Two lonely souls from broken homes ignite the pages of this beautiful book that will touch your heart. 

A town fire changed the lives of many people forever in Hawk Valley, but in Ignite we are focused on Zoe Boswell, a girl who feels responsible for multiple deaths that followed when a towering bonfire crashed to the ground after she threw in a family portrait and a young firefighter, Ridge, who was there that fateful night and pulled his very first rescue from the wreckage, a beautiful girl named Zoe.

It could be destiny that these two met during harrowing circumstances, or was it chance? Ridge's very first call as a firefighter and a moment Zoe wishes she could take back that will haunt her for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, because of this guilt once Zoe is released from the hospital she leaves Hawk Valley and doesn't return. Not for many years at least. 

Eleven years later, at the final request of Zoe's aunt, Zoe finds herself crossing the city border of Hawk Valley once again, something that she never thought she'd ever do again. She was only planning to be in town long enough to spread her aunt's ashes, but the longer she's there she finds herself staying a week, and then a month and it has a lot to do with one sexy firefighter.

Ridge thought a lot about Zoe over the years, but he didn't expect to see her again. When she comes back to town he is instantly drawn to Zoe. The more time he spends with her, even though he knows she's only in town for a brief time, he knows he is willing to do anything to keep her to stay.

The longer Zoe is in town, accidents begin to happen and those accidents all connect back to her. As much as Zoe would like to stay, everyone around her is in danger, something she's always known since the night of the fire. Deep down she knew she wasn't staying, but the time has come and saying goodbye is one of the hardest things she's ever done.

Both Ridge and Zoe didn't have the best cookie cutter parental upbringings and yet they both found their own family to surround themselves with and became better people in spite of their biological connections. I always love this message when I'm reading and it's a warm hearted message to remember.
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2,424 reviews40 followers
July 16, 2020
Oh my stars. Where do I begin with this one. As we all know from the backstory from the previous book Ember, is that it is pure heartache and pain that these people relive. Zoe is no different. My heart ached for the pain that she carried since that horrible night. Everything that she took into herself when this all happened just broke me. Then you have Ridge. That connection between these two as instant right from the start. How he was there for her, how he just wanted to make her smile. Even through the years, nothing compared to Zoe for Ridge. Their story is rough, but beautiful. The doubt that Zoe has is something that will gut you and you cannot fault her for her feelings. I adored how Ridge was a fighter though. But he didn’t push too hard because of Zoe’s need to run. Through this story, you feel the depth of their connection and how much they truly care for each other even though they fight tooth and nail over it.
The one amazing thing about this book is the little side stories on top of the big suspenseful one that is the main thread in it. We learn more about Ridge and why he is the way he is. We learn how much friendship really stands strong through the hardest moments in life. We learn that love knows no bounds with timing and how it plays into everything. The twists that are added to this story gives it such depth and makes you fully immersed into it. I was dying for answers. I was wanting to know more. That tragic night will always be a factor but the reasonings behind things are even more twisted.
Overall, this book had me from the prologue. I was feeling everything that these characters did. I wanted to know more about what was haunting them and what was causing them so much grief even in the present. The amazing suspense and that twist made my jaw drop and I was blown away by it. The fluidity of the words, to the character build through this story, will have you gripping your ereader and dying to know more. It is raw, emotional and so passionate that it will ignite your soul and leave you breathless! Emma Renshaw knocked this one out of the park this time. Even the cameos gave me so much YES! Trust me, you need to read this book!
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357 reviews4 followers
July 17, 2020
Emma Renshaw does not disappoint!!!

It’s incredible how she manages to get you addicted of her books...
Talk about FIRE... this book was brilliant. 🔥🔥🔥🔥

The prologue is one of my favorites, the way she delivers different POVs about the same night... Since book one, the intrigue of the bonfire has been killing me and we get to find the missing parts on Ignite, which I cannot recommend enough ♥️♥️♥️♥️
I absolutely loved and enjoyed this story so much. Every scene between Ridge and Zoe is pure fire!
The emotions and actions of each character was described so well you get all the feels, you can’t put it down!!!

Can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
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300 reviews
July 22, 2020
I love this series! This book was so entertaining and grabbed me in right away. I really love Ridge. Emma Renshaw is a master at a hero. I love how Zoe and Ridge get to know one another and allow themselves to grow. There were a few moments I did get a tad worried, but trusting Emma as I do, I knew they would work out beautifully and they did. I highly recommend all of her books!
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1,220 reviews29 followers
July 21, 2020
Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

“When you grow up with nothing, it’s easy to recognize a treasure. I know how rare you are, clover. You’re extraordinary. And you’re mine.”

