A Three Worlds Series:
Seduce Me in Flames: Rush “Ender” Blakely and Ambrea Vas Allay
Ambrea is the rightful heir to the throne of Allay, but kept in exile most of her life, first by her father whos had her mother executed as a traitor, then her uncle and young brother who rose to the throne after her father’s death. The IM has decided to get involved and restore the right heir to the throne, if only they can keep her alive long enough. Rush “Ender” Blakely and the rest of his specialized elite team from the IM has been tasked with getting Ambrea out of her “prison” and restored to the throne, but it seems like everywhere they turn there is someone trying to take her out. While Rush is extracting Ambrea from her home country she notices something very strange about him, even though he was directly hit by fire he remained unscathed. Rush has not disclosed his secret to anyone since his village found out and tried to execute him yet this princess uncovered his secret within hours of meeting her and she didn’t run off screaming or try to set him on fire like his village did those many years ago. Her easy acceptance of his “gift” only helps in building the fiery attraction he felt before. After Ambrea finds our Rush’s secret she realizes even more that she needs this strong man by her side if she is to battle the evil that infiltrated her kingdoms court and remain alive.
So this book had the misfortune of my reading it almost immediately after I read the Dark Taste of Rapture by Gena Showalter. The concept of the two books are basically the same. A female fair above the man’s station in life and the man has a secret a “gift” of fire. I have to admit I enjoyed Dark Taste of Rapture a lot better, although Gena Showalter is one of my favorite authors. Hector was really scared of doing any damage to Noelle and that came out clearly. With Rush, it was like aw well I have these powers that could hurt you but I don’t want to hurt you but ok, I’ll just sit in water, that shouldn’t be too dangerous. That feeling of terror that Hector had was just not present in this book, it was a lot watered down, literally. J. Frank plopped his arse in some water and things were a lot better. Fire welders are not uncommon in the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy world, so if you are going to go this route you really have to go for it. I can think of at least 4 other fire welder characters that I have read in the last couple of months alone (Vlad - Night Huntress, Sienna - Psy-Changling, Blaine - Soulfire, and Hector - Alien Huntress) and with all of those characters it was more everything. Even the plots of the attempts on Ambrea’s life were kind of watered down. I wanted more from this book, and I didn’t really get it. I can’t say that there was really anything wrong with the book but it was kind of lukewarm when it should have been sizzling.