Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Awakening Fire Review

Awakening Fire

by Larissa Emerald

Series: The Divine Tree Guardians

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Robin Ludwig
Publisher: Castle Oak Publishing LLC

Release Date: March 5, 2015

The return of sculptor Emma Grant to her Georgia home town sparks the return of the visions she tries to deny and rekindles a centuries-old feud between shape shifters Venn Hearst, guardian of the Divine Tree (The Tree Of Knowledge) and his nemesis. Emma is determined to place and dedicate the statue honoring her beloved grandmother despite Venn’s opposition; despite the fact she is in love with Venn, despite his sacred duty not to permit it. Will she overcome a test of evil or shatter Venn's world?

I really liked the unique concept of the Divine Trees in different places and each one having a 'Guardian'...am immortal who has been on guard for years.  In Awakening Fire by Larissa Emerald the Guardian is Venn.  Venn's enemy is set on destroying him and the Divine Tree, and it's all about to come to a head.

Emma is a sculptor who has reluctantly returned to her home town.  Emma has always had unique abilities, but she's always running from them.  When she is drawn into a centuries old feud only to find the love of her life, everything she knows will be tested and change.

Venn and Emma have a great connection almost immediately.  I liked this and it made complete sense with the plot.  It is so immediate and unexpected  that Emma is very reluctant to pursue it.  But Venn is persistent, so is his enemy and the clock is ticking.  The intensity of the connection between Emma and Venn is as powerful as the battle for the Divine Tree and life as they know it.

With an abundance of action, tension and the paranormal, Larissa takes us on a journey that will make you wonder what if?  Larissa weaves in essential secondary characters who round out the plot well and I liked how she brought in Emma's relationship with her father.

Awakening Fire is fast paced with good flow, and Larissa kept me very interested to see how all the events would unfold.  I'd recommend Awakening Fire to paranormal romance readers.

3.5/5 stars

Larissa Emerald writes paranormal, futuristic and contemporary romances. She is a Romance Writers of America 2013 Golden Heart Finalist for her romantic suspense, RAMPANT PERFECTION which will be available in the fall of 2015.

A combination of her love of reading and her vivid imagination―plus a strong desire to rewrite the endings of movies that just didn’t end right―lead Larissa into the world of writing.

Larissa has lived in Florida for her entire life. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching baton twirling and dance, traveling with her husband of 41 years, baking and cooking―usually altering the recipe―and playing dress up with the brightest lights in her life, her four grandchildren.

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