Summary Via Goodreads: “Some gifts are unwanted, and Laurie Hudson’s affinity for fire is one she hates. It has destroyed her relationship with her family and she has few friends. She’s fought hard to keep the fire inside suppressed, living a low key life as a bartender, until a brutal and charming man blows into her life.
Around Mikhail Petrov, her careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Her options are taken away when he kidnaps her, forcing her into a fight she wants nothing to do with.
As she learns to survive, Laurie faces the hardest choice of all, her freedom or the destruction of the frustrating man she’s come to care for.”
My Review: Okay so i think this is a solid four for me. (out of Goodreads 5) It took me a while to get through it because i have been busy but my first and foremost review of this book is: its original, or at least in my experience. I haven’t read much books about elementals…a few but not a whole lot and i liked how M.V. Freeman did this. I really do. So let me tell you in depth why it got a four stars. The good and the bad. Also i would like to mention that there is sex scenes in here so its probably not best for 17 and under kids… i think that is the warning most people give but hey you know high schoolers now a days…well not all i won’t stereotype you if you are a high schooler….
The plot: Intriguing and i think what made the story go. I love stories that start off running because it makes the story fun to read. Unfortunately sometimes i was lost on the time, and she was with Misha for 6 to 7 months and i didn’t really get that sense of time. And there relationship was so very sudden and honestly felt slightly unfeeling. I might go a little more in depth about this in there character reviews and maybe i might do some spoiler stuff at the end but probably not. Well okay what i should be saying is that when i went into this story i was sort of expecting this very tense, and violent – not in the beating up each other sense but like intense and in each others faces and just yeah…. – kind of relationship but well that wasnt the case. If you are expecting romance throughout the whole thing, nope its farther into the end of the book. But i realize how that this is a series so i suppose it makes more sense now to me. But other then my semi-disappointment with the romance, i did really enjoy the idea of the story.
Laurie: She doesn’t know what she is at the beginning of the story. And i guess another thing that bothered me is that we get one training scene and we don’t really get to learn with her what she is because the story changes POVs so i mean we get other characters that already know this kinda of stuff and they sort of teach us, but we don’t get to learn with Laurie and it doesn’t seem like she got a lot of knowledge in this book either even though she was with Misha for again 6 to 7 months. Anyways Laurie likes to run from her problems but while Misha judges her for it i don’t blame her because she is estranged from her family – who you get to met her mother and she is a bitch. So anyways Laurie i think has a right to run but what i would have liked to see that she would start accepting who and what she was a bit earlier than the end of the book….oopsss. Well anyways Laurie is a good character though, she is loyal to her friends, and she does stand up for herself.
Misha/Makhail: He is hard and seemingly unfeeling. We know he cares about his family which is a noble quality. At the beginning he seems a bit like a man whore and i absolutely hated him for a good half of the book, well a little more than half of the book. And he talks about freedom yet he plans to use Laurie and hold her against her will. I didn’t like that he was so two-faced and no one said anything about it…well Laurie did at one point i think. But only at the end did i start to even like him. I hope in the next one we will get more of end of the book Misha because i liked him. But throughout the whole book he is very distant and like i said before hard and seemingly unfeeling… they say that he is overbearing and i did notice a few things but honestly again it wasn’t til the end did that really came out.
The best friends Rachel&Nicki: Who happen to also be paranormals… shocker….but not really. Anyways they were supportive characters that were only there when needed and when Laurie goes missing only Rae comes for her? i think Nicki was recovering maybe i dk. But they are loyal but sort of lose there individual characteristics but i think it was mostly because they weren’t a big part of this book.
Mina: oh god i think she was my favorite character in this book. She is a Dark and one with a ton of secrets and we still don’t know all of them. She is a mystery and interesting to boot. I loved her and i think honestly i would have loved to read a whole story about Mina.
Misha’s “best friends”: Kien (thats probably spelled wrong) – interesting. victor is who i really wanted to talk about: well you don’t get find out exactly what he is until near the end so therefore i was just wondering the whole time what he was. Thats all i wanted to say about him.
The ending: well its definitely a series, or something like that. There isn’t a super cliffhanger ending and what i mean by that is that there is a lot still to happen but you weren’t stopped in the middle of action and wondering if she will live or if she will die sort of thing – because yes that has happened to me before and i think i went a little insane after that. But no this is one that you can easily read, breathe and look up the date and wait without wanting to go insane.