In Temptation by Fire by Tiffany Allee, Ava has a vision of a man's violent death, and experience tells her she can't stop it from happening. For once, she's wrong. She saves him, but in doing so enters a world of manipulative demons and the men who hunt them.
Driven by the memory of his murdered family, Karson toils in the violent, thankless fight against demonkind. Masquerading as humans, demons are always a step ahead. But just when he thinks vengeance will be his, Ava shatters his plans and twists his focus.
Her powers have pushed her away from human contact, but this tattooed hunter with a battered heart draws Ava in. Working with the pretty little psychic is a challenge Karson can handle. But keeping his hands off of her is nearly impossible. With demons on their trail and Ava determined to make things right, keeping his heart safe will be just as tough as keeping Ava alive.
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Tiffany Allee lives in Phoenix, AZ and is happily engaged to a secret romantic. She spends her days working in Corporate America while daydreaming about sexy heroes, and her nights writing and bothering her cats (according to them). Her passions include reading, chocolate, travel, wine, and family.
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Temptation by Fire
By Tiffany Allee, Rochelle French
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Monstrous. That was the only word for it. Deep reds and yellows flashed at me, hurting my eyes. The sparkles were almost enough to put me right over the edge. What the heck were those things? Rhinestones? Who wore rhinestones anymore?
"What do you think, Ava?" Miriam asked.
I bit my lip, searching my mind for a way to tell her that it was the fugliest thing I'd ever seen without offending her. I cast a quick glance about us. Thanks to the after-dinner hour, the hospital cafeteria where we sat at a chipped Formica-topped table was almost empty. No one else seemed to notice us, or the horrible dress that my best friend was waving around. But combined with the smell of disinfectant that clung to the stark white walls and pastel plastic furniture, the dress was enough to make me dizzy.
Nope. There was no way to be polite.
"I think it's horrible," I admitted. Miriam's fashion sense tended toward the wild side, but that dress crossed a line. Besides the garish sequins, the neckline looked like it would hit her navel.
"Really?" Miriam held the dress at arm's length and studied it with a critical eye. "I thought it might be nice for the graduation party. I don't graduate from medical school every day. Might be a good chance to wear something saucy."
I suppressed a shudder at the idea of wearing something so flashy in public. But that was Miriam. Brave and fun and willing to journey into the scariest places fashion offered. Despite our differences, we'd been best friends ever since the day in middle school when Miriam decided we would be.
Miriam got what Miriam wanted.
She was also my favorite person in the world. So it worked out pretty darn well for me.
"Besides, once I start my residency, I won't be out of scrubs for years," she said. "There's only so much you can do to make scrubs look good."
The ache that had settled into my chest ever since the reality of Miriam leaving had hit me flared into pain.
I was twenty-five for crying out loud, far too old to be using my best friend as a security blanket, even if she was leaving me alone in Chicago to pursue her dream of being a medical doctor in New York City. Mentally quashing the loneliness, I forced a grin.
My grin didn't fool her and she frowned at me, then shoved the dress back into a Nordstrom bag. "You're tougher than you think."
"I know," I said automatically. My fear of getting physically near people — heck, even being in the same room as large groups — was the source of many, many, many of our arguments. Especially lately. The last thing I wanted was to get into it again. Miriam was a gem, but she spent way too much time worrying about me.
Some things weren't fixable.
I pushed down the self-pity the thought caused. The emotion was silly, self-indulgent, and unfounded. Sure, I wasn't exactly sociable because of the constraints placed on me by my curse, but I still had a decent life. One that was a heck of a lot better than most people's.
As long as I was careful not to touch anyone.
"So, I need to get as much Ava-time in as I can before I go. What are you doing tonight? You should come with me to find something to wear to the party, since you have to compete against this amazing dress."
Compete against that? So not my style. The dress was a walking banner proclaiming Miriam to be vivacious and outgoing. And more than a bit of a daredevil. If my clothes had a sign attached, it would identify me as "cautious," or just scream "don't touch." There was no competition. And shopping?
