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As always, the characters are so real and just leap off the page into my imagination to become part of the ever-growing family of fictional people I wish I really knew! Her writing keeps you turning pages. This book's excitement and suspense surpasses all of the others even. Definitely the best of the series, but the only one I don't recommend reading out of order.
As an independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock, I have to give Jillian David herself five fangs dripping with pleasure and the book another five! A must read for paranormal fans.
The final book of the trilogy, and boy, what a finale! I'm still shocked at how good it was and how awesomely Mrs. David tied the whole thing up!
So, remember Nurse Ratched from Dante's book? Well, her name is Ruth Blackstone, and, you guessed it right, she's also an Indebted. Ruth is a little special apart from being a female cursed feeder for The Evil One - Jerahmeel has an odd fascination with her, bordering on obsession. So of course he starts acting up when Odie Pierre-Noir, an old friend of Barnaby's, starts spending more time with her than he would have liked. Ruth is caught between her demonic boss whom she very much wants to avoid for all eternity, and the attractive guy who seems interested in her but also has an agenda of his own. After getting hurt and betrayed once in her life, will she risk it all again? Especially if the price this time is eternal existence as the Devil's mistress?
I seriously loved this final installment of the series! Maybe more than I did the other two. With Peter, it was that excitement of something unique and new. With Dante, it was personal, because I was drooling for the man and died a happy fangirl death every time he so much as breathed. But with Ruth? Aaah, with Ruth it was like pure perfection, satisfaction I didn't even know I was expecting!
The love story was not what we haven't seen before. A guy wants to use a woman he might have the hots for. Eventually he falls - and hard. Ah, no, that much we knew we had it coming. What was really refreshing, though, was that, until the very last moment, Ruth refused to be used. Have I told you guys how much I love heroines who stay true to their word and don't act like indecisive brats? Who have spunk and self-respect and know how to kick ass and look AWESOME while doing it? Because I do!
Apart from that, the writer, always an expert with plot twists delivered like sucker punches, managed to make me gasp, once again, and fly off my chair. Just when you think there's nothing left for her to use, she goes and surprises you in the least expected moment of the story, and she does so unapologetically and quite fabulously - Like. A. Freaking. Boss!
I certainly recommend reading this series to anyone looking for a hot, fast-paced, shiver-inducing story. The characters, the plot turns, the build up, they're all worth a try. I may miss those six - and boy, I wouldn't mind a little more something on that hot Spaniard holding Emma at the hospital - but I'm sure glad I got to read their stories and reached the end. It was an experience much appreciated!
***I was given a review copy via Reeading Alley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***
When you know that a book is the final one in a series, it sets quite a few expectations, whether or not you’ve read the previous books. It was no different for book 3 in Jillian David’s Hell to Pay series, Flame Unleashed. The series features the Indebted, folks who sold their souls to a being who feeds on the deaths of evildoers—the darker the taint on the soul, the yummier, apparently—in moments of need and who are doomed to spend eternity murdering baddies unless they can achieve what’s called the Meaningful Kill, something that’s different for every person.
I won’t talk about what happened in the previous books, although if you want to read my review of Relentless Flame (Hell to Pay #2), you are certainly free to do so. What I did observe, though, was that this book was more intense than its predecessors; beyond having a more vital main plot line, the relationship between the two main characters, Ruth and Odie, is also way more fired up right off the bat. It was also more action-packed.I’m afraid I’m a little conflicted about the main plot line that revolves around Ruth and Odie’s path to redemption. On one hand, I really appreciated that the author seemed to adopt a go-big-or-go-home attitude toward writing in the finale of her series. On the other hand, I felt like the mission was so big that I would have liked to see more buildup or foreshadowing of it in the previous books. Sure, the absence of such makes this much more accessible to new readers, but loyal readers may feel a little like some of the things have pretty much come from left field. As a result, I felt like the culmination of the story (and of the series) would definitely have been more satisfying had the author laid more breadcrumbs to it in previous books.
That’s pretty much my biggest beef with this story, actually. I enjoyed the slickness of Cajun Indebted warrior Odie Pierre-Noir’s character and how he strips all of that away for the main character, Ruth. On the other hand, I also really enjoyed Ruth herself and the way she is both a butt-kicker and a woman whose hurts and regrets delve deep into the soul. And finally, I loved learning more about the oh-so-hateworthy Jerahmeel. I may have missed some of the humor injected into Book #2, but I quickly determined that it would have seemed out of place in this book.
Flame Unleashed delivered on its unspoken promise to be better than either of the books that preceded it. Better yet, even if you haven’t read the previous books, I feel as though this would work very, very well as a standalone novel, even if you don’t get pretty nostalgic during the reunion sequence, something loyal readers will likely enjoy. Meanwhile, if you have read the other books in the series, you’ll be pleased to learn the whys and wherefores of both the Indebted and of Jerahmeel himself. And while this book may be the end for this particular series, I am looking forward to the stories the author decides to tell next—not to mention the great and detailed world-building Ms. David has exhibited in this trilogy.
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