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Monday, March 22, 2010
Review - Burning Kisses by Jill Knowles
Title: Keily Kisses 2: Burning Kisses
Author: Jill Knowles
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Patchcat
Val was an arson investigator before he got put in witness protection. Now he works for the Forest Service as the Head of Recreation in the Keily Ranger District. He can't afford to fall in love, but he wants love for Suzie.
Jet's a fire elemental and a professional photographer working to document an archaeological site. He doesn't believe anyone can love him, but he thinks Val and Suzie are perfect for each other.
Deputy Sheriff Suzie Quinn is the woman who loves them both, and whose premonitions show them building a life together. But she has to catch an arsonist who threatens everything before it starts, and convince Val and Jet they're worthy of love—hers and each others.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual interaction, ménage (m/f/m, m/m/f), voyeurism.
This was a very good book. The characters were interesting (by the way, where can I find a fire elemental of my own?), the world was well-built, the sex scenes were incredibly hot, and the plot was attention grabbing. I also liked that the paranormal aspects were well thought out and believable and that there was a level of skepticism and secrecy on the part of all involved. I loved that those who hadn’t ever had any contact with the otherworldly had to pretty much have it shoved in their face before they would believe that such things existed, and that the otherworldly creatures went to great lengths to make sure they weren’t discovered. It made for a much more believable scenario.
There were one or two things that didn’t sit well with me, though, which is why I didn’t give this one a Gotta Read rating. First, there was the whole “love at first sight/touch” aspect of the relationship between Suzie, Jet, and Val. I could believe it coming from Suzie given her gift, but to have the same from the other two, who have no such “cheat,” was a little hard to swallow.
The other was the rather random quote I found from another, well-known author that was just kind of thrown in there. Nothing wrong with homage – if that’s what you’re going for – but it does kind of throw the reader out to see something like that with no context to tie to it. I would have no trouble at all believing that Suzie was a fan of this particular author. It would have been nice to be told that, though, instead of having to guess and hope that that’s the reason that line was there. This wasn’t something that ruined my enjoyment by any means. It’s just something that made me pull back and have a bit of a “wha?” moment in an otherwise lovely story.
Other than that, though, it was a good read. Even though this is the second book in a series, it stands alone very well, and Ms. Knowles has done a wonderful job of creating a story that both holds its own and helps to round out an already established world. Definitely recommend checking this one out.