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Starting Fires by [Smith, Makenzie]
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I was strong enough.
My resolve was high.
My walls were higher.
He was heartache incarnate.
I knew this, but didn't stay away.
We pushed and pulled, keeping one another at arms length.
But then something changed.
Something started.
And neither of us were prepared for it.

About the Author

Makenzie Smith is an independent writer residing in Louisiana. She is obsessed with books, fantasy, and her daughter. If she isn't indulging in one of her infatuations, she is daydreaming. Contact her, she'd love to hear from you. You can follow her on instagram @makenzieherself or visit her facebook page at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1947 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PZE1384
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book from the beginning. The characters are real, their reactions to events are even more real. The story being told is done with ease, and greatness. The only part I found lacking was a definite, drawn out portrait of what the characters looked like, BUT I made up my own visuals.... So, IMO, if that's the only lacking part, this book is a MUST read for any romantic enthusiast
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Absolutely amazing! Amongst my Top 5 Must-Reads! Writing was exquisite-story developed at a natural, realistic pace. Characters were very well rounded, detailed. Loved every secondary characters (except for Candace ;-p). Do yourself a favour, buy this book, you won't regret it. I can't wait for Makenzie Smith's next novel, I'm a fan for life!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story full of emotions.. Dec 2 2014
By Happy Girl - Published on
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Where do start with this review? I just finished the book and I'm still trying to absorb it. If you want angst, drama, tears, jealousy, love and romance then this is the book for you! All I can say is "wow"! This book will exhaust you with all the emotions it throws your way.

It's a story about a girl named Marlowe. Her mother and sister have passed away. She is estranged from her father and she found out that her boyfriend has been sleeping with her best friend! So much drama! She packs all her things and moves to Louisiana to become roommates with her old high school friend and his roommate. She meets her roommates' across the street neighbor, Lucas, and an instant attraction develops between them. And from there, more drama ensues!

I found Marlowe to be a very frustrating character to really like. She was so immature and weak at times. Then at other times her inner strength comes out. But truthfully all the drama that develops between her and Lucas is of her own creation! She has fear of commitment, trust and love. She wants to be happy, but for some reason she doesn't feel like she deserves it! So she creates walls around herself and creates self-fulfilling prophesies! It's because of all these things that made me keep turning the pages. I had to find out how it ended.

The epilogue of the book was great, but somewhat confusing. The book is from Marlowe's POV. But the epilogue seems like it's from her roommate, Wally's, POV. And then a paragraph later it's from Lucas's POV! I was really confused as I thought that Marlowe was cheating on Lucas with Wally! I don't know whether the author had originally thought of making this a series of books about Marlowe's roommates and then changed her mind? An editor would have been helpful there.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Way to frustrating Dec 18 2014
By Payne - Published on
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I have a hard time rating this book. I have to say it started out so strong, 5 star strong. I was loving the characters and the heroine was someone I could respect and root for. I loved the hero as well even though seeing the countless women in his life kind of became a little tough to take. But by the second half I just wanted to bang my head against the wall. The heroine was absolutely out of control with her stubbornness. I wanted to literally shake her until her had popped off. This was a fairly long book and after all the angst and tension, all we got was like 3 pages of them happy. She was still being a stubborn ass at 98%. It was just too much. It literally put me in a bad mood for a few days. If she would have just has the heroine a little more likable in the second half, this could have been 5 star all the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where to start?? Sept. 25 2015
By Heather M - Published on
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First, I bought this because of the price, it sounded like a well written romance and admittedly, the cover grabbed me (kudos to whomever did that!)
The beginning was your typical guy realizing, all of a sudden, he needed a real love not just a one night stand in his life. However, from the moment you meet Marlowe, the story broadens and you get sucked into her life and into Lucas's as well. Marlowe is not your whiny, submissive female lead. She has taken it upon herself to get out of a bad situation, grow from it, move on with her life and when she meets Lucas she has to take things slow based upon a disastrous previous relationship. Every emotion Marlowe goes through with her friends, Lucas and even her father I think most females can relate to. How do you know you are in love? When do you say it? Should he say it first or should I? Why do you hurt the one you love? I thought it was one of the better independent books out there. It sounded, looked, and seemed edited professionally.

