Title: Hold Me If You Can: Soulfire #3
Author: Stephanie Rowe
Buy link: Buy Hold Me If You Can Here!
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
Without her passions, she has no magic…
It's unfortunate for Natalie that Nigel Aquarian is so compelling. With his inner demons, his unbridled heat, and his "I will conquer you" looks, he calls to her in exactly the way that nearly killed her.
But losing control means losing her life…
That he's an immortal warrior and that her powers rise from intense passions would seem to make them a match made in heaven, but unless they embrace their greatest fears, they'll play out their final match in hell.
Nigel used his art as a way to control the deadly warrior that lived inside of him, and for the most part it worked. Until the subjects he drew started returning to the Den Of Womanly Pursuits, or Hell. He had to find a way to retrieve his fellow warriors that he had unknowingly sent back, and he had to do it while controlling his inner warrior, but without his art it seemed impossible. Natalie was a Mystic, she should be able to use her power of voice to influence his mind and control the warrior, but Natalie has lost her power source and doesn’t believe in her ability. Plus she is being used as a smut receptacle by black magic users, which is turning her into a murderous demon. Just when it all seems as hopeless as it can get, a dream genie is intent on ridding the world of love by stripping away everyone’s dreams.
I do enjoy Stephanie Rowe’s sense of the whimsically bizarre. She uses the terminally cute to paint over some seriously dark and disturbed characters. She is a master of literary illusion, and by that I mean, while I’m thinking yummy chocolate and flowers, I’m actually absorbing mass murder and unfettered soul rending. I am at a loss for how she does it. She is either brilliantly gifted or just a tad psychotic. If it’s the latter, the world is in serious trouble, because she is insidiously devious. She has created this sparkly, incredibly detailed magical world that would be absolutely perfect if not for a few heinously evil villains, who mostly feel they are trying to do good in the form of torture and murder. There are a few who just want to eat other beings, but mostly there are the evil misguided do-gooders. Thankfully, Blaine, Jarvis, Nigel and Christian are always consistently wonderful. They have their little manly quirks, but they are like touchstones of lickable hottness. Their continued quest for freedom and peace is what drives this addictive series and keeps me coming back time after head scratching time. Every time I finish one of these books, I always ask myself “How did she do that?”. How did she take me from point A to point Q without me realizing it? It still remains a mystery. Maybe I’ll find out in Christian’s book.