New York Times bestselling author, Caris Roane, presents BLOOD FLAME, the first book in the Flame Series. In this book, vampire Officer Connor of the Crescent Border Patrol tries to suppress his desire for the powerful witch, Iris Meldeere. Because the woman possesses the ability to kill him with the tips of her fingers, how can he possibly fall in love with her? When a double homicide throws them together, he soon finds his deepest fantasies fulfilled as Iris succumbs to his seductions. But as they battle together to stay alive, and love begins to consume them both, will the witch be able to forgive the dark secrets of his past …
BLOOD FLAME is a standalone story with no cliffhangers. It’s a passionate, hot, paranormal romance, featuring a vampire and a witch set in the urban world of Five Bridges. Caris Roane is the author of eighty-one published works, thirty-one of which are paranormal romances featuring tortured warrior vampires in desperate need of worthy women.
Connor is a vampire and he helps guard the boundaries trying to prevent the drug runners getting through. He cannot seem to get the witch, Iris, out of his mind and even though their species hate each other, constantly finds himself watching Iris. Now some might take exception here as it does kind of feel like he is a bit of a stalker but Iris is not unaware of his presence and as a witch is perfectly capable of casting a spell on him but chooses not to. One night, they are both called to two separate crime scenes, the first a pregnant woman acting as a drug mule and then later, a couple murdered. Iris senses something is wrong and they narrowly escape being blown up when the bridge they stand on explodes. What follows is a chance for Connor to re-evaluate just why they have been clearly thrown together. As they dig deeper, it's apparent both their pasts have something to do with this dangerous situation they find themselves in, and their two separate worlds collide in more ways than one!
So in many ways Blood Flame had me thinking about forbidden love but it's not really that straight forward. Both our lead characters have sadness in their pasts, but I just wanted to learn a little more. Their passion ignites perhaps too quickly but then again, they have been kind of circling each other for a while. I'm still a little confused by the substance Alter, that when added to Flame has the capacity to transform people. Also there are rather a lot of pregnant women in this story that really just didn't sit well with me. What stands out is Connor, though as he is written as a good and honourable character (ignoring his stalker tendencies!), but Iris for me was the one who really saved the day; but to find out how you will need to read the story.
So five species who hate each other, a world so vile it's a cesspit, drugs that never really get explained, and of course a lot of truly sad back stories. Hmm, I'm still not sure about this story but note it's the first, so perhaps as the series progresses the world building will as well.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.