“Excellent characterization, an engaging story and an intense romance but needs more world building.
Miranda is a strong, intelligent and independent heroine with a backstory that has definite potential. She is very likable, particularly in her loyalty to Archer. However, my one small caveat is that the origin and nature of her fire gift is not sufficiently explained.
Archer is an enigmatic hero with a tortured air and mysterious secrets that only add to his appeal. Unfortunately, after the build up surrounding his physical deformity and social ostracism, the ultimate revelation is anti-climactic.
The plot is well-paced and exciting with some interesting twists and a really nasty villain. There are, however, a number of loose ends that are left hanging, such as the involvement of Miranda's brother-in-law in the investigation and McKinnon's role in the events. Moreover, while Miranda and Archer's romance is intense and steamy, it progresses far too rapidly from a couple with a virtually non-existent acquaintance to one that is deeply in love and willing to sacrifice their very lives for each other.
Overall, an exciting beginning to what looks like an intriguing series, and the information that I find lacking may appear in the novella that precedes this book. ”