Series: Explosive #5
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on November 7th 2015
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Where do babies come from? The question every parent dreads hearing has finally fallen from the lips of six year old Ava Banks, the curious, precocious little girl that you fell in love with in Ignite. Jeremy and Sierra, normally blunt as can be, struggle to find the right words to answer her. So instead, they rewind sixteen years to that one fateful day where a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven inevitably led to life-long romance filled with laughter, love, and many, many mishaps along the way. Falling in love with your best friend? It's the most incredible thing in the world. Let's just hope it lasts. When the world comes crashing down around you, can even the strongest relationship withstand great tragedy? Stay tuned for lots of laughs, teenage awkwardness, a few tears, and most of all, mullets. Because what good love story doesn't do business in the front, and party in the back?
The high school, low-angst read of a couple that never wavers is a gratingly sweet one, albeit a fun one considering the trip down memory lane down the 90s. Jeremy’s and Sierra’s story is akin to finding out the bumps along the way of the couple you’ve always known to be the solid, unwavering one and ‘Fusion’ is pretty much that: a toothache-inducing one where declarations of love and solid friendship ground a relationship that keeps growing and changing throughout the years. The boy/girl next door story however, is quite the understated one as well and I definitely can appreciate how Teevan makes the case for the ordinary guy/girl without needing him or her to be a military hero or a highly talented billionaire or a rockstar prodigy of music to shine…and without vengeful ex-lovers complicating matters.
I’m sort of a little torn about this however; their story, despite the obstacles, felt like a straight line in a narrative that was entirely too predictable (I’d lost count of the declarative ways and metaphors one can wax lyrical about how constant their love is for each other) even though pairings such as theirs are extremely hard to come by and practically unheard of a genre that thrives on extremes at times. But there’s so much to like as well: the fidelity of pledging themselves to each other for years and then following through on it, the gradual growth where friendship turns into attraction and the way they start behaving like their own parents (!) when they finally have their own children.
Having read ‘Ignite’ so long ago and not followed up through the series, perhaps it’s time to reread that once again…through the lens of this crazy, constant couple.