Friday, October 31, 2008

After the Fire

Book Title: After the Fire
Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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ISBN: 978-1-59578-486-5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Nymph Rating: 3 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Shar Brenna is a respected member of the Kin, a witch clan that lives in Granier Falls. Her business is thriving and she’s happy with her fiancé, Lawson, until she learns that he never loved her and was only after her family’s money. Upset and angry, Shar joins her friends at a Kin nightclub, Mystic, and gets drunk, setting herself up to be charged with arson after an explosion and fire nearly levels the building. Shar was too drunk to remember much but her friend reminds her of a challenge where she and another Kin put on a ‘fireworks show’, trying to upstage each other. The one thing she can’t deny is that her powers could have caused the fire.

Trajan has known Shar for most of his life and has thought of her as a sister for most of them. That is until he sees her in her nightclub outfit and realizes that his little friend has turned into a desirable sex kitten that pushes all of his buttons. He fights his desires until he learns that she’s no longer engaged, then it’s an all out assault to claim her for his own, and to protect her from harm. The clues of her guilt don’t make any sense to Trajan unless she and the town have come to the attention of a hunter bent on destroying a clan of witches.

There’s a lot of suspense and action from the very beginning in Ms. DeRicci’s new release After the Fire. I just wish I’d had a little more background on the characters and what it meant to be Kin. While the opening scene at the club was interesting, having the heroine, Shar, so drunk she couldn’t remember what happened wasn’t a very good opening impression. Finding her waking in the jail, but not finding out why or what she had been charged with seemed very foolish. Why wasn’t she more worried, or why didn’t she call the Council instead of totally depending on Trajan to figure out what was going on, or who was trying to hurt her. This portion of the plot didn’t seem very plausible to me, neither did the sudden and unexplained attraction Shar and Trajan were experiencing. Suspecting that the people after her were likely Hunters should have scared her to death. Instead, she and Trajan seemed to spend most of their time having sex; not very realistic or wise, in a life and death situation, if you ask me.

Trajan, I did like, even if he did have a long-standing reputation as a man who didn’t do relationship, but only short-term flings. Yet, once he realizes how important Shar was to him, he works to keep her safe. I would have liked to have seen more about Shar’s family that had the money Lawson was after, and more about the history of the Hunter’s to explain why they were so intent on ridding the world of all witches.

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