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Friday, June 3, 2016

Favorite Character Friday: Luke!

Favorite Character Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Adria's Romance Reviews that gives readers a chance to celebrate their favorite characters!

Why a weekly meme? Because really, with millions of books out there and more coming out every week, characters are like potato chips, you can't have just one.

How it works: Every week you pick one of your favorite characters and tell every one who it is, what book they're from and WHY they're one of your favorite characters. Be sure to include the blurb and book cover as well! Share the love and maybe someone will read that same book and see why that character is one of your favorites! Unlike the Book Boyfriend meme (which was a great meme), your Favorite Character Fridays choice can be male or female!

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Favorite Character: Luke Ransom

Book Title & Author: Blaze by Joan Swan

Why is this character your favorite (Feel free to include a favorite quote or scene)? You mean aside from having one of the sexiest names EVER??? Okay so Luke is literally a hot guy. As in he is literally fire resistant, the result of a chemical accident that left him and his buddies with supernatural abilities. Luke also has a dry wit and snarky attitude that you just know is irresistible to me. Plus, he’s just a natural born leader and protector of those who can’t protect themselves. He actually came out and was an antagonist (sort of) in the first book of the series and he was a hot mess (No pun intended this time) of emotions and misguided assumptions. But I still fell in love with the guy.

As you might be able to guess, Blaze is my favorite book in the series, mostly because of Luke and Keira’s connection that reads more like a romantic partnership which I just couldn’t get enough of. Their bickering in the beginning was entertaining and kept me reading nonstop until the very end. There were so many great quotes from Blaze but I decided to pick one from the beginning, shortly after Luke and Keira have reluctantly reunited and their individual abilities are amplified as new ones start to pop up because apparently they’re much stronger together than apart. These two are still attracted to each other but being the stubborn characters they are, they try to keep it to themselves only they have that pesky connection that seems to have some interesting results.

     Luke opened the back door. With one long leg extended behind him, the other knee braced on the backseat, he rummaged through the car’s contents. She didn’t notice he hadn’t answered. She was too busy staring at his butt. She couldn’t say it was her favorite part of the male anatomy, she preferred the tan, sinewy strength of a man’s forearms. Or hands. Broad palms, long, strong fingers, short, clean, well-shaped nails. Good hands were hard to find. But Luke’s hands . . . Oh, Luke’s hands were . . .
      No, no, no. Keira snapped a mental stop sign into place. Really, don’t go there.
     She had to admit, Luke’s butt had always been exceptional, too. Perfectly shaped, muscular ...
      “Why don’t you make yourself useful instead of staring at my ass?”
     She was startled out of her daydream, her face heating all over again. For a long second she wasn’t sure if he’d said it or thought it, but the words still rang in the cold night air, and her embarrassment ramped up faster than she could shift Mateo to her other hip. “Get over yourself. I’ve seen better.”
     He straightened from the car and shot her a smirk. No, you haven’t. You’ve said so yourself.
     The memory of telling him what a great ass he had and how much she loved it every chance she got so many years ago sent a rush of heat up her neck. And the way Luke was projecting his thoughts as easily as if he’d spoken was really starting to bug her. “You sonofa—”
      “You really should stop swearing in front of the kid.” He rounded the car to the driver’s side.
     She narrowed her eyes and beamed her next thought at his head like a softball. Fuck you.
      “Baby.” He pulled open the car door and crossed his arms on the roof, his eyes intent and direct on hers. “Don’t let that smart mouth write checks your sweet little ass can’t cash.”
     She wasn’t going to take the bait. It would just start a senseless fight. “You’re reading my thoughts now, too?”
      “I guess so. Lucky me, huh?”

Book Cover/Blurb:
With a man like him, every mission becomes personal. . .

Ever since FBI agent Keira O'Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she's felt a connection even her empathic abilities can't explain. She needs to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that--not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she's regretted walking out on for three long years.

Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable--in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it's the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke's really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again. . .

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