Jul 26, 2014

Wicked Flames by Sharon Kay *Review*

Gin Bonham lives with a dark secret. Born with an ability she never wanted, she builds her life around science and logic, running from the terror she is capable of causing. When sexy stranger Mathias spots her on a dance floor and cuts in, he leads Gin in a sensual rhythm that continues long after the music stops. But Mathias hides the fact that he knows exactly what she can do: in the deepest recesses of her mind lurks the power to manipulate fire. Destiny is coming for her and it doesn’t care if she’s ready or not.

Mathias possesses tracking and espionage skills so extraordinary that his fellow Lash demons call him The Hunter. Pursue and interrogate. He never fails. When he is tasked with coaxing Gin to work with the Lash demons against a common enemy, he relishes the challenge. But meeting her awakens a new, primal drive that pulls him toward her even as his tactics break her heart.

Failing to win Gin’s cooperation is not an option. But she is determined to flee, putting thousands of miles between her and any other supernatural creatures, including Mathias. Can she cool the charred embers of her emotions enough to forgive Mathias and embrace what she was meant to become? Or will her ability explode into something more than she can control?

If you are a paranormal romance fan and have not checked out Sharon Kay's Solsti Prophecy books (Wicked Wind & Wicked Waves) you are missing out. Full of action, romance, and mystery, this series has me hooked and keeps me on my toes. Wicked Flames: Solsti Prophecy #3 is a great addition to the series and has helped expand Sharon Kay's very unique and wonderful universe.

Gin Bonham is a woman with a plan and that plan has nothing to do with fighting monsters and saving the world according to some silly ancient prophecy that her sisters Nicole and Brooke have bought into. Unfortunately for Gin the Solsti Prophecy is proving to be very, very real and there are multiple forces determined that she has a part to play.

Mathias is the legendary Hunter, a ruthless bloodhound who can find anyone anywhere and then "persuade" them as needed. Gin Bonham is his latest target but when professional and personal lines blur, Mathias will have to determine what comes first - his duty or his heart.

What I Loved: After seeing her sisters accept their power and responsibility so easily in Wicked Wind and Wicked Waves, it was refreshing to see Gin push back. She had dreams of her own and I liked her questioning the reality of the scary world being thrust upon her. Another big like is that Wicked Flames starts out fast and never eases up on the pace. Author Sharon Kay has mastered exciting fight scenes that keep you on edge and cheering for the good guys.

What I Didn't Love: There is A LOT of stuff going on in Wicked Flames. The story is told in multiple POV's and at times I felt that the romance between Gin and Mathias was more of a subplot that the main focus of the story. I would have liked a little more time spent on the pair and a little less on the possible missing Solsti and the scheming villains.

Favorite Quotes:

"She's a Solsti. She doesn't get to opt out. I could give an elf's ass about whether or not she wanted or asked for this. She has a part to play."

"He'd made her happy. And that made him want to pound his chest even more than the scorching hot fuck session they'd just had. He didn't know what that feeling was about or where it came from, but it settled over him like a cloak."

"She was torn between wanting to never to see him again, telling him off, or making him grovel for every word out of his sinful mouth. Every smile. Every kiss... Damn him.

"Power or no power, you're unique. You're capable of amazing shit. And I want you to work with me. I want you."

Wicked Flames is a solid addition to the Solsti Prophecy Series. I'm a big fan of Sharon Kay and the universe of characters and lore that she has created is impressive. Fans of the series will be happy with this newest addition. Wicked Flames should not be read as a stand alone. If you have not read Wicked Wind or Wicked Waves you will be completely lost. Do yourself a favor and go check out the first two books

On Wicked Ground: Solsti Prophecy #4 will release in January 2015 and will focus on the missing Solsti sister Alina and Lash Watcher Caine. I'm looking forward to discovering the mystery behind Alina's separation from her sisters and seeing what happens when they finally reunite.

Happy reading.

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