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Forged in Fire

(The Vessel Trilogy #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,646 ratings  ·  155 reviews

Genevieve Drake has never been the helpless kind of girl, has never needed to be rescued. That is, not until her twentieth birthday when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley and a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash.

The hot guy? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons. Now her guardian, whether

Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Samhain Publishing
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
This fabulous series is being re-released today with a brand new publisher and a brand new cover. Isn't it beautiful?! So, if you haven't had the pleasure of starting this series yet, today is the day! Don't miss this!

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Forged in Fire is book #1 in The Vessel Trilogy by Juliette Cross. If you follow me on Goodreads you may have noticed my gushing over both Soulfire and Windburn of the Nightwing series by Juliette. So of course I was ecstatic to get started on her new series. But I was not prep
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 - "You'll be the death of me.." Stars!

I cannot seem to get enough of Juliette Cross’ writing at the moment, so when the opportunity arose to read The Vessel Trilogy, I grabbed it with both hands and went and hid with my Kindle.

Now LIVE! -

Amazon US –

Forged in Fire –
Sealed in Sin -
Bound in Black –

Amazon UK –
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Sealed in Sin -
Bound in Black –

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


Genevieve (Gen) Drake is a really cool, snarky character that I liked right off the bat. She is funny, she works for her dad at his Karate dojo and she's a Vessel... a what? Yeah, seems like when you turn a certain age you might just be a Vessel. They tend to have certain gifts but I changed my mind on telling you what they are, you will just have to read the book! :) Anyway, I love her snark in the book.

Carol giggled. I wanted to slap the blonde right of
Naomi 🐨
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First Read: February 2015
Re-reading now to follow on to books 2 & 3 :)

I absolutely adored Forged in Fire!!!! Juliette Cross has created such original worlds with characters that have captivated me :) I love Gen's strength and stubbornness and the depth of Jude's love for Gen leaves me breathless... Simply just cannot wait until Book #2. Have pre-ordered Sealed in Sin :) so now to counting down the days!
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review of the trilogy HERE and fear not, no spoilers.

description I want you daily, nightly, repeatedly, constantly, forever.


Wow, this was one thrilling ride! Filled with so much action, drama, suspense and thrills, I never knew which way to look for where the bad guy was going to come next!

On Genevieve’s twentieth birthday the world as she knows it is suddenly and terrifyingly changed before her eyes. The man at the center of her new world is a demon hunter and the things he slowly teaches her are things straight out of a nightmare. As the target of a high demon, Gen is struggling to learn how to utilize the new pow
Of course Genevieve expected her twentieth birthday in New Orleans to be a little crazy, after all she was with her best friend, Mindy! She wasn’t expecting this birthday to change her life, or what she thought was her life, nor did she expect someone to attempt to end said life. Enter Mr. Mysterious, Hot and Deadly to come to her rescue and lead her down the rabbit hole of Holy Crap revelations…Demons? A Demon Prince? And what exactly is a Vessel and how did Genevieve become one?

Jude Delacroix
Juliette Cross
Jul 08, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Super excited to get this series back on the shelves! Coming back July 31, 2017!
Why in the world did it take me so long to read this book?!
Time and time again I stumbled across Forged in Fire through the GoodReads feed with members rating it highly and I'm always thinking, 'this would be a great paranormal romance to get stuck into.' But, alas, I never did until now. And boy, am I glad I did. This book was everything I ever wanted from a PNR and more. It was dark, and juicy, and edgy, and sexy and sensual.

Forged in Fire is definitely a unique spin on demons and bad-ass hu
Iris Hunter (InstagramREADS)
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great start for a first book of this new Trilogy. I really loved Genevieve’s strength and Jude. There is so much more to learn about this world and luckily book 2 is already published and book 3 that will be released this July in my mailbox.

For my first book of Juliette Cross I have to say they are highly addicted. And I really have to check out the other books she has written. As soon as we finish this mazing trilogy of course.

So I encourage you to try any one of her books. You won’t regret it
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had my reservations, initially. Too many pop culture references and the heroine seemed a bit young (at 20) for a demon hunter hundreds of years old.
Well, she was young. But feisty. And sweet. And kind. And he was gorgeous. And vulnerable. And smexxy.

The story, the world-building, the demons, the angels, the whole shebang was actually pretty good and I was really enjoying it by the end.

Am I going to finish the series? You bet. Got to get past all that unresolved sexual tension and defeat those
4.5 stars

This was a nice mash-up between The Mortal Instruments and Constantine spiced up with bits of Harry Potter, but thus it lacked new ideas. And I really wanted Jude's POV to get a better understanding of his feelings, I liked him but he remained an enigma and this made me question their feelings, because honestly, why did they fall in love!?
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thrust into a world of good and evil, Genevieve Drake was ill – prepared to face the creatures that will be hunting her...Demons. Little did Genevieve know she was going to become a vessel. Now she must do all she can to choose light over darkest, when the road to the light is much harder and has never been successful before. Oh, of course some have chosen light, but it always leads to their death.

Help comes in one very hot package, but Genevieve isn't sure she can trust it when he is shrouded i
Rhenna Morgan
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a new favorite author!!! I can't tell you how giddy I was to stumble on to this lovely book and can hardly freakin' wait to get my hands on the next in the series. The heroine is younger than I normally read, but the way she was written I truly didn't care. The hero is oh-my-freakin'-God hot, and the angst/struggle the two of them have to face together is just perfect. It's going to be an on-going story between the same couple for 3 books, so obviously everything isn't sweetly tied up in ...more
Juliette Cross
Jun 05, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Greetings, paranormal readers. What can I say about Gen and Jude? Other than the fact they are both near and dear to my heart, I have a wish or two for you when all is said and done.