A sudden need to be out of this place, alone and in my own space, hit, and I tugged on my sleeves.
Miriam's gaze shifted, just enough that I could tell she noticed. Awesome friend that she was, she pretended she hadn't. "Actually, I'm a little beat," she said. "Maybe I could bring a movie over? Something filled with angst and love and Colin Firth."
"Are you ever getting out of the Colin Firth phase?"
She pushed up from the table, face serious. "Colin Firth isn't a phase, Ava. He's a way of life."
"He's a tad refined for my taste, but" — I stood and pushed my chair in — "I wouldn't want to deprive you of something so important."
Miriam turned to walk out of the cafeteria when she suddenly froze, her eyes widened, and her gaze locked on something over my shoulder. She let out a quiet whistle. "Wow, cute. Forget Colin Firth."
As casually as I could, I snuck a glance behind me.
The man was anything but cute.
He could have been anywhere from his late twenties to midthirties. His good looks weren't marred by the thick and ropey scar that ran down the side of his face and neck. I could see him playing Double Oh Seven, not Darcy. But the way he carried himself — arrogant but guarded — seemed out of place in the quiet hospital. His gaze weighed and categorized everything it took in and made my stomach clench and my heart speed up. Fight or flight?
I looked at Miriam. "Quit grinning at him," I whispered. "He looks like a thug."
"He looks sweet."
"Hardly," I threw out.
"Oh, him? I'm not grinning at him."
It dawned on me Miriam was looking at the young blond man who stood next to the man who'd caught my attention. No wonder she'd said cute — this guy was pretty — in a frat boy sort of way. He didn't look a day over twenty-one. Young, and without the intensity of his friend. How had Miriam even noticed him next to the darker-haired man?
"They're going to get the wrong idea with you gaping," I said, gathering my purse. The blond might be harmless, but I was certain the man next to him was anything but. Time to leave.
"God, I hope so."
Movement caught the corner of my eye; the blond was swaggering toward us. Great.
"Hello, ladies," the blond said, oozing confidence in a way that made me immediately want to get away. A chill ran over me, like the air conditioning had kicked on.
"Hi." Miriam grinned, toying with her hair.
"I'm Thomas. This is Karson." He jerked a thumb at the man I'd mentally labeled Tough Guy, then offered me his hand.
Instinctively, I stepped back, only to catch my foot on the chair behind me. I stumbled, and before I could move away, the blond man grabbed my hand to steady me.
Cold flashed up my arm — a sharp pain followed by a chilly, almost numb feeling, as if someone had dipped my hand into a vat of ice. It ran up my arm into the rest of my body. I shivered.
Then I burned.
I smelled the smoke first, searing its way up my nose and into my lungs. Fear started then, building from my chest and spreading outward into my limbs. Panic set in, and I almost couldn't smell the smoke for how much the mind-gripping fear overwhelmed my senses. I wanted — no, needed to run, but couldn't.
Then pain engulfed the panic, driving it relentlessly forward. Sound roared in my ears — a thumping heartbeat and screams that had to be coming from my mouth. A thundering voice sounded like it was coming from my own mind, uttering foreign words that scared me even though I couldn't understand them. I could smell again, the scent of ordinary smoke now pungent with another scent.
My burning flesh.
I blinked and tried to see, but couldn't make much out through smoke and darkness. Only a flashing light touched my stinging eyes — a neon sign. The words were blurred by pain and smoke and I couldn't focus, couldn't see. I silently prayed for darkness. But darkness didn't come. Only pain and fear.
Then, another sound, a voice. A voice reaching for me through the din.
A voice I reached for, desperate.
"... You all right? Ava?"
She was there, next to me. There for me.
I took a deep breath and leaned heavily against her. A few moments of confusion passed before I could orient myself. A hospital worker in a set of pastel scrubs walked by, a concerned expression on his face, but he didn't stop. I swallowed the bile in my throat and looked at Miriam. Her face was pinched, eyebrows drawn together with worry.
