Katie Hallman is done with douchebags. Done with guys who treat her like crap and leave her broken. But then Stryker Grant is there anyway. With his numerous piercings and bleached hair, he’s the polar opposite of all of her past relationships, which makes him the perfect candidate.
At first, Katie just sees him as a physical escape from her previous rocky relationship, and Stryker doesn’t seem to mind just being a distraction from Katie’s problems. But soon he’s getting under her skin, peeling back layers she’d rather keep covered. She tries to make it clear that she doesn’t want a relationship, but keeps breaking her own rules.
Then a tragedy sends Katie into the only arms who are there to catch her, and she’ll realize that she needs him more than she ever thought possible. But is she ready to let herself trust another guy with her already-battered heart? Or will she push him away to protect herself from getting hurt again?
Faster We Burn is the second book is Chelsea M.Cameron's Fall and Rise series. My review of Deeper We Fall can be found here. Faster We Burn is the story of Katie and Stryker whom we'd already met in Deeper We Fall and their story had already kind of started in the previous book itself.
I was not much of a fan of Katie in the first book. But after the incident at the end of Deeper We Fall she is forced to face the hard facts. Getting into Katie's head made me understand her better. She thinks that having a physical relationship with Stryker can fill in the need inside of her. She doesn't want a relationship because it always leaves her broken and she is done with all of it. Katie had a lot of growing up to do and by the end of the book I actually ended up liking her.
Then there's Stryker. He doesn't mind being only a physical distraction for Katie's problems. But soon they both seem to crave each other like the air they breathe and Katie completely gets under his skin. I really liked Stryker. He had a crappy childhood which makes him not trust in relationships. But still he was a loyal friend and a protective brother to Trish.
Stryker and Katie's relationship which starts off as a no strings attached turns into love before the both of them even realize it. In the beginning Katie and Stryker were so different from each other that it was impossible to imagine the two of them together. But they had chemistry and the romance was hot. I loved Stryker's passion for art. Katie sticking with her family in tough times made her admirable.
We once again get to meet the whole crew throughout the book and I am really fond of all of them. I'm really curious to see what'g going on between Will and Audrey and Trish and Max. I have no clue who the next book is going to be about but I hope it's Will's. Chelsea M.Cameron writes an entertaining book with real characters. I enjoyed Faster We Burn and hope to read more from her soon.