Flame Unleashedby Jillian David
When Civil War nurse Ruth Blackstone sacrificed her soul to save her husband's life, he utterly betrayed her trust. Now, 150 years later, she's still stuck killing depraved souls to feed her devil of a boss, Jerahmeel. She's never been one for hair-brained schemes or sweet-talking flirts. That is, until she meets Cajun rogue Odie Pierre-Noir.
Odie has the research and the war plan to overthrow Jerahmeel and win freedom for all Indebteds. There's just one hitch: he needs Ruth to act as bait. With charm on his side, he shows Ruth an intense passion she's never experienced before.
Now Ruth must make the hardest decision of her long, damned life: continue in relative safety as an Indebted with Odie as her lover, or risk their eternal souls for one chance to break the curse. Will she choose the lesser evil?
Sensuality Level: Sensual
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Wow! What a conclusion to David’s latest series! She drew me in with her intriguing characters and kept me captive with the intricately crafted plot. Suspense, action, and the unknown fill the pages of this intriguing novel. She creates her world in an intricate manner, without losing the forward flow of the story. Each aspect of the world is so vibrant, even with the dark undertones of the tale. David creates the type of characters that I could connect with. I enjoyed getting to know them. Their lives and tales were so different from my own, yet their actions and reactions were so natural. I wanted to know them, to become part of their lives, if only for the pages of the novel. Their motives and actions weren’t always apparent, or if they were, they were sometimes suspect. This made things so interesting for me. David has definitely created a novel that will catch your attention. Her attention to detail brings each aspect to life while her natural storytelling abilities allow her to craft a well written, endlessly enjoyable story. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Flame Unleashed is the third and final book in the Hell To Pay trilogy by Jillian David. I have loved this series from the start and this last book was amazing. This book was generously provided to me by the author for an honest review. We got to meet Ruth Blackstone in the previous book as our beloved Barnaby’s nurse. But we didn’t get to know her at all. She was always a quiet and prim and proper care giver. But that was only one part of what Ruth Blackstone was. Ruth is also an indebted. As you get to know her, you can’t help but care for her, love her even. When she finally revealed the story as to how she became an indebted, my heart broke for her. Her love for Barnaby is apparent from the start. She not only is his caregiver, she truly loves him as a father figure. But as an indebted, she must hunt and kill the lowest of humans that walk amongst us to feed her knife. When Ruth hunts, she wears a disguise and becomes someone else. So who is the real Ruth Blackstone? Maybe she doesn’t even know anymore. An indebted is someone that has signed a contract and given their soul over to Jerahmeel who is Satan in human form. When an indebted kills someone evil, their evil essence is drawn in to the knife and feeds the black soul of Jerahmeel. He has many indebted that continue to keep him strong and an indebted cannot fight the need to kill. Odilon Pierre-Noir or Odie, lives in New Orleans and is an old friend of Barnaby so Barnaby and Ruth are visiting him. The first time Odie and Ruth meet, the attraction is there, the spark of electricity when they touch. But Ruth cannot allow herself to ever trust a man again after the betrayal of her husband when she became indebted. Odie has been researching and planning for his entire existence to find a way to end Jerahmeel and to free himself and other indebted. When he meets Ruth, he knows that he needs her to help him to carry out his plan. At first I didn’t like Odie much as I felt like he was going to use Ruth. But I couldn’t help but to fall for him as time went on. How could I not love this sexy Frenchman? Jerahmeel for some reason is fixated on Ruth. He keeps showing up at her kills, propositioning her. Ruth does have a special ability she has kept secret but I’m still not sure if Jerahmeel figured it out and wanted her for that or if he just wanted Ruth because she was beautiful. Odie sees this, though, as the perfect way to use Ruth as bait to finally kill Jerahmeel. “He had to have her. Not any woman. This woman.” I really did love this book. As Odie and Ruth spend time together, I loved watching them gravitate to each other, as much as neither of them wanted it. We also get to spend time with Peter and Allie and their beautiful new baby, and Dante and Hannah from the second book. The chemistry was sizzling between Odie and Ruth and the sexy scenes were steamy and perfect. And the build up to the final showdown was intense and crazy. This was a perfect final book to this trilogy and Jillian David did a fantastic job bringing everything to it’s big finale. You could probably read this book as a stand alone but it would be so much better to start at the beginning of this series and read Immortal Flame and then Relentless Flame so you can meet the other two couples and get to know everyone’s history. That will help you enjoy this book even more. Great job, Jillian David, with this fantastic series. I truly enjoyed it.