Awakened by Fire (Dragons of Bloodfire #2) by Erin Kellison
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I loved returning to the Bloodfire series. Tempted by Fire was awesome and book 2 was just as fun and enjoyable. Samantha and Warrick were strong characters that worked well together, and the conflicts fit within the story and kept the story moving quickly. I enjoyed watching them come together, though I have to admit I wanted more moments of passion because it was clear that these two could be explosive together. The final battle Samantha took part in was great! She kicked serious ass and her moment when she reaches out to Warrick during his battle to make sure he didn’t kill more than their enemies while consumed in his battle lust:
“I’m cold, Warrick. I’m cold, and I hurt…Look with human eyes. You know me. I belong to you,” the voice said. “You were very clear on that point. But you also belong to me, which is why I’m not leaving…”
The voice drifted off, and he found he missed it.
“You have eighteen freckles,” he said without having to look.
But the human woman wasn’t there anymore.
Oh, God. Samantha.
Loved that scene and what follows (Don’t worry, I didn’t give enough to spoil it), I just thought that was so poignant. I’m excited to find out what happens in book 3 and I hope that Mack makes more of an appearance in the series.