Mackenzie Fire by Elle Casey
By Elle Casey
Source: Own copy
Still bitter about his failed engagement and life on the family ranch, Ian MacKenzie has been cranky for nearly three years. His brother Mack’s married bliss hasn’t helped, and now his pregnant sister-in-law’s airhead best friend is coming for a visit.
Candice arrives to help with the new baby, even though it means swapping her Louboutins for snow boots and her flat irons for flannel. She’s far from prepared for the freezing cold and she certainly wasn’t expecting the sizzling heat of her attraction to a certain green-eyed cowboy. Ian may be rude and infuriating, but he looks sinfully good in those jeans of his.
The two clash at every turn, but there’s one thing they can both agree on—if they do give in to their undeniable chemistry, then it’s just a fling…because he’s a country boy and she’s a city girl, and their zip codes are on opposite sides of the map.
It’s no secret, I absolutely loved book one, Shine Not Burn. I didn’t think Casey was going to be able to meet those expectations I had for book 2. But holy friggin amazeballs, she once again blew me away!
If you have read Shine Not Burn, you know Candice is a bit of an airhead, but she is so sweet and lovable, and she really believes her knowledge is real (she calls herself the internet MD for crying out loud), you just can’t help but love her! I mean the girl thinks when you get eggs from a chicken, you gotta stick your hand up their butt, to fish out the egg, (again with her googling)
“I look over at Andie. “Please don’t tell me she’s going to touch chicken poop.”
Andie’s face is totally impassive. “Nope.”
“Phew. That’s a relief.”…
“She is going to touch their eggs, though.”
… “Then she is going to touch their poop.”
She laughs, sounding confused. “How so?” She takes a sip of her drink as she waits to be educated by me.
I cringe. “Ew, Andie. Because the eggs come from their butts, of course.”
Andie laughs so hard she spits coffee out at me … “You’ve got to be kidding me.” She wipes tears away. “Oh, man, Candice, I sure have missed you.”
I frown at her obvious ignorance of all things chicken. “I missed you too. But why are you laughing over simple scientific facts? Google is your friend, you know, Andie. You really shouldn’t neglect your Googling.”
But Candice’s bone-headedness, and the way she is so naive, makes this book SO much better. There wasn’t a page I wasn’t rolling on the floor laughing!
Candice is Andie’s Bff, and she ends up coming to Oregon to be there for the birth of Andie and Mack’s first baby! Candice is a hairdresser and she owns her own salon, and as I said she is a riot (that is very mildly putting it). She definitely was not prepared for the country way of livin’ or the weather. I think in the first few chapters, Candice spent more time on her ass lookin’ up at the Oregon sky than anything.
Candice knew Ian was gorgeous, from Andie’s wedding, but she knew he was a major ass, from what Andie had told her about him. Candice didn’t like him right off the bat. But what she doesn’t know is Ian is brooding and angry over a broken engagement…. That happened over 3 years ago. Seriously. She doesn’t take to that very well, and lets Ian know it.
At first things between the two are very rocky. When I say rocky, Candice accidentally grazes Ian with a bullet at the shooting range, but she swears it’s Karma who shot him!
But, Candice is just what the doctor ordered for Ian. She is fun, wild, and carefree, which is exactly what our Ian Mackenzie needs!
The sexual tension between these two, is what really makes this book just come to life for me. These characters have so much chemistry, and Casey builds it up so well. They didn’t meet their first night, and get it on, it was a process. But you know the tension is there and that they both want it.
“Do not look at his package, Candice. Do not look at his package. My eyes move of their own accord. Oh dammit, you looked at his package! And … oh my … Oh my, my, my … There’s a giant bulge! Hooray for giant bulges and the jeans that let me see them!”
Candice really is what makes this book. I just can’t say enough positive things about her as a character, Elle casey did a phenomenal job with her. I was actually scared to read her book, being in her head and such, because in book one she was just so dingy, but like I said she is just too lovable.
Another great thing is we got to catch up with Andie, Mack, and their family! It was like a big reunion. I really wish this series could continue on, just because the Mack family feels so much like my own family now, and it was really hard closing the book, not knowing if this was a temporary good-bye or not.
If your looking for a fun, easy, quick, humorous, light read, that will keep you laughing till the end, then definitely pick this book up!