Title: Born In Fire
Author: K.F. Breene
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: Four stars
“Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.
So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.
Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.
Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.”
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K.F. Breene has been on my TBR pile for an embarrassingly long time – if there’s any such thing as shame when it comes to the size of our book stacks. The first several in this series became available for free some time back and I grabbed it while I could, so I’m sure there will be some sequel reviews coming soon.
Born In Fire features Reagan, a magical bounty hunter who is constantly living on the breadline. When her mark is snatched from out in front of her by vampires, she has no choice but to team up with Darius, a vampire elder, in order to capture a more powerful threat. Although she is loathed to work with vampires, the bounty will keep her wanting for nothing, and she has bills to pay.
As she and Darius explore the Brink, a magical realm filled with the likes of unicorns, mages, and (maybe) goblins, in search of clues to track their mark, an unlikely affection grows between them, and Darius offers to bond with Reagan. An arrangement that would afford Reagan all the protection the vampire world has to offer.
Urban fantasy books that are popular at the moment tend to have overly sassy main characters, and it’s refreshing to read Reagan as someone with spunk but not too much eye-rolling. She certainly gave me a few laughs with her well timed, quick wit!
The Brink is a super interesting place for magical beings to exist, and there are some amazing ones, like giant water snakes and unicorns. I would have loved a little more imagery so the visuals could hit home, because there were times that the setting felt a little underdeveloped.
The blossoming romance between Reagan and Darius gets pretty steamy at times, and this peaks at the end – no spoilers here – with some serious heat. While this might be a slow burn romance, there are some serious teasers that’ll make you beg for more.
There is a huge amount to unpack in this book, and it did sometimes feel like I needed to go back and read something again to really understand what was happening. With so much new information to learn, sometimes I felt a bit overwhelmed, to the point where some really striking new info about Reagan’s heritage almost went right over my head. But wow, there are some crazy awesome twists in this book!
I enjoyed this book, and I reckon any urban fantasy lovers would too. You can grab your copy of Born In Fire here, but keep a look out for some offers on this series as they do happen every so often.