Born in Fire by K.F. Breene
Working with vampires is never a good idea, but when broke, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
Title: Born in Fire
Author: K.F. Breene
Series: Fire and Ice Triolgy #1
Publish Date: May 1, 2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Source: Purchased from Audible
Publisher’s Description: Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.
Dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day. Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case. Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words…spoilers. *BEWARE*
Nervous Nellie says…
This was a fun an engrossing book. There is no sex-alluding to the deed, yes. Following through, no. There is one spot of nudity, plenty of killing of witches and mages…and zombies but no graphic description of violence that leans into the horror category. The four letter “f” word was used a little bit, but it had to be done to make the character a dimensional and believable character. There was also no cliffhanger.
Can I just say that I was not expecting this kind of story? I was kind of expecting a heroine that’s clingy and wishy washy attitude that amplifies to the damsel in distress when she falls into a vapid romance with a vampire that’s going to save her. That’s what I could get when I do no research, read no sample chapters and listen to no snippets from the narrator. Basically, I put my money down blindly. That’s totally unusual for me. But I did it anyway. Me. Taking a chance. Write it in the history books.
What I got in this book, were characters that practically walked out of my earbuds to sit in the room with me. I gotta say, Reagan’s contacts, clients, co-workers and neighbors are incredibly interesting folk.
When I grow up, I want to be just like Reagan Sommerset. She’s not afraid of anything. She’s confident, knows exactly what to do and can figure out a smart ass comeback in a blink of an eye. She’s such a stand out character that I loved her every minute. Even in the most difficult and awkward of situations, she always has something sassy to say.
As I said, the writing was great – but the narrator….the narrator NAILED it. Her voice range was amazing. This book did not sound like it was being read-no, it sounded like it was being lived! Poole’s inflection on frustrated, tired, sassy, bossy, hardass Reagan was golden. Then came the other characters that stood out. I could picture Reagan’s neighbors and the mage duo like I’d known them forever. I don’t know how Nicole Poole does it, but she can go from one character speech to another totally different character with a different accent and timbre at the drop of a hat. I was so impressed with this book, I had no other choice but to give it 5 stars. It was that good.
…you might try Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock, Brad Magnarella’s Prof Croft series, and Jenn Stark’s amazing Immortal Vegas series…
Posted on January 26, 2018, in All Reviews and tagged 5 Stars, Audible Studios, audiobook, Fire and Ice, Hazy Dawn Press, K.F. Breene, mage, magic law enforcement, Nervous Nell, Nicole Poole, urban fantasy, vampires, witches. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.
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