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Pine River by Tijan ~ Review


Pine River was a bewitchingly enticing mash-up of everything I love about Tilan’s books. New adult angst, found family, and an abundance of steam that can only be attained when an inferno of tension between enemies consumes them.

Ramsay and Scout’s story is a trope lover’s paradise. As though enemies to lovers, angst, a jaded hero, suspense, and a tragic past aren’t enough, you also get a band of brothers and a girl squad. The glares and angry words they share fuel the tension until they become a spicy explosion. The best part is that this doesn’t even cover half of the tropes!

Ramsay had had her whole world turned upside down. She was doing what she could to keep from drowning in thoughts of the past and the trauma she endured; a part of that was her and her mom starting over in a different town where they would be surrounded by family.

Scout was all tattoos, muscle, and a perfected mask of indifference. He was the epitome of a bad boy, but was he? He found his calling in the ring, a fighter through and through, but more than anything was the way he was ready to fight for those he loved. There were very few people who had a glimpse of those parts of him, and when Ramsay did, she was on the wrong side of Scout’s protectiveness. Lines were drawn (i.e., threats were made) by her overprotective cousins (triplets that I really hope get a book), one of whom was one of the very few that Scout was close to. The only issue was that the magnetic pull between them was fraught with tension the moment they were in the same room and grew more palpable every moment they were near one another.

I’m not sure I’ve ever felt such an instant connection between two characters. Scout drew Ramsay’s attention for all the wrong reasons, yet it led them both to the happily ever after they never knew was possible. I loved that almost everyone saw what was happening between them. They may have started as enemies with benefits, but the potency of their connection resulted in a stronghold that was felt by everyone around them.

It only took a few pages for my thoughts and emotions to become wholly immersed in the Pine River world. You’ll become immediately intrigued by the storyline, but it’s the emotions that seep through every word that ups the all-consuming factor of Scout and Ramsay’s story. It’s so much more than romance. It’s family, lifelong friends, new friends, and enemies who all came together and formed a family.

I loved the dynamic between Ramsay and her cousins. The closeness they shared was as much a part of the story as anything, and I SOOOOO hope this isn’t the last we see of these characters.

Pine River is (🤞🤞) an enthralling start to a brand new Tijan series. I need more of the triplets, Gem, Cohen, and Theresa.

About the book

Pine River was supposed to be a new start for me.

And it was, especially attending school with my three overprotective cousins, who were the triplets at the top of the social hierarchy.
Except they weren’t alone there, and the first day when I came to school, I saw him.

Scout Raiden.
Tall. Lean. Tattooed. Mesmerizing.
He was a golden god with dark and piercing eyes—looking like he wanted to eat me up.

The feeling was mutual, and that was a problem.
It was lust-want-must have-loathing-hate all at once. I was affected.
And I couldn’t have that. No way.
Not after what I’d just left in Cedra Valley.

I didn’t care how much money his uncle had.
I didn’t care that it seemed every girl wanted him.
I didn’t care about his reputation as an up-and-coming fighter.
Or the promise of how those hands would make me feel.

What I did care about was staying as far away from Scout as possible.
Because the promise of his presence, the heat that was going to turn the light back on in my world wasn’t a promise at all.
It was a threat.

I wasn’t going to survive Scout Raiden.

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