Fireworks

Fireworks

Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map.Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong? Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.A quick tr...

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Fireworks Reviews

  • Wendy'sThoughts

    He is everything and more in so many ways. He is Not Perfect and his adult actions more than prove it. However, his overall code of ethics, care, and devotion to the one he has loved and lost hold up.

    This is a story of teenage miscommunication, manipulation, and how to let it all go when finally presented with a second chance. As adults, Benito and Skye, cross paths and realize all the feelings are still raw. Both feel hurt by the other...Both also still have longed for what could have been...Each has their side of The Story and each is mistaken in what actually happened.

    We are lead down this path of who these people are and what made them who they are...and by them coming together now, how they must confront the past in order to build a future.

    Loved Benito Hardcore, even with his adult stupidity, appreciated who Skye was and I was all in during the entire read.

  • Christy

    Every book in Sarina Bowen’s

    series has been a winner for me, and

    was no exception. I was so excited to get Benito’s story. I loved this beautiful second chance romance.

    Skye Copeland fell in love with Benito Rossi when she was a teenager. After a misunderstanding of sorts, Skye left Vermont, and Benito when she was 17. She moved to NYC and has never looked back. But now, Skye is on a break from her job and her step-sister in Vermont needs her help. So she’s going

    Every book in Sarina Bowen’s

    series has been a winner for me, and

    was no exception. I was so excited to get Benito’s story. I loved this beautiful second chance romance.

    Skye Copeland fell in love with Benito Rossi when she was a teenager. After a misunderstanding of sorts, Skye left Vermont, and Benito when she was 17. She moved to NYC and has never looked back. But now, Skye is on a break from her job and her step-sister in Vermont needs her help. So she’s going to the one place she doesn’t want to go back to. Vermont. It’s only supposed to be a few days, a quick trip. But it turns into so much more.

    Skye’s sister is in some trouble and the person she points in Skye’s direction to help is no one other than Benito. The Benito she hasn’t seen in twelve years. The Benito that broke her heart. Yeah, that guy. Skye isn’t happy about this, but she needs to help her sister so she goes to Benito. And oh my do the sparks fly. It’s like these two are right back to where they were all those years ago. Even though there is some resentment and anger, there is so much chemistry, and such a connection. It’s not faded with time.

    This particular book had something that the rest of the series hasn’t really had and that’s a touch of mystery. I liked that aspect. Getting Skye’s past could be hard to read at times. I could really feel for her and I admired how strong she was. Benito and Skye were great together. It was like they were always meant to be, only now they were on the path to get back to each other.

    I love Sarina’s writing and although I had a minor issue with one of the storylines

    , overall, I still enjoyed it lots. There are still a lot of characters in this series that need books, and I hope we get many more! If you’re looking for a sweet and steamy second chance romance that has a bit of suspense, check out

    . Though I personally think you’ll feel more connected to the characters if you read all the

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  • Sabrina

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    is the sixth installment of Sarina Bowen's True North series and is a sweet second chance romance. After twelve years away Skye Copland is back in Vermont but determined to avoid anything from her past. But when her stepsister abandons her with nothing but a cryptic note she's thrust into a world of drug running and investigations. Which leads her back to Benito Rossi, the boy she once loved who eventually broke her heart.

    I'm not a huge fan of s

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    is the sixth installment of Sarina Bowen's True North series and is a sweet second chance romance. After twelve years away Skye Copland is back in Vermont but determined to avoid anything from her past. But when her stepsister abandons her with nothing but a cryptic note she's thrust into a world of drug running and investigations. Which leads her back to Benito Rossi, the boy she once loved who eventually broke her heart.

    I'm not a huge fan of second chance romances but I am a big fan of Sarina Bowen's so I was super excited to read this one. Skye and Benito were both great characters and very fun to read about them connecting once again. They had a complicated history together and Skye tried to avoid the pull of Benito's charm to avoid being hurt again, but he was having none of that and didn't let her avoid him. For me, Benito is the one that held them together and it had me loving him that he wouldn't give up and didn't let Skye get away from him again.

    What lowered my love for the story was the fact that it would switch from the present to the past when Skye and Benito first met. I didn't mind some of the past parts but there was a big section in the beginning where I felt like the past took over the story and it started to annoy me a little since it didn't all seem necessary to the story in the present. But once we got to the heart of the book and there was mainly only the present being told I became captivated by these characters again.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it's one I would recommend reading if you're a fan of second chance romances. There are previous characters from the series involved but this one can be read as a standalone with no problem.