"Miriam?" The hospital. I was at the hospital. Not tied up in a room. Not in pain. Not burning.
"I'm here," she said quietly.
I pulled away from her, careful not to touch her skin to my skin, teetering a bit as I regained my balance.
"Was it ... you know?" she asked.
"Yeah." I swayed, and Miriam reached for my arm. I pulled away from her, leaning against the chair instead. I hated myself a little, for the hurt that flashed in her eyes when I rejected her help, but my special touch-me-not instincts were at an all-time high. I looked around the hospital cafeteria for the young man who'd triggered my curse, but didn't see him or his intense friend.
"Where is he?"
"Who — oh, they took off. His scary friend dragged him away when you started muttering about fires and burning and stuff."
Relief hit me so hard I sagged against the back of the chair I'd been leaning against. I didn't have to face the choice. I didn't have to debate whether to warn them about what I saw. I didn't have to actually tell someone new about my curse.
Because every time I tried to tell someone what I'd seen, it never did a single bit of good. They still suffered whatever fate I witnessed in my vision.
"What did you see?" she murmured, gently.
"I saw him getting burned alive. I saw him die."
* * *
Convincing Miriam that the middle of the hospital cafeteria wasn't the right place to talk about my visions or about what I'd seen was tough. She wanted to deconstruct the entire series of events right then, right there. Convincing her that I was okay to go home alone was tougher. But after a few minutes, she relented, promising to be at my apartment in a couple of hours, with a Colin Firth movie in hand.
I walked out the exit door and halted. Leaning against the brick wall was the man I'd mentally dubbed as Tough Guy.
My mouth went dry and my stomach clenched, but I crossed my arms and didn't look away from him. Wasn't that how you were supposed to deal with scary people? Show no fear? Maybe that was dogs.
Face tight, he was as still as a statue. His friend had told me his name, but I couldn't remember for a moment. Movement beyond him caught my eye, and tension cinched my shoulders into a tight knot when I saw the young man — Thomas? — come out from behind the larger man's shadow. Thomas looked me over with a curious expression on his face.
"Get me some answers." His words were for Tough Guy, even though he grinned at me in a charming manner. Everything about Thomas said California surfer: the dark tan, the big white teeth, the sun-bleached hair. The only thing that countered that image was the perfectly tailored suit he wore, which probably cost more than what I paid a year in rent. Charming, polite, and well-off.
Too bad the only thing I could think of when I looked at him was how his flesh smelled when it burned.
With the odd order still hanging in the air, Thomas turned and headed toward the parking lot, whistling, leaving Tough Guy behind.
Answers? If he wanted answers about what had happened to me — my vision — why wasn't he asking me himself?
Paralyzed, I watched him walk away, leaving me alone with Tough Guy. My throat closed and for a moment I could taste the smoke again, feel the fire licking my fingertips. I half wanted to follow him, to tell him what I'd seen. But I couldn't seem to make myself move. And I knew what happened when I tried to warn people about the things I saw in my visions. It only made things worse.
It always made things worse.
Tough Guy took a step toward me and crossed his arms. With his large frame, he towered over me, but thankfully he didn't crowd me. His dark hair, cut in a longish, haphazard way, absorbed the light around it. And though his body was long and obviously well-muscled, it suggested bar room brawls, not a life spent working out at the gym.
Karson. That was it. Tough Guy's name was Karson. Although Tough Guy seemed more apropos.
His intensity had my insides quivering. Whatever it was he wanted from me, there'd be no getting away from answering. But at least he didn't seem to be trying to scare me intentionally — the man was just majorly intense.
"Are you a Venator?" he asked sharply, surprising me with the question.
"Excuse me?" Lame, I know, but I had no clue what he was talking about. I'd thought he'd be asking why I'd started muttering about fire and looking like I was in some other world.