While filled with sinister demons, otherworldly creatures, and one too many trips to the underworld throughout the trilogy, I hope this story resonates with you on the most human level. One where redemption is possible, where forgiveness is given with an open heart, and where love--true and unconditional love--can a
Yes it was just as awesome as expected. Bought this on a whim for $1.99 and love it. I freakin love new adult fantasy when it is done right and this is it. There are no explicit scenes just some steamy makeup sessions and a few creepy encounters with the villain. The story was completely captivating and I totally caved and already bought the next book... My tbr shelf just keeps growing larger and larger.

Before Reading: OMG this sounds awesome!
Rosanna Leo
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book ticked so many of my paranormal romance boxes. Hunky hero, fun heroine, delicious villains (yes, I sort of loved Dante, as much as I shouldn't) and a fast-paced story. Throw in some wonderful biblical imagery and a nod to famous artwork and this reader is a happy camper. This was my first book from Ms. Cross but will certainly not be the last. Very enjoyable. I look forward to the rest of the series. ...more
Cheryl La Pa
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: demons
Loved it! I was lured into Genevieve's world where she has to balance trying to live a normal life while dealing with demons and demon hunters. And Jude is smoking hot! I'm so ready to dive into Book 2. ...more
Sláinte Wanderlust
An almost insta love which I never grew to understand, an annoying protagonist who I never liked, a stupid & too easy ending and it seems YA to me though I think its meant to be new adult or adult paranormal = not winning ingredients for a good book.
I recommend that you give it a miss.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

Mon avis en Français

My English review

I am always intrigued about novel with demons and this one looked really interesting with such a synopsis. Also, I did not know about the author and it seemed perfect to discover her. In the end, even if the idea is not very original for the story, and that I’ve already read another one in the same style, I spent a great time with everything and I am very curious to discover the second volume now.

Genevieve has always been a girl like the others although
ash | novelly rooted
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, requested
I have found that you can't go wrong with anything from Juliette Cross. I have enjoyed her characters, her writing and the great worlds that she has created for her stories.

I really liked Gen. She had a great personality, is easy to like and really stepped into her new life. Jude is a bad boy and very protective of his new charge. You can definitely feel the romantic connection between the two.

The secondary characters are just as important to the story. There is a great pace set from beginning
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book too me out of my book slump! I loved everything about this book. I couldn't put it down. Gen is sassy, a smart mouth, funny...and Jude is domineering, funny, sarcastic etc...and the supporting characters were great also. I can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Julie Reece
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow and double wow. The writing is romantic and picturesque with a romance that leaves you begging for more. Loved this, so glad there's more to come! ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

FORGED IN FIRE sounded intriguing from the first time I heard of it, so I was delighted to be able to review it here for All Things Urban Fantasy. Unexpectedly, FORGED IN FIRE felt similar to other books I've read, with a girl coming into special powers that make her completely unique, and all the men subsequently want her. Luckily, the New Adult tone and the mythology manage to set the story apart from other similar stories.

Though hot, FORGED IN FIRE
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Genevieve Drake has been thrust into the world of darkness and light. Genevieve has always been a self resilient and all around badass chick. That is until the fates aligned her with a sinister plot to kill her while celebrating her 20th birthday. She’s saved by a sexy as sin stranger. This particular stranger just happens to be Jude Delacroix. Jude isn’t your typically innocent bystander turned savior, he’s a Master of Demons who’s set on protecting her. She’s become the target of a demon princ ...more
Jessica Frances
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Forged In Fire was a refreshing take on the world of paranormal. I really loved Gen’s voice and how quickly she was able to take everything in that was being thrown at her. On her twentieth birthday she is told she is a vessel and demons are now either trying to kidnap her or kill her. This story holds an unbelievable amount of tense action scenes. My heart was racing when Gen was being held by Dante. I loved the fallout scene from that moment between her and Jude. It was a real turning point fo ...more
DNF @56%

I tried but I just can't do it anymore. It's taken me a few days just to get half way through. It's not horrible, but it's not good either. Genevieve is special because she's a vessel. Demons are constantly after her because they either want to use or kill her. Literally every time she leaves the house a life or death situation occurs. Jude, her protector, insists that she let him go with her whenever she goes anywhere for her safety. Gen blows him off and endangers her life over and ove
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!!! Just finished reading this amazing book!!! I see many more great stories to come. Juliette creates a world that blends in seamlessly with the great city of New Orleans. The details let you know the author has spent much time there herself. The many references - cultural, pop, contemporary, historical, mythological all blend perfectly just like a perfect pot of gumbo. The heroine, Genevieve is sassy and smart and I am pleased to say not a woman who waits around for a man to save her. Jude ...more
Heather andrews
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jude is the type of man who seems to always have an answer to Genevieve, "oh, Genevieve," he rumbled, making something tighten low and deep. "I never mistook you for anything but a woman." As the book starts to grow so does Genevieve's lady balls and this really amused me:
"Genevieve, what are you doing?"
"Exploring." My hand flattened across a pectoral. Did he just growl?
Obviously I enjoyed many scenes where Genevieve would rile Jude but my favorite had to towards the end of the book:
"I thoug
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JULIETTE is a multi-published author of paranormal and fantasy romance & the co-host of the podcast, Smart Women Read Romance. As a native of Louisiana, she lives in the heart of Cajun land with her husband, four kids, her labs, Kona and Jeaux, and kitty, Betty. When she isn’t working on her next project, she enjoys binge-watchin

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