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    Small town romance ★ Sweet ★ Second chance

    I knew I couldn’t go wrong with picking up this book. The author has been a reliable source of sweet and heart warming romances that always speak to me. The vibrant descriptions of Vermont have me wanting to visit ASAP. It’s one of the reasons why I love this series so much. The location is so unique because of how down to earth and non-exotic it is and I’m impressed how much this authors makes me love Vermont without ever been there.

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    Small town romance ★ Sweet ★ Second chance

    I knew I couldn’t go wrong with picking up this book. The author has been a reliable source of sweet and heart warming romances that always speak to me. The vibrant descriptions of Vermont have me wanting to visit ASAP. It’s one of the reasons why I love this series so much. The location is so unique because of how down to earth and non-exotic it is and I’m impressed how much this authors makes me love Vermont without ever been there.

    Fireworks was a wonderful addition to this series. I love these books about a small town in Vermont. With down to earth characters, wonderful friendships and relationships that make me envious. And love stories that touch hearts.

    Fireworks wasn’t my most favorite of all True North books, but it nevertheless delivered exactly what I needed. An uplifting and sweet story that got me out of my reading slump.

    Benito Rossi was such a sweet and caring guy. He fell in love early on in life and kept on hoping that one day he would meet the love of his life again. Benito was everything a hero should be. Protective, patient, supportive. Although he had some typical MEN moments, all in all he was as wonderful as a hero could ever be.

    Skye, a big city gal with a small town past, was as drawn to him as ever. Their history together was touching, meaningful and hard to forget. Skye learned that quickly after meeting Benito so many years later. Nothing changed – sparks flew, hearts beat overtime and eyes locked.

    But nothing was as easy as it seemed.

    It was wonderful catching up with favorite characters. Especially the Shipley’s my favorite Vermont family. And I’m hoping there will be more Shipley stories coming in the future.

    All in all I really enjoyed this edition to the True North series. The author added an element of suspense which fit nicely into the overall story. The only thing I didn’t enjoy as much were the flashbacks which were done in third person as well as from different POV’s which confused me a little.

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  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    I've probably said it before but going back to Vermont to catch up with the Shipleys, Rossis & Co is like coming home. It has that familiar cozy feeling I always get with Sarina Bowen's True North series. But - whatever trope Ms. Bowen uses this author always manages to put her own spin on it. This time we get a second chance romance of two high school sweethearts.

    Skye's background story is in parts sad and sweet and is told in flashbacks. When you are forced to liv

    I've probably said it before but going back to Vermont to catch up with the Shipleys, Rossis & Co is like coming home. It has that familiar cozy feeling I always get with Sarina Bowen's True North series. But - whatever trope Ms. Bowen uses this author always manages to put her own spin on it. This time we get a second chance romance of two high school sweethearts.

    Skye's background story is in parts sad and sweet and is told in flashbacks. When you are forced to live with an abusive douchenozzle of a stepdad and a mother who doesn't really care whether you live or die then you don't have much to look forward to. One thing Skye always loved and took her away from her scary home: sitting with Benito Rossi in forest close to their trailer park homes and talking for hours on end. Their friendship back was just really special and had an innocence about it, it was just lovely.

    But that one night that meant the world to Skye, Benny let her down. She had no reason to stay, so she packed her belongings and left. After twelve years and her infamous peen-drawing-incident, the now-journalist and weather and traffic reporter returns to the hated place in Vermont where her first heartbreak happened. And when she is forced to see Benny again Skye isn't happy.

    When his first (and only) love vanished from town Ben's heart broke, too and he hasn't been the same since but now Skye is back and he'll be damned if he let her go again. Ahhh Benny, I loved his loyal heart, his determination, patience and love for Skye, his protectiveness and pride for her achievements. He is a real sweet talker and I fell head over heels in love with him. Sure, he moves fast and they both have changed over the course of the last twelve years but given the depth of their relationship when Skye left town it wasn't hard for me to understand that there was still a lot of love between them.

    It is harder for Skye to let Benito in again. Not only did he break her heart, he broke her trust too. She's quite shy and guarded yet still warm and I really loved that about her. She also had a wry sense of humor I adore. Ben had all the time in the world and was extremely motivated to win her back and she didn't give in too soon. Skye had a soft spot for her stepsister which some people may not understand but Raye was the only family she had beside her aunt.

    The sexual tension between Skye and Benny built up nicely and at some point they actually made it into the bedroom. I was getting pretty riled up already and they were so close...then the chapter ended and wham - blue ovaries because we got another flashback. I have to say that I hated Sarina a tiny bit in that moment.

