Monday, March 7, 2016

A Flare of Promise by Jessie Donovan

Title:  Flare of Promise
Series:  Asylums for Magical Threats /4
Author:  Jessie Donovan
Publication Date:  March 10/16
Length:  139pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Two years ago, Petra Brandt faked her death and broke her fiancé’s heart to save her brother. While she never stopped loving him, she accepted her new life as a mercenary. At least, until the day she learns Will’s life is in danger. Blackmailing a few people along the way to help her, Petra devises a plan to free her former love and save his life.

After a rogue first-born kills his fiancée with elemental fire, Dr. William Evans dedicates his life to ridding the world of magic. What he didn’t expect was to develop his own magical ability and become a research subject himself. A strange man offers him a deal for his freedom, and Will takes it. However, his choice reconnects him with the woman he believed to be dead.

Will and Petra must work together to survive. But can they overcome their past full of lies, secrets, and betrayals? Or will their love only remain a distant memory?

40,500 words / Full story with happy ending / 18+ for explicit language and sexual situations

My Review:

What a rush! Donovan puts pen to paper creating an unforgettable tale that had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Vivid and larger than life descriptions heighten the intensity of an already creatively inspired novel. The well thought out plot kept me guessing while taking me on a wild ride that wasn’t simply action intensive, but also emotionally revealing.

I liked the well-developed differentiation between talents, first borns, and latent magic users. The myths and legends that are coming into play are also quite intriguing. That said, this series really should be read in order for context. The thorough world and

And let’s not forget the best part of this novel: characters that you can fall in love with. The little imperfections that Donovan works into her hero and heroine make them even more endearing. Their relationship was both complex and so very easy. Readers can see how they fit together, but also feel for the difficulties that they face. Surrounded by a supporting cast that will both make you laugh and groan in frustration, Donovan has created a group of individuals that I desperately want to become a part of.

Donovan’s return to magic and mayhem, action and suspense had me in its hooks throughout. This quick, exciting read was a fantastic addition to a series that I can’t get off of my mind.

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