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Inferno's Kiss (A Novel of the Order) Paperback – October 4, 2011
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"Cleo and Dante have a fabulous love story; one that I could not put down. "Inferno's Kiss" made me a believer in the virgin hero." Romance Novel News
"WOW! A kick-ass self-confident heroine and an alpha male with a side order of vulnerability practically guarantee a mind blowing reading experience." Fresh Fiction
"Burns continues...creating characters that are layered and vivid. Conflicting loyalties and motivations as well as danger and betrayal all ensure this is one intense ride from beginning to end." RTBOOKreviews - 4 Stars
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A bestselling author of spicy historical and paranormal romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. Her historical book awards include the 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewers Choice Award and the 2012 Gayle Wilson Heart of Excellence Award for Pleasure Me. She is also the recipient of the prestigious paranormal romance award, the 2011 PRISM Best of the Best award for Assassin's Heart. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it's possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.
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Then there's Cleo and Dante, who bring a whole new meaning to the term "Virginal". Cleo meets a man who is one step away from being the newly appointed Sicari Lord and who has taken an oath of abstinence. That's right, he's a powerful, intimidating, intense...and a virgin! How could it get any better? Well, there's also family secrets, long lost family members who meet for the first time, reincarnation, magical scrolls that need to be deciphered and an adventure that spans several life times.
Inferno's Kiss was a thrill ride well worth waiting for. Dante feels things for Cleo he never knew he could feel and Cleo can't help but to fantasize about the things she would love to do with him if she can ever get him to stop running away from her.
Marcus and Atia have a lot to over come because of all the lies and betrayal they each feel, but when they come together and see how good it can be again and the fact that their blood bond has never really been broken, makes you believe in true love.
Cleo is probably my favorite character in this whole series, I used to think it was Lysander but after reading the heartache Cleo went through after losing her unborn child and feeling like an outcast because she doesn't posses powers like other Sicari and that fact is even more pronounced after finding out who her parents are. If anyone should have strong sicari powers it's a child of Atia and Marcus. But Cleo more than makes up for not having powers by being a total bad ass who can kick the bad guys ass all by herself. Cleo is not only strong, but a sympathetic character and a survivor who's had to endure the worst pain imaginable. She is without a doubt my favorite character out of all three books.
If you want action packed scenes that actually make sense and don't just have swords blows and blood spurting scenes that go on forever that leave you lost as to what just happened, then this is the series for you. The action scenes are clean and Monica Burns made the action clear as to what is happening and it happens for a reason, just just action for the sake of action.
I didn't think Monica Burns could write another book as good as Assassin's Heart, but I was wrong, this book the 3rd in the series was just as good as the first two books and a great ending to the series.
Inferno's Kiss has a very slow burn when it came to Dante and Cleo, which was good and bad. I loved it because it gave their feelings time to develop and grow, but it also drove me crazy because Dante was being so stubborn! Here is the quick version of my frustration with him. Dante took a vow of celibacy when he was fifteen, many encouraged him to not rush into this choice because he was so young, but he thought it was his duty to honor this vow. But at fifteen how many of us really know what we want out of life? I don't think many do, and Dante should be included in this group. His desire to please his mentors and have a sense of belonging clouded his judgment and led him into a vow that would always put his needs second. It is a choice he never regretted, until the first second he laid eyes on Cleopatra. While, it does take them a while to finally give into their initial feelings once they do it is hot! Monica knows how to build up the tension until it is practically spilling out of the pages and the anticipation can be just as good as the main event. I enjoyed watching Cleo slowly show Dante there is more to life than duty and in return Dante showed Cleo that letting people in does not always mean you get hurt. The couple complimented each other well and I appreciated Monica taking the time to develop the characters fully, both separately and together.
The mythology in this world continues to blow me away. The Sicari and Praetorians are a group of people I never heard of until this series and each novel brings new information that affirms my love for these characters. Past lives, telepathic and telekinetic abilities, ancient civilizations and romances that can span lifetimes blend together in this world and leave the reader aching for more. It commands your full attention and makes it easy to fall in love with the lore and the people whose lives it affects.
The ending of this book was a blur of action and revelations that were both shocking and heartbreaking. That is one of the things I have come to admire about Monica's writing, her ability to write great plot twists. In Inferno's Kiss, there is a traitor in the Sicari ranks and I had absolutely no idea how deep that betrayal was going to be. Once their identity was revealed, I was staring at the words open-mouthed in complete shock. Looking back now, the clues are there and it made sense, but it caught me off guard and my heart broke for the character's lives that were impacted because of the traitor. I am eager to see what will happen next because of events that unfolded in Inferno's Kiss.
Overall, this series just keeps getting better with every installment. Monica has created a fascinating world filled with an intriguing mythology and well developed characters that will keep you coming back for more. I have not seen any mention of a fourth book yet, but I am keeping fingers crossed that we get to see more in the Sicari world. As long as Monica keeps writing them, I will keep reading them!