Friday, June 3, 2016

Awakened by Fire by Erin Kellison

Series: Dragons of Bloodfire #2
257 p.
Publisher: Fire Flower Publishing, LLC
Published: 5/14/16
Source: From author for review
Get lost in a world of danger, secrets, and desire in the newest installment of bestselling author Erin Kellison’s action-packed Dragons of Bloodfire series.

Billionaire dragon shifter and Bloodkin Triad member Warrick Voclain is no stranger to power. But when his trusted steward’s beautiful granddaughter—all grown up and successful in her own right—seems to be using illegal magic in his presence, he is thrown for a loop. And the fact that she’s doing so to protect him? Alarming.

Samantha Vine needs to stay under the radar, or her secret gift will get her and her granddad killed. She didn’t intend for her quick visit home to stretch into weeks in Warrick’s company, but anyone striking at Warrick would also hurt her granddad. Only she has the ability to see what’s coming…though she’ll need Warrick’s help to stop it.

The use of such magic is punishable by death, and Warrick’s position on the Triad requires that he adhere to the rule of law. But the attraction between them is electric, stirring his blood and straining his control.

Adversaries wait in every shadow, and the easiest way to strike down a powerful dragon is to go for the heart…in Warrick’s case, Samantha. With fire and blood, he’ll reshape the world into one that’s safe for her. And those that don’t bend to his will? They will burn.
My thoughts:

Want a UF/PNR book? One where you love the romance as well as the action? I often turn to Erin Kellison when I want my fix. Usually the books aren't too long, but she knows how to write a whole story in just a few pages. This book is full length but packs no less punch than the novellas I've been reading lately by this author. Hm... can you tell I'm a fan of her work?

If you need more convincing I think I may only need to say DRAGON SHIFTER to those that might be on the fence. Did that knock you over? ;) Oh but what to say so I don't spoil anything. The romance is well drawn out. Both have secrets and both have societal expectations that need to be addressed before either one could even contemplate a relationship. It's also funny that the possessiveness that Warrick has toward Sammy makes sense and isn't annoying. He actually is aware of his feelings here and does everything he can to make sure that it doesn't interfere with the relationship. Yea, what we would take in a PNR, we wouldn't in real life. :D That what makes these so much fun.

I did love how these two come together and also how they compliment each other. You can read this as a standalone, but I do not advise it. The worldbuilding is done so well in the first book and this one is placed right after those events happen. The arc in the background is minor but it pulls the characters together. I recommend reading the series in order.

I give this book 4 stars. If you are in the mood for a shifter book with romance and action, this is the series for you.

32 comments:

  1. Let there be dragons...it's been a while so a book/series to consider for sure. :)

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  2. I love dragons but have yet to read a dragon shifter book. I need to branch out :)

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    1. I've read a few and I've been enjoying them! Dragons! :)

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  3. I have met Erin a couple times and she's super sweet. I have a number of her titles on my TBR, but haven't found the time. I am thinking I should try this one!

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    1. I've met her once and I also think she is super sweet! You will enjoy her books!

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  4. I really need to pick up a dragon shifter book darn it. This series sounds great!

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  5. I tend to prefer UF to PNR but I haven't ever read a book that really straddles those two genres perfectly so I'll have to check this out for sure! As much as I love a well-written plot and action sequence I always want my romance too! Great review, Melissa!

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    1. I also gravitate more toward UF and I do think this one does straddle both well. :)

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  6. I've been searching for a good PNR/UF, and I'll have to add this to the TBR!

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  7. Pnr, meh, sadly not, if it is not funny

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  8. Oh you tempt me so bad with hers! And DRAGONS?!! *flails*

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  9. Evil woman you know my kryptonite you had me at Dragon Shifter!

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  10. romance, action and dragons? what? I need this one!

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  11. I got this too, I'm finally back on the fantasy mood, maybe I'll do a back to back if the romance part doesn't disinterest me. It's the romance novels that I can't get into lately which turned my TBR to shit! lol

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    1. Oh no! Well, it is more a PNR than a UF but it is also a good UF. :)

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  12. So I added to the title in my head when I saw the cover - 'Awakened by Fire in My Pants'. lol.

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  13. Okay. Now I need to get to her books. You got me. I want it all and it sounds like her books deliver just that. :) Thank you!

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  14. Wow... I am loving the sound of this series! And I'm like everyone else... hooked with the Dragon Shifter!

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  15. Really getting into UF, and I think this one might be worth checking out. Great review, girlie!

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    1. Oh I love UF. This one is a good combo of UF/PNR. :)

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