Review: Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate

Reviewed by Ronelle

Embyr has finally found a place where she can settle peacefully, and while the life of a tavern owner might not be the most thrilling, it allows her to keep her secrets. That is, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has spent 800 years hunting the vampire who killed his wife. He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman and he’s fine with that. But what begins as a bid to add a beautiful—but more importantly, powerful—half-demon to his army soon becomes a battle to keep his heart at bay.

Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. Ryder finds himself feeling things he thought himself no longer capable of, and struggles to balance his desire with his mission. As Embyr learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.

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Since I’m always in the mood for a good fantasy romance, I was excited when Fire’s Kiss landed in my inbox (thanks, Jen!). The cover art was gorgeous and since I’m one of those reviewers who does, in fact, judge a book by its cover, I had high hopes that I’d find a story just as beautifully riveting.

And I did…sorta.

Embyr and Ryder were an interesting couple, and for them, the whole adversaries-to-lovers thing worked well. Even when she finally ‘gave in’, the sparks continued to fly. I found myself wanting more of their past than Ms. Pate provided, though, and I have so many questions! What role do demons play in the world? What exactly is a hellhound shifter? Why does Ryder have or even need an entire army when his life’s mission is one vampire (albeit an incredibly old, incredibly powerful one)? I wanted to know more about Kat’s past exploits, too, and I’m hoping we’ll get her story next. She, Lorin, and Nelda were great secondary characters, with just enough development to make them interesting but not so much that it took away from this being Embyr and Ryder’s story.

The writing style was smooth, descriptive without being tedious, and an overall pleasure to read. So why is this rated a B- rather than an A if the style, characters, and romance were great? Weeeell…I honestly found myself missing the rush and suspense that I normally get from a really, really good fantasy novel. Sure, the romantic action in Fire’s Kiss was fabulous, but the rest was a bit lacking. Threats—other than Atrarius, of course—were dealt with far too quickly and easily and it was even possible to forget about the supposedly terrifying, evil, world-threatening creep at times. Things that would have been excellent tension-builders either fell by the wayside for long stretches of time or were just dispatched in short order. I never really felt like anyone was in actual peril and it was…strangely disappointing.

I stumbled across a few typos but nothing major or immersion-breaking, which is always nice. Most of the typos were punctuation-related (comma following an ellipsis at location 866, for example, and the dialogue of two speakers being run together at 776). One thing that did bother me, though, was formatting. There were huge blank spaces after section breaks and anything in italics appeared to be a smaller font size, making it much harder to read (not to mention jarring and kinda ugly). That DID break the immersion a bit for me. Fire’s Kiss could probably have used one more run-through by the editor, but since I’ve quit expecting books to be completely error-free, I’m not docking stars for it.

Bottom line: Fire’s Kiss was a little lacking in non-romantic action, but it was still a good read. I’d recommend it for those who, like me, are ever on the hunt for fantasy romance.

Rating: B-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Fire’s Kiss
by Brittany Pate
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing

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