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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Review: Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan

Forged in Fire (The Forged Series)Forged in Fire 
The Forged Series
by Trish McCallan 
e-book
Published September 6th 2011
ASIN B005LPUCB6
Courtesy of author and Bewitching Book ToursBeth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions until she dreams a sexy stranger is gunned down during the brutal hijacking of a commercial airliner. When events in her dream start coming true, she heads to the flight’s departure gate. 
To her shock, she recognizes the man she’d watched die the night before. Lieutenant Commander Zane Winters comes from a bloodline of elite warriors with psychic abilities. When Zane and two of his platoon buddies arrive at Sea-Tac Airport, he has a vision of his teammates’ corpses. Then she arrives—a leggy blonde who sets off a different kind of alarm. 
As Beth teams up with Zane, they discover the hijacking is the first step in a secret cartel’s deadly global agenda and that key personnel within the FBI are compromised. To survive the forces mobilizing against them, Beth will need to open herself to a psychic connection with the sexy SEAL who claims to be her soul mate. 
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My Thoughts:
Forged in Fire was a non-stop, twisting ride of action, intrigue and suspense, that left me on the edge of my seat the entire journey!

Lt. Commander Zane Winters is waiting to board a flight with two other team members to Hawaii when he has a vision of their deaths. Use to his strange psychic abilities, everyone is on instant alert, especially when a strange woman approaches them with a crazy tale about a dream, hijackers and all their deaths. But what really catches Zane’s attention is the instant and complete pull towards her and the knowledge that this woman is the soul mate he has been waiting a decade for. 
When Beth Brown wakes up from a bloody nightmare she blows it off as a bad dream until the things that played out there start happening to her. Then when she recognizes the three men that she watched die in her dream, Beth knows that she must do something to stop that plane from taking off. 
Teaming up to stop the hijackers Beth, Zane and his team discover an intricate  plot of kidnapping, blackmail, murder and a complex scheme that reaches far beyond the people set to board the plane. But with when highest officials seem to be compromised, who can they trust to help them end it? 


Forged in Fire is a fabulous romantic suspense with sexy SEALs and a psychic twist that I absolutely loved! The plot was fast paced and intense, with nasty evildoers, mysterious villains pulling the strings, and a country wide conspiracy. Dark, gritty and not at all a light romance, this novel played out like an action movie. Well written, the scenes and characters were brought to life on the pages.


I loved hero and heroine, Zane and Beth. Zane is the total package in alpha hero and with a paranormal twist to his heritage that added an extra dimension; though I would have liked to see more of the history behind him and his family’s abilities. Beth doesn’t start off as a butt kicking heroine, but she is determined and does not back down to anything that comes her way, including an over-bearing psychic male. The romance between these two was slow to build which lent it believability but once things started heating up, whoa baby! My heart was pounding and I was gasping for air like a fish out of water! 
The secondary cast plays important roles throughout the story, deeply entwined in the plot, and each of them intrigued me. I can’t wait to see what happened next with Cosky, Rawls and Mac! 


The only thing that made me want to throw my Nook across the room was the ending. It ended EXTREMELY abruptly. I didn’t believe it was the end at first, I thought I was missing something. The author left a major cliff hanger, you are literally left dangling off the jagged edge and I really wanted to get some quality time between Beth and Zane, after such a crazy adventure I think they deserved it and would have leveled out the romance. Besides that though, Forged in Fire was a superb read that I’d recommend to any romantic suspense fan! 




Rating: 4 Wine Glasses - LOVED

Sexual Content: More focused on the action than the romance but don't be fooled, once you get to the good bits you'll be left hot & breathless! Adult's only! 

3 comments:

Mandi said...

Hmmmmm...I don't know about the ending but otherwise this one sounds pretty good :)

Trish said...

Thanks for hosting this stop along my blog tour, as well as the fantastic review.

Hands down, the most complaints I've had about the book is that ending. And yeah, it does end too abruptly.

I even knew that at the time but couldn't figure out how to fix it. The problem was everything I added after that scene just felt "tacked on." I still toy with different endings, though. LOL

Eventually I decided to continue Beth and Zane's romance as a sub-plot through the next book. I had this fantastic idea and decided to run with it, but it would be too involved as an ending in Book One.

That's the nice thing about self-publishing, though if I come up with a great ending I can pull the book down and add it.

So far though, I haven't been able to come up with anything. #sniff

Thanks for hosting me, and the great review!

Crystal ♥ said...

Thanks, Trish! Despite my frustration with the ending, Forged in Fire is still a fantastic read that I absolutely loved.

I'm glad to hear that we get to see more of Zane and Beth's romance in the next book, and you're the author so you know best what type of ending works for your books and I respect that. They're hard things to do, imo, but I like that you realized that the ending wouldn't work for all readers, taking into account their responses and have tried to fix it. That kind of thing from authors is noted by readers and not forgotten, which keeps us on the look out for future works even more!

Thanks for the opportunity and for stopping by! I'll be looking for your next release in 2012!