5 STAR REVIEW: Burn by Suzanne Wright

BurnBURN (Dark In You Series #1)
By Suzanne Wright
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date: 30th June 2015
Format: Paperback (384 pages)
Source: Review Copy

Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue.

The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed.

She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.

As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has.

Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make. (Goodreads)

DividerI’m going to be very honest. I picked up this book as soon as I got it, only to have a dang good shot at meeting the date I had agreed to participate on the blog tour. Little did I know that this book was going to suck me so deep in that before I knew it I had already hit the half way mark and most of my morning had disappeared.

What I really liked about this book was the fact that it harked back to the Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy novels I had enjoyed a few years ago. I couldn’t help be taken back to the early days of the Anita Blake series. However, instead of a necromancer, we have a demon who just so happens to cross path with the biggest badest demon known to the demon community.

There is an instant attraction between the two leads, Knox and Harper, but both are strong minded and have secrets that they are protecting. As this attraction grows into something more and they can’t deny what is between them, Harper and Knox end up opening up more. It is true I have read this plotline both in the PNR and contemporary romance genre, but there was just something that made this book so compelling to read and I think it has a lot to do with how much world building Wright has put into the novel without it feeling to plodding.

I understood the hierarchy and rules of each of the lairs, while setting this world on the cusp of change. This change is down to the wish of some to change how the demons of the US are governed. A few high level Primes want to introduce a Monarch who kind of rules over all the others. Since Knox is resisting this, it does put him and Harper in the crossfire and it does seem that the attacks on Harper are because of this.

However, as the book progresses you begin to get the feeling that there is much more to this and that maybe one of the Primes has an ulterior motive and would resort to actions that are frowned upon in the demon community.

As I have said, the main focus of the book is on Harper and Knox. It does start off accidently when their respective demons recognise that the other is their anchor. This is sort of like a destined other half type thing, but though it can mean a sexual attraction it doesn’t always mean a romantic pairing. For some reason Knox’s demon takes a deep interest in Harpers and it soon becomes apparent that it wants to have Harper for keeps. This dynamic between the two of them is really intriguing to read.

As I said, Harper has a lot of emotional baggage that has prevented her from making any real sort of attachment to male demons. Yet, Knox and his demon seems to chip away at her defences so that she becomes more open and develops real feelings that go deeper than the norm for their kind. There are times throughout the book that the pages just burn with a sexual chemistry that should come with a health warning. Normally, what Harper and Knox partake in would make me uncomfortable but Wright writes it in such a way that it is acceptable that it is part of Harper and Knox’s DNA. This coupled with the fact that Harper is not the meek female character and she battles with Knox both in and out of the bedroom. It really is a game and you quickly see that this is at the acceptance of both parties.

To be honest, Harper is the type of female character I love reading about. She loves her independence and is real tough cookie. She doesn’t take any s**t from anyone and will do anything for those who she cares about. This is proven time and time again, especially with her friends and family. This grows to include Knox and his sentinels (sort of like bodyguards), especially her own personal bodyguard Tanner. Though she does get into some scrapes throughout the book and Knox helps her, she isn’t a damsel in distress and I feel that Harper and her demon may be hiding something more that may be brought out of hiding since joining with Knox.

On the subject of Knox, I have to say he, and his demon, have quickly earned a place on my favourite alpha male characters. He is charming, yet completely dangerous. I could see why so many of the female characters I encountered in the book were so enthralled by him. He is at the top of the food chain and low behold those who cross him.

Yet, he isn’t the only male character that I took an interest in. There is also the infamous Lucifer or Lou for short. He is only in a couple of scenes, but he makes a big impact. I do hope we see more of him.

In fact, most of the supporting cast are worthy of their own books or pairings. In fact I do hope that Tanner and Harpers friend Devon get together, because although they are natural enemies with Tanner being a Hellhound and Devon being a Hellcat, they have a certain spark.

This really does seem to be a promising start to a new series. Thankfully, the 2nd book is out really soon and I can’t wait to delve back into this.

Burn reminds me the heyday of the Paranormal Romance novel when Sookie, Anita and numerous other series burst onto the scene. Yes, it isn’t an overly complicated plot, its cast of characters and excellent world building is just a joy to read.

Harper and Knox more than give Anita and Jean-Claude and Sookie and Bill a run for their money in hot supernatural couple. Wright is an author that is well worth watching and it should be noted that she has a back catalogue of self-published titles that are sure to keep me occupied between each instalment

5 star




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