So, kicking off the reviews with the first book in Mallory Crowe’s Bad Boys of the Underworld series. What drew me to this title initially was the fact that it was free to download in the Kindle store. I think this is a great way for authors to entice readers. It gives us a taste of what’s to come in later books, kind of like a free sample at the deli counter in the supermarket.
If I were to summarize Finding Fire in one sentence, that lone sentence would read something along the lines of “Nicolas and Anna go on a road trip to Canada where shit kicks off.” But I’m not going to summarize it in one sentence because…well…that would be pointless, right?
Anna, Finding Fire’s female lead, is a mortal desperate to uncover the truth surrounding the events she witnessed fifteen years previous. Nicolas, a mysterious, sexy and annoyingly charming vampire, is the path to the answers she so desperately seeks.
Their relationship begins almost as a business arrangement, each using the other for personal gain. However, with each passing night, they soon realize that something other burns beneath this seemingly simple relationship – desire.
Can Anna resist his seductive charms? Can Nicolas fight his growing feelings for the mortal ‘Annabelle’?
I read that this was Crowe’s first step into the realm of paranormal romance but I disagree. It’s more akin to a running leap and dive. She’s absolutely nailed the genre with Finding Fire. In the past, I’ve read books that are just page after page of sex, sex that seemingly comes (‘scuse the pun) out of nowhere. Characters despise each other on one page, yet are tearing at one another’s clothes on the next without any growth in their relationship. This is a trope lacking in Finding Fire. In fact, there’s no full on sex until chapter 18. Sure, there’s plenty of flirting and sexy moments in the preceding chapters, but these chapters are also dedicated to showing the reader the natural growth and progression of their relationship. These chapters serve to give the reader a better understanding of the characters and why they behave the way they do. Ultimately, this ensures the sex is a special moment for Anna, Nicolas and the reader. Oh god, does that sound really weird? I mean in the sense that you see it as what it is – a tender moment between two people with a mutual understanding of one another. Oh and another thing I liked about this scene is that they get all cute and snuggle up afterwards while Anna sleeps. So often I’ve read books where the guy is all raring to go seconds after coming and I’m just there like…”C’mon, man. Give her a break!” I get it’s paranormal romance and realism isn’t exactly a key feature but still. It’s nice seeing a couple doing normal couple things.
Obviously, it’s not all romance. Once they arrive in Canada “shit kicks off” as I so eloquently put it earlier on. Light is shed upon Nicolas’ past and Anna is finally able to unravel the confusion of events long ago. Finding Fire has a solid, intricate plot that keeps readers on their toes and I would wholeheartedly recommend it. It’s got all the key ingredients for a good paranormal romance novel: passion, humor, drama and heart-wrenching moments. Perfect!
My rating: 4.5/5
Date published: 24th November 2015
This is book is available for purchase on Amazon.
Also, thanks for taking the time to read my review! I’m new to review writing so if you have any suggestions, please message or comment! ❤