Title: Flames on the Sky
Author: Linda LaRoque
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Val
The Anasazi whispered of this evil and of the woman who could defeat it. Fire, sky, and stone must unite to fulfill an ancient prophecy.
Madison Evans inherits a turquoise locket, travels to New Mexico, and discovers the stone dates back to the Chacoan Anasazi. When she's attacked, parks ranger Lonan Stone, of Chacoan ancestry, fears Madison's turquoise is a missing twin of the revered Fallen Skystone, an egg size piece of turquoise on display in Albuquerque. The mystical stone is missing two slivers - one's in Madison's necklace, the others whereabouts unknown, but if united by evil they can destroy.
Madison and Lonan are part of a 1000 year old prophecy to save Chaco Canyon. Thrust back in time, they meet a witch, solve a murder, fall in love, and imprison a 1000 year old evil spirit. Their mission complete, can these two people from different cultures blend their lives as the prophecy predicted?
Madison and Lonan are thrown together under some very unusual circumstances which leads to a very interesting predicament. What would you do if you were told that an entire culture depended on you to save them? This is just what Madison faced when she went in search of her family's history. When she first sees Lonan, she is instantly attracted but not for the reasons you might think. She recognizes him from her dreams, which makes Flames on the Sky a sensually stimulating time travel adventure. The sexual tension between Madison and Lonan builds as the two realize that they have some things they need to do to fulfill the 1000 year old prophecy. This lends an air of intrigue to the story as you wonder, will these two really do what is needed to save their ancestors? The attraction each holds for the other is obvious and whew, there were some really hot moments.
The characters throughout this book are very well developed and Ms. LaRoque brings vivid life to the Chocoan Anasazi heritage . I am not a history buff. It's hard for me to grasp how people lived in the past, but when I can read a romance novel and learn something, I fall in love with history. Ms. LaRoque lays the foundation for life as it was back then. She leads the reader into the customs of the time and how different that time period is from ours now. I find time travel fascinating and Linda LaRoque makes it more than just a learning experience, she also makes it fun. Flames on the Sky was an action packed read that kept getting more interesting the more I read. I never knew which turn the story would take and was very pleased with the ending. I highly recommend Flames on the Sky for anyone who loves romantic suspense laced with some history and time travel. This was a full bodied novel that you don't want to miss.