    There are a couple of things that did bother me a little bit, like Ben's treatment of Skye's former adversary at school.

    I also didn't care much for Skye's stepsister who was self-absorbed, selfish, reckless and a little dumb.

    FIREWORKS was another completely enjoyable installment in this favorite series of mine. This time there is a little bit suspense mixed into the romance and some open questions from previous books, like whose car almost ran over Zara in her book, are being answered. I love how Sarina Bowen ties these books together - those details make the characters come alive and make them feel like good friends. I can't wait to see what else in this series the author has in store for us.

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  • Stacey is Sassy

    I wonder how many people go into TV journalism to seek the truth and provide an unbiased and accurate accounting of that truth? It seems that the profession has turned into more about looking good for the camera, getting the right ratings and a high social following. I’m sure there are a lot of journalists that start out with good intentions, but it’s a cut-throat business. Sure, you can seek that truth, but you better be telling it with perfect hair, sk

    I wonder how many people go into TV journalism to seek the truth and provide an unbiased and accurate accounting of that truth? It seems that the profession has turned into more about looking good for the camera, getting the right ratings and a high social following. I’m sure there are a lot of journalists that start out with good intentions, but it’s a cut-throat business. Sure, you can seek that truth, but you better be telling it with perfect hair, skin and figure. I have never wanted to be a journalist. Some of those poor buggers have to get up at 3:00 in the morning to exercise (the horror) before the morning news can be read. Nah, I’m too lazy. There is no way I could be bright and bubbly, intelligent and articulate.

    Just had dinner with my boys and I asked them the same question about TV journalists.

    Hubby – I guess it’s a bit of both. They like the attention but are interested in what’s going on around them.

    Oldest boy – Maybe they just got that job because they couldn’t find anything else (Holy Heck!! This kid is 15. Does he think jobs just fall from the sky?)

    Youngest boy – I don’t know, Mum. They probably like it.

    This then morphed into a discussion about drugs and how bad they are. Hubby is watching a show about Escobar and how he made his billions selling drugs. My youngest was fascinated that something so little can make so much money. We then connected the dots and explained that some journalists like to seek out the truth about crimes and whether the perpetrators ever face justice. My youngest loves digging for facts and I think he was a little more intrigued about the life of a journalist. He’s convinced you’d have to really love your job to put yourself at risk as they do.

    Thank you,

    , you opened up a very interesting conversation at the dinner table about careers, jobs and drugs.

    So,

    was really good. I always find it interesting to see how your younger years can affect your whole life. Skye had a self-absorbed mother who moved from boyfriend to boyfriend dragging her beautiful young daughter with her. When, at 16, Skye and her mother are forced to live with one of her mother’s ex-husbands, things are at their worst. It’s not long before I was convinced this evil man is a predator…with a badge and a gun. There is a shining light from outside Skye's trailer window that gives her hope. That shining light is a young man who will do anything to protect her from the predator. Unfortunately, anything ends up costing them everything. It will be years later before they even get the chance to find out where it all went wrong.

    Seriously, I loved Skye and Benito together. I can’t believe it took 12 years for them to get back to each other. There were two moments in this story that devastated me. The first was when the truth came to light of how their young love was ruined. The second, well, it wasn’t his fault, but I still wanted to box Benito’s ears for being a dingbat. He had no idea the devastation he was causing. It was so innocent and yet completely heartbreaking.

    Loved Skye’s growth from beginning to end. She finally realises that she’s being taken advantage of by her boss and stands up for herself. I kind of hated Raye, her step-sister and the daughter of the predator. She took advantage of Skye’s need for a connection to what’s left of her family. Raye is such an idiot and Skye had to bail her out of the scrapes she got herself into. I wanted Raye to own up to her mistakes and pay the consequences of being an IDIOT!!

    was a fast-paced, sexy story filled with intrigue and drama. It was excellent to catch up with the Shipley’s and the Rossi’s and see how the bar, coffee shop and the cider business is going. Another win for me and I even tried a new drink because of

    . Hubby and I were out having dinner and a few drinks when I remembered Benito introducing Skye to a

    . I even had to download the book to my phone just to check the name and what it was again. So, a snakebite is half cider and half beer and it’s delicious. Funny thing is, Hubby had just been talking about snakebite with some workmates and supposedly, the poms add a nip of Ribena to theirs. Might have to try that next.

