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“Gracie C. McKeever (c) August 2011
For the first 85%, I would have only given the book 4 stars but the last 15%? OMG definitely 5+ stars. The last part was so good and so emotionally draining. Definitely a good way to end the series.
But back to the beginning....this, of course, is the story of Stryker and Mel who met in the last book in the Amazon when Mel's other half, Phoebe, killed Stryker's friend. Stryker has been on the hunt for Phoebe and finds Mel instead.
Stryker and Mel are just so sweet together even if it takes Stryker a while to realize it...understandably. And Poor Mel....she's been through so much and hasn't really been able to experience much. I loved that Stryker saw that and did things to remedy it. The food thing was so cute! And the icicle scene? wowza!
So being the last book in the series, there is the wrap up with the big baddie and his gang and there's updates on all the other couples. Lots of good stuff and some stuff was a bit contrived but had to be in order to get all those HEA's!!
Great series...a bit heavy on the sex, and the sex is right up front and in your face but at least there is some romance!
"F*ck Disneyland. Because all in all, ACRO was the happiest damned place on earth."
“The last book? Really, oh no! This was a really good series.
This book was jammed pack with adventure, I guess since it was the last. It had so many great characters in it. It starts with the two main characters who are Stryker and Melanie/Phoebe Milan. Stryker is sent to kill Phoebe by Dev the head of ACRO. But he finds himself beginning to believe the story that Melanie is a nice person and has been abused by ITOR and her twin that lives inside of her. Phoebe is the evil twin and she is the twin who killed Stryker's best friend Akbar. She burnt him to death in front of him and now it is his job to end her life. Trouble is the woman he is beginning to care for shares a body with her. Very Weird! ”
“Gracie C. McKeever (c) August 2011
Forced to watch his friend die at the hands of a deadly and psychotic Itor agent Stryker is on a hunt for revenge. However, Stryker's personal agenda will have to take a back seat to his mission once he tracks Phoebe down to a safe house in Italy and realizes that she is not the same woman who killed his friend.
Melanie Milan is a rare product of a laboratory experiment gone wrong, or right depending on who you ask. Tortured and mistreated throughout her youth by the head of Itor, Melanie shares her body with her favored and violent sister Phoebe.
Melanie has the ability to freeze things and Phoebe is her polar opposite in every way, even in this as she is a gifted and dangerous pyrokinetic. Each power in an of itself is unique and deadly, but when wrapped in one alternately sexy and sweet body, could become the death of one ACRO agent in Stryker who starts out wanting revenge, but comes to care for Melanie despite his initial doubts of her sister's existence.
Melanie and Stryker are one hot and intense couple! I love watching them together and experiencing the external and internal conflicts that each of these complex and multi-dimensional characters handle in order to be together.
I wasn't sure how Croft would or could reconcile Stryker and Melanie's relationship, but she does so believably and magnificently. I love the way, also, that she tied up all the loose ends and character and story arcs and especially how she ended the story and series as a whole. ”
“So sad this series is over. Ended on a great note.”Janna M wrote this review Thursday, August 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 stars. Great ending to a wonderful series.
“A solid end to the series. Mel and Stryker are wonderful characters and the amalgamation of Mel and Phoebie's personalities was expertly accomplished.
Nevertheless, the continuation of Creed and Annika's story felt rushed as did the ultimate destruction of Itor - it was far too simple.
Hopefully the series will continue, perhaps with the next generation of ACRO agents.
“Super sad this series is over, but love love loved this book, rounded it out nicely with a little of each major character and saw where they were at. The main characters were great. ”Heather F wrote this review Friday, July 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“WARNING: This is the sixth and final book from the ACRO Series by Sydney Croft (Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler). Although you could read this book as a stand alone... please don’t. This series is so worth a read - it’s only 6 books! (You can read more about the entire series at my blog.) Taken By Fire is the PERFECT series finally and you would miss out on so much if you read only this book. With that in mind, this review contains SPOILERS from the first 5 books, so move forward at your own risk!
I joked on Twitter about how hard it is to write reviews for books you love - my solution... here is my review: THIS BOOK ROCKS... READ IT. That is all. Okay, so I need to say more, I know. First, the primary love story of Mel and Stryker... it was so hot! I loved the internal (and external) struggles that they both experience - I could feel Stryker’s turmoil as he attempted to reconcile falling for the (sister of the) woman who killed his partner in cold blood. Their relationship is really well written - I didn’t feel any sparks between the two in the beginning, and I’m not meant to... they find their way together as they open up to each other and learn to trust.
Now for “everything else...” My favorite couple, Annika and Creed, are fairly front and center. We found out in the last book that Annika is pregnant, and that the ghostly Oz (brother of Creed and former love of ACRO leader, Dev) predicted that if Annika has Creed’s baby she will die. Then there is ACRO leader, Dev... oh Dev. I LOVED Dev and Oz together. Ms. Croft BROKE MY HEART in an earlier book, but now Dev has Gabe. The book contains wonderful story lines for both subplots. Please bring tissues! Also... Warning to all: This book is HIGHLY erotic and includes several HOT smex scenes, to include a m-m-m threesome.
Taken By Fire wrapped up everything from the first 5 books while giving hope for the future generations. It truly was everything you expect and want from a series finale (and never seem to get). I was emotionally drained by the time I finished... Cursed out the authors a few times... but it was an amazing journey. Every loose was end tied up in a uniquely fitting way. Yes, there are happy endings, but they aren’t forced and did not feel contrived. I’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating: Sydney Croft is a master of sensual story-telling, and the ACRO series is in a league of its own.
My Rating: 5 Stars Personal favorite - a must read (A+)
(But you must read the ENTIRE series!)
FOR MY FULL REVIEW, please visit my blog: http://twimom227.blogspot.com/2011/06/arc-review-taken-by-fire.html”