All Fired Up
Author: Dylan Newton
Publisher: Forever (May 17, 2022)
Paperback, 368 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
I *adored* How Sweet It Is, so of course I jumped at the chance to read Dylan Newton’s next book set in this world!
The chemistry between Imani and Zander is just gorgeous. He’s definitely very swoon-worthy, as he patiently waits for Imani to be ready for a relationship with him. (Well, mostly patiently.) There are some very big failure to communicate, crossed wires moments here that made me shake my book and go “Whyyyyy don’t you just TALK to each other, ahh!” I also felt like the third act dark moment/drama and the resulting resolution was rather abrupt and sort of extreme/out of proportion to the rest of the story – it felt a little shoe-horned in, which is the only thing that kept this from being a solid 5 stars for me.
I LOVE Imani’s Gigi, she’s is about my favorite person in the world, followed closely by Zander’s mom Patty. I love book where I want to hang out with the side characters and be best friends with them, haha. Imani and Zander both go through a remarkable amount of personal growth in this book – though Zander’s growth seemed a lot more abrupt and sort of out of nowhere, whereas we see Imani stretching her wings and questioning what’s really important to her bit by bit all throughout the book.
All Fired Up is not designated as being part of a series, but it is a follow-up book to How Sweet It Is. There are major spoilers for the first book, and I feel like you’re missing a lot by not having the backstory of Kate and Drake, who return as very prominent side characters in this book.
CW – [this is a slight spoiler so don’t keep reading if you don’t want to be spoiled at all about any plotpoint!!
CW for pregnancy complications/difficult birth (the baby IS okay, though)
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.