    Anyways, enough ramblings from me. If you haven’t started the

    series yet…DO IT!!

  • Jennifer Kyle

    3.5 Stars ⭐

    3.5 Stars ⭐️

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

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    I loved this book! This is the sixth book in the True North series but it could easily be read as a stand-alone. I haven't read all of the books in the series and have kind of jumped around a bit so I think that this is one of those series that is fine to jump in anywhere you want. Just know that once you do get started, you are probably going to want to read them all. Benito has played a role in some of the earlier books and I was r

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    I loved this book! This is the sixth book in the True North series but it could easily be read as a stand-alone. I haven't read all of the books in the series and have kind of jumped around a bit so I think that this is one of those series that is fine to jump in anywhere you want. Just know that once you do get started, you are probably going to want to read them all. Benito has played a role in some of the earlier books and I was really excited to read his story and ended up having a fantastic time with it.

    I have come to realize that I am a big fan of second chance romances. Benito and Skye definitely deserve their second chance and I was so happy to see them make it happen. I loved the fact that this book shows us what happened back when they were teenagers along with the present day. I think that the two timelines worked really well at telling the full story between this pair.

    Skye is forced to take some vacation time from her job with a new station in New York after drawing something that resembles a male appendage on the traffic map live on the air. Her stepsister talks her into coming to Vermont and before long she learns that things are a lot more complicated with her stepsister than she originally thought. Skye has to turn to the local detective, Benito, for help.

    I loved Benito and Skye together. They both still have intense feelings for each other that they have been trying to ignore for twelve years. Skye had a very difficult time at home as a teenager and Benito was always trying to protect her. Some of the events from Skye's past still haunt her and have a huge impact on her present-day life. These two had some things to work through but I loved seeing it happen. Benito was extremely patient and seemed to know just what to say at the most important times. There was a ton of chemistry between these two but it was also very obvious how much they both cared about each other.

    I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a romance filled with strong chemistry, intense emotions, a lot of heat, and even a few moments of humor. I can't wait to read more of this fantastic series very soon!

    I really enjoyed this book! It was great to finally get Benito's story and I have to say that Skye was his perfect match. I liked that these two had a history and we got to see that play out along with the present day events in the book. The chemistry was intense and I loved seeing these two work through some problems together.

  • Jilly

    It was pretty good. This series in general is enjoyable, but I find myself frustrated a lot of the time with actions that make no sense. You know when you are reading and you are going crazy, yelling at the characters to

    ? Or, is that just me who yells at book characters?

    I like honesty. Just say what you think and things are clearer. Everyone knows where you stand.

    See? That's honest. We know exactly where this guy stands. In the

    It was pretty good. This series in general is enjoyable, but I find myself frustrated a lot of the time with actions that make no sense. You know when you are reading and you are going crazy, yelling at the characters to

    ? Or, is that just me who yells at book characters?

    I like honesty. Just say what you think and things are clearer. Everyone knows where you stand.

    See? That's honest. We know exactly where this guy stands. In the sand, with a gun. We also know to stay clear of this psycho if we see him on the beach.

    The heroine of this book, Skye, is really hard to relate to. She's so meek, and such a pushover that a toddler could roll her for her wallet on the street.

    Yes, her reasons for being such a patsy are good. I felt bad for her childhood. But, I still couldn't relate to her at all. She can't even bring herself to utter the word "sex". She has all of these "cute" little fake swear words that make me want to smack her upside the head. Here is the actual picture I have as my desktop background right now:

    I wanted something inspirational for my boys when they came home from college for Thanksgiving. I'm a good mom.

    The hero is Benito, whom we have met in previous books, and he's okay except for the fact that he has a "fuck-buddy". I'm not a fan of the whole fuck-buddy-system. It really messes with my childhood memories of school field trips.

    See? This is sweet. They have each others back's.

    Don't take something innocent and twist it for your dirty sex games.

    Perverts!

    Benito's been pining for Skye since they were teens and he has every intention of getting her for good now that she arrived back in his life unexpectedly. She just happens to come back to town for other reasons, and he's gonna keep her.

    Again - honesty really is the best policy. I respect this horse-stealing son-of-a-bitch.

    There is also a mystery/crime story kind of thing going on, but it's not that satisfying. We know all along who the bad guy is, and it takes a back seat most of the time. It was just to add a little danger and closure to the story, but was also setting up the next book (I think).

    Overall, it was cute, but not mind-blowing. I do like how I feel as if I know a lot of the people in the town now. It's nice when you get to see characters from past books.

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