Author: Elizabeth Lee
Category: Romance Contemporary
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
There is something to be said for letting go. Ryland Roberts knows that better than anyone. He'd let go of his ambitions, of his family and—most of all—of her. He'd perfected the art of putting his past behind him and accepted the fact that the town he wanted to leave in his rearview was the place where he was going to live out his days. But sometimes the past doesn't just go away. Sometimes it comes back to haunt you.
Piper Jameson convinced herself that she left for all the right reasons. She'd saved people by leaving—made sure that they weren't tainted by her rebellious ways. When her little sister asks her to come home and say goodbye to their ailing mother, she's forced to see that things aren't always as they seem. The people who she'd left behind might not have been saved at all.
In the amount of time it takes a bullet to travel from point A to point B, Piper and Ryland will have to put their feelings for each other aside and make a choice. Forced on the run with Piper's sister, they begin to understand that the future they thought was gone was never really lost.
What an exciting, fun, and thrilling read! I knew I would enjoy this one when I picked it up, I just didn’t realize how much so. I love second chance romances, and this one had that and an intense, thrilling, and suspenseful story-line to go along with it.
Elizabeth Lee definitely created a new type of romance, one that kept me gripping the pages. Though there were a few twists that I did figure out, the conflict and plot building left me just hooked! This book had so many elements I adored as well, but I think the intense and thick chemistry between the two characters, Piper and Ryland, had me swooning and wanting more!
I could have denied it. I could have turned and walked away, but she had to know that, no matter where she ran off to, she would always be... Mine.
What I loved about the characters is that they are complex and both are seeking a second chance; even if they didn't realize it at first. Piper has always been seen as the wild child, free spirited, untamable person; someone you shouldn't really associate with. However, Piper is a free spirited character, which came through a lot, but she is a very strong and determined character. I loved that determination about her and her willingness to save her sister.
Then we have Ryland, a character that really took my breath away. Like Piper he is a strong and determined character. He was and still is a good-hearted individual, even after the six years that Piper was away which left Ryland feeling bitter and resentful. However, the love he has for her comes back full force, and that thick chemistry they always had is back tenfold. I loved how he would do anything for her without a second thought.
Both Ryland and Piper, of course, have a very complex and deep past. A past filled with misunderstand, resentment, sorrow, and frustration. However, when Piper comes back to town some major events take place that leave both Ryland and Piper, including Piper’s younger sister, on the run. The events that led up to them being on the run (though I was able to predict some of them) left me on the edge of my seat. I loved watching them overcome the obstacle they were facing. It challenged them, made them grow up, and made them realize just what love is. And it made them realize how much they truly care for each other.
I was tired of fighting the pull...
The pacing was just to my liking, it was fast yet never rushed. I felt the development of events and actions moved natural and flowed very well with the story. I loved watching the events take place and how they left me wanting more. I enjoyed the growth of Piper and Ryland, they developed so much in the story and I was really happy with the results. And of course I have to mention the chemistry between these two characters, again, because it was a wonderful element to the story. I could truly feel the love they had for each other.
Where There's Smoke is definitely a one of a kind read. It was filled with intense action, a fast pace that never slowed down (which I loved), intense chemistry, and a story-line that was exhilarating, suspenseful, captivating, and oh so much fun to read about! I definitely recommend this New Adult read!