Series: Fired Up #1
Author: Julie Prestsater
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Women's Fiction
Release Date: September 20, 2014
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About Tell Me You Love Me:Stay. Stay with me. Stay here. Stay close. Stay like this forever. Stay as happy as I am right here in your arms, always.
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All I’ve ever wanted was to be loved, but if this is what true love is…I’m not so sure I want it anymore. It also makes me wonder if any of my memories of our once happy marriage are even real. Maybe I just conjured up the fairy tale in my head because I wanted…no…needed it so much. Who the hell knows?
“Molly just called to remind you about your book club meeting this afternoon.” He turns away. “I told her you’ve never missed a meeting and I doubt today would be any different.”
The door shuts behind him before I let a smile creep across my lips. Instantly, the hurt from this morning flees my mind and I feel nothing but giddiness. I have a book club meeting today, and let’s just say it’s not your everyday book club.
Sure, my husband may never truly love me again…but who needs love when you’re about to get an eyeful of hot firemen?
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Tell Me You Love Me is the first in a four-book series called Fire Me Up — a sweet romantic comedy series about a group of sassy neighborhood women who have a serious love for steamy romance novels and sexy firemen. Lucky for them the local firehouse is just a few steps away and is in no shortage of hot firefighters to fill their wild imaginations.
Recommended for: Any woman who’s read and loved Bridget Jones’ Diary and other books that are equally sexy and funny, any woman who’s been with a man who ever made her feel less than gorgeous and would imagine how good it would feel to tell him off.
So regular readers know how I feel about romance books without sex. If there’s no sex (or it doesn’t happen til the end or whatever), and you still find yourself panting and turned on and basically making a horny fool out of yourself, you, my friend, have found yourself an excellent romance author.
And that’s exactly what happens in Julie Prestsater’s Tell Me You Love Me. The buildup, oh the buildup. The karaoke roulette, the roving eyes, and the dancing, oh my God, the dancing.
Marry me, Ryan.
And as for you, Jace, go eat shit. A lot of it. Until you gain a ton of weight. Because there’s nothing wrong with a few extra pounds, and it looks like you’re gonna need to learn that the hard way.
What. An. Asshole.
I know what it feels like to think your weight is affecting your relationship. I gained a lot of weight last summer. As in, my total body weight went up by about 30% in the span of just a month or so because of a medication that lowered my metabolism and made me too fatigued to exercise at all.
I felt like a whale. It didn’t help that my boyfriend is so skinny that when I went to his apartment, I couldn’t slip on one of his t-shirts of a pair of sweatpants because they were too small. It really didn’t help that they didn’t fit even though he’s over a foot taller than me. Those feelings alone are enough to make your sex drive nonexistent.
But it’s bad enough to feel too fat to be sexy. A good significant other let’s you know that they don’t just love you for your body. That you’re more than the number on the scale. The absolute LAST fucking thing they should ever fucking do is validate your feelings. I mean, come on Jace, even if you did think Lizzy was too overweight, any man over the age of 12 should be smart enough to fucking keep that under wraps. I mean, Ryan pretty much said as much when he was talking about his mom and sister.
So now, back to Ryan. Because I love him. It’s really important to me that any potential piece of man candy doesn’t mind when his girl sings, despite having an awful voice. I mean, God bless my boyfriend for not jumping out of the moving car when any Beyonce comes on the radio.
I felt for him so much when he starts to think that friendship was all he had with Lizzy. And I felt for Lizzy when all of the sudden, she had nothing, right when she finally started to stand up for herself and take what she wanted, what she needed, what would make her happy. That happiness included Ryan, but she couldn’t have it.
I literally applauded for Lizzy, and may have cheered a time or two, when she stood up for herself to Jace, both the night at his work dinner (does anyone else hope Candi joines their book club?) and then I really applauded the next morning. I do want them to meet again, with her being happy and looking healthy, and him being miserable.
Since I do try to find at least one thing I don’t love about a book (because perfection only exists in book boyfriends, amiright?), I will say that the timeline felt off a few times. It seemed like two scenes took place days apart, but then you find out they were actually weeks or months apart.
I loved Julie’s Against the Wall series, and can’t wait to read about the rest of this book club that I’m really jealous of.
PS – Who else totally saw that epilogue coming? 😉
About Julie Prestsater:
Julie is a high school teacher by day, and a writer by night. She writes both young adult and adult romances. When she’s not writing, she can be found out and about with her family, reading, and watching football. As a reading intervention teacher, she prides herself on matching her students with great books to encourage them to become life-long readers.