Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Published by Kensington Publishing on September 25, 2012
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The hotter they come, the harder they fall…
With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…
Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain. She needs to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.
Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…
The second book in what is, thus far, a great series, Blaze is a great story of triumphing over all odds — a bad childhood, government conspiracies, broken relationships, and language barriers.
While I don’t necessarily agree with the description that Keira “utterly betrayed” Luke, I can see how he may have felt that way, but, to be fair, they both had a LOT on their plates. And she didn’t cheat on him — that I can say right now.
The book opens with Keira at the compound where Mateo, a five year old boy, is being kept. She’s under the impression that he is the son of a coworker and her connection with him is strong and undeniable, even if she can’t explain or understand it. Or him, as he only speaks Greek.
Due to a warehouse fire years ago, Keira and her former fire crew, have possessed powers due to the chemicals they were exposed to as they were doing their job. What they didn’t know, at the time, that it was the government that they were working for that exposed them and, subsequently, began to use them as scientific experiments.
Keira possesses clairaudient abilities: the ability to hear thoughts pushed at her as well as voices from the past, connected to the area she’s concentrating on. Luke is fire-and-bullet proof — a pretty damn good power to have when you work for the ATF. Though, when Keira and Luke are away from each other, their powers are weakened. And Keira is only fully able to clearly hear Luke’s thoughts, and he, hers.
Given their history, and now their amped up abilities, it’s no wonder that Keira is distracted during the rescue mission to save Mateo and other children being held hostage in what is thought to be a religious cult compound. In the aftermath of the rescue mission, after getting blown to hell, Keira notices a peculiar bruising pattern on Mateo’s body — one that looks just like hers as well as matching ones on the rest of her team that were exposed to the chemicals all those years ago. Sickened by the thought that the government is using a five year old boy as an experiment, Keira makes a vow to protect the boy from all harm and from the people who have used him.
No one is what they seem in her life and she doesn’t know who to trust, except for Luke, even if he continues to lash her heart with his thoughts of their past. As they work their way back to their team, the only people they both trust to get them through, and help figure out what the hell is going on, Keira and Luke experience one hell of a ride.
I very much enjoyed this book, and, though it could get slow in a few places, I think the reader needs that, as the rest is action packed and pretty damn sexy at times (and there’s nothing like a 5-year-old boy walking in to cool the mood).
If you liked Christine Feehan’s Ghost Walker Series, you’ll enjoy this series as well. It has similar threads of story line: the government using its heroes as scientific experiments (although in the Ghost Walker series, the soldiers in the program volunteered for the training and testing, though they got a LOT more than they bargained for), the government then betraying them as they find that they don’t have control over their “experiments” and subsequently trying to kill them off; true love, heartbreak, unique gifts that always help on an op and steamy scenes between characters.
I give it a 4 out of 5! I can’t wait for more, and the way it ends, you know there will be! And you know the next book will be fantastic and sexy and heartbreaking all at the same time — that’s what makes a good book and a great author.