Friday, June 18, 2010

Red Inferno

Title: Red Inferno
Author: Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
ISBN: 9781419928017
Genre: [M/F] Shapeshifter
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Months after escaping imprisonment and torture by the evil Dr. Bennett, dragon shape-shifter Ricardo Gianetti often wakes in a cold sweat, except when it happens this time, it’s because he’s telepathically contacted a woman in trouble. Initially he isn’t even certain whether she’s real or just a remnant of a bad dream until he contacts his older brother Sandro, who recognizes Ricardo’s description as his missing bodyguard, Kristen.

Kristen might be in serious trouble but she isn’t a pushover and uses her skill to get free of her captors. Ricardo locates her huddled naked in a New York City street. She’s tired, hungry, scared, injured and the drugs that have been pumped into her system won’t allow her to shape-shift into her dragon form, in order to heal her injuries.

From the first moment they meet, need sparks between Kristen and Ricardo, igniting a passion he never thought to experience and one she’d run from if she could. Together they and the other members of STORM must find Dr. Bennett and his lab, before he can use his latest captive to put his true plans into effect

Red Inferno is the forth release in Lynne Connolly’s ongoing shape-shifter series Ecstasy in Red. It’s another fast-paced, action-packed shape-shifter paranormal with intense, passionate and sexy main characters in Kristen and Ricardo. They are both private individuals with painful pasts and Ms. Connolly does a nice job expressing the emotional and physical hurts that sculpted them into the dynamic, complicated and interesting people they turned into. The intensity of feelings between Kristen and Ricardo only grows stronger the longer they are together, despite the roadblocks Kristen throws in the way. Still Ricardo perseveres, determined to win over the woman who’s coming to mean the world to him.

It was nice seeing the characters introduced in the previous releases and Ms. Connolly did a nice job integrating them into the plot. They might play small roles but as part of the STORM team, it’s a vital one in attempting to capture Dr. Bennett. The secondary character that really stood out for me was Andros. This young man is intelligent, determined and interesting and I hope to see more of him in the next book in the series, which I believe is titled Emotion in Motion, featuring jaguar shifter Jack.

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