Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Burning Darkness By Jaime Rush

Burning Darkness (Offspring #4)

Genre: Paranormal Romance


They live ordinary lives, but they are extraordinary. They are the Offspring, children of a mysterious experiment gone awry—and they are in terrible danger.

A government-trained assassin, Fonda Raine has her sights locked on her latest target: Eric Aruda, one of the rogue Offspring—a pyrokenetic who can create fires with just a thought. But Fonda has awesome powers of her own—and her ability to astral project and be in two places at one time enables her to put herself exactly where she wants to be . . . in Eric's bed.

Eric is stunned and pleased by the inexplicable appearance of the mysterious enchantress, unaware that Fonda plans to seduce him, throw him off his guard, and then eliminate him. But the game changes radically with the arrival of an assassin from hell with orders to destroy them both. And suddenly Fonda and Eric have only two choices: to join forces or go down in flames.


Fonda is on a mission, a mission of death. Fonda is tough and strong but she also has a softer side, which is what you see right from the start with her interactions with George. When Fonda goes into a meditation ethereal state, Fonda can astral project, she cases out Eric who is the target of her mission, she finds herself attracted to him, desiring him as he desires her; she decides to use it to her advantage. Fonda arranges to meet Eric at a bar which is where Fonda makes her move, luring him back to her motel room and drugging him;

“The girl... what was her name again? She leaned close again. “Eric Aruda...welcome to the last day of your life.”
Then he lost the battle and his eyes crashed shut.”

Eric awakes tied to a bed and at the mercy of Fonda, the lover of the enemy he had killed, he manages to break free from the ropes that he is tied with and now is the time he must face Fonda. Then something unexpected happens, an FBI agent turns up outside the motel room door, and he is out to kill them both. Eric and Fonda team up and Eric helps Fonda see that she is fighting on the wrong side that she has trusted the wrong people, and why he did what he did in the past, though Fonda remains wary. Fonda’s world is blow wide open when the truth about the lover she is avenging comes to light and why he was killed;

“Her eyes widened, and it felt as though someone had thumped her hard in the chest. Jerryl hadn’t loved her. What he had loved was killing. And not only killing in general, but killing Eric Aruda. “

This realisation by Fonda allows for her to have faith in Eric and to open herself up more, to not be so hesitant to embrace the feelings she has for him, her desire for him. I loved the way Eric stood up for Fonda against Connie when they went to stay at her father’s place for the night, it just makes you swoon. All in all, this was better than I expected it to be as must first experience with a Jamie Rush novel, it was a nice surprise, it was easy to keep up with what was happening and you were able to develop a relationship with the characters themselves which is a tell-tale sign of a good read. I was having a hard time deciding what to rate this, if I could I would give it four and a half stars but I will round it up to five, the steam and the emotion in the book really made it for me.



Kylie1403 said...

I have been considering a Jamie Rush novel, I might have to try one sooner then I planned they sound AWESOME!

- Kylie @ The Talking Teacup

Jet said...

This is the first one I have read by her and I was pleasantly surprised. Wish I hadn't put reading one of the Offspring series off for so long :)