Sizzle | Review

Title: Sizzle 
Series: Ashton Family #3
Author: Carrie Aarons
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 26 January 2024
Rating: ★★★★


Everyone knows that if there was an award for biggest small town grump, Liam Ashton would win for Hope Crest, Pennsylvania no questions asked.

The reclusive, brooding farmer might be part of the family business and do anything for those closest to him, but his bark keeps almost everyone else away. Perhaps that’s what happens when you fall in love at first sight but aren’t allowed to be with the soulmate you didn’t realize you were looking for.

When the forbidden woman of his dreams blows back into town, he might finally get a shot to convince her they’re destined to be together. Only, her denials and refusals won’t let him get anywhere near her.

Gabrielle Murphy swore she’d never return to the town where she took her first teaching job. She’d done the right thing, once upon a time, and there is no room to question what if.

But when the only woman who ever understood her passes and leaves her to clean up the pieces, she can’t exactly say no. Get in, fulfill her grandmother’s wishes, and get out. That’s the plan. Until Liam confronts her and they give in to the unmatched inferno that’s been blazing between them forever.

Even though there is nothing standing in the way of a happily ever after this time, Gabrielle still can’t let this surly version of the Liam she once knew love her completely.

Until a surprise binds them to each other for the foreseeable future, and they have to forgive enough to move forward. But just as the ice around their hearts starts to thaw, darker outside forces threaten to ruin their chance before it’s even taken.


This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carrie Aarons!
Sizzle is the third standalone book in the Ashton Family series and tells the story of Gabrielle and Liam.

I really enjoy reading the Ashton Family books because I love getting to know all the siblings in the Ashton family! The first book is about Patrick, the second book is about Alana, and the third book is about Liam. The first two books in the series were so good, and I was really looking forward to reading the third book, Sizzle. I'm so happy that I got my hands on a copy because Liam and Gabrielle's story was one of my favourite ones in the series! 

Sizzle tells the story of Liam and Gabrielle, two characters with a history... They met when Liam was 19 and Gabrielle was his new teacher. There was a pull between them, but Gabrielle tried to ignore it while Liam tried to go for it... One day Gabrielle leaves and then comes back a few years later. Everything changes between them, but is it for the better? I really liked reading about grumpy Liam and Gabrielle, the drama and the spice was everything!

Sizzle was, yet again, another great Romance read by Carrie Aarons. I really enjoy reading all the books in the Ashton Family series, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book! The Ashton Family series is filled with romance, drama, unconditional love between family, loyalty and some humour. All the books in the series can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading all of them!