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Fire Kissed by Erin Kellison
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Jul 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012
Read from June 25 to 26, 2012

Kaye Brand is a mage with a dark past. At age fifteen she was to marry another mage to help her house. That didn’t happen, instead her house ended up burning down. With the house went her family. She now makes a living showing rich people ten seconds of their future. When angel Jack Bastian discovers places in major cities where wraiths are not attacking people he thinks it has something to do with the mage houses. He contacts Kaye, who has no contact with the mage world to help him find out what is going on for the Order.

This is the fourth book in the shadow series. It is also the kind of paranormal romance that follows different couples with each book, so you don’t have to read the ones before it. Characters from past books do make appearances, but they are not at all that central to the story. This story takes place around the mages and their great houses, especially Ferro Grey’s house. I really enjoyed how this book expanded the world showing the mage politics. Not a lot in the books had been said about the mages until this point. Jack talks Kaye into helping him, and sends her back into the mage world. He stays by her side as protection.

The story first sets out with Kaye seeing an angel for the first time. She finds him instantly attractive. So when she meets Jack we already know she has a soft spot for angelic kind, but she also knows that angels kill mages. Jack is attracted to her, but doesn’t trust her. There isn’t an instant love, but as events unfold Jack starts to hate that he brought her to the mages. In turn Kaye is later forced to do things that made me wonder how Jack stayed by her side. Maybe it is that divine forgiveness? The steamy scenes between them are only so-so as far as most paranormal romances go.

What I have loved about the series so far is the writing, the world, and the set-up. As far as the writing goes I think the last book was a lot stronger, but it still has dark and romantic tones that have been the series winning point. The story is coming to ahead. Humankind now knows of wraiths plaguing the streets, and twilight (where the fae are) seems to be crossing more and more into our world. The mages and their part gave the overall experience I nice touch. It reminded me of how I needed to go back and read the first two.

I finished this book in two days. Both times I sat down to read were single sittings. So it is a quick easy read. It has the romance, the world and a nice story. The only problem I see is that it didn’t top the last book, mainly because Jack was not as attractive to me as the last hero. The story also carried a false sense of alarm. The characters were worried, but I wasn’t. Despite that it was a good book in the series, a series I plan to keep reading.

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