Sunday, December 1, 2019

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of Coldest Fire by Juliette Cross

45915501. sy475 Title: Coldest Fire
Series: Dominion #3
Author: Juliette Cross
Format: Kindle (234 pages)
Published: November 18th 2019 by Entangled: Amara
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating:  5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Archangel Uriel is hell bent on revenge on the demon prince Vladek. To get into the prince’s impenetrable fortress, he’ll have to fight in the pits of the underworld. And he’ll need the help of the last person he can trust –– the demon witch Nadya.

There is no way Nadya, who spends her days taking care of others, expected to find Uriel on her doorstep. He seems no happier about being there than she does. But helping him means evening the scales against her backstabbing sister, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that bitch pay.

Using the fight pit circuits in the demon underworld, Nadya helps Uriel combat his way to the arena at the castle in Russia. Only she isn’t what she seems. As a matter of fact, she may hold the key to his redemption...and to his heart.

Linda's Thoughts:
     “My life won't be ruled by the evil of others. My life is mine. No one else's. No matter what they've tried to do to me.”

Coldest Fire by Juliette Cross is the superb finale to Juliette’s fabulous Dominion series. It’s the third installment set in the saga’s dystopian future world, but can easily be read as a standalone without any difficulty. This is the story of Archangel Uriel and Nadya, a demon witch.

As the story opens, Uriel is in a dark place focused solely on vengeance against the demon prince Vladek for what Vladek did to him and other innocents. Uriel has healed on the outside from his lengthy imprisonment and torture, but he remains badly broken on the inside. Uriel has a plan to exact his revenge which calls for him to fight in the pits moving up until he can enter Vladek’s pit. Once Uriel is in Vladek’s pit, Uriel can then issue a challenge which Vladek won’t be able to refuse. But, Uriel can’t put his plan into action without a demon handler. So, even though Uriel has a well-earned distrust of witches, he finds himself at Nadya’s doorstep.

Despite Uriel’s belief, Nadya is not his enemy. However, she is also not eager to reveal herself to Vladek as she, too, suffered horribly at Vladek’s hand. She has been living in seclusion out of the public eye since her escape from Vladek’s clutches. Threefore, the game pits within Vladek’s demesne are not places she’s eager to go near again. Even though she wants nothing to do with Uriel’s plan, she understands his need for revenge and knows that she will never be safe until Vladek’s evil reign is no more.

I loved these two and their story. The hot sparks between Uriel and Nadya were sizzling from the moment Uriel entered Nadya’s cabin. But, Uriel was so full of darkness that he could not see how good Nadya was, nor would he admit that their attraction was off the chart. As Uriel’s quest continued, Nadya’s light began to overcome his darkness. She was such a sweet person who cared for others more than herself. She had a solid reason to fear Vladek discovering her, but she never wavered from standing by Uriel’s side. I kept wondering if he would ever wake up and see that she was his light? And can they truly conquer Vladek?

Fans of the series will enjoy the appearances of favorite characters from the previous books. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a certain dragon that plays a critical part.

Following please find a few of my favorite lines from Coldest Fire:

     “A kiss was a caress of souls. An intimate entanglement of breath and affection.”
     “Her lips were nearly touching mine. The heady sensation of floating too close to heaven dragged me even closer. I waited for her to stop me. God, she needed to stop me, because I was quickly losing control. When she didn't, I eased closer. Sliding my tongue along her lower lips, I teased her mouth open. She caught herself, both hands on my shoulders. whimpering when I plunged inside. Then my world turned upside down.”
     “I hated you and not because you'd gotten away and left me behind. I hated you because you took the light away." I grazed my lips against hers, breathing in her air. "My light, Nadya. You are my light." 

I first discovered Juliette’s books when I picked up her amazing Vampire Blood series in which she re-wrote beloved fairy tales with paranormal twists. I’ve been hooked on her writing ever since.

Twists and turns abound in this pulse-pounding, action-packed adventure. The world and characters Juliette created are incredible. Uriel’s book is nothing short of epic - a spectacular ending to an awesome series. If you enjoy wonderfully-written paranormal romances with heat, you will love Coldest Fire.

Suggested Reading Order: 
* The Deepest Well (prequel)
* Darkest Heart
* Hardest Fall
* Coldest Fire

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