Tuesday, June 21, 2016

#Review: Awakened by Fire by Erin Kellison - 4.5 Wine Glasses

27802060Title: AWAKENED BY FIRE
Series: Dragons of Bloodfire #2
Author: Erin Kellison
Format: Kindle, 257 Pages
Published:  Fire Flower Publishing (May 14, 2016)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating:4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Get lost in a world of danger, secrets, and desire in the newest installment of bestselling author Erin Kellison’s action-packed Dragons of Bloodfire series. 

Billionaire dragon shifter and Bloodkin Triad member Warrick Voclain is no stranger to power. But when his trusted steward’s beautiful granddaughter—all grown up and successful in her own right—seems to be using illegal magic in his presence, he is thrown for a loop. And the fact that she’s doing so to protect him? Alarming.

Samantha Vine needs to stay under the radar, or her secret gift will get her and her granddad killed. She didn’t intend for her quick visit home to stretch into weeks in Warrick’s company, but anyone striking at Warrick would also hurt her granddad. Only she has the ability to see what’s coming…though she’ll need Warrick’s help to stop it.

The use of such magic is punishable by death, and Warrick’s position on the Triad requires that he adhere to the rule of law. But the attraction between them is electric, stirring his blood and straining his control.

Adversaries wait in every shadow, and the easiest way to strike down a powerful dragon is to go for the heart…in Warrick’s case, Samantha. With fire and blood, he’ll reshape the world into one that’s safe for her. And those that don’t bend to his will? They will burn. 

Linda's Thoughts:
OMG I just saw Warrick Voclain on 5th Ave! #DragonSighting #DragonInMyPants #Dragons #RuinedForAllOtherMen.

AWAKENED BY FIRE by Erin Kellison is the second fantastic installment in the author's Dragons of Bloodfire series and my favorite of the series so far! I laughed, swooned and even trembled as I turned the pages at stressful points. There were intense, action-packed fights, cute dialogue and yummy adult lovefests! In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Thane and Emerson from the first book!

This was the story of Warrick Voclain, a sexy billionaire dragon shifter and Bloodkin Triad member, and Samantha Vince, the granddaughter of Warrick's long-time trusted steward. Warrick is hot, hot, hot and his public appearances set off tweet storms as evidenced by the opening quote to this review.

As this tale begins, Samantha has returned home for a family wedding but, what was meant as a short trip, quickly becomes much longer as Warrick's mother demands that Samantha use her secret special gifts to protect her son. However, if Samantha's forbidden magic is exposed while finding the bad guys targeting Warrick, the rules require that she be killed. Warrick is actually one of those tasked with enforcing that rule. Now, Samantha must walk a fine line. She worries about her beloved grandfather suffering consequences if she's caught and about losing independence she's fought so hard for. She must stay under everyone's radar and somehow keep from succumbing to the hot chemistry between her and the powerful dragon that comes to the fore as they chase down leads and threats. Meanwhile, Warrick has never felt this way about a human before and dragons are possessive to the extreme.

Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this fabulous read:

He gaped at her. "You want me to wear it?"
"Yes. That's what a chain of diamond is for....Wear it. Wear it all the time, even when you sleep. I need you to wear it. I got it for you."
"You've had it for twenty years." At least.
"I was trying it on."

"Two human families have died out on me in the past century alone."
Warrick inclined his head. "It might help if you didn't eat members of your staff when you're displeased."

"Nothing can age a dragon, but you just might be the exception."

He took a deep breath. "I'm a dragon, Samantha."
"Oh, my God."
His lips twitched. "Even when I look like a man."
"A dragon," she repeated.

Erin is one of my favorite authors. I loved this story - and, great news (!!!!), there's no cliffhanger! This book works well as a standalone, if that is your preference. I bet once you read this story, you'll fall under the author's spell and want to read the first book, too. I can't wait for the next book - SEDUCED BY FIRE! There's a short preview of SEDUCED BY FIRE at the end of this read and, believe me, it will stoke your craving for the next book now! I highly recommend AWAKENED BY FIRE to anyone who enjoys steamy paranormal reads packed with loads of magic and thrills! Just don't expect a single dull moment - as there are none!

Suggested Reading Order:
Tempted by Fire (Book #1)
Awakened by Fire (Book #2)
Seduced by Fire (Book #3)

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