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Reignite by Marie Scully of the Wild Heart series is a romance novel about the ongoing and turbulent relationship between Megan and Ben. We first see Megan Jackson as an up and coming defense lawyer in the Big Apple, having left her small-town roots and her long-time friend and lover behind in her search for success as an attorney. Ben has remained in Fairmore (exact location not specified) to take care of the family ranch and to start a horse business with his buddy Liam. Megan’s life, however, is turned upside down by the car-crash death of her sister and brother-in-law, leaving their three kids parentless. Megan purchases the family home and feels compelled to take the three orphans to live there, reigniting her proximity to Ben, whom she has never entirely forgotten. Oh, and throw in a serial killer who bears a grudge against Megan for her role in sending him to prison and is intent on ending her life in as gruesome a way possible. Complicated enough? Challenging enough for an interesting read? You better believe it!
The propelling tension of the narrative is the love-hate relationship between Megan and Ben, or as Megan’s best friend Danny says, “… hate and love going hand in hand.” In the couple's own words, we learn the history of the spotlighted affair in a series of episodic flashbacks. Marie Scully takes the innovative route of having Ben and Megan tell us their own stories, chapter by chapter, which adds the more literary element of theme: that we all see the same world through our own lenses. Megan tells it her way, Ben his. It’s hot stuff, right to the nub of the matter, and we empathize with both points of view. Though deeply in love through high school and college, the time arose when their life goals became incompatible, and Megan decided to move on. Then, suddenly, she’s back home with three parentless kids to care for, and a murderer sending her flowers (his trademark before a strike). Oh, it’s all engaging, brilliantly constructed, sexy, moving, suspenseful. Yes, we have a feeling that Ben and Megan are meant to be, but the question is, how will it all happen? And it is a great pleasure finding out, all the way to the last page of Reignite.