Born In Fire
Bounty hunter Reagan is reluctantly teamed up with an Elder vampire to find a mage that is threat. In the process she has to admit her parentage, which can be used against her. This book basically revolves around keeping her secret of how awesome she is and therefore comes off very shallow.
This was very reminiscent of of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series. While it’s normal to mimic other authors and probably flattering, this had so many elements similar to Kate Daniels that it was bothering me. Reagan is a strong sarcastic female with secret paternal links that are less than savory with shared blood magic. Kate Daniels has paternal issues that are most exactly alike. There are a few more similarities throughout the book, but I’m not going to beat a dead horse.
I think the biggest problem for me was that the Heroine was not really working out. Reagan is supposed to be funny and sarcastic, but many of her “jokes” and comments are just immature and awkward. I like an immature character sometimes, but this one just was not working. Much of the dialogue between the characters was a bit boring to me, except Darius. I liked the banter between the two of them and there was an awkwardness that I found fun. It was the only thing not dropping this book down all the way.
Okay, I need to talk about this cover. Reagan looks like she is described in the book But what’s going on with Darius back there in the wife-beater? He is supposed to be a super civilized elder vampire. I get that this is supposed to be the climax scene and this would be the only time that you would see some skin… “so let’s put that one scene on the cover”. The reason why he is awesome is because of his comically, overly formal, cool exterior. I get it sex sells and you want to signal that it is a romance, but what are you cover people thinking. “Women need to have a muscled sweaty man on the cover all the time or they won’t buy the book. Make him look as trashy as possible. Yeah, give him a rip in his shirt. Yeah!” I guess it’s a good thing I only really buy non-fiction books in hard copy form. I would not walk around with half of these. I wonder how many more people read more now just because Kindle has allowed us to hide our guilty pleasures?
Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options. If people found out what I could do—what I am—I would kiss my freedom goodbye.
So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.
Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.
Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.