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They live ordinary lives, but they are extraordinary. They are the Offspring, children of a mysterious experiment gone awry—and they are in terrible danger.

A government-trained assassin, Fonda Raine has her sights locked on her latest target: Eric Aruda, one of the rogue Offspring—a pyrokenetic who can create fires with just a thought. But Fonda has awesome powers of her own—and her ability to astral project and be in two places at one time enables her to put herself exactly where she wants to be . . . in Eric's bed.

Eric is stunned and pleased by the inexplicable appearance of the mysterious enchantress, unaware that Fonda plans to seduce him, throw him off his guard, and then eliminate him. But the game changes radically with the arrival of an assassin from hell with orders to destroy them both. And suddenly Fonda and Eric have only two choices: to join forces or go down in flames.

About the Author

Since she was a kid, Jaime Rush devoured books on unexplained mysteries and psychic phenomena. She knew she would be published, marry a fabulous guy, and win a Toyota Supra. Missing the romance, relationship drama, and action of her favorite television shows—X-Files, Roswell, and Highlander—she created her own mix in the Offspring series.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Offspring (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006201885X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062018854
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Things that go bump in the night have always fascinated Jaime Rush. Sometimes those things are human; other times, not so much. Her new Hidden series reveals humans with the essence of gods who walk the knife's edge between Miami and a magical world of passion and danger. Part dragon, angel, or sorcerer, they must fight their own kind, demons, and the lure of their darkest nature.

Jaime is the author of the award-winning Offspring series and writes romantic suspense as Tina Wainscott. Altogether she has published twenty-four novels and five novellas. Contests, sneak peeks and more at www.jaimerush.com.

The Offspring series is about a group of twenty-somethings who live ordinary lives but possess extraordinary psychic abilities. They are the Offspring of parents involved in a mysterious experiment gone awry. Sexy...dangerous...outcasts... They are being hunted by the government and others like them. Together they must find the truth and fight an enemy out to destroy them.

I also have an alter ego. Jaime Rush is a pseudonym for Tina Wainscott, my real name. As Tina, I wrote 18 books for St. Martin's Press and Harlequin, some of which have won Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award, the Maggie, and RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards. I am in the process of bringing out many of these books as e-books under Tina Wainscott!

For more information about me and my books, check out:
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Hidden Books in order:

(Available digital only)
Dragon Mine (novella)
Dragon Rising (novella)

(Available in paperback and digital)
Dragon Awakened
Magic Possessed
Angel Seduced

Offspring Books, in order:

A Perfect Darkness, February 2009
Out Of The Darkness, October 2009
Bitten by Cupid, January 2010
--A New York Times bestselling anthology with Lynsay Sands and Pamela Palmer, includes an unrelated Offspring story
Touching Darkness, May 2010
Burning Darkness, February 2011(Triple Top Pick, RT Reviewer's Choice nominee!)
Beyond the Darkness, November 2011 (Joyfully Recommended Book!)
Darkness Becomes Her, June 2012
The Darkness Within (spin off novella 1)
Turn to Darkness (spin off novella 2)
The End of Darkness (wraps up both spin-off group and main group/plot)

Customer Reviews

Good twist to a paranormal romance.
M. K. Evans
I understand the need for having to move around but it still felt like too much.
Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven)
The problem is someone else is trying to kill Eric and to kill her as well.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parajunkee VINE VOICE on January 26, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm torn between this novel. On one hand I found it enjoyable, the romance and the interaction between the main characters were entertaining and managed to distract from the plot holes and illogical behaviors, but by the end of the novel the badly constructed plot became horribly evident. While I was still sucked in by the h/h it really did detract from the overall impact of the novel.

REVIEW: Fonda Raine is intent on revenge. Revenge on Eric Aruda in the form of murder. He killed the man she loved and destroyed her life. Nothing will stop her from killing him - nothing, except maybe she's losing her nerve just as she has him tied up and awaiting the death blow. And then this sick attraction she has begun feeling for him. Oh, and maybe the guy posing as an FBI agent that just busted through the door and is trying to kill both of them.

In a move that has her head spinning, Eric saves her from their attacker and together they make a mad dash to find out the truth of their pursuer and save themselves and their friends.

