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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Resurrecting Flame by Viola Grace

Resurrecting Flame by Viola Grace
Sector Guard 14
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Jenya has spent days leading one hundred prisoners to freedom through a tunnel of her own making. She succeeds in her task and is ready to rest, but the arrival of the Sector Guard throws a wrench in her plans to fade away. Green flames pull her back into the living world and the silver eyes of a Kozue Guardsman are the first things she sees when she wakes. As Digger, she is offered a place in the Sector Guard and put through her paces with Flame and Guardian watching carefully. What possible use could her talent for burrowing through rock be to the Sector Guard?

Jenya Norquil has spent the past two days leading one hundred political prisoners to freedom. Not through normal means, but by using her energy to bore through six miles of solid rock, creating an escape tunnel, and turning the dissolving stone into breathable air. The last thing she sees before she blacks out is a pair of silver eyes in the face of an angry Kozue warrior.

When Vornan realizes that Jenya, or Digger as he calls her, isn’t among the rescued, he returns to find her near death at what was left of the tunnel, having given all she had to save her people. When Jenya feels a searing pain, she sees green flames before everything goes dark again. Vornan’s talent is healing and he does it by infusing those he helps with his healing flame, hence his Sector Guard alias, Flame. He knows Jenya would be a great addition to the Sector Guard, and he also knows she is his mate. Can Jenya learn to control her talent and be a productive member of Udell Base?

Can Flame and Digger pass their first trial by fire as a team? How will Jenya adapt to her altered physical state?

This is the fourteenth episode of The Sector Guard, and they just keep getting better. In this one, we get to visit with one of the couples from an earlier book, Tech and Razer, and a few others. Razer is the twin brother of this book’s hero, Flame. I love the worlds that Viola Grace has created for the Sector Guard series, and I look forward to each new pair of Guardsmen.

Jenya is such an interesting character. Her determination to get her people to freedom was nothing short of heroic. I loved her combination of sass and innocence. She talks back to Vornan, and enjoys his company, but she has no idea how valuable her talent could be to the Guard. I like her willingness to test her boundaries, and to try new things, even as she worries about them.

Vornan, or Flame, is strong and sure. He has no doubts about Jenya being “the one” for him. I enjoyed his caring attitude toward her, and his fears when she tried new things. But he also supports all of her decisions, standing with her through it all. He's wonderfully loyalty and protective.

This is a romance with a twist. Seems Jenya was so close to death the only way Vornan could revive her ended up fusing his power into her blood, and it is what keeps her alive. But it was great the way these two learn to adapt, and grow together to become a team in every way. There is a wonderful sense of humor in this, as well as a sensitive love story. This is for all of those who like their romance on the unique side.