Into The Fire by Meredith Wild
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Darren Bridge is living a bachelor’s dream. When he’s not running into burning buildings with his crew, he’s training the flavor of the week at his brother’s gym. Few women have ever been off limits…until Vanessa. Smart, beautiful, and legs for days, she’s unlike anyone he’s ever met. Too bad he’s sworn to leave her alone.
Overworked with no end in sight, Vanessa Hawkins hasn’t had a vacation in nearly two years. When Cameron and Maya’s destination wedding takes her out of the office for a much-needed break, she finds herself struggling to resist her attraction to the best man. Darren is dangerously good-looking with enough charm to make any hot-blooded woman want to drop her panties and enjoy the ride, no matter how long it lasts.
When they return to the city, Darren realizes the single life has lost its glimmer. But with everything else on her plate, Vanessa doesn’t have room in her life for a man, let alone a player. Can Darren find his way into her heart and convince her that he’s worth the risk?
The Bridge Series follows Cameron, Darren, and Olivia Bridge, three siblings living in New York City. Desperate to break away from the crushing expectations of their wealthy and privileged and equally broken family, they carve out a new path together. But can they find real love along the way?
Each book follows a different sibling’s journey and can be read as a standalone.
*****5 Fiery Stars*****
Over two years ago, I fell heart first in love with the world of Meredith Wild’s utterly phenomenal Bridge Series while reading the series’ first book, On My Knees. The world of this series completely swept me up with its distinctive characters, its phenomenal level of authenticity, and a level of emotion and feeling that was equally gripping and breathtaking to experience. To say I was ready to be back in that world with these characters is the understatement of the century, and Into the Fire was an extraordinary addition to this favorite series of mine.
Into the Fire gave me the emotionally charged and wickedly heated story of Darren Bridge and Vanessa Hawkins. It told a story of how these two come together and find they share a connection and chemistry that can’t be fought or denied, no matter how hard they both tried. This story follows the two of them as they feel that connection, as they let it build and grow and spark exponentially, and as they see where that connection might be able to lead them, if they’re actually open to the possibility of something more.
This book is a story of what happens when the ultimate playboy meets the girl with the guarded heart, and how things get very interesting, very real, and very risky for their hearts as they start falling hard and fast for one another.
Meredith Wild enraptures you within their heartfelt and emotionally gripping story through every page of this book, and I for one could not get enough of the journey I took with Darren and Vanessa.
Now I am a huge fan of Meredith Wild, and I have loved and enjoyed each and every one of her thoughtfully crafted and wholly consuming books. Her books are my jam so to speak, so to have the chance to be back with the amazing characters I met and fell in love with in The Bridge Series was something I was desperately ready for.
I went into this book knowing I would most likely love what I would read because Meredith Wild has a way with her writing that simply consumes you. I have to tell you that I wasn’t disappointed one little bit with what I got while reading Into the Fire. Her words in this book take hold of your heart and your mind and your very soul, and they make you feel and live and breathe and experience right along with her unforgettable characters.
Meredith Wild put me in this book, in her very words so to speak, and she let me be in this story through every twist and turn, through every emotional up and down, and through every turn of the page that brings you more heat, more feels, and more things to love about these exceptional characters.
Into the Fire is a mesmerizing story of passion, emotion, and heart as two people with one undeniable connection try to figure out what might happen if they open their hearts up to one another, and as they see where that connection might take them, if they only give it all a chance and give into that fire.
I think one of my favorite aspects of this book was being able to really invest myself with these characters on their journey together. Meredith Wild gives you the phenomenal opportunity to get to know Darren and Vanessa on the deepest and realest of levels in this book. She lets you see below the exteriors and fronts they give to the outside world. She lets you dive in deep with them, and as the layers of their exceptionally crafted characters are peeled back, she shows you just how real and vulnerable they are. She allows you to bond with them, understand them on the truest of levels, and she invests you in them, both individually and as a couple, as they try to open themselves up to one another.
The level of connection I felt to both Darren and Vanessa in this story was incredible to say the least, and it pulled me into their story whole heartedly from page one.
Darren Bridge is a man that just about stole my heart from the moment I met him. Undeniably charming, deliciously handsome, and a genuinely good guy who sometimes made some not so great choices yet still did his damndest to be a good man, made him a man that I couldn’t resist. Ever since I met Darren in On My Knees, there was just something about him that I couldn’t get enough of, something that just drew me to him. That allure exploded in Into the Fire, and the more I got with his character, the more I realized that there was so much more to that man. Over the course of this book I got to understand Darren, and getting to know him and love him, and getting to see his evolution as he tried to win over Vanessa and convince her of what they could share was nothing short of wonderful to experience.