First, Emma Renshaw introduced us to Hawk Valley in her first book of the Burn series, Ember. This reader fell hard for the fraught, but steamy journey of Griffin and Delilah. From that book, I knew Renshaw had hooked me into her Burn series. When Ignite was announced, I couldn’t get to the ARC sign-up (I read them for an honest review) fast enough. Why? Two words: Ridge Sanders. In Ember, we see very little of him, but there is a respect for him illustrated through his friends. Knowing that this man with the qualities of kindness, compassion, and insight would have his story told, I knew I needed this story, and Renshaw brings so much angst and passion to this story that I didn’t want this story to end.

There are many beautiful qualities in Ignite, Emma Renshaw’s newest book, that require you to read it, so here goes:

*I’ve used this phrase often, and I’ll use it again to describe the general characters of this book. Ridge and Zoe, Renshaw’s heroine, are two sides of the same coin. Both Renshaw’s hero and heroine have been left behind by the people tasked with caring for them. In Ridge’s case, he uses his tenacious spirit to survive and become a successful, respectable man and firefighter. There is an inner drive in him that leads to his success and stalwart identity. For Zoe, her Aunt Georgia becomes a key influence in her life, always encouraging her life choices. However, no matter their journey, these two must deal with being left behind and those consequences. One does it well, while the other struggles to find their ground. I love these aspects of Ridge and Zoe because many of us feel the gravity of these hurts, and Renshaw’s story becomes a promise of opportunity for her readers whose experiences parallel Ridge and Zoe’s. This is one of the places where humanity resides in this fictional story.

*Ridge as a hero is a key force of this book. Every turn of the page lends itself to considering Ridge as some kind of emotionally mature, superman. Given his background, it’s difficult to understand how he can be so emotionally mature. And Renshaw simply suggests through his characterization that we don’t have to mourn our past, even though we carry the hurt with us always. Instead, we can exist in the present and seek out the positives in the now.

*In contrast, Zoe is trapped in her past. Much of Renshaw’s story explores her troubles with letting go of the past. And to be honest, Zoe becomes the most frustrating part of this story. Usually, when I think the author has taken a character’s angst too far, I will downgrade my review. Not with Ignite, though. While I would have LOVED for her to find reconciliation earlier in the story, I think it needed to progress as Renshaw develops it. In this story, it was more about my impatience to get to Ridge and Zoe’s happy ending than Renshaw’s apt storytelling that made me frustrated. Yet, there are people in real life who never move on from past trauma, and Zoe’s experience feels real to me. Thankfully, she finds people who love her into her healing, but it takes much of Renshaw’s story for Zoe to find her peace. Zoe’s evolution is the most beautiful part of Ignite’s story, even more than the romance between Ridge and Zoe.

*There is lots of great steam in this story. While Ridge’s compassion and kindness are put on display quite a bit in this story, his alpha-level tendencies in the bedroom “ignite” the page. These two are quite the firestarters for this aptly named romance series, Burn. And most romance readers love the fire, and Renshaw doesn’t disappoint in this book.

With each new book, I grow a greater appreciation for Emma Renshaw. There is an ease to her storytelling, characterization, and style. When you enter her books, she grabs you from the first chapter, and you simply don’t want the story to end. When Ignite ended, I was disappointed because I fell deeply for Renshaw’s characters. Thankfully, she has more books to come in this series that is equal parts romance and suspense. Emma Renshaw’s Ignite reminds us that we can love right now, leaving our pasts behind us, especially when those we love are standing right in front of us.
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1,470 reviews102 followers
July 18, 2020
Are you sitting down? I have a shocking admission to make. This is my first book by this author, and clearly, I’ve been living under a rock. How did I not find her before now? And holy wow, my life will never be the same, now that I’ve found this talented lady's words and added her to my list of must-reads!

Eleven years ago, Zoe Boswell had her whole life ahead of her until one fateful night that she lost three close friends when their graduation bonfire celebration went terribly wrong. Zoe has blamed herself, and she couldn’t leave Hawk Valley fast enough, convincing Georgia, her aunt and parental figure, to leave the only home they'd ever known. But Aunt Georgia has passed away and Zoe is back in Hawk Valley to fulfill her aunt's last wish.