"Is this some kind of setup? Because I don't appreciate you screwing around on my job." He shot a quick glance over his shoulder before turning back to look at me. He stepped forward, towering over me with his large frame.
His scent touched my nose, spicy and masculine. But he was too close. I stepped back.
Something in his expression shifted. Softened, but only a tad. "Tell me what the fuck is going on, and cut the scared rabbit look. You know I'm not going to hurt you."
I knew no such thing.
"I don't know what you're talking about — "
"The trancing out and muttering about burning. Ring any bells? Are you trying to get me killed?" Eyes locked on mine, he took another step toward me, crowding me.
At least now he was talking about something I knew about. But the whole Venator thing? Screwing around on his job? Trying to get him killed? Very slowly, I repeated myself. "I don't know what you're talking about."
He cursed under his breath. "You're lying."
I didn't answer, but I didn't look down, either. And I didn't step back again. Miriam would have been proud. Or petrified for me.
He stepped back this time, and his lips curved into a slight grin. "You're a tough one."
"Damn straight," I managed.
His grin widened into an all-out smile, and the world around us brightened.
My breath hitched, but not from fear this time. Just the small change in his expression made him more man than monster.
"Just — just tell your friend to watch out for himself," I said. A wimpy-ass warning, but did I really know anything else that would be helpful? What could I say? Tell your buddy that if he knows anyone who likes to burn people alive, that he shouldn't trust the pyro? Yeah, that would totally be helpful. "And to stay away from neon signs."
I expected him to roll his eyes or laugh at my warning; it was such a weird thing to say. But his gaze rolled over me in a very obvious appraisal, and when he finally got back to my eyes, I gave him my best glare. After years of pushing people away from me, I'd gotten good at the whole steer-clear glare.
"Keep your secrets, girl. But stay away from my job." With a final, lingering glance at me, he turned and headed the direction Thomas had taken.
He moved quickly, but with purpose, like some sort of jungle cat on the hunt. The man didn't walk. He stalked.
Thank God he'd gone the bullying route. With a smile like that and enough testosterone to kill a horse, he could have charmed the truth out of me. But the weird word he'd used still ran through my mind.
What the hell was a Venator?
And did it have anything to do with my curse?
* * *
In my apartment two hours later, I almost jumped out of my skin when the loud knock sounded on my door. Had to be Miriam, but I still took a quick peek through the peephole to make sure. My hands were a little shaky as I struggled with the lock. The vision, that guy Karson's weird statements, had gotten under my skin. Once I got the door open, her smile faded into a look of concern. Damn. I must look like crap.
"Are you all right? Is it the vision?"
I almost laughed. Miriam never feared calling me out, no matter what. I beckoned her into the living room where we sat on my flower-print couch. I went through the encounter with the man outside of the hospital while Miriam listened intently.
"That Karson guy sounds like he's kind of a jerk," she said. "But I don't think he's what's got you all shaken up."
"I keep seeing that poor man. Thomas. I can't get the image out of my head." Not to mention the sensations I'd experienced — as if I'd been the one being burned alive.
"I think we should try to find him."
"No. I told his friend to warn Thomas to watch out. How would being more specific help that?" I leaped off the couch and paced next to it. I felt like something was crawling under my skin. The ache to find this man, to warn him more fully — God, I wanted to. But I knew with too much certainty what would happen if I warned someone about one of my visions. "No way. You don't understand, Miriam. It's not just that I can't prevent what I see in the visions from happening, but part of the curse seems to be that when I do warn people, it always makes things so much worse."
"How could it possibly get more horrible for this guy than burning alive?" Miriam pointed out.
Guilt rushed through me, and I bit my lip. The future couldn't get more terrible for that man. But it could for me — it always did. Crap hit the fan and warning people always put me directly in the path of the oncoming shitstorm. And that thought, selfish though it was, made me want to run away and hide.