I loved Darren’s tenacity, how much he poured his heart into everything in this book, and I could not get enough of how hard he tried to convince Vanessa that his playboy days were done. Darren starts this book as a man who is all about no commitments and getting out quick, and over the course of the story you get to fully experience how that begins to change. You get to see him fall pretty hard for Vanessa, and you start to see how he wants to be different for her, how things just feel different with her, and you start to see the real Darren come out. And let me tell you, that Darren is one that will sear himself to your heart in no time with his determination and heart, and he will have you melting and falling so fast, you won’t know which way is up. And better yet, you won’t care which way is up because he is that freaking amazing.
Now Vanessa Hawkins is a strong willed, beautiful, and easy to relate to female character that I fell in love with just as much while reading Into the Fire. What I loved about Vanessa was that she was so real, so honest, and she was a girl who was bound and determined to protect her heart. I completely felt for her character through every word of this book, and I understood exactly why she was so guarded with Darren at first. I was with her through every up and down that came her way in this book, and as Vanessa tried to figure out what in the world she was going to do with all that she was feeling towards Darren. The extraordinary level of understanding and connection I felt with her character was all possible because of how phenomenally Meredith Wild crafted her character.
As Into the Fire progresses you get to see Vanessa discover what it might mean to give Darren and her feelings for him a chance, all while trying to figure out what it is exactly that she wants. Vanessa feels with all that she has, and as she starts to see where things with Darren might go and what their relationship could bring her, that’s when things really start to get interesting and you see the fire that Vanessa has within her come out in spades. Vanessa is a determined, smart, and genuine woman giving it her all and facing what comes her way in this story with her head held high, and getting to be there through it all with her in this book was incredible. Throughout this story I got to see her at her highest and lowest, I got to understand her doubts and fears, and I felt every one of her hopes and joys and triumphs through every unforgettable moment of this book with her. I loved her, I felt for her, and I felt connected to her through every word, and that, well that was everything.
Over the courses of Into the Fire you get to be with Vanessa and Darren, and an outstanding cast of supporting characters, as these two try to see what they might be able to share together. Their story is one filled with a tangible build of tension and heat, and when it all explodes, it is more mesmerizing and all-feeling than anything. What Darren and Vanessa share is heartfelt, real, and full of so much passion and vulnerability as they give themselves over to one another, and see where it all might take them, if they’re willing to risk their hearts and put it all on the line. The romance, the feels, and the meltworthy moments that Meredith Wild creates with them in this book will have you loving and feeling every moment with them. I am telling you now, there is no resisting their fire or chemistry or the depth of feelings they share.
Through every page of this book you will be invested in them on every possible, and your heart will be needing these two to figure it all out as they risk it all for one another.
Into the Fire is a story of what happens when two seemingly opposite people with one helluva fiery connection, come together and see what might be, if they only open themselves up to the undeniable and exceptional feelings they share. This book is a story of fight and tenacity, and how the determination you have may be able to bring you to the exact place you never knew you wanted to be, but ultimately need and crave to be. This story is one that will take ahold of your heart, tap into every single emotion and feeling you have, and it will take you on a journey of fire, love, and possibilities as your heart, your mind, and your very soul are put within its wondrous pages.
This is a story of love set on fire, the amazing and life changing things that can happen when you experience that kind of love, and the unforgettable possibilities that kind of love can bring to your life…and it really doesn’t get better than that.
To say I loved this book is putting it too mildly. What Meredith Wild so exceptionally crafted in Into the Fire is not to be missed. This book is everything. It’s so well written, it gives you a story that just doesn’t quit and one that you feel every ounce of, and it gives you two distinctive and wholly enjoyable characters that will put themselves in your heart in no time flat.
Simply put, this book is the entire package. Heartfelt emotion, consuming heat, and irresistibly sparkling with two dynamic characters who are willing to risk it all in order to see what could be. Into the Fire has it all, and you will be blown away by its literal amazingness. Trust me. You want and need this book in your life something fierce, and you will not regret taking the leap of faith into that fire with Darren and Vanessa.
You won’t regret it. Not one little fiery bit.
Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at www.facebook.com/meredithwild.
Other Books in the series:
On My Knees (The Bridge Series #1
Read My 5 Star Review
All buy links: http://www.meredithwild.com/book/on-my-knees/