Zoe was the first person Ridge Sanders ever rescued as a rookie firefighter, and after all these years he's never forgotten her. He knows she's not in Hawk Valley to stay, but he can’t help hoping for a second chance with the one who got away. He'll do anything to see her smile and be her protector, especially when it looks like someone is determined to scare Zoe into leaving Hawk Valley for good, no matter the cost to those who care about her.

With beautifully flawed characters, expert heartstring manipulation, intriguing suspense, and irresistible chemistry, this book starts out like a bonfire and the flames only grow from there. You’ll be so drawn in and absorbed that it will feel like the book is reading itself as you watch the scenes play out in your mind’s eye. At its heart, a story of healing, forgiveness and second chances, Zoe and Ridge will burrow down deep into your soul, their story will stay with you long after the last page, and your heart will thank you for giving it the chance to fall in love with these amazing characters.
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1,991 reviews17 followers
March 11, 2021
Emma has done it again! I absolutely could not put this book down. I loved Zoe and Ridge. Hot Fireman CHECK And Zoe oh my goodness! Even though she was broken she was still so strong ... always putting others needs in front of her own.

If you are looking for a great small town romance - second chance, friends to lovers read - I highly recommend Ignite!
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1,154 reviews56 followers
February 21, 2021
I loved this book so much, which is no surprise since I love Emma Renshaw. Zoe and Ridge were amazing together. This book had so much heartache but it was totally worth it in the end.
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97 reviews
July 18, 2020
***no spoilers***
I knew reading this book was going to be good and I wasn’t left wanting anything. This book took twists and turns that I didn’t see happening but I am so thankful that those twists happened because it was exactly what I needed. I had to emotionally recover for a day (in a good way) before I could even process in words what I thought of this book. So here goes:
If you love a good paced sensual love story, this book is for you. Truth be told, I am an avid reader of Emma’s books. She never ceases to amaze me with the depth of character development her characters have in such a short amount of time. In all of her books by the end of the first few chapters you already have a new group of friends. This is true for Ignite. You fall in love with Zoe and Ridge right away. As a reader you are drawn to their emotional twists, turns, and growth through the whole book.
Ignite starts with Zoe having to face her fears. There is no sugar coating, she is forced to face them head on in the first couple chapters. Her character takes on the most growth throughout the book. I mean obviously since she is practically running head first into her issues.
I love me a book boyfriend that is caring, compassionate, and a little tormented from their past. This is Ridge!!! He is not only a very hot (well extremely hot in my head) firefighter but he is just your all around good guy!!!
The twists and turns this book takes slay your emotions. There is suspense in the book brought on by a jilted person but you don’t know that person is jilted or even horrible until the ending. Yet, you still have some compassion for this jilted character. It was a huge twist that I didn’t see coming but once it got there, it seemed logical. I legit blamed myself for not seeing it coming. That should tell you what an amazing writer Emma is. Plus this twist brings in characters from her other series. I love it when authors leave little Easter Eggs for us to find throughout the book.
Having read all of Emma’s books, I can see the passion and love she has for writing. You can see the time she takes on each character. She keeps them down to earth. When I say this, it means that her characters are people that you could already know if life. That makes them relatable to everyone, which sucks you into the story even further.
When you turn that last page of the book, you can’t help but be a little sad because it ended. However, you then get excited because you know there is another book coming.
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237 reviews3 followers
July 29, 2020
A fire on my Kindle

Another fantastic read from a talented author. Emma Renshaw never fails to deliver a steamy story with lots of heart and a solid dose of suspense.

The night of the fire ten years ago changed the survivors' lives forever, and both Ridge and Zoe are no exception. Zoe was firefighter Ridge’s first fire and rescue, which resulted in a forever bond between them. Zoe on the other hand feels extreme guilt not only for surviving but also believing that she caused the graduation night disaster itself. In fact, once she was relatively recovered, she disappeared without ever telling anyone she was leaving town. Years later, Zoe reluctantly returns hoping it will be a quick drive-by to fulfill her aunt's last wishes, but unforeseen familial complications extend her visit, allowing Ridge and Zoe to reconnect and act on the fire of emotions they started that fateful night. But she's quick to remind him that they have an expiry date because she's never going to stay in town and when those she loves are threatened by freak accidents due to their association with her she's even more inclined to leave to keep them safe. Is there any way to have her cake and eat it too? You'll just have to find out in this steamy story from such an incredible author.

