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Release Date: July 3, 2010
Category: Paranormal Romance
Length: 206 pages in PDF format(116,552 words)
Heat Level: This book contains no actual sex scenes, but is very sensual and not for young readers
Price: Smarshwords $2.99 (various formats available) Also available in Kindle and B&N Nook
*This book was sent to be by the author for review
Girl next door turned powerful witch, Jolie Wilkins will be forced to accept her fate and destiny as part of the Otherworldly creatures. With a dangerously powerful warlock and gorgeous master vampire vying for her attention, Jolie will have to keep her attention focused or risk loosing the war threating all the Otherworldly creatures.
And as for me, I'm not really sure if there was much of a difference between me getting my ass kicked inside or outside, but there you have it.
SUMMARY:(blurb taken from author' site)
A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin.
Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.
Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!
Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.
It's not every day you see a ghost.
When I cracked this eBook open and started reading Fire Burn I will be very honest, I was skeptical of what to expect. I have been told many negative things about Indie authors which made me question the quality of their work. I read the blurb to get and idea before hand and was surprised. I immediately thought that the book could have some great potential. I was not disappointed. This book has it all. It was riddled with cliff hangers that pulled you along making it very difficult to leave the story. The plot was well thought out and I enjoyed taking the journey through Jolie Wilkins's POV. I felt the story was well rounded and complete. I am not sure what I enjoyed more, the tug of words and sensual touches shared with master vampire Sinjin or the arousing and sexy tug of emotions with the warlock, Rand. I loved the balances of action and romance that was woven together to create a great plot. The heroines started out as the sweet girl next door while living a life of a quiet shop keeper then shoved into being the one witch the could save the Underworld creatures from forced tyranny from a powerful homicidal witch.
The story traveled from Jolie's shop in Los Angels, then to Chicago. Shorty after that they are forced to return to Pelham Manor in England and eventually end up in Scotland. Definitely a wide variety of settings that captivated my imagination and allowed my mind to spread its wings and enjoy the surroundings set by the different locations.
Writing a story in first person takes a lot of skill and I think Ms Mallory possess that skill. Her writing style adds a flare to the fictional world that shouldn't be missed. She brought a vivid picture to life through her character's eyes and actions that ultimately brought it to life for me as I enjoyed the story. I did find a few editing problems, but it did not interrupt the flow of the story or the quality of the book.
Oh, the characters....
Jolie Wilkins is one hell of a fiery heroine and can belt out While she is not overly aggressive or snarky, she is determined and stubborn. She holds a certain spunk and charm that makes you like her immediately. She demands to know what id going on around her and is not afraid to let herself be known. I mean, if you were positioned and used as a pawn in a war between the Underworld creatures, you would feel a little put out too. She takes the changes thrown at her in stride and accepts that she just might be a little more than a tarot card reader. Being able to reanimate the dead has to put her up there in the 'immensely powerful' category right! And all through the story she always has her best friend at her side.
When the oh-so-sexy and powerful warlock walks onto the page you can't help but fall in love with his sensual side, wishing Jolie and he would both realize the sizzling attraction they share for one another. Then the six-hundred year old master vampire Sinjin is such a sinful treat to behold, you can't help but want him to bite Jolie. It will be interesting to discover his hidden agenda and who will win the affection of the new witch of the Underworld.
Jolie Wilkins is just the right character to take you on an adventure that leads through the dark side of witches and warlocks. Along the way you will meet werewolves and vampires that make your skin crawl and your heart race. Lets not forget the strongest of them all, the fairies and their devilish handsome king, Odran. Ms Mallory did an excellent job writing this paranormal romance. I can't wait for her second book in the Jolie Wilkin's series, Toil and Trouble. Coming January 1, 2011.
You can find H.P. Mallory and her books HERE
MS. MALLORY WILL BE VISITING BOOKIN' IT THIS OCTOBER 22ND. SO PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND JOIN US. SHE WILL BE SHARING HER TAKE ON INDIE PUBLISHING AND WHAT PUSHED HER TOWARDS TAKING HER CAREER INTO HER OWN HANDS. VERY INTERESTING, I ASSURE YOU! AND SHE WILL BE GIVING AWAY A COPY OF FIRE BURN AND CAULDRON BUBBLE AND A COPY OF HER URBAN FANTASY BOOK, TO KILL A WARLOCK! SO THAT MAKES TWO LUCKY WINNERS....