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Ava doesn't touch many people because she has a power that allows her to see peoples death. When she accidentally touches a man she sees he will die a violet death and she knows she has to do something. She can't stop them from coming true but she has to try. She isn't prepared for discovering things she never thought possible. Karson has hinted Demons for years hoping to get the chance to get rid of them and more important the one who killed his family years ago. Ava throws his plan out of whack and now he has to try and keep her alive. He isn't used to his feelings he has for her but as they fall for each other they have to try and stop the Demons together. Ava is a character you can like. She has a gift but she doesn't like to use it. She seems weak at first but as you read she grows in many ways. She becomes stronger and as her eyes are opened to new things she discovers she isn't one to stand by. She is willing to help in any way even if she is in danger. Karson is the dangerous broody guy you would be scared of if you came across him but you would still like to look at. He seems like he is all rough until he begins to open up. He is on a mission and bound to fulfill it no matter what. Ava makes him a more open and loving person. I liked this book as the plot is a good one and I liked how Karson does try to save those he thinks he can. There is tons of action as they try to stop the demons and you can see as you read there is more going on that is just waiting to be unraveled as you read. The chemistry between Ava and Karson is a good one. There is plenty of heat between them. The author does a wonderful job and this book is wonderfully written. I just couldn't connect a lot with the characters. I liked them but they didn't stick with me. That is just me and nothing against the book it is a great one and if you like books with demons, paranormal books or just looking for good book I would recommend this one.
I really enjoyed this book! It pretty much starts off right off the bat with the action. Karson and Ava have some seriously HOT chemistry. I found this book to be very refreshing and a nice change of pace from what I have been reading lately! If you have been in a bit of a reading funk, or are just looking for an amazing book with lots of action, lots of steam and the paranormal world thrown all together, then this is definitely the book you want to pick up!! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
I loved that this book had things that I haven't seen in any other book. I loved the story line and the characters I hope we see more of the characters in the future
~ 4 Temptation Stars ~ Temptation by Fire by Tiffany Alle is a thrilling paranormal romance with a heroine that can see the future and an emotionally scarred demon hunter hero. It does have that insta-love quality too it, but despite that I still found myself pulled in and enjoying this book. The quick pace, action and character growth make this a fun adventure. Ave is a strong heroine and I have always enjoyed a strong heroine in the books I read. I was rooting for Ave to finally find her place in this world. I felt connected to her and could see her start to build trust in herself, in Karson, and her abilities; eventually realizes that they are not all bad. Karson I enjoyed learning about and the demon hunting society he is involved in. We get to learn some intriguing things about the people in this society and this gives us a better understand of Karson and the path he choose. The story moves along at a brisk pace as does the romance. The character growth was well done in this story. Ava and Karson helped change each other for the better, while avoiding being killed several times. Their passion is fiery hot and very physical. They both question the quick attraction which helps make it more believable and they don’t immediately start saying I love you. We also gain a sense of how extensive and vivid the world is around our characters. Temptation by Fire was an intoxicating read. I found myself pulled into Ms. Alle’s demon hunting world and rooting for our sad and lonely heroine Ava. The ending battle gave me a surprise I did not see coming. Definitely worth picking up. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy free of charge from the author with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review The name Tiffany Allee is a new one to me but one that I certainly won't forget. This, my first book by her, has definitely got her a new admirer! Fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy should most definitely put this author on their must buy list . Fast paced and full of action Temptation By Fire is a book that's hard to put down. The story centres around Ava who has the ability ( although she sees it as a curse) to sometimes get visions whilst touching people. She's learned the hard way to avoid human contact as much as possible and really only fully trusts her best friend Miriam. Miriam is a medical student and whilst visiting her one day Ava meets two completely different men. Thomas, blonde and seemingly friendly and his darkly brooding companion Karson. She gets a terrible vision about Thomas burning alive and yet it's Karson who for some reason she can't stop thinking about. Ava is many things but she most definitely is not a coward and she sets out to find Thomas and do all she can to save him. What started out as a chance encounter is about to completely change Ava's view on life as she quickly finds herself drawn into a world of demons and those who hunt them. Her psychic gift is going to lead her into more danger then Ava's ever imagined but it's her heart that will be truly tested. Excellent story about demon hunting and yes I've read a few! What makes this book stand out for me is the quality of the writing as Ms Allee gives her characters a strong voice. There are many books that feature different points of view as the story unfolds but these two main characters literally seem to leap off the page. When I read a book of this type I usually imagine myself as the heroine falling for the hero but here I wanted to be the hero! The guys viewpoint is so strong that it didn't feel in any way like a typical paranormal type romance. Although I do have to say that it's a hot read and If this is a series then count me in! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and although I usually prefer a longer read would have no hesitation in rating this a five.
