Thursday, September 11, 2014

Review: Wicked Flames (Solsti Prophecy #3) by Sharon Kay

Title: Wicked Flames
Series: Solsti Prophecy #3
Author: Sharon Kay
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Publish Date: July 14, 2014
Review Source: eARC provided for 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?

I can't get enough of this series.  Sharon Kay has me spellbound to both her characters and her writing. I don't read a lot of the paranormal genre anymore but every time I get the privilege of reading another story in the Solsti Prophecy, I get a book hangover for days and can't pick up another novel of any genre.

Wicked Flames picks up where Wicked Waves left off.  Gin Bonham, sister to Nicole and Brooke, and the third Solsti prophesied to to exist when the world would need them most, wants nothing to do with the gift that was bestowed on her at birth.  Believing that her gift of producing flame on a whim to be a curse unlike her sisters wind and water manipulation, she turns her back on all things related to the strange magic. She's put others in danger with her ability and for years has fought long and hard with her sisters to keep it hidden and at bay.  But now that Nicole and Brooke have settled down with their Demon mates at Demon Central in Chicago, the fight is coming straight to Gin's doorstep. 

Mathias is a Hunter and Lash Demon. He's able to persuade people and all manner of creatures alike to do things that he wants them to do so when he's given the order to persuade Gin Bonham, he heads out and won't give up until she joins the fight along side her sisters.  What Mathias is not prepared for is the fiery attitude and personality to go with the flames he knows she's capable of producing.  The heat between them throws him off balance and now he's stuck between a rock and a hard place, wanting to keep his little fire starter safe but at the same time asking her to put herself in harms way to save the world. 
He licked her skin, tracing the edge of a moon engulfed in flames. "I want to hear the story behind this."
"I had this dream that the moon was on fire and somehow it was my fault.  I don't know why.  Maybe because back in high school I loved learning about mythology, and the goddess of the moon is also the goddess of hunting.  Her name is Diana, or Artemis in Greek.  She's a badass, but she's a myth." 
Gin finds herself in the thick of things with a man she finds she knows nothing about but can't get off her mind.  How after trying to avoid this very situation for so long has she found herself in the thick of the fight once and for all?  The question remains, can she pull herself together and fight for what's right, join her sisters and save the world, or will she decide the thought of hurting others with her power is just too big a risk?

Incredible writing, phenomenal story and just the right level of heat between characters to leave you salivating but sated in the end.  I always want more! I'm greedy and can't get enough of the characters as they find one another and stumble through impossible situations.  The lore and the mythology and the way that Sharon sets it all up in this gorgeous package is just mind bending and wonderful to behold.  It's a treat to read one of her novels and I'm now waiting with bated breath to read the fourth installment of the Solsti Prophecy series.    

Sharon Kay writes award-winning fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves paranormal romance, with romantic suspense following close on its heels. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts.

Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write one book, let alone a series. But WICKED WIND and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.


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