Blog Tour: Conflagration (The Wellingtons #2) by Tessa Teevan~ Bianca's Review, Excerpt, and Playlist
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
If you had told me that I would fall absolutely head over heels in love with Branson Wellington, I would have told you that you were wrong. That there is no way I could feel an ounce of anything for him. Until now. Conflagration breaks down every single thing I ever thought about Branson. It truly epitomizes the truth of love and all it is capable of.
Whether you’ve been following this series or this is your first time into the world of Tessa Teevan, you know that Branson Wellington is no knight in shining armor. He has committed the ultimate sin. Against his brother. His family. He fell victim to the false idea of love. He fell for someone or an idea that wasn’t true or meant to be. But no matter what, he killed everything good that he’s ever had with his brother Knox. And now he must deal with the consequences.
"She once called me her savior, and yeah, I may have pulled her out of that burning car, but Ariana saved me from myself, my past, and the lonely future I was barreling towards."
What I loved about this story is the circumstances in which Branson meets his second chance, Ariana Covington. She is running away from love when she meets Branson. And that’s all I will say about that. Their story is a must read. It puts a different spin on a second chance romance. Or second chances in life overall. It changes everything you ever thought about love, family, and forgiveness. That there are reasons why things don’t work out. The heart never lies. For Branson and Ariana, despite the obstacles, their hearts always knew the truth.
While the relationship between Branson and Ariana started as complicated, it becomes the catalyst that changes their lives. Their circumstance allows them to look deep within themselves and find that love just happens with the right person, and when it’s right you know it. Conflagration goes deep. It’s extremely intimate. And I don’t just mean in the sexual nature. It’s beyond that. The love they share is so beautifully overwhelming, full of emotion, and addicting. Branson and Ariana lay their souls bare all in the name of love.
“You’re nothing like I expected, you know. You’re so much more.”
I think that Conflagration truly displays the author’s talent of writing as she is able to write a story where one of the most hated character’s transforms and not only falls in love but truly believes he is worthy of receiving it. As the story continued, you realize that Branson carries a lot of guilt of his past and he doesn’t believe in second chances until Ariana. This indicates her depth in writing as the author doesn’t tell you about his change, you see it, you feel it.
Conflagration made me fall for the Wellington family even more, if that is possible. We are given the absolute raw and true version of Branson’s story. We see why he did what he did. In no way does he justify his actions, but you understand what he did and how he felt about it all. You learn about the lies, misunderstandings, the manipulation. There is so much to the story we don’t know. Branson absolutely stole my heart and I don’t think I will ever get it back.
As the blackness starts to fade away, I see that white light, but it doesn’t really look like that tunnel. No, it’s just a scene change, and if I could muster up enough strength, I’d groan because there are things in my life I’d rather not relive. It’s bad enough that I have the memories and have been dealing with the fallout for far too long. Reliving it all over again is more agonizing than the first time around, because now, I know the truth. I betrayed my brother in the worst possible way when he’d done nothing wrong, but by the time I found out, it was far too late.
So why am I having these flashbacks playing in slow motion? I thought when you were on death's door, your life was supposed to flash before your eyes. So why am I replaying every single mistake I've ever made as if it were the first time—in slow motion instead of quick bursts? Maybe my life did flash before my eyes and it happened so fast that I missed it. Maybe I’m dead after all and this? This is my hell.