Blaze by Suzanne Wright
Series: Dark in You #2
Also in this series: Burn, Ashes, Embers
Published by Piatkus on September 1, 2016
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Defeat the enemy. Win the boy. Live happily ever after. But life "ever after" isn't as easy as it used to be. Harper's gone from being a member of a small demon lair to co-Prime of one of the most powerful lairs in the US with a mate who, though hot as hell, is just a mite overprotective - I mean, you get kidnapped by dark practitioners just once ...
Then one of Knox's demons goes rogue, and in his madness decides Knox Thorne must die. Harper's worried. Knox isn't - at least until he discovers his mate's willingness to get between him and danger.
Now, Knox has a new priority: Keep Harper safe ...no matter what it takes. But Harper begins to suspect there's more danger than one rogue demon. It seems the combined strength of Harper and Knox has upset the balance of power in the demon world and there are those who are determined to right that wrong. Because when you move up the food chain, sometimes the other predators just want to take a bigger bite.
It took all my self-control to not download and read Blaze straight away when it showed up at midnight on my iPad. I was in the perfect environment to start it the following morning, alone and at the lake. My restraint was rewarded because from the moment I began reading Blaze, I went straight through, cover to cover, and loved it.
For me to want to read more than one book about the same couple, they have to be very special. Knox and Harper are one of the few fictional couples who fit that bill. Knox is alpha through and through, whereas Harper is as independent as they come. Their connection is such that they are willing to learn how to bridge their differences to make it work. With everything going on in this book, and there was a lot, these two strengthening their bond and navigating the ins and outs of being a couple was my favorite part.
What makes Harper and Blaze even more interesting is they have to contend with their inner demons. Their demons are extremely possessive and demanding, requiring appeasement to keep them subdued. It may be just me, but it felt like the demons had even more of a showing in Blaze. Scary, badass, and very protective of their mates, when a demon took over all hell broke loose. Knox’s demon was supposed to be the scariest, but once Harper’s learned a new trick, I think it might be a bit scarier now.
Knox won me over in Burn, but in this book he solidified my admiration for his character. He took such care in doing everything possible to make Harper happy, even if it went against what he or his demon wanted. His need to wrap her up in cotton wool and destroy anyone or anything that made her unhappy was strong, but he knew if he went too far he’d lose her. It’s good he’s extremely intelligent and just a bit tricky and manipulative so he could maneuver situations to keep her happy but also satisfy his need to protect her.
After reading Blaze, my feelings for Harper as a character have now reached full adoration status. There was a lot of time spent in the book focussing on her relationship or lack thereof with her mother and the maternal side of her family. Harper had a great attitude to everything, including when she was dealing with her family (no Mommy or Daddy issues would get her down). Other’s opinions of her being raised as an imp or prejudices she came across because of her surname were shrugged off. I cannot begin to say how refreshing this was. I also loved how she doled out payback to those who wronged her. She was devious, tricky, and spared no mercy to those who believed she was not good enough for Knox.
The politics, danger from mysterious power hungry crazies, and the family from hell kept me turning pages. The antics of Harper and her family and friends, especially Lucifer kept me laughing, and the amazingly hot and sexy connection between Harper and Knox kept me wishing my husband wasn’t an hour and a half away when I read this. Although the immediate threat has been taken care of, there are still bad guys at large which have me now eagerly waiting for the next book to be published
Spice’s Review: 5 I Can’t Get Enough Stars.
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