I practically devoured this latest installment of Emma Renshaw's Burn series in one sitting. I just had to know what happened next before I could get any sleep. I can't wait to see what this author produces next and what the residents of Hawk Valley get up to.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1,144 reviews18 followers
July 20, 2020
Obsessed with this new series from Emma! The night of the fire shaped the survivors lives, and both Ridge and Zoe are no exception. Zoe was Ridge’s first fire and first save, and that caused a special bond between them. Zoe on the other hand felt extreme guilt not only for surviving but also for feeling that she caused the fire itself. Once she was recovered enough, she disappeared without telling anyone she was leaving, and left Ridge at a loss. Years later, after the death of her aunt/guardian, Zoe returns back to town and while she hopes to be there and gone quickly, doesn’t end up that way. Ridge and Zoe end up reconnecting and they get to act on the feelings they established so many years ago, while they also feed off of each other and their emotions. But the longer Zoe stays in town, the more freak accidents start to happen and target the people Zoe cares about the most. Even though she has strong feelings for Ridge, she wants to keep everyone safe and unharmed. The ending was a huge shock but also some parts were expected, and I couldn’t get enough of the book! I can’t wait to see who’s next in this series – there is so much left unresolved for the survivors of the fire and their HEA!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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110 reviews5 followers
July 20, 2020
I fell in love with the small town of Hawk Valley in Ember, and after Ignite I never want to leave. The tragic fire so many years ago shaped this small town. It left people running to forget, some were left former shells of themselves and then some were more determined to live their best lives for the friends and love ones they lost.

Emma truly is at the very top of her game! Zoe and Ridge are haunted by the past, but there connection never wavered. They have an unbreakable bond from that night that through miles and many years never wavered. And once Zoe shows back up in the town she vowed to never return to, those sparks and that chemistry is burning hotter ever.

Zoe carries many demons from her past, and Ridge is more determined than ever to get her to stay and to let him carry some of that heavy load that she’s been carrying by herself for far too long.

What happens though when it feels like you can never shake your past. And demons you thought were long gone continue to show up and ruin the life you were trying so hard to rebuild? Ignite is amazing story and without a shadow of a doubt one of the best books I’ve read in the past decade! You won’t wan tot miss this unforgettable story!
Profile Image for Jennifer Pierson.
11k reviews139 followers
July 21, 2020
The amazing Emma Renshaw seriously knocked Ignite out of the park for me, and I simply couldn't get enough! Poor Zoe, first her parents dropped her off with her aunt (who she really loved a lot) without paying anymore attention to her, and then, a bonfire got out of control, killing some of her friends, and she felt 100% responsible for it. So, she & her aunt left without looking back. Now some year later, her aunt has passed away, and she is honoring her last wishes by going home again temporarily. However, once she's home there are some big reasons that she's put off leaving like one of her best friends, and Ridge the yummy fireman who saved her life that night so long ago. He's very happy to see her again, as he never stopped thinking of her, and boy did they have some serious chemistry. It takes no time to ignite into super hot sexy times, and while they're catching feelings, Zoe still intends to leave. Oh, and there's someone after her because of that night, so Zoe is on edge as it keeps getting worse it gets making it easy for her to decide to finally leave again. So, who was that person?! And will Ridge ever get her back home once they stop that person?! Hit those one click buttons to find out those answers! HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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3,167 reviews177 followers
July 22, 2020
4.5 stars

I loved going back to the Burn series and getting lost in Zoe and Ridge’s story in Ignite. Though technically this could be read as a standalone, I loved the first book, Ember, and highly recommend it. Zoe’s life was changed when a fire after her High School graduation caused so much damage. She left town and never intended to be back. And yet years later she is back, but she did not intend to stay long. When she and Ridge meet again, he is drawn to her. But suddenly things are happening that connect to her and she does not want to put anyone in danger.

I just loved Zoe and Ridge. They both seemed a bit lost, but could they be what the other needed? Zoe carried so much guilt and Ridge never forgot the first person he rescued as a rookie firefighter. Now they cannot deny the chemistry they feel, but it is just temporary, right? Which a sweet and charming read with a bit of suspense!