This was such a fun ride! A great steamy paranormal romance. What would you do if you could touch someone and see their death? I think I’d freak out LOL Ava has literally retreated into herself because she doesn’t want to touch or be touched, you never know what she might “see”. She’s also tried to stop those “sights” from happening to only have it get worse. Ava is completely withdrawn except for her best friend Miriam. And one day, with Miriam, she meets two men, and when one touches her, she sees his absolute horrible death. She is now stuck as to what to do with that info. Does she tell him, though he won’t believe her, or live with the guilt that she should try. And that’s how her world unravels. LOL Ava learns that demons are real, as well as demon hunters. She also learns that she has a “gift” not a “curse”, and it could be useful. Except Mr Demon Hunter thinks she should be kept safe at all times, and she’s so stubborn she’s willing to throw herself in the demons arms to save him. Typical day in the romance right? :P Karson, aka Mr Tough Guy, is the demon hunter, who has infiltrated the demons lair, and is trying to actually save the man the demon is possessing. And things come tumbling down around him when Ava shows up. He wants nothing more that to find the demon that killed his whole family and made him a hunter. And now, he also wants Ava, but can he give up on some much revenge for her? He’s definitely your alpha male, all stubborn, and demanding, and possessive, and having a serious issue with independent women. LOL Karson not only has to keep trying to save Thomas/banish that demon, keep Ava safe after she spoils everything and all the demons know who she is, and still try to find a way to kill the even bigger, badder demon coming around. I definitely found this an easy read. It has a very good plot scheme, great writing, some fun characters, and a twist with betrayal I NEVER saw coming. Ava and Karson are both so damn stubborn that their romance is almost a love hate relationship until they both finally get a swift kick to the head. LOL I’m glad it worked out exactly the way it did. And I must say, after the dust settled, and Ava and Karson get their ending, I am seriously hoping that Miriam can get an ending like this too :) She was definitely a favorite of mine! There’s plenty for everyone here in this book. There’s of course the paranormal aspect, but there’s mystery, and action, and some very steamy, fun romance. :) Seriously, the end, I had a jaw drop moment and then cheered like crazy :) So, I hope that these characters in this world can continue some more :) An EXCELLENT STEAMY DEMON BUTT KICKING 4.5 PAWS!
