What happens when your soul mate returns after twelve long years — and has no idea who you are?
Aubrey Anderson is a pediatric occupational therapist who’s spent the last twelve years rebuilding her life after a car accident killed her boyfriend and crushed her legs. A series of strokes on the way to the hospital left her with no memory of either the accident or the weeks leading up to it, so when she starts having nightmares she can’t explain, she decides to return to the scene to see if she can piece together her past.
Finn Cavallo is Lindsey Point’s resident playboy, owner of a popular bar, and hero of the Cove Fire, when he pulled seven people from a burning building twelve years earlier. But his flirtatious personality hides the heart of a man who lost his soul mate the night of the fire. When Aubrey walks into his bar with no memory of who he is or what they had, he’s stunned — and it takes everything he has not to tell her about the summer they spent falling in love. It’s only a matter of time before bar conversation turns to passion on the beach and more. But when a series of events raises suspicion that Finn himself might have started the Cove Fire, Aubrey is forced to do whatever she can to discover the truth about both their pasts, including going back to the spot where it all began…
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Reviews for Inferno of Love
“I had high hopes after reading the first book [in the Hometown Heroes] and I was not disappointed at all! This was definitely a page turner! The dual POV lets you see both Finn and Aubrey’s perspective and the author does a great job once again at writing an excellent mystery that kept me guessing…” ~Red Cheeks Reviews
“Can I ask you a question?” Sophie said as the two women stood side by side and looked out at the sky.
“Sure.” Aubrey cleared her throat.
“If it’s too personal I understand, but…” Sophie glanced down. “What happened to your leg?”
A few feet away, not wanting to listen but unable to move, Finn held his breath. Ever since she’d stepped foot inside his bar, leaning on that black-and-white striped cane, he’d wondered the same thing.
For a moment Aubrey didn’t answer. When she finally did, the words were quiet. He could barely hear them. “I was in a car accident when I was nineteen. My right leg was crushed under the dashboard. It took me almost a year to walk again.”
Finn stood there, stunned.
“Where?” Sophie asked, eyes huge. “Up in Boston?”
Aubrey shook her head. “About ten miles from here. Closer to Bluffet Edge.”
Cold dread spread over Finn. Slowly, by inches. First the top of his head. Then his face. Then the back of his neck, all the way down his spine. It landed in his feet, rooting him to the ground.
“Bluffet – oh yeah, of course,” Sophie went on. “Was it at that curve, the really sharp one?”
“Mile marker two-oh-four, yeah. I mean, that’s what the accident report says. And I’ve seen pictures. But I don’t have any memory of the actual crash.”
“Wait – what? You had amnesia from it? Or have? Still do?”
Aubrey brushed the hair from her face and turned away from the balcony. Did she glance at Finn? Or had he imagined it? “It wasn’t just my leg that got messed up. I had a series of strokes on the way to the hospital. I lost a lot of blood from my injuries. When I woke up from surgery, I didn’t have any memory of what happened before the accident. I lost probably two or three weeks at least, from what the doctors can piece together. The month after is kind of foggy too.”
Finn’s jaw clenched. Two or three weeks? Aubrey didn’t recognize him because she didn’t remember him. Or anything about the time they’d spent together. He felt sick to his stomach.
“I know I was in the car with my boyfriend,” Aubrey added, “but I don’t know where we were coming from, or going, or much of anything at all.”
“Holy shit.” Sophie whistled. “What happened to him? Your boyfriend?”
Aubrey turned back and stared at the sea. “He died.”
Finn’s legs turned to rubber. Aaron had died? He squeezed his eyes shut and tried to remember the guy’s face. He couldn’t. All he could sense, moving through him and gaining power with every breath, was an incredible sense of guilt. Finn had been one of the last people to see Aaron alive that night. He’d told both of them to leave together. Practically put her in the car with Aaron. But in trying to protect Aubrey, had Finn instead almost destroyed her life?
About the author
A high school English teacher by day, author Allie Boniface writes small-town sensual romance for both Samhain Publishing and Kensington Publishing, Inc. In addition, her indie published Cocktail Cruise Line trilogy will be available in Summer 2014. Allie is an RWA member and EPPIE award finalist who regularly attends writers’ workshops and conferences. She loves chatting with readers and writers about all matters of the heart. Allie lives in the Hudson Valley, New York, with her husband and their two furry felines. You can keep up with all of Allie’s news and new releases on Facebook, Twitter or at www.allieboniface.com.
