Review: Blaze by Laramie Briscoe (Bradford Station #2.5)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Buoni Amici Press.

Blaze is the third book in the Bradford Station from Laramie Briscoe, and it's a second-chance romance between estranged spouses Chance and Delia Caldera. There was a point in time where Chance thought he had the life most people wished for: a place to call home, a wonderful woman to share it with, and a job as an EMT that he was dedicated to. Then he got injured on the job, and soon after, his wife, Delia, upped and left with nary an explanation. Whether he liked it or not, life went on. Then came the call over two years later that would unexpectedly change his life once again, bringing the past back and his possible future at the forefront in ways he never considered. The question was, was everyone willing to go forward together?

I'm not entirely sure what it is about this series that has each book released so far feeling rushed. I mean, yes, this newest release is a novella, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the shorter length equates to a rushed tale that seems to be solely focused on providing a happily-ever-after for its main characters. There wasn't much in terms of development, whether it be for the characters or the story itself. We're told what happened in the past that led to Delia's abandonment, but even the justification for it was lacking. The present wasn't that inspiring either, coming off more like a hop, skip, and jump to that happy ending. And Gavin? The poor kid was more of a decorative accessory than anything else. Where was the romance? Where was the fight for true love and family? Where was the darn journey towards a worthy HEA for everyone concerned? Sadly, Blaze left me wanting, and unfortunately, I can only give it two stars.

Release Date: 12 May 2023

Date Read: 10 May 2023

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