What threw me off about this novel.
It was a "chase" novel which became monotonous after a short while. It followed a pattern. Be chased, use their powers, get tired, sleep, make goo-goo eyes, try to sleep more, take a shower and shop for clothes. And it kept freakin' repeating. The oddest part was the clothes part. They shopped in fellow offsprings dead mother's closet, they shopped at a store, they shopped at Wal-Mart. It was just odd. Then they "tried" to sleep everywhere, in a car, at the Dad's house, at the half-brother's house, 3 or 4 different hotel rooms, including one sex themed motel. After like the second time I was just WTF? I think it was only a time period of 2 days and they just tried to sleep everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on February 14, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Offspring are a group of people that were born with supernatural abilities. Some have banded together to protect each other in the fight against those that would do them harm or exploit them for their abilities. Others seek power and will destroy whoever stands in their path.

Fonda Raine has one purpose left in life and that is to destroy the man who killed the man she loved. She watched her lover Jerryl incinerate before her eyes. Now, she is searching for the man responsible: Eric Aruda. Aruda and Jerryl were long time enemies. It's time for justice to be served and Fonda will be doing the serving even if she has to seduce the man to kill him.

Eric Aruda has been fighting the good fight. His only desire has been to protect his brothers and sisters in arms. The people that were born like him with abilities the world would find disturbing and fearful. They have been hunted by an evil organization determined to capture or kill them. The fight has been long and he finally defeated his nemesis, Jerryl. They waged a bitter and nasty war against one another and it has taken its toll against Eric. He is fighting debilitating exhaustion and he fears that his abilities may finally be causing him to suffer from psychosis. When he awakens and finds an ethereal woman in his room he is tempted by her but afraid she is an aberration. However, he finds her so striking that when she suggests meeting somewhere he decides to go.

Fonda has laid the perfect trap for Eric. Now all she has to do is drive a knife through his heart, but can she? Before Eric and Fonda have a chance to kill one another they find they have a common enemy. This enemy is determined to kill them, and he's more powerful than they can imagine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 26, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Using his pyrotechnical mental skills, Offspring Eric Aruda killed two CIA agents using a thought to set them on fire and shot another. Trained government assassin Fonda Raine is assigned to kill Eric. Using her projection skill she manages to get close to him, but finds committing the act difficult because he is not the cold blooded killer she expected and murder in cold blood is not an easy task for most people.

Making matters more complicated is when someone with more firepower than all of the Offspring surfaces as a killing machine. As they team up to end this predator, Fonda also realizes all she thought she knew about the Offspring is questionable as he is nothing like the dangerous psychopath she thought although dangerous fits. Still a killer stalks the Offspring and seems to have high level government support.

The fourth Offspring romantic urban fantasy (see A Touch of Darkness, A Perfect Darkness and Out of the Darkness) is loaded with dangerous action starring two seemingly enemies falling in love. Part of the fun comes from the heroine's projection skill that initially has Aruda wondering if he suffers hallucinations from the beautiful vision that comes and goes in a blink. However, the keys to this great entry are that the overarching theme moves forward and stunning depth is added to the Rush realm. Burning Darkness is an exciting thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April A. Renn on May 9, 2011
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BURNING DARKNESS by Jaime Rush is an interesting paranormal romance thriller.It is the fourth in the "Offspring" series,but can be read as a stand alone.#1, A Perfect Darkness,#2 Out of Darkness,#3 Touching Darkness. A fast paced story with love,sweet sensuality,passion,paranormal, survival,government hired assassins,family, kick butt action,the need and will to find out the truly.Fonda, a government hired assassin and Eric,a rogue Offspring find they have a attraction from the get on.But Fonda has sworn to kill Eric,for killing her so called fiancee. But soon learn they must combine they resources in order to survive an assassin from hell,who has targeted them for both.Eric,has pyrokenetic powers and can remote view.Fonda can astral project and find she can also freeze time also, a skill she did not know she had.She also did not know she had at least two half brothers.As secrets are revealed,as they fight together for survival,fight their attraction to each other,they learn that what they thought,or Fonda finds what she thought or was told about the Offspring was not always true.They must work together to save themselves and save Eric's family of Offspring's who has also been targeted. This is a fast paced, action paced,kick butt,fall in love,have passion,a little sweet sensuality paranormal thriller that will keep you spell bound from the beginning to the end.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and the publisher and details can be found at Avon,an imprint of Harper Collins Publisher and My Book Addiction Reviews
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