Brightly Burning Bridges; Kings of Capital #3
(A standalone within a series)
Publication Date: April 2, 2021
Genre/Tropes: Enemies to Lovers/New Adult/Second Chance Romance
Author: Ivy Wild
Wow! Brilliantly written second chance romance!
Silas Jenkins, he’s sassy, grumpy, and basically hates everyone. Actually hate requires some form of caring which Silas does not care about anything or anyone, except his mother. We find out early on that his mother is sick and dying and to the outside world money may look like it affords everything, but even money can’t buy the one thing Silas really wants; his mother’s life. The mask Silas wears outside of visiting his mother is indifference and the only other person to see underneath that mask is a girl that didn’t grow up around all the wealth and influence, Skyler Jackson.
Skyler is the polar opposite of Silas, her mom works for one of the rich families, making them the help. Where Silas is the King of school, all she wants to do is fade into the background, but the two of them form a secret bond after she is basically blackmailed into doing his homework. Their friendship (if you call it that) doesn’t end well, as secrets between emotional teens never do, but ten years pass and Skyler finds herself trapped in Silas’ web once again and this time she may not be able to escape.
I was completely drawn into how this story was crafted. It moves back and forth between the present and the past, giving snapshots on how Skyler and Silas not only befriended one another, but how they reconnected ten years later. The timelines moved perfectly and kept the pages turning, while keeping their personalities in sync to who they were and who they grew up to be not only alone, but also together.
Silas is such a lost soul, swimming in a cavern of self doubt when it comes to feelings or intimacy which is why he’s turned that emotion off. Simultaneously he’s man of no doubt when it comes to something he wants. He pushes and correls until he gets the desired outcome. The rare exception to both of these things in his life has been Skyler and he’s never known what to do about it, she is a rare light around him and this is what love truly does for someone, especially someone like Silas.
Skyler, a girl who prefers to hide, but she is also a girl filled with passion. She only shows the world her shadow, but around Silas she releases that fire. Silas wants her fire, he thirsts for it. Skyler has to make a decision if she wants to burn for him or walk away when he returns to her life. Together they are combustible and she isn’t sure she’s ready to burn more bridges.
I really loved how everything fell into place and how the entire story was constructed. Excellent plot and beautiful moments. I would read Ivy Wild again in a heartbeat!
From the author of Infamous and The Estate comes a bully romance unlike anything you’ve ever read
He wasn’t my friend until he became my enemy.
His center is freezing cold,
and his edges burn me when I get too close.
He is everything I want and nothing I am.
They say not to burn bridges,
but he burned ours to the ground.
She is the girl who wants to be seen,
but hates being noticed.
She was my friend, my tease, my confidant.
She is pure light against all my darkness.
The reason you burn down bridges,
is to build them up stronger.
Brightly Burning Bridges is a standalone romance and part of the Kings of Capital series