Sunday 10 June 2018

Burning Bright ♥ Blog Tour ♥ Review ♥ Excerpt Plus Giveaway


Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5

Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them--unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…

Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5)
by Chris Cannon
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Excerpt #

“I think we are at the no-news-is-good-news stage,” Jaxon said.
“That works for me.” Bryn said. “I’m hoping my chaos magnet days are over. I’d love an uneventful holiday season.” “The Christmas Ball should be safer this year. Your grandfather has hired extra guards and installed more surveillance cameras around the estate.”
“That’s comforting, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to relax and believe an event is safe.”
“I feel compelled to point out that the common denominator among all the recent chaos has been you.”
“And you get to spend the rest of your life with me,” Bryn shot back. “You lucky duck.”
“I can barely contain my joy.”
They drove back to the Institute for Excellence trading comments and laughing. It was nice. On the way to her room, he said, “Do you still have the present I asked you to keep for me?”
Way to put a damper on the day. “I do.” Where is he going with this?
“Can I have it back?” he asked.
“Of course.” She unlocked her door, letting him into the living room and then went to retrieve the bracelet from underneath her sweaters. Should she admit she’d looked at it? No.
Jaxon accepted the box from her and held it in his palm like he was testing its weight. “I finally figured out what I should do with it.” He slid it into his coat pocket and then said, “I almost forgot.” He pulled a small white cardboard box from his pocket and handed it to her.
“What’s this?” She opened the box and looked inside to find brownies dotted with green Christmas tree-shaped sprinkles.
“I stopped in a bakery to order something for my mother, and I saw those.”
That was oddly thoughtful of him.
“I know normal girls wouldn’t want to eat brownies after baking cookies all day, but I figured that didn’t apply to you.”
“It’s not like I can argue that statement, so thank you.”
“Good night, Bryn.”
“Good night.” She locked the door behind him before taking a bite of brownie. It was chocolatey fudgey heaven. A small voice in her head whispered that he must actually care about her. The smarter part of her brain said to shut up and enjoy the brownie. No reason to read anything even remotely romantic into the nice gesture.
Bryn stopped mid chew. Wait. What? Did she just think of romance and Jaxon in the same sentence? Sure, he was funny, and smart, and handsome when he wasn’t being an asshat, but that didn’t mean there would ever be any real feelings between them. Right?

Will they won't they. 

Bryn is back for senior year and ready for another bumpy ride at the dragon shifter school. Bryn's family want her to be a social butterfly and stand proud. Her engagement to Jaxon means they both have appearances to makes. They have both been through a lot. Jaxon has lost the only girl he ever loved and Bryn has given up her knight. The pair never had romantic feelings for each other but have gained respect for each other.

There is a new threat on campus and it is literally sucking the life out of the students. It means curfews and hall monitors until the situation is under control. Jaxon is given the chance to show he can be there for Bryn. He is struggling with his own feelings, but they are getting along better than ever before.

Bryn and Jaxon are both stubborn characters. They have their flaws and strong personalities, but they also have lots in common. throughout the series, Bryn has dated a few guys but didn't find a perfect match. This book gives closure to the past. Her family is important to Bryn and she wants to keep her relationship with her grandparents on good terms. The more time she spends with Jaxon the more she sees potential. He may be a Westgate but he isn't his father.  Will Bryn at last, find the right guy?

I read book one first and then this book, which is possible but I would not recommend it. After finishing the series I found so much love for all the characters. I like the creative world Chris Cannon has created and each book offers a new adventure. Bryns life is full of surprises. She is a great character and watching her grow up in a shifter world was fun. She doesn't always get it right but she has a support network who keep her motivated.

I really like the Bryn/ Jaxon relationship dynamics. It's hot, it's cold and it's so confusing. This is an arranged marriage and I liked this element to the story. It's about finding the middle ground, compromise and maybe more. When I read book one I was a little taken back by the dragon shifter rules but Chris Cannon really made them work. I would love another book in this series, but I think this is the last book. I just can't get enough! The romance between Bryn and Jaxon fit the story but I would have liked more heat. I liked the family dynamics and Bryn has some great friends.

Burning Bright is a great instalment to this series. Going down in flames is aimed at the sweet teen audience and fits perfectly into this genre.

4.5 star out of 5. This is the perfect gift for that special teens birthday.

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

ebook, 405 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Teen)


Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at

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