Forged in Fire

Forged in Fire

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by Juliette Cross

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She never knew this demon world existed. Now she just wants to survive it.

The Vessel Trilogy, Book 1

Genevieve Drake never needed a man to come to her rescue. Not until the night of her twentieth birthday, when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley behind a New Orleans Goth club. And a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips


She never knew this demon world existed. Now she just wants to survive it.

The Vessel Trilogy, Book 1

Genevieve Drake never needed a man to come to her rescue. Not until the night of her twentieth birthday, when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley behind a New Orleans Goth club. And a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash.

The hunky rescuer? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons, now her guardian, whether she likes it or not. But she’s seriously beginning to like it.

Her would-be murderer turns out to be only the first of many minions of the demon prince, Danté, who has all kinds of lascivious and sadistic plans. Which means when the formidably beautiful Jude offers his protection, Genevieve has no problem accepting it.

For Jude and his fellow demon hunters tell her she is a Vessel, one who is born to serve the Light, but can be corrupted into a weapon of darkness. And to survive, she must trust a man whose unearthly eyes promise heaven…but whose powers unleash hell.

Warning: Contains a dark and brooding demon hunter who harbors even darker secrets, a snarky heroine who’s being hunted by every demon in the underworld, and a sadistic demon prince with a fancy for violent sexual encounters.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This series opener from Cross (Soulfire) starts out with a bang. As Genevieve is celebrating her 20th birthday at a club, she is attacked. Soon after, she witnesses a demon ripped out of her attacker by her savior, Jude the demon hunter. It turns out that Genevieve is a “Vessel,” a magical being who can be used for good or ill. There follows a steep learning curve by which Genevieve discovers that she has supernatural powers, she will live forever, and she is desperately in love with Jude. The drawback is that she cannot immediately have sex with Jude as this will make her “impure” and more prone to possession by evil. Dante, one of an assortment of demon lords, almost corrupts Genevieve, but Jude comes to the rescue just in time.
Verdict The element of enforced chastity makes the romance here somewhat more poignant, though also somewhat less satisfying. The story takes pains to depict Genevieve as more than just a vessel for another's use. To that end, it is only partially successful, though the book leaves plenty of room for development in the remainder of the series. Recommended for fans of action-based paranormal romance.—Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Lib., CA

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Vessel Trilogy , #1
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Forged in Fire 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
greekgoddess422 12 months ago
First in a new Series by the Author . Paranormal romance . This is a beyond five star read . Picked it up and finished it in a day and a half . Hero is Jude and Heroine is Drake . Story is set in New Orleans . Drake is going out on the town to celebrate her birthday with her best friend . Along with her best friend is her best friends boyfriend and a guy they are trying to set Drake up with . They go to a bar in a part of New Orleans that Drake never thought of going . Drake always wears a medallion around her neck of St George . They go in and he 2 guys go straight to a bar for a drink . Meanwhile Drake and her best friend go straight to the dance floor . While on the dance floor as always a guys goes up behind her to dance to stake his claim and that creepy crawly guy just won't take the hint . Meanwhile a guy longing against the wall catches Drakes eye . He is over 6 feet tall and she looses her breath over him . Him is Jude . . Next thing you know Jude is nowhere to be seen Drake goes outside for some air . And she is attached . Jude shows up and says a few words and a creepy crawly creature comes out of the guys head . Jude says a saying and the creature is dead . The creature was a lessor Demon . Jude then explains to Drake that she is what is known as a Vessel . Vessels have been around for Centuries. It is a human (creature ) of light and Drakes power will grow . But Jude also explains that a high Demon will try to claim her so they can use her for their own Work ( the Devils ) Jude slowly explains everything. Jude after a few days actually saves Drake more than 3 times . But a dark Prince actually attacks Drake outside of Jude's place . The Demon Prince name is Dante . He shifted to look like Jude . He throws Drake down and tries to rape her . Dante also punctures her neck and draws some blood . Jude explains what the drawing of the blood will do only after Drake is drawn to Dantes lair . Drake sees Jude with a lady and hears her name as Kat . You will recognize Kat from the deepest well . This story is very deep . It explains about the Angels fight with the Demons . I liked how the Author in a poem actually wrote out the Devils name while he was with God . I can go on because I am only touching the iceberg of the story . You will need to read it and see . It makes so much sense . Juliette actually did her homework
kallred More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book, all three books were great! I cant wait to see what else this author comes up with (really hoping for some spin off books from this trilogy).
RhennaMorgan More than 1 year ago
I have a new favorite author!!! I can't tell you how giddy I was to stumble on to this lovely book and can hardly freakin' wait to get my hands on the next in the series. The heroine is younger than I normally read, but the way she was written I truly didn't care. The hero is oh-my-freakin'-God hot, and the angst/struggle the two of them have to face together is just perfect. It's going to be an on-going story between the same couple for 3 books, so obviously everything isn't sweetly tied up in a bow at the end of this one, but it's definitely a happy for now I could work with. Seriously, I'm so damned giddy to have found this author. I can't wait until the holiday weekend so I can splurge on everything else she's got. Such a lovely voice and amazing descriptives. If you're ready to escape and immerse yourself in a damned good story, snap this one up.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Forged in Fire, Juliette Cross Review from jeannie zelos book reviews I’ve mixed feelings about this trilogy....I liked that Genevieve wasn’t a simpering miss, nor one of the popular kick arse heroines so beloved of fantasy recently. They have their place, and work for some stories but aren’t needed in All of them! Lately it seems they’re everywhere, and I’m just tired of reading them. So Genevieve being proficient and able to look after herself when it comes to humans, but not to demons works fine for me. I love that her professor is so “ don’t be stupid, demons don’t exist”, and can feel her frustration – who wouldn’t want to put him right, but doing so would have her end up with the men in white coats  Then there’s Jude, Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons, who’s drop dead gorgeous and saves her from the first demon attack. He’s also incredibly bossy and overbearing and at first they have a few head to head arguments about that. Genevieve is still have trouble accepting what he says is true – well, most people would. Some guy attacks you, another saves you and yanks out some grizzled looking creature from his body,  and then tells you you’re some kind of supernatural vessel. Yes – of course you’d think it was true, and not blame it on one too many tequilas....Still, the dangers stack up quickly, and Genevieve soon has to accept he’s right, and she’s is getting to like his attentions too, that helps....Kat, another demon hunter, completes the trio that make up the main part of the story, with smaller roles given to demon prince Dante, who wants to have Genevieve for himself and the head of the hunters George, who drops in to check on things. So, some great characters, a decent story line ( and yet another prophecy – something else that seems to dominate this genre at times ) and yet it didn’t have that Can’t put it down, must read just one more chapter, and another, and another... feel to it. Its was a good read, just not a great one. I’m not sure why, there doesn’t seem anything I can pin point, except that the romance went all too smoothly, and I like a bit of drama and upset there, some strong jealousy or something. I thought Kat might provide that, or maybe the woman in the picture but no. The dangers too seemed over very quickly, not long and drawn out and I didn’t really feel Genevieve was in any serious risk. I thought at the beginning this was going to be a five star read but it’s not, for me anyway...Its a great start though, and maybe once the story gets going more it’ll make my five star rating. What was great was No cliff-hanger ending...this part of the story ties up neatly – as readers of my reviews know I Hate Cliff-hangers, hate them, drive me mad, so a huge thanks to Juliette for making this work without that. The story is good enough not to need a lure to tempt me into reading the next part, and I’ll be looking forward to it. Stars: Four – its a solid beginning and well worth reading if you love fantasy with a strong romantic element. ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers