August 01, 2015

ARC Review: MacKenzie Fire (Shine Not Burn #2) by Elle Casey

Title: MacKenzie Fire
Author: Elle Casey
Series: Shine Not Burn #2
Genre: contemporary romance, new adult, humour
Still bitter about his failed engagement and life on the family ranch, Ian MacKenzie has been cranky for nearly three years. His brother Mack’s married bliss hasn’t helped, and now his pregnant sister-in-law’s airhead best friend is coming for a visit.

Candice arrives to help with the new baby, even though it means swapping her Louboutins for snow boots and her flat irons for flannel. She’s far from prepared for the freezing cold and she certainly wasn’t expecting the sizzling heat of her attraction to a certain green-eyed cowboy. Ian may be rude and infuriating, but he looks sinfully good in those jeans of his.

The two clash at every turn, but there’s one thing they can both agree on—if they do give in to their undeniable chemistry, then it’s just a fling…because he’s a country boy and she’s a city girl, and their zip codes are on opposite sides of the map.

Revised edition: This edition of Mackenzie Fire includes editorial revisions.

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Mackenzie Fire: A Sequel to Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 **not as good as the first one** STARS

“You are not just one person, Candice. You’re a whole tornado of a person.”

MacKenzie Fire is a really difficult one for me to rate and it would appear I'm completely alone with that problem, since everyone loved this book. So in all fairness, take my opinion with a grain of salt and read some other reviews as well.

I really adored the first book, but with the second instalment I had a very hard time getting into the flow and warming up to the characters.

This is the story of Candice, Andie's best friend and Ian, Mack's brother.

Candice is the definition of high maintenance and city girl. All she thinks and talks about is her hair, fashion and occasionally she is excited to be in town for the birth of Andie's first child. That is when she is not complaining about the snow or falling all over herself. Because snow and ice don't match with fashionable clothing. I have to be honest I was annoyed with her. A lot. Most readers found her quirkiness and somewhat careless way of living funny and entertaining, but I just never felt the spark.

The Shine Not Burn series is aimed toward the funny and MacKenzie Fire was still a rather entertaining read, but my eye roll game was on full force.

Beside snow, Candice's second biggest obstacle is Ian MacKenzie. The cowboy/architect/heartbroken man who didn't really recover from his failed engagement three years ago.

Ian and Candice fight. Like no one's business. Basically intensive foreplay, and that was the redeeming quality for me. I love a good enemies to lovers trope, and it would have been awesome if the whole situation wasn't so ridiculous to begin with...we are talking accidental shootings, mountain lion attacks and escaping the hospital against medical advice. I just zoned out at that point...

I don't know what to say. The writing is phenomenal and the read had a few good laughs. Please don't let the fact that it never really clicked for me keep you from checking this out. Mostly everyone I know loved it. ;D

**ARC very kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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