Saturday, September 12, 2015

Burns Like Fire & Shock to Your System by Mandy Rosko

Title:  Burns Like Fire
Series:  Dangerous Creatures #1
Author:  Mandy Rosko
Publication Date:  January 6/15 by Mandy Rosko
Length:  230pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

A scarred hunter seeking revenge...

Jack Marilla is out to avenge the deaths of his family, and get his revenge for the burn scars that cover his body. His house was burned down with himself and his family locked inside of it two years ago, and he barely survived.

His prime suspect is Cindy Chase, the paranormal fire starter who captured his heart, and then set his house ablaze before vanishing.

...and the woman he used to love as his prime suspect...

When he finally catches her, Jack faces his biggest challenge yet. To not believe her when she claims to be innocent, or fall for her tempting seduction.

My Review:

Hot & suspenseful, dangerous & emotional, that is the type of story that Rosko presents to her readers with BURNS LIKE FIRE. This novel was well plotted and wildly original. I loved how wrapped up in the story I became. Rosko made every aspect of it so real for me.

I enjoyed the way that she developed her paranormal characters. The sense of ‘other’ coursed through the entire novel, really ramping up the differences between the two main characters. At the same time, the main characters were developed very well as individuals. I really liked them both. Their turbulent relationship was full of misunderstandings, but the inescapable chemistry between the pair definitely spiced up the novel. I loved how Rosko used sex to enhance the emotions and sense of betrayal between these two, adding to the storyline.

This novel was definitely a fantastic first story in Rosko’s series. I loved getting to know the characters and their world. I also enjoyed the little foray into the lives of the characters for the next novel. I can’t wait to read it either.

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Title:  A Shock To Your System
Series:  Dangerous Creatures #2
Author:  Mandy Rosko
Publication Date:  March 9/15 by Mandy Rosko
Length:  214pgs
Genre:  paranormal
Shelf:  own
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

The Tables Have Turned…

Jamie Holland was on the run from his longtime lover—okay, they’d been together for a week, but the sex was awesome—when he discovered to his horror the impossible and yet totally probable truth: Ethan Frost, hot sexy and dominant male Ethan, is a hunter, a man trained to search out and bring in anyone with paranormal super powers. Since Jamie sometimes, maybe, kind of has a little problem controlling his electrical powers when he’s nervous, and he might have caused a blackout, Ethan is duty bound to bring Jamie in.

No One’s Running Away Now…
An Accident that knocks both men out leaves Ethan vulnerable, and when dangerous paranormals find them, Jamie unleashes hell in the form of blue lightning to save the man he loves. With Ethan injured, Jamie must care for him, keeping him safe against anyone who might want to harm him. Though Ethan offers Jamie his freedom, Jamie finds himself unable to leave his side, and Ethan doesn’t want Jamie to go…

In the sequel to Burns Like Fire, Jamie and Ethan must struggle with their still new, and very strong attraction for each other, while protecting each other from those who are out to put Jamie in a lab, and throw Ethan in prison as a traitor. Though they care very deeply for each other, they must quickly decide if the conflict in their particular romance is impossible to overcome, and if it would be safer to part ways forever...

My Review:

This novel is well and vividly written. The pages are fraught with suspense from the very beginning. The action intensive plot kept the story moving forward at a brisk pace. Rosko’s writing is simultaneously fun and hot. Her vibrant descriptions bring everything to life, while the action and heat of the story kept me glued to the pages. This novel picks up right where the last novel left off, yet could still easily be read as a standalone. It’s the perfect merger.

Rosko fills her novel with unique paranormals, both good and bad. I enjoy the way that she develops their various powers. At the same time, I would like to have known more about the division between humans and paranormals. Rosko alludes to it, yet never comes out and spells it out for readers.

The main characters in this novel are a pair of star cross lovers that I desperately WANTED to see succeed. Both were such nice people, who really cared more about each other than themselves. The real caring, along with the electric chemistry between them has earned them a place in my heart.

I also enjoyed how Rosko ends this novel with a lead up to the sequel, while also giving a sense of completion to the story at hand. I am still dying to read the next novel, yet content with the knowledge that the current leading couple are on their way to a HEA.

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