REVIEW: Burnout by Coralee June
Maybe if we met at another time—another life—he could’ve been mine. Maybe if I were older. Maybe if he wasn’t my brother’s best friend. Maybe if he wasn’t my teacher. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe. Having my dirty little secret living down the hall had me obsessing over alternate endings and happily ever afters. I’d never wanted someone so badly, but his hot and cold behavior was giving me emotional whiplash. In the classroom, he practically ignored me. But here? In my brother’s loft? It felt like we were a thick rubber band, pulled so tight we’d snap. Falling for Decker Harris made me realize that life wasn’t as serendipitous as everyone liked to think. We weren’t just a collection of maybes thrust into the world with hope and good intentions. Everything started with a choice, and somewhere between grief and redemption, I chose to make him mine.
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“This is the only time I’ll ever kiss you, Blakely. You better make it worth it,” he promised.
The angst. The chemistry. The characters. This book is everything I love wrapped up in pages with a thousand combinations of 26 letters! My love of all things forbidden and angst, had me falling in love with Decker Harris and Blakely Stewart.
I made a goal for 2019 to read as many new to me authors as I could, some I enjoyed, some I didn't and some become instant favourite's. Coralee June was one of those new to me author's who's writing I instantly connected with and devoured. Burnout was such a refreshing and consuming read for me and one of my favourites for the year, and I feel like I'm still completely immersed in there world.
“He kissed me. He consumed me. He tasted my soul and asked for more.”
Blakely Stewart was an enigma, one of those characters that twists themselves into your heart so you feel every emotion they do, every mistake feels like your own and every accomplishment feels the same way. I do quite often struggle with young characters in these forbidden novels, they're either mature or overly childish. I thought Blakey was mature in her actions and reactions, brave in her feelings and resilient in her heartache.
Decker Harris was my favourite part of this book and the reason why I really enjoyed reading it. His character was tortured by a difficult childhood and a hero complex. Decker's character was written in a beautiful way that had me swooning of every little compliment he gave Blakely and every way he told her he loved her without specifically saying the words.
“We fell apart the way we fell together—with passion and truth. With love.” - Decker
The only part of Burnout that I struggled with was Lance. I didn't particularly like his character and couldn't connect with him. I found him to be too much and even though Decker described him as a caring and loving person who was incredibly selfless I at times found him to be the opposite. The only thing that helped me understand him was the revelation at a pivotal point in the arc of this story
While the Forbidden Student/Teacher storyline isn't a new one, Burnout was a unique take on this sub genre. The plot and the characters were well written and developed and moved together at a good pace. I thought the different points of view of Blakely and Decker were written very well and differently. The language and the way Decker spoke were written in a more mature way helping to define the differences in age and maturity levels. I lost count of how many emotive lines I highlighted in Burnout, more specifically multiple lines of Decker's. The epilogue of Burnout was one of my most favourite I've ever read.
“Tell me a truth,” she said softly. “I want this forever,” I admitted.
About the Author: Coralee June
Coralee June is an international bestselling romance writer who enjoys engaging projects and developing real, raw, and relatable characters. She is an English major from Texas State University and has had an intense interest in literature since her youth. She currently resides with her husband and two daughters in Dallas, Texas, where she enjoys long walks through the ice-cream aisle at her local grocery store.