New Release Review: Knight of Flames by Amelia Faulkner #MM #Paranormal @_AmeliaFaulkner

REVIEWED BY LARK

 

TITLE: Knight of Flames Knight of Flames (Inheritance, #2)

SERIES:  Inheritance # 2

AUTHOR:  Amelia Faulkner

PUBLISHER: Lovelight Press

LENGTH: 388 Pages

BLURB:

Headstrong. Telekinetic. Pariah.

Quentin d’Arcy is in trouble: he might be pyrokinetic; Laurence wants their relationship to go further; and he’s running out of money. When he meets a psychic whose powers of mind control are used to mug hapless innocents in order to provide for others, a dilemma arises. Should Quentin stop him, or help?

Demigod. Oracle. Hunter.

Laurence Riley almost died killing one god only to discover that he’s descended from another. Life gets even more complicated when Frederick d’Arcy walks into his life. Quentin’s twin brother has tracked them down, and now he wants Laurence’s aid in speaking to Quentin.

With great power comes great irresponsibility.

Kane Wilson wants to make a better world. A world in which psychics are open about who and what they are without fear of reprisal or hatred. With the power to control people’s minds, he might be able to pull it off.

Quentin is the only one immune to Kane’s power, and so it falls to him to figure out whether there’s more to Wilson’s plan than meets the eye, before Kane outs the existence of psychics not only to San Diego but to the world…

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REVIEW:

Yet again, Amelia Faulkner has delivered a captivating journey from start to finish. Knight of Flames takes us back into the lives of Laurence and Quentin and introduces more characters from their past into the book — some for better, some for worse. Though many loose ends from the first book were neatly tidied up in Jack of Thorns, enough was left up in the air to draw me back to reading this particular book.

Not only that, but the antagonists of the book were decidedly memorable. Anything that might have been ‘done before’ is offered with a brand new, shiny coat of paint, offering a new perspective and an interesting journey from start to finish. We see Laurence and Quentin’s relationship develop, and it’s every bit as painfully slow as I imagine Laurence feels it is. It works, though; it occasionally gets frustrating, but that’s mostly on behalf of poor Laurence. Quentin’s dominance continues to work through the pages, along with Laurence’s submission and desire for more, and this starts to come to the forefront. I’m probably a little too excited about this dynamic.

But as what seems to be her practice, the second book delivers an epic ending that leaves me yearning — already — for the third book in the series.

RATING: I’m crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Angst, Biting, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Drug Addiction, Murder

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Review: Jack of Thorns (Inheritance #1) by Amelia Faulkner #MM #Paranormal

REVIEWED BY LARK

 

TITLE: Jack of ThornsJack of Thorns (Inheritance, #1)

SERIES:  Inheritance #1

AUTHOR:  Amelia Faulkner

PUBLISHER: LoveLight Press

LENGTH: 444 pages

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BLURB: Florist. Psychic. Addict.

Laurence Riley coasts by on good looks and natural charm, but underneath lies a dark chasm that neither heroin nor lovers can fill. Sobriety is a pipe dream which his stalker ex-boyfriend is pushing him away from. Luckily, Laurence has powers most can only dream of. If only he could control them.

Aristocrat. Psychic. Survivor.

Quentin d’Arcy is the product of centuries of wealth, privilege, and breeding, and is on the run from all three. A chance encounter with an arresting young florist with a winning smile could make him stop. Laurence is kind, warm, and oddly intriguing but Quentin’s wild telekinesis and his fear of sex make dating a dangerous game.

When opposites attract, they collide.

Desperate to fix his rotting life, Laurence prays for aid and accidentally summons a fertility god who prefers to be called Jack. Jack is willing to help out for a price, and it’s one Laurence just can’t pay: he must keep Jack fed with regular offerings of sex, and the florist has fallen for the one man in San Diego who doesn’t want any.

If they’re to survive Jack’s wrath, Laurence and Quentin must master their blossoming feelings and gifts, but even then the cost of Laurence’s mistake could well overwhelm them both. How exactly are mere mortals supposed to defeat a god?

Jack of Thorns is the first book in the Inheritance series and contains mature themes and events which may be distressing to some readers. It has a low heat rating and an HFN ending.

REVIEW:

I went into this book with high expectations — and they were met every step of the way. Faulkner writes with a deft hand, with strong characterizations that are consistent throughout the entire book. She drops hints for what I assume will be books to come (at least, they’d better be), and they promise one hell of a series without making me feel starved for plot in the first book. From what I see of the first book, she’ll deliver in the other books as much as she has in this one. This is what I want to see in a series.

There are hints of what might become a BDSM relationship in the future, though they (sadly) aren’t realized in book one. Still, there’s enough to keep my interest and to wonder what might come if Laurence (an addict) and Quentin (a wealthy but somewhat sheltered aristocrat) ever end up in bed together. Because all the drama around what happens when two psychics’ lives collide with each other and a god isn’t enough, I apparently have to be thinking of what they’d do in bed. Laurence certainly wonders, so I won’t feel bad for that!

I know this isn’t a normal pick for the Dark Arts blog, but despite my love of all things dark, there was plenty to keep my interest. A touch of the paranormal, a touch of romance, a touch of what might come of a Dom/sub relationship (please)… and it’s all around a fantastic book. I was sad when I ran out of pages before I was ready!

RATING: I’m crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES:  

Drug Addiction, Psychological Trauma, Rape Attempt, Rough Sex

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