Also by Allie Boniface
Inferno of Love
Beacon of Love
The Promise of Paradise
One Night in Napa
One Night in Memphis
One Night in Boston
Interview with Holly Hewson
HH: Allie, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Inferno of Love and it is the second in your Hometown Heroes series. What can you tell us about this series?
AB: Thank you for having me here at TRS! The Hometown Heroes series is set in the fictional small town of Lindsey Point, Connecticut, which has, among other things, a gorgeous view of the ocean, a haunted lighthouse, a memorial to a group of teenagers who died years ago in a plane crash, a picturesque Main Street, and a collection of hometown folk who range from the oddball to the altruistic to the borderline dangerous and everything in between.
HH: How does Beacon of Love kick it off? How does Inferno of Love continue it?
AB: Beacon of Love introduces readers to Lindsey Point through the eyes of Lucas, a hunky handyman who’s lived there his entire life, and Sophie, a cable news reporter who comes to town to do a show on the haunted lighthouse. Lucas ends up filling in as a substitute cameraman for Sophie, who digs deeper and finds that there’s a whole story, and unsolved murder, behind the hauntings. As Sophie falls for Lucas, she begins to realize that small towns come with their own secrets, and that not every local likes an outsider who wants to open up the past.
Inferno of Love picks up two years later, and while Sophie and Lucas do make cameo appearances, this is the story of Finn the bartender, who fell in love with Aubrey, a girl from Boston in town for the summer when they were both 19. Unknown to Finn until years later, Aubrey suffered serious injuries in a car accident at the end of the summer and as a result has no memory of him or their time together. When she comes back to Lindsey Point to try and piece together her own past, he falls for her all over again.
Both these stories focus on what I love most about small towns: the ways in which their roots and the people in them run deep, the lengths people will go to protect both secrets and family name, and how difficult it can be to “break into” a small town’s insulated world – but ultimately, how magical too.
HH: What do you like best about Aubrey and why will readers identify with her?
AB: Aubrey is a survivor, and I think that’s what readers will identify with. She’s suffered serious injury in her past and had to rebuild her entire life. She still has scars, both physical and psychological, which makes her a very real and relatable character. One of my favorite reviews says “she had a wonderful balance of strength and vulnerability.”
HH: What do you like best about Finn and why will readers love him?
AB: Well, first of all, he’s a hunk! He’s dark-eyed, dark-haired, and incredibly built. He’s also a local hero, because the summer of Aubrey’s disappearance, he saved seven people from dying in a local restaurant fire. He is incredibly devoted to his sister, niece, and nephew and will do anything for the people he loves.
HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in this series?
AB: Ooh, I’m so excited for the next two books in this series, even though they’re only in their infancy! Labyrinth of Love will tell the story of an NYC urban planner who comes to town and falls for a local woman with deep-rooted connections. While he wants to use them as part of the town’s historic renovation, she wants to keep family secrets sacred and unexploited. Eventually, one of those secrets is exposed and reveals a heart-breaking truth that connects these two strangers in the most surprising way (loosely based on a true news story that came out years ago about a British couple that I always thought would make a terrific book).
Soldier of Love is another book I always wanted to write, based upon the experiences of young veterans who return after serving abroad and suffer from PTSD and the struggles of reintegrating with society. This book will focus on a local soldier who returns to Lindsey Point only to find that he cannot connect with anyone from his past. To his surprise, he finds friendship and solace – and later more – in an awkward, solitary woman who runs a bed and breakfast on the edge of town.
HH: What was your biggest inspiration for this series?
AB: I grew up in a small town and currently live in a (different) small town. I know them, love them, and find them fascinating for all the quirky people who live in them and the way you can feel completely at home in them.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
AB: I’m thrilled to announce that I have a series of novellas coming out this summer, the Cocktail Cruise Series. Tequila Sunrise, Sex on the Beach, and Between the Sheets are not small town love stories! Instead, all three focus on the adventures of three single women who meet men while on a singles’ cruise and the complications that ensue…
HH: What appearances will you make this year – online or in person?
AB: Definite in-person appearances this year include the Holiday in Homer craft fair in Homer, New York (my own small hometown!) on July 19 and the Indie Romance Convention in Lebanon, Tennessee on September 11-13. I look forward to meeting and chatting with readers!
HH: What do you do when you aren’t writing?
AB: Well, I’m a full-time high school English teacher, so that takes up a lot of my time. I also like to work out (running and Zumba are favorites) and travel with my husband. We just returned from 5 days in Iceland!
HH: Where can readers find you online?
AB: Website: www.allieboniface.com