~ Liz

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979 reviews
July 27, 2020
What an absolutely phenomenal story!! Zoe is back in town after all of these years to honor her aunt's last wishes. Being back home is bittersweet but she has immense guilt after what had happened so many years ago and how the fire changed everyone lives especially her own. Ridge has always had feelings for Zoe so when he sees her back in town, he seizes the chance to spend some time with her and reconnecting. The connection and the intense chemistry they shared a lifetime ago is still there and hasn't faded with time at all. Zoe can't deny the feelings that Ridge makes her feel but can only promise him a short fling cause she isn't staying in Hawk Valley at all. Of course things change and deeper feelings develop but there is someone lurking in the shadows that doesn't want Zoe to find happiness with Ridge at all. Can they figure out who is behind all of the incidents before someone gets hurt? What an amazing story!! I was hooked from the very first page and didn't want to see it end. I laughed, cried, swooned, and fanned myself during the very hot steamy moments (my man Ridge has a very dirty mouth lol) This is a story that will make you feel all of the emotions and I can't wait for the next book in this amazing series...well done!!!
Profile Image for Jenn the Readaholic.
1,536 reviews37 followers
July 16, 2020
Zoe and Ridge, like all other couples in this author’s books, proved to me that Emma Renshaw DEFINITELY knows how to tell an enthralling story. Zoe is running from the guilt of her past and has yet to really live, while Ridge has spent a decade wondering about the girl who disappeared on him. When Zoe’s life comes full circle and she’s forced to return home to fulfill a promise, Ridge lays eyes on his lost girl and vows to make her want to stay this time. They have one heck of a road full of bumps and worry ahead, but if this author can do one thing, it’s prove that love can and will save the day.

I loved Zoe and her ability to reengage with her life, even when it hurts. I loved Ridge and his determination to make life as painless as possible for Zoe. I loved their friends, their family, the ties to some of my favorite people from the Vow series, and everything up to the very last page of this book. And the only reason I didn’t love the last page was because it was that: the last page and the symbol of the end...for now. I look forward to what comes next for this group of friends.
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588 reviews4 followers
July 19, 2020
This book did not disappoint!!

After reading book one (Ember) I was wanting to know more about the Fire and this book brought so much to light.

Ridge and Zoe's lives changed that night as did many. However, the pull between them was not something either of them was expecting.

Zoe's life was turned upside down that night when everything went horrible wrong. With the help of someone very close to her she runs from it all. After 11 years she finally comes back to Hawk Valley. However, she was expecting to be in and out. This really doesn't go as planned. Will she be able to leave after being back and getting back relationships she thought she lost.

Ridge's life also changed that fateful night. It was his first day on the job and he wasn't expecting what he saw. He had his first save that night and wanted to know more about this girl. Now a decade later he still wonders what happened to her. When she come back to town he knows he wants to find out. However, will he be able to survive her after she moves on or can he convince her that what she needs is in Hawk Valley.

The emotions that Emma Renshaw pulled out of this book are beyond me being able to explain. Oh, the twists through in had me trying to wrap my head around what happened.

I can't wait for more of this series.
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285 reviews1 follower
July 21, 2020
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 This book is amazingly hot and the characters will make you fall in love with them Emma Renshaw writes beautiful words. You can feel the emotion that was put into this book. Every book she writes just keeps getting better.

This book is a small town romance. Where one night will change everything.

“Two kids from broken homes who’d been cast aside too often.” one of my favorite lines.

Ridge and Zoe come from two different worlds yet they both lost their parents in a different way.

Ridge, the young firefighter, his life hadn’t been easy growing up. He is determined to beat the odds. His first night on the job is the night he will never forget.

Zoe had almost everything except for the love of her parents. Her aunt and best friends were everything until one night everything changes. Her guilt makes her run away and start all over.

Ridge and Zoe get reunited but will they be able to put everything in the past and move on?

Once you read the epilogue, you will not be able to stop.

This is a slow burning book that will give you sexiness, it will have you wanting some Tequila, and emotions that may have you reaching for a tissue.
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818 reviews29 followers
July 27, 2020
This book…WOW.

IGNITE is another phenomenally deep, emotionally-filled second chance romance by the wonderful author Emma Renshaw. This book is the second book in the Burn series (book one is EMBER…absolute MUST READ!) and follows the tragic graduation night bonfire. This is an intense read with a fantastic storyline filled with mystery, romance, small town drama, bullying, forgiveness, moving on, and family. The characters in this book are all so incredible! Ridge…geez! New BBF??? Possibly!

The passing of a wonderful aunt brings Zoe Boswell back to her hometown and her first responder…who she fled from 11 years ago, without even a goodbye.

When Ridge sees the woman with the clover colored eyes, he knew his first rescue as a fire fighter was back in Hawk Valley…but he didn’t know what deeply rooted guilt and remorse she was harboring.

I didn’t want to put this down…not for sleep…not for work…not for responsibility! LOL. I devoured this book that is full of twists and I whole heartedly recommend it and cannot wait for the next book in the series...Inferno! 5 stars!
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Author 76 books372 followers
July 29, 2020
Emma Renshaw just hooked me!

