Books are food for my soul! Pull up a beach chair and stick your toes in the sand as the Jersey surf rolls in and out, now open your book and let your imagination take you away.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fire Down Below by Andrea Simonne (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with Goddess Fish Promotions, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Fire Down Below by Andrea Simonne!

Book Review

Fire Down Below by Andrea Simonne
Publisher: Liebe Publishing
Publication Date: August 22, 2014
Format: Paperback - 345 pages
              Kindle - 3709 KB
              Nook - 477 KB
ISBN: 978-0692299838
BNID: 2940046312713
Genre: Contemporary Romance

BUY THE BOOK: Fire Down Below
Currently On Sale $.99

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

Book Description:

Choosing between two hot guys? Not a bad way to turn thirty-five….

Running into an old boyfriend is bad enough, but why does it always happen when you look your worst? Kate Alexander is wearing gray sweats, no makeup, and feels as glamorous as a pile of dirty laundry when she runs into her hunky ex, Ben Mathews. Ben is the only man who’s ever asked her to marry him. And now still single, and closing in on her thirty-fifth birthday, Kate suspects her shelf life is nearing its expiration date. Though Ben once broke her heart she’s convinced fate has brought them together for a second chance at love.

The problem is Declan O’Connor, a sexy Irishman. Kate considers him a friend—except she’s been having some very un-friend like thoughts about him. They shared a hot kiss one night, before Ben reentered her life, and now she can’t stop thinking about it. Despite the attraction with Ben, Kate is remembering her old resentments all too well. But then Ben asks her to marry him again, and her second chance has finally arrived. Is this what she really wants though?

From Seattle to Dublin, from the old to the new, Kate is caught between playing it safe or playing with fire.

Book Excerpt:

“I’m glad we’re together again,” he murmurs, kissing me softly. His fingertips trail down my body creating little sparks on my skin.

I’m still aware that we’re outside naked. Ben obviously doesn’t care though and I wonder if he sleeps out here a lot. It would be just like him. He’s like a dog that refuses to be kept indoors.

“What are you thinking about?” he asks, sensing my distraction.

“You. I was wondering if you sleep out here a lot.”

He chuckles softly. “I do. Crazy huh? Sleeping on my deck. You’re finding out all my secrets tonight. I love sleeping under the stars.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever slept under the stars.”

“Are you serious?” Ben looks shocked. “Never?”

“I was a Girl Scout when I was a kid and went camping with them once, but that’s the only time.” What I don’t add is that I hated it. All the bugs and dirt. It was awful.

“You were a Girl Scout? I’ll bet you were cute. But I can’t believe you haven’t gone camping since then.” He buries his face in my neck. “We’ll have to fix that. I’d love to go camping and sleep under the stars with you in my arms every night.”

“Sounds great.”

“Really?” He strokes my cheek. “Let’s do it. We’ll go when I get back from California.”

He kisses me slow and deliberate. I wrap myself around him, dizzy from wanting him again. The past fades away in a smoky haze and the present is bright and clear. There are stars overheard, and I have to admit, the view is beautiful. I decide that I’m even looking forward to going camping with Ben. 

Sort of.

My Book Review:

In Fire Down Below, author Andrea Simone weaves an entertaining and sexy romantic tale that follows the complicated romantic journey of thirty-five year old Kate Alexander, as she finds herself in a love triangle with two very different men who try to win her heart.

What's a girl to do when she gets caught in between an old love and discovering a new love? Right before her thirty-fifth birthday, Kate unexpectedly runs into the man who broke her heart, ex-fiance Ben Mathews. Ben wants a second chance with Kate, but is she willing to give her heart to him again ... especially when she has discovered that she has feelings for sexy Irishman Declan O'Connor, her longtime friend and boss.

From Seattle to Dublin, the reader follows Kate's complicated journey as she tries to decide whether to take a second chance with an old love, or give her heart to a new love who she is attracted to and desires.

I couldn't help but get caught up in Kate, Ben, and Declan's story. The story alternates seamlessly between Kate and Ben's past relationship with the present, and how Kate struggles with her conflicted feelings and being torn between an old and new love. The story is filled with enough raw emotion, drama, humor, and intimate romance scenes that easily keeps the reader engaged and wondering which man would win Kate's heart.

With a realistic cast of characters; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a complicated romantic storyline that engages the reader to follow along and choose which man is the right one for Kate; Fire Down Below is a wonderful story about one woman's complicated journey towards making the right choice when searching for true love and happiness.


About The Author

Andrea Simonne grew up as an army brat and discovered she had a talent for creating personas at each new school. The most memorable was a surfer chick named "Ace" who never touched a surf board in her life, but had an impressive collection of puka shell necklaces. Eventually she turned her imagination towards writing. Andrea still enjoys creating personas, though these days they occupy her books. She currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.


Contest Giveaway

Win A $25 Amazon or B&N GC

Author Andrea Simonne will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B&N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B&N GC to a randomly drawn host.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

The tour dates can be found here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Virtual Book Tour 

Click on the above link for the tour schedule!


  1. Love that I found a new Author and her book. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Hope you get a chance to read it. :) Good luck on the raffle!

  2. I really loved the review. This sounds like a great story.

    1. Thank you MomJane. I agree, it's a great review!

  3. Thank you for hosting and thank you for the fantastic review! :)

    1. Hi Andrea! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. I really enjoyed reading Fire Down Below, it was a wonderful romance story. :)

  4. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.