Hearts Afire: May

Hearts Afire: May is an anthology of two very different stories.

Shadows of Fire tells the story of Alexandra Flanagan, a vampire who straddles the vampire and human worlds. Repulsed by drinking human blood, Alexandra helps to create a blood wine made from animal blood that vampires can exist on. She is also working with a professor who's been trying to "cure" vampires. She is weakened by his experimental drugs.

The doctor is on the verge of a breakthrough when he is brutally murdered by a Rogue vampire who hates the trend in the vampire community toward living in peace with humans. His murder and similar other murders has Reese Colton, a vampire who works in the RISEN operation, a vampire policing agency, searching him out.

When the rogue vampire turns his sights on Alexandra, their world's collide. Instantly attracted, Alexandra and Reese must stop the rogue before they have a chance at anything else.

Shadows of Fire was a creative vampire story. I thought the character development was good and the story line interesting. It held my attention through out. Well done!

In A Walk on the Wild Side prim and proper Abby Simmons has just turned 30. Beneath her accountant's exterior lurks a sexually depraved woman. Deciding it's now or never, Abby sets her sights on seducing her sexy neighbor, Luke Marlow. Gathering her nerve, she drinks too much, then heads to his home.

Luke has never viewed Abby as a sex partner and when she comes onto him, he kindly turns her down telling her if she still feels that way in the morning, he'll indulge her. When she sends him a list of what she'd like done, Luke begins to see his neighbor in a new light. Intrigued, the pair start down the path of Abby's sexual awakening.

But Luke gets more than he ever imagined when he starts losing his heart in the process.

A Walk on the Wild Side was a particularly well done erotic story. Both characters were strong, real and likable. The sex was also well done.

Book Blurb for Hearts Afire: May

Shadows of Fire – By Nina Pierce

ALEXANDRA FLANAGAN didn’t ask to be forced from her human existence as a chemistry student at the South Kenton University in the mountains of Northern California into the ungodly world of vampires. But thirty years ago, after nearly dying from a vicious vampire attack, that’s exactly what happened. Saved by the blood of an ancient vampire, she unhappily walks among immortals--facing a hollow existence she never chose.

REESE COLTON has been a vampire for centuries. A man of honor, he is part of an elite military operation known as RISEN that seeks out and eliminates rogue vampires who choose to break the unwritten codes of the immortals and not live complacently among the human population. Undercover as a firefighter at the South Kenton fire department, he and his team have been called in to investigate the unusual number of fires that have ended the lives of several humans--and vampires.

When chemistry ignites passion, Reese and Alex find themselves embroiled in an affair that catches them both unaware. With the number of fires escalating and Alex’s behavior increasingly suspect, Reese isn’t sure whether to follow his heart or the clues. Will Reese find the answers to Alex’s secrets in the Shadows of Fire?

A Walk on the Wild Side – Julia Devlin

After spending her thirtieth birthday with her parents, straight as an arrow Abby Simmons drowns her sorrows in a bottle of Jose Cuervo and a splash of margarita mix. All she wants is a little fun and excitement—one shot at being wild before she settles back into her regularly scheduled life. With a little liquid courage, Abby sets out to give herself the perfect gift—her bad boy neighbor, firefighter, Luke Marlow.

When an intoxicated Abby shows up at his door, Luke isn’t eager to accommodate a naïve woman who can’t handle what he has to give. Not wanting to hurt this sweet girl next-door, he sends her away with an order to sleep it off, and a promise to fulfill her desires in the light of day. Confident he’s run her off, nothing could have shocked him more than receiving an email from Abby the next morning outlining her sexual to-do list. Turns out his quiet neighbor isn’t such a good girl after all.

While Luke gives Abby the walk on the wild side she craves, they both get more than they bargained for…

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2009 4.25