I've done it again. I've found another author that I adore and I can't wait to go back and read her previous works. I'm not sure how I've never read Emma before because Ignite was stunning! The best part, I get to go back and read the first book in the series.

Zoe and Ridge, be still my beating heart. Ignite is a very delicate story that's full of lots of emotions and heartache. But it's soooo dang good. If you like stories about heartbroken pasts and dealing with the pain from what happened long ago, then you're going to soak this story up like a sponge. No kidding! And Ridge is going to consume you with his sexiness.

Renshaw is a beautiful storyteller and I'm so glad that I decided to give it a try. The writing is magical and it's just one of those kinds of stories that you don't want to put down. My only regret is not reading Ember, book one, first. Now that I already know what leads up to the events in Ignite, I still can't wait to start at the beginning. There's more to come, though, and I'm not sure if I'm emotionally ready for what's up next.

Great story that'll play with your heart! Five burning stars from start to finish.
Profile Image for Nicki  (BooksandChatt).
182 reviews19 followers
July 21, 2020
5 Hot FireMan Stars!!

This story blew me away! Not that I was surprised... I love All things Emma Renshaw!

The guilt Zoe carries completely broke my heart. The guilt drove her away from the town she grew up in but the love for her aunt brought her back! I loved seeing her get through that with her friends and Ridge!

Ridge is just Everything! The way he protects is fierce and that is one of my favorite traits in a hero! I loved his background and how it molded him into who he is! The way he is with Zoe just makes me Swoon! Their chemistry is on fire! (No pun intended)

I really loved this group of friends that we mostly met first in Ember, book one in the Burn series. I definitely suggest reading that! The way they all form a family of sorts is what makes the story that much better to me!

I Absolutely recommend this book and this series! I was smiling, I was crying, and I was swooning hard! I love a book that pulls all kinds of emotions from me! I am excited for what comes next from Emma!

-received an arc for my honest review.
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1,689 reviews1 follower
July 21, 2020
Another amazing story in this series full of heartache, love, steam, and passion. I couldn’t put it down but at the same tome I didn’t want it to end. My heart ached for Zoe because she carried around so much guilt that was not her fault at all but she couldn’t seem to accept that so she felt undeserving of ever staying or going back to her hometown. Yet she finds herself going back years later to fulfill a promise she made to her that raised her and she runs into Ridge the firefighter that saved her life. Ridge came from a rough life early on he struggled with people leaving him but he also grew up to be an amazing man that loved to help others. These two had an immediate attraction but time and circumstances tore them apart and now they are trying to figure things out but Zoe is set on leaving town and never returning again and someone doesn’t want her back in town. Can they let go of past insecurities to make things work or will they let them tear them apart? Will this person after Zoe accomplish running her off or will she stay and fight?
Profile Image for Heather.
1,098 reviews2 followers
July 22, 2020
Ignite was the first book I have read by Emma Renshaw. The blurb was very intriguing so I was excited to get started. Ignite is a small town romance with a bit of suspense thrown in. Ridge is on his first day as a firefighter when he saves Zoe’s life. He checks on her everyday for two weeks until she leaves town unexpectedly. Zoe has just graduated now high school when the fire that changes her life breaks out. She feels immense guilt and remorse so she moves away for several years. When she returns for a brief visit she runs in to Ridge and they form a friendship that soon turns to more. I really enjoyed both characters. Ridge was an amazing hero and Zoe was was tough, independent woman. Both had rough childhoods and both overcame those obstacles. I devoured this story as quickly as I could and can’t wait to read another book from this author. I plan to go back and read book one on the series ASAP. I highly recommend this story to everyone who enjoys a well written small town romance.
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694 reviews7 followers
July 20, 2020
Ignite is book 2 in the Burn series by Emma Renshaw but can be read as a standalone.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It takes you an emotional journey with Zoe and Ridge being the main starring characters.

Zoe's high school journey ended in a tragedy that has plagued her and caused her to run from the town that she loved and the friends that she loved. Now that the one remaining person who loved her unconditionally has passed away, she finds herself returning to Hawk Valley to fulfil her Aunt's last wishes.

Ridge is a firefighter in the small town of Hawk Valley and his first day on the job saw him saving a girl from an out of control fire. Now, that girl who has never been far from his thoughts has returned and he has to convince her to stay. He knows after only spending a short amount of time with her that she's meant for him.

This book had me crying a few times but it's such a beautiful story. I highly recommend reading this book!
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