Friday, June 18, 2021

ARC Review: All Fired Up by Jenn Burke

All Fired Up (Ashes & Dust, #1)From the blurb:

Paranormals are dying. All over the city, with no explanation and only one thing in common: their magic is missing.

Vampire and private investigator Evan Fournier isn’t supposed to be taking on paranormal cases, but when the murderer hits close to home, he agrees to look into it. The last thing he expects is to become a target himself—and then to become irrevocably bonded to the man who just tried to kill him.

With his memory gone and his soul bonded to a stranger, former firefighter Colin Zhang wants to be anywhere else. He doesn’t have a damn clue why he just tried to kill Evan, and he didn’t even know about magic until just now. The sooner he can get back to his real life, the better.

But every time either of them tries to leave, pure agony stops them short. Forced to work with Evan or suffer the consequences, Colin must excavate the secrets buried in his missing memories while battling two rising threats: the conspiracy behind the murder, and his mutual attraction to the bond mate he never wanted.

Heather's rating: 

Jenn Burke does it again with All Fired Up, an offshoot book from the Not Dead Yet series. All Fired Up was exciting, fun, and brimming with potential.

I'm a huge fan of Jenn Burke, and I was devastated when her excellent Not Dead Yet series ended. Thank goodness she decided to carry the torch and continue the world in All Fired Up.

First of all, and I hate to say this, but I think you have to read the entire Not Dead Yet series to have a clue about what's going on in this book. This isn't an offshoot series where you can jump right in, I'm afraid. Even for me, it took a few chapters for me to remember all of the details from the first books and orient myself. However, once I got into the groove I could NOT put this book down. I read it all night last night, and I have #noregrets.

I think this story is category romance, but almost the beginning of a romance. The two MCs have a long way to go with each other, and I'm excited to see them grow and develop as a couple. I like series with the same MCs, and I'm read to keep reading on with this couple (is the next book here yet???).
While the romance was enough to satisfy me, where this book really shown was in the plot. I read a LOT of paranormal romance, and for me to read something fairly new, well, now that's impressive. I feel like Jenn Burke has the writing chops to write PNR and keep it feeling fresh and interesting and keep readers on the edge of their seats, and that was the best part of all. I needed to read more and find the resolution, and that was an extremely exciting feeling for a jaded reader like me.

Bravo to Jenn Burke for another job extremely well done. I'll be happy reading this series, and offshoots from it, for years to come.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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