I only noticed one editing mistake (a "be" instead of "me") but it didn't detract from the story at all. Most of the story read smoothly and flowed together effortlessly. She introduced secondary and tertiary characters in a timely manner and didn't have us in their heads. She teased us with some, like Wally, making us want to know more about him...and then she wrote a second book with him as the main character. So, I'm off to download that one and enjoy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars what a tour de force of a debut- moving, thoughtful, rich, textured, romantic Sept. 8 2016
By Daniel Lee Hotard - Published on
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a debut novel can be hearkened to the first album a musical artist releases: for most of the cases, there is a whole bunch of growth that is needed. but every now and then, there is someone who just essentially HAS IT in their raw natural form. such is the case with writer makenzie smith. she seemed to have an innate grasp of how to move a reader deeply, and draw someone into a very real, touching world by balancing everything right.

for anyone who has ever been through the emotionally daunting place wherein it is time to leave behind all that has proven to let you down and start a brand new page, this novel is very relateable. the starting from scratch where one is unsure and willing to build up out of anything. the protagonist marlowe has that vulnerability when she takes up her new journey which makes her very human. and my favorite characters aren't some steely one-dimensional hero types but people with flaws and idiosyncratic layers who bend and flex and emote. this is not only true of marlowe, but the main counterpart lucas is developed expertly too-- he is the type of someone whom everyone has known in some form or other, and he dares to steal your heart although not without plenty of self-defeating mechanism contained in just being a guy's guy. the whole backdrop, the town, the ensemble of characters, the feel of this live we are put in through marlowe's eyes, it is done so well that you can palpably feel it there even between chapters when you have put the book down. this remains one of the true feats of my favorite reads.

this novel does a fantastic job of exploring the drama caused by swearing towards casualness after heartbreak, when the heart wants depth and protection. there is so much emotion here that is not just described but lived through, made into a reality. the intensely physical scenes are beautifully rendered and hot-blooded, and the dialogue feels real and unassuming. like many of the reviews on here have said, it is hard to find this caliber of writing from the more independent field of writers, and i have recommended this one over and again to quite a few folks with no hesitation. a mighty effort for a first one. although the books which follow in the series don't rely on one having read the others and are true standalones, i find myself quite excited that the third will be coming soon.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it--One Click, you won't be disappointed! Dec 2 2014
By PunkinMartinus - Published on
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Stand-Alone Novel with NO Cliffhanger!

First of all, thank you to Maryse Book Blog for recommending this wonderful read on her FB page, I'm afraid I wouldn't have found it otherwise. I've been in a book slump recently, reading work of debut authors that just isn't cutting it for me. Either it's a repeat story, generic or the writing is just terrible. Needless to say I was a little hesitant to dive into another newbie for fear of disappointment again. SO GLAD I TOOK A CHANCE!!!!!! The summary didn't give much away. We meet Marlowe, who is just recovering from a bad breakup and decides to take a chance and pick up and start over. She finds herself outside of New Orleans with her high school friend Charles (Bear) and his goofball buddy Wally. The three of them have an instant chemistry and are just great friends. Charles and Wally are in a band with Lucas and Ian who live across the street. As soon as Marlowe and Lucas lock eyes, there is an instant chemistry between them. The story develops nicely and a lot of focus is given to the main characters relationships with their friends, not just each other so you get a good feel for them separately which I think lacks in a lot of books lately. This kind of reminded me a bit of Thoughtless with the band/bar thing and Wally was hilarious and made me think of Griffin a lot, just not nearly as crass. I appreciated the fact that these characters were in their late 20's and not fresh out of high school. I believe it did lend to their character development overall. There were a few times that I wanted to shake both Marlowe and Lucas throughout the book. Some angst, but nothing too over the top.

A solid novel from an up and coming author. If you're a fan of the SC Stephens or Molly McAdams, give this a try!

Looking forward to possible spin-offs....Wally intrigued me and I see something in the future with Mia as well.

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