Friday 26 February 2016

Friday Frights ~ PNR Review ~ Flame's Dawn - A Hell to Pay Novella by Jillian David

Book Description:

All’s fair in love and war when specialist Jane Larson and Captain Barnaby Blackstone give into their lust for each other while stationed in Vietnam. As the world disintegrates around them, their one night of passion ends with her evacuation back to stateside duty.

Years later, Jane is neck deep in an undercover DEA operation gone horribly wrong. Kidnapped and then committed to an asylum, she has no hope of escape from the clutches of a notorious cult leader. The only thing that sustains her through the pain is her memories of Barnaby—even as she knows she’ll never be with him again.

Little does she realize that Barnaby has spent several of his years as an immortal, Indebted killer yearning for the fierce and beautiful woman who had unlocked hope in his cold, hard soul. When his sixth sense leads him to her hospital room, he sets her free, but in the process attracts the attention of an otherworldly maniac intent on revenge. To save Jane from the dark forces surrounding her, Barnaby must reveal his deepest secret. Can she live with the man he’s destined to be, or will the truth leave her lost to him forever?

Pre-Order Links:
releases Monday 29th February

Our Review:

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

Thinking Jillian had finished the Hell to Pay series up pops this sensual little gem of a novella. Set in the 1960's and 70's it takes me back to that terrible time in history of the Vietnam war through to the psychedelic times of the 70's when drugs were sold virtually on street corners and were taken much more freely than they ever are today. 

The male character Captain Barnaby Blackstone is again one of the Indebted to the evil spawn of Hell Jerahmeel. Born in 1553 always having to do his masters bidding he now finds himself in Saigon, slaking the need of the dreaded knife that Jerahmeel has given him all those years ago. 

The bright spot in this blighted life he has to lead is a certain beautiful angel in the form of Jane Larsen, who works for the American Embassy as a linguist manning the phones there. Over the weeks Barnaby has got to know Jane through their mutual love of the modern music of the day. He is drawn to her in some inexplicable way, for when he is in her company he almost feels human again and not the immortal killer that he really is. 

This one night Barnaby's sixth sense was on overload. He had to get back to the Embassy. He finds Jane on her own in the office listening to all the chatter coming through her headphones. He felt he had to get her out of there. It was screaming in his head and then it happened all hell let loose. 

Trying to get Jane to safety they landed up in a supply cupboard hiding from the enemy soldiers. It was there that the mutual attraction that they both shared turned to lust when the feeling of immediate danger had passed. 

It started when Barnaby took Jane in his arms just to comfort her when he felt her shivering beside him, but then it turned into a hungry kiss of passion to a blaze with them needing to sate the need that was building up through that kiss 

“As he brushed a finger over her core, he absorbed the surprised gasp with his mouth. She was eager for him if her pelvis rocking against his hand was any indication.” 

Soon they were brought back to earth as danger was still all around them but Barnaby managed to get Jane safely away. Jane thought she would never see him again until his last words to her was 

"I will find you." 

The book then takes you forward to the 1970's and Jane is working for the D.E.A. She finds herself in a lot of trouble in the company of a cult leader called Thompson who she had infiltrated working under-cover to find enough evidence against him. 

The story takes you through everything this beautiful woman has to endure under the hands of this evil man to when she wakes up in a psychiatric ward in such unbearable pain. 

Dreaming of Barnaby in her drugged state was she hallucinating seeing his startling blue eyes through the window on the hospital door. "Was she?" 

What a great little story this is. You have to feel for poor Jane. I am sure that this was not what she bargained for when she signed up. I feel that Jillian has left the ending of this story open. I wonder?

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