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Branded by Firelight by Paula Altenburg #Review #Romance #Series

Series: The Sweetheart Brand #3

Title: Branded by Firelight 

Author: Paula Altenburg

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Published: February 6th, 2018

Pages: 237

Rating: 4/5

This is one heck of an emotional rollercoaster read and one that I’ll really try not to reveal any spoilers about! It takes a journey through the full gamut of emotions from heartbreak to HEA romance. Set in Cherry Lake, Montana, the star features of this novel are the superb dialogue and how the characters are brought to life in the imagination of the reader thanks to the skilled wordcraft of this talented author.

It is a lively, engaging and steamy romance which is complemented by the caring, thoughtful aspects of the developing and existing relationships. It is a story of returning home anxious to keep secrets hidden whilst still traumatised by them . . . . A story of facing the consequences of your decisions with regret and heartbreak, making you reluctant to move on into the future or to trust anyone to support your attempts to do so.

It isn’t all heavy, there’s plenty of banter and humour interspersed throughout the story and the ending is endearing. I admit that I struggled to empathise with Claire initially but as more of her recent past is revealed her actions and reactions become more understandable and relatable. Ben is usually sympathetic to her but then he shows another side to his character, which had me unsettled at times. The two together are explosive and you keep hoping that, in the end, things will work out well for them but you just know there will be fireworks en route!

I requested and received a copy of this novel. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.


Easy-going cowboy and roping champion Ben Nichols is at loose ends while his best friend prepares for his wedding. Best man Ben must partner with the maid of honor–not a chore, even if the bride’s sister is as aloof as she is beautiful. Ben’s never backed down from a challenge, especially since this one has a clearly marked expiration date.

Ambitious golden girl and software tester Claire Brand is not acquainted with failure… until recently. Now, she needs to get through her sister’s wedding and back to Seattle before her family discovers her painful secrets. Her hot groomsman partner, who has temporary written all over him, offers the perfect distraction to get her through the next couple of weeks. Why not? It’s been a long time since Claire’s had some fun.

But then, love turns a short and steamy fling into something neither one of them is prepared for.

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