Parallel Fire by Deidre Knight
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal; Fantasy
Length: Short (76 pgs)
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Snapdragon
In their fight for survival, the layers come off—body and soul.
A Midnight Warriors story.
Anna Draekus is a soldier wrapped up in secrets, one of which has just been blown. As a member of the shadowy Madjin Circle, she was marked and trained from childhood to protect the king, even without his knowing. And now that her superior officer Nevin Daniels has discovered her allegiance to the Madjin, another secret is in serious danger of exposure.
The one where she fantasizes about cracking the taciturn Refarian’s composure and making him scream her name in passion.
Nevin has tried everything to exorcise Anna from his mind and body, once and for all. Nothing works. He’s long lusted after the free-spirited and plainspoken soldier, but her mere presence ties him in knots and drives him to the brink of insanity. Something a man in his position can’t afford. Something a man of his maturity could never hope for.
Then a routine patrol finds them wrecked and marooned deep in the Wyoming backcountry. And Anna unwraps Nevin’s deepest secret of all: Beneath his tightly controlled exterior beats the wild heart of a tiger.
So many ‘S’s mark this book by Deidre Night: Sizzling, sensual, sexy, suspenseful… did I mention sexy? The cover alone is enough to conjure some incredibly sensual hopes in the reader. And, the story does not disappoint.
Lieutenant Nevin Daniels, interrogator for the royal government has the most arresting eyes, but Anna, Lieutenant Anna Draekus has a lifetime as a loyal member of the Madjin Circle to answer for.
Nevin’s arresting eyes compel Anna to imagine a very different sort of exploration; his husky voice hints that he too, has trouble focusing on the task at hand. Her associations, her dedication, her actions, she will answer for… but her energy is something she keeps private. Yet, Nevin desires to see her brand – and so her energy – in a way that suggests a sexual hunger. Not that Anna is complaining. He’d be screaming out her name, if she had anything to say about it. Then suddenly they are discussing his virility, and his questions have taken on a decidedly suggestive tone.
Outside the interrogation chamber though, their attitudes – and interaction –change. Is it shyness? Expectations? Can it be some over-interpretation of ‘honor’ or is this some more ominous sign of betrayal?
Fast action carries this story forward, into a world that seems to have leaped out of an erotic fantasy. Intense arousal is experienced by more than Anna; readers are just as likely to be screaming.
Erotic settings, lust and intimidation, trust and sexual needs all spin this story to a level of heated arousal that is both intense and ultimately satisfying. From a suspense standpoint, the shared point of view rather damages some of the suspense, making specific points predictable. However, nothing damages the spicy sex scenes! 4 books