Cassie Armstrong has plenty to atone for. The daughter of the most immoral researcher ever to pick up a scalpel, she's determined to use her own brilliance in genetics to repair the damage her family has done to the paranormals. Especially Dante, the first of the phoenixes, the one they call the Immortal. He's been haunting her dreams since she was a little girl, and she's been trying to ease his pain for almost as long. If only he remembered any of it. . .
Dante doesn't know what Cassie's story is. He almost doesn't care. The minute he sees her, all he can think is mine. But there's more to the pretty little doctor than meets the eye. And Dante isn't the only one to notice. He can't trust her, but he can't stay away--and if he wants to learn her secrets, he's going to have to fight like hell to keep them both alive. . .
Cassie grew up in her father’s laboratories and knows just what a monster he really was. No, he wasn't a paranormal but the atrocities and tortures he inflicted all in the name of science stole his humanity. Dr Wyatt didn't care who he hurt and happily used his own children in his experiments but it was his constant torture of the Phoenix Dante that haunts Cassie today.
She first met Dante when she was a child and the connection they formed has dominated her life. Every time Dante is killed he rises again, but his memories take a little longer to catch up. Cassie tracks him down as she feels that maybe, just maybe with his help she can find a cure and save so many who have been infected by her father and his cronies. Dante does vaguely remember Cassie but what he remembers does not sit well and he's unsure if she is really trustworthy. Time, unfortunately is running out and Cassie needs to move fast but she's being hunted and needs to keep moving. Cassie has loved Dante for so long but knows his feelings for her are conflicted. Dante is blinded by anger and rage but one thing he is sure of and that's the simple fact that Cassie is his!
Oo, I've loved this series and I urge you to read all three starting with Burn for Me, as although this book can be read as a standalone it will make far more sense if read in order. Characters from the previous two books happily come to play here and it's simply fabulous to see their journeys continue. The two main characters are just so appealing but all along there's this very macho Dante claiming “mine " and it just gave me goose bumps. It's not exactly the usual declaration of love that authors give us but more of an old school "me Tarzan you Jane" kind of vibe but it really works here.
Dante is as old as dirt and has died and risen so many times that he relies on his instincts and to me that made sense. Cassie is so much more than she realises but no spoilers here, so all I will say is her tenacity and determination to right what she sees as wrongs made her a very likable heroine. She's a very brave woman who has made mistakes but she's prepared to sacrifice herself if that's what it takes.
Well Dante is a Phoenix so any comments I make about this being a hot romance will obviously be cringe worthy, so I will refrain and say this is well written and a fabulous addition to the series. Is it the end? I'm not really sure as yes, the Phoenix story might be told but there are still vampires and werewolves within this world the author has created. There's a sweet little epilogue to satisfy romantics such as myself and I truly enjoyed this book.
I happily, highly recommend Playing With Fire and if you haven't read Ms Eden's work before, then now is most certainly the time to discover just how good she is.