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Fire Me Up (Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2005
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The last person Aisling Grey wants to see when she arrives in Budapest is Drake Vireo. A part-time courier and new Guardian (as in to the portals of Hell), all she wants to do is deliver an amulet to a hermit and, hopefully, find herself a mentor at the GODTAM (Guardians, Oracles, Diviners, Theurgists, and Mages) conference, but now she must also deal with Drake, her former lover and current wyvern of the green-dragon sept. While he innocently insists he is only in Budapest for a peace summit, Aisling finds it suspiciously coincidental that this gathering of dragons is taking place at the same hotel as her conference. MacAlister introduced Aisling in You Slay Me [BKL S1 04], and now takes her deliciously original heroine; Aisling's sinfully sexy, sometimes boyfriend Drake; and her smart-mouthed demon sidekick, Jim, off on another wickedly witty, wildly inventive, and fiendishly fun adventure in the paranormal world. John Charles
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"Graced with MacAlister's signature sharp wit and fabulously fun characters, this paranormal romance is wickedly sensual and irresistibly amusing."—Booklist
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A little magic, a little mayhem and ton of sarcasm and humor, this is just a great series. This isn't exactly a romance- I'd call it urban fantasy that is heavy on the romance. It focuses on the same heroine and cast of characters throughout bringing a bit of magical murder mystery to a close in each book while continuing to develop the character relationships... which includes romance. HOT romance.
This story is a lot of the same stuff we got in book one. Our heroine is still being introduced to the magical world around her and still struggling with her smoking hot attraction to her mate, the devilishly handsome dragon. Her demon dog Jim and serendipitous cabby friend Rene remain thick as thieves. Though the plot ends up following a path that closely mirrors the first book, the formula just works- and works well.
The only issue I have with this book is that the attraction with Drake begins to develop into an actual relationship. This is a logical progression, but I don't think there is enough actual romance to justify any emotional attachment Aisling might be developing. Near as I can tell, it is all just chemistry... Really. Great. Chemistry. Fun as it is to watch them struggle both to embrace and refuse their passion, I don't actually buy the idea that they might be starting to CARE for one another. And, unfortunately, the lust seems to cloud Aisling's judgment just a little too much for her to maintain her integrity entirely.
My small complaints about their romance development aside, this is a fun ride. Start to finish- pacing, humor, characters, settings and plot developments. It's a nicely balanced romp through a magical reality. Who knows what trouble Aisling will find herself smack in the middle of next time!
IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU'LL LIKE:
Marta Acosta's Happy Hour at Casa Dracula
G.A. Aikin's dragon themed romance series Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin, Book 1)
Jenna Black's accidental demon-possession centered series The Devil Inside (Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 1)
Karen Chance's Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Book 1)
Jennifer Estep's superhero, tongue in cheek humor romance series Karma Girl (Bigtime)
Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1)
Jennifer Rardin's Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks)
In this second outing, Aisling is once again delivering an item to a client in Budapest and while there will also be attending a conference for the "GODTAM", i.e., "Guardians, Oracles, Diviners, Theurgist and Mages" for the Otherworld or as they say "L'au-delà", so that she can horn her skills as a Guardian by hopefully becoming an apprentice to a full-fledged Guardian as she was meant to be.
Upon Aisling's arrival to Budapest she runs into the one person she would most rather not see, the man she left behind once before as she could not handle being a Demon's Mate, the "dragon" who sets her heart, mind and body on fire, Drake Vireo. Little does Aisling know but Drake's presence in Budapest is not a coincidence, he's there to claim his mate, by any means necessary and not necessarily to Aisling's liking.
During Aisling's visit at the conference, other "Guardians" start turning up dead and once again the fingers of justice point to Aisling as the culprit and she must once again prove her innocence or be banded from what she is most determined to become and what she is meant to be, a true "Guardian" which she had denied herself by hiding what she is after the accidental death of her friend mentioned in "You Slay Me". With almost no training Aisling makes a few wrong turns but she always finds her way back and with her underlying talents, which she has yet to realize, she is unquestionably going to be one hell of a "Guardian" (actually her skills are already beyond some) one day.
Although Drake understands what being a Guardian means to Aisling, he deems it as "foolish". Drake feels he and his "Sept" should be uppermost in her mind and in her life and therein lies the conflict. Compromise can be a difficult dish to serve but the way I see it, if he doesn't compromise just a little, he will lose Aisling and that I cannot foresee happening as the big picture is Drake loves Aisling no matter what she does or where she goes, he's gonna be a part of her life, so he will have to find a way around this. Can't wait to see how he resolves this.
Katie MacAlister has once again weaved an intriguing story of magic, lust, love and betrayal and I loved "Fire Me Up" as much as, if not more than, "You Slay Me" and I am impatiently waiting for the release of "Blow Me Down" as I can't wait to see what happens next to my favorite couple, Aisling and Drake and of course, my favorite demon, Jim.
Ms. MacAlister keep this novels coming, as in my eyes you can do no wrong!!!!
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