Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area. This is the first book in The Ancient Fire Series This is part one of two. The original book was divided due to length.
From the start of the book, I could tell that this was going to be interesting and I read it and could not put it down and then got the second part right away. I like my books longer than the two of them individually, generally speaking, but found myself satisfied with the story even though it was less than 300 pages. The world building was subtle and you see more of it in book two, but it is not – not there. As the world changed for the female lead character it changed for the reader. I felt myself taken on a journey and her reactions to this new opening world was amusing and thought provoking. I took a moment and asked myself, what would I do?
And then I began to wonder about how we got from Dracula to this place where Vampires did what they did in this book. None were sparkling by the way, but none ripped your throat out and drank you dry. At least not in book 1. This is not a negative aspect of the book, but it just got me thinking and I suppose it had to be Anne Rice who started the whole romantic Vampire with Louis in ‘Interview with a Vampire’.
If you like slow burn romance then this one fits the bill. No rush in that department and I wish more writers of series would considered this. It makes for excellent romantic tension. And no erotica was even better. This is one of the books that show that you can have a satisfying romance without jumping into bed every 5 pages. I like my paranormal romance without erotica and that seems very hard to find these days.
On the whole it was not what I expected and thought to read a bit, put it down, sleep and in a couple of days, read some more. I couldn’t put the book down until I finished. So there. That says it all.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was brilliant. I truly felt as if I were on a journey with Luna through her trials and tribulations. The subject matter is one that does not usually draw me in regards to slavery in the United States. I found that to be the most intriguing part. The character, even though she lived her life in that manner, kept it distant from her soul and I appreciated the distance and it was not quite so heartbreaking to read. The men and women secondary characters were brave in the face of such adversity and well drawn. Basically it was just the world that surrounded the main story of her relationship with Avery.
It was refreshing and I will read the next one because I want to know more. These are the best kinds of books for me – where I want to know more.
The reason that it is not 5 stars was because I thought the ending was kind of rushed. No more details in that area because I really do not want to do spoilers.
This book is ok reading if you enjoy erotica more than an actual story. But even then the erotica seems pretty standard to me. There was a lot less tension than I usually enjoy between the characters and really nothing new. There was a story in there, but I found it kind of lean. I have to say, at this point in my career, I am not enjoying these sort of books as I use to. In fact I skip the sex scenes to get to the rest of the story and in this book I skipped quite a bit of pages.
I found the story to be quite interesting – more supernatural than paranormal which was an intriguing twist and I wish there was more of it to be exact.
But maybe I am approaching it all wrong. Maybe the whole point of the book was the erotica and the story was just connective tissue.
But if you like your erotica with a bit of story, the writing is fine and the main characters very appealing. I felt they were fully drawn while the supporting characters were not so much. It had so much potential…
I find myself reading books much more slowly these days. Savoring them. And I like a book that can sustain me, give me a great reading experience each time I pick it up and does not make me have to gobble it up in one sitting. It may be a matter of self control of course, but I also think that the page turner can be exhausting and sometimes a leisurely journey can be very satisfying as well. Wolf Tracker by Maddy Barone is perfect like that. Similar to the main male character, the story moves forward with a steady pace. It is confident and unhurried; a delicious read. In terms of chocolate, it is like a bag of Malteasers or a bar of Toblerone. Yummy nougat!
For some reason I did not know that this book is the third in a series. That explains a few issues that I had with the book. I think reading the first two books, which I will do, will help the reader have more information in regards to that future society as well as the supporting characters. That in turn would get rid of the patchwork feeling I had at first. I thought it was the style, which is fine. But as I continued to read the book I thought that I am missing something. So when I found out that it is the third book, it made more sense. The world is previously realized in the prior books and she is just plugging in new characters. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Maddy Barone’s world building is excellent.
It would have been enough for me that the book is a Time-travel Western. But it has a big element of paranormal that I cannot quite decide if I like or not. But the element is both pivotal and a matter of fact. The matter of fact part is due to it being part of a series. I suppose that is my one issue with the book if it is read as stand alone, that element could be more flushed out. But that may not be the author’s intention.
The main characters in the book are an excellent pair. They both clearly transform in a very satisfactory way.