Temptation by Fire by Tiffany Allee Psychic, Ava Keller, hates her gift, or her curse as she preferred to refer to it. Karson is a demon hunter seeking revenge for the death of his family. Together they need to stop two demons who threaten humanity. Being from Chicago, I always like when books take place there. I actually used to live in the same neighborhood where Ava’s house is supposed to be. So needless to say visualizing the neighborhood was pretty easy for me. The book and characters are well-developed and interesting. The story flowed well and was easy to follow. Temptation by Fire has humor which I always appreciate; it makes the dialog entertaining. I like that Ava and Karson both grow in the novel. I enjoyed both of their characters. I also appreciate the contrast of personalities between the two daemons. If you enjoy paranormal novels that keep you on the edge of your seat you should enjoy Temptation by Fire. ARC provided publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
There are just a very, very VERY select few authors that can entice me to read books with a first person POV format. Tiffany Allee is a member of that elite group. I especially loooove the fact that the POV switches from heroine to hero on a regular basis. I find it really hard to get involved with a character when I have no insights to their thoughts or feelings. Being the herocentric book skank that I am, this eliminates a great deal of books from my possible reading list. That's why I always jump at the chance to read a Tiffany Allee book. I absolutely adored Karson. He was tough, damaged, scarred and had all but forsaken his humanity in pursuit of vengeance. Seeing Ava (I loved the old school names!) knock Karson on his hardened, but nicely muscled tuckus was a treat. He recognized her inner goodness at once and knew when she instantly ignited his he-man protective genes, she was going to mean BIG trouble for him. His inner battles were just delicious. Ava was extremely skittish, which of course was wise but still stood on a nerve. When her distrust leads to a FUBAR of major proportions, she did put on her worthy heroine panties and step up to the plate and thus gained the Sebella seal of approval. What was fantastic about Ava was her willingness to face up to the fact that she committed a major no-no. She didn't try to finagle her way out, I just thought this was EPIC. Not only does she take responsibility for herself, but for Karson and her best friend Miriam, heck she puts the whole of humanity on her small but incredibly strong shoulders. While this book is strongly character driven, there is an awesome story that takes place, demons, hunters, psychics, betrayal and good heartwarming romance. Not only did it warm my heart but it also reached a few other regions as well. While Ava needed to keep herself distant from physical touch, when she finally was able to let go, my girl was hell on wheels. (insert off color remark about Karson driving *snort*). I am keeping an eye on Karson's fellow hunter Caleb, and a few other secondarys that snagged my attention and curiosity. I certainly hope to see more of this crew and implore you to join the fan club.
Great PNR read - lots of action and twists and turns! With just a touch Ava Keller can see the future. Living in fear of her visions, Ava is always careful to avoid contact with anyone. When an innocent exchange leads to an inadvertent touch, Ava sees a horrendous vision of a man’s violent death – and she knows from trying to change the outcome of her visions in the past, there is nothing she can do to change the future. Karson is a man whose past has shaped his future – his family was murdered by demons and he has dedicated his life to seeking justice on the demon who killed them. Working as a Venator, a group whose sole purpose is to fight the demons, Karson’s latest target has possessed the body of Thomas Winston – the man whose touch showed Ava the vision of his death. When Ava sets off a course of events that threatens her life, Karson finds himself doing everything he can to protect her – even when that protection puts her in further danger. As Ava and Karson work together to fight the demons who are threatening Ava’s life and plotting to destroy humanity, they must also deal with an undeniable attraction that exists between them – an attraction that could prove to be Karson’s undoing. I really enjoyed this book and appreciated the characters and the rules that Tiffany Allee created for them to play by. It was fun to watch Ava grow as a character – she always had an inner strength, and it was fun to watch her take responsibilities for her actions, stand up to Karson, and ultimately begin to see her “curse” as a gift. Karson was great – totally alpha but broken by the events of his past. So convinced that he cannot allow Ava into his life because she can only be considered a weakness for him – and then realizing that he is weak without her…loved it! This was a great PNR read, with lots of action and twists and turns that kept me turning the pages and finishing the book in one day. There was plenty of romance and heat between Ava and Karson and I loved the fact that it was used to enhance the suspense of the book and tell their story rather than just being a gratuitous sex scene. I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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(Previous song at dragon res 1) We blaze and burn and blister...we scorch and roast and flame... but our putpose you see, is to be WE. TO BRING THE SUN, UP FROM THE SKY. A thousand fireballs will do... when the sky is wet, and filled with tears... we sun the sky and clear the world of rain... BUT A MIGHTY FORCE US DRAGONS MAKE! We blaze and burn and blister... we scorch and roast and flame... but our purpose you see, is to be WE. TO BRING THE SUN, UP FROM THE SKY. When we burn the fear will turn. Then be joy... just a toy. (Next song at ice res 1)