Title: Burn for Me
Author: Cynthia Eden
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Phoenix Fire (Book 1)
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
ISBN-10: 0758284047 (Kensington)
ISBN-13: 978-0758284044 (Kensington)
Reviewed by: Kristie
Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .
Cain O’Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she’s a threat–in a way no one has been for him in years. She’s safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there’s no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts–and their hearts. .
Quick & Dirty: A dark and violent storyline filled with rough sex and death (thankfully not together). This book is also quite fast-paced and contains a sizzling hot Phoenix.
Opening Sentence: The first time Eve Bradley saw Subject Thirteen, he was in chains.
The first installment of the Phoenix Fire series starts off sizzling hot and doesn’t stop to let the fire burn out. Eve Bradley is a reporter and she has gone undercover for the biggest story of her life. She is posing as a nurse at Genesis, a “genetic research facility”. Genesis is the name it operates as but Eve knows that it experiments on Supernaturals. Roughly ten years earlier, vampires revealed themselves to the world and let everyone know that all kinds of the paranormal are real. As soon as Eve sees Subject 13, her suspicions are confirmed, that Genesis is responsible for the disappearances and deaths of many supernatural creatures over the years.
Subject 13 is one such creature that was duped and turned over to Genesis. Although with his severe lack of trust in anyone, I still wonder how he managed to get caught in the first place. Subject 13 is Cain and he is a Phoenix (I don’t feel like I’m giving anything away, it is the series title after all…) and if you are familiar with Phoenixes you know what they can do, so Cain is subject to the worst experiments of all.
Eve is called in to assist Dr. Richard Wyatt on the experiments conducted on Cain. After witnessing Dr. Wyatt’s horrible testing, Eve decides she has to break Cain out but what she doesn’t know is that her cover has been compromised. The rest of Burn for Me follows Eve and Cain as they try to stay one step ahead of a crazy manipulator who still just sees them as test subjects running more tests for him as they are on the run.
Eve Bradley is one tough lady with a life altering secret that not even her best friend knows about. For the most part, I liked Eve. She managed to keep her calm, levelheadedness even as things were falling apart around her. She knew what she wanted and had no problem vocalizing them.
On the other hand, I’m not too sure how I felt about Cain. He was definitely hot and it is nice that he can only have eyes for one lady but I felt Cain was just too tough. He was always domineering and rough (even though Eve preferred it that way). He kept going between thoughts of leaving Eve behind to not getting enough of her.
Burn for Me has a really dark storyline featuring lots of death, torture-like experiments and sex. This novel really sizzled in the sex department. It didn’t take Eve and Cain very long before they got it on and Eve certainly liked it rough. There are plenty of these moments sprinkled throughout this fast paced book. As I mentioned, Eve and Cain are on the run and at every turn there is trouble. They really don’t have much time to settle down, they just have really hot sex before they must go back on the run again.
Overall, I am a huge fan of Cynthia Eden’s and I really enjoyed this novel. I haven’t seen too many Phoenix’s so far in the paranormal world and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for this world. The ending was definitely left wide open with a potential even deadlier bad guy (or maybe not?) and a few other characters that I would really like to get to know more about.
She wasn’t leaving. He’d helped her. She’d helped him. Didn’t he get it? They were a team.
Until this mess was over.
“I’m not going anyplace,” Eve told him and was rather proud of the firm sound of her own voice.
His back tensed. “You don’t know . . . how thin my control is right now . . .” He glanced back at her, and she saw the stark hunger etched on his face. “When I come back . . . I’m not the same . . . I need.”
She was getting that.
She was also thinking . . . He isn’t the only one who needs. “You’re not leaving me alone this time.”
He frowned at her. Still looking lost and angry and wild.
Eve licked her lips and his jaw locked. Her breath whispered out and she said, “This time, you don’t dump me at a pit stop and never look back.
“Eve . . .”
She stepped toward him. Lifted her chin. “I want you too.” The stark truth. Pride wasn’t going to hold her back. He needed. She needed.
1. Burn for Me
2. Once Bitten, Twice Burned (April 29, 2014)
3. Playing with Fire (August 26, 2014)
FTC Advisory: Kensington Brava provided me with a copy of Burn for Me. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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