From page one of Burn For Me by Cynthia Eden, I was captivated with an adrenaline rush that really didn’t let up until the end. There is a lot of mystery around what type of paranormal character each person is supposed to be. There were shifters, vampires, phoenixes, and the heroine’s type isn’t revealed for quite a while, but I am having a hard time not tell you. I will say the hero is a phoenix. One, you see the abilities he has right off and well, the series is called Phoenix Fire.
The good, the bad…and the what the heck?
So some bad scientist have captured Cain, the hero and are running tests on him to see if they can harness his ability to regenerate. Making a super soldier that can’t be killed is hard work. The lab goes under the assumption that the subjects are there voluntarily, but in reality none are and they are being tortured. In rides Eve, the heroine, who is also a reporter hoping to expose the entire operation. She has a little medical background so she is tasked to take vitals on subject 13, but in reality she wants to find out his story and release everyone.
Well, big, bad Cain has decided its time to blow this popsicle stand and take Eve with him after she survives his regeneration without a burn on her. But what is she? How can she survive his fire and not burn? While the building is burning, Eve runs around letting out paranormals and one big bad vampire that is going to haunt them and the next book. Unfortunately, the head guy doesn’t die and now they are a race to find the second test site, find out what Eve is, expose the whole story and stay alive, but not fall in love.
This was rush of the senses that kept you guessing…well for the most part. I think at one moment I said not again as the bad guy kept coming after them. I wanted them to run farther away from the regional area they kept sticking too. It always seemed like the bad guys were one step ahead of everyone.
These two did more than burn, they sizzled with their rough and ready to tumble attitudes. She never gave up on him when he would regenerate and not remember her. He couldn’t stay away even when he know it would be better for her all around. These two were drawn together without having a whole you are my fated mate bit. But in the end, she is the only one besides another phoenix that can ever truly kill Cain. These two were rough and ready for each other at every turn.
The fun stuff…
Now I kind of giggled over the biblical names…Eve…Cain…but then it stopped there. Trace isn’t quite so biblical. Trace is Eve’s best friend and shifter, who is left in pretty bad shape by the end. I hope we get to see a happy ending sometime for him. Ryder is the vampire who Eve saves. He’s addicted to one particular phoenix’s blood and a single sighted goal consumes him often to Eve and Cain’s detriment.
I rolled my eyes some when Cain kept saying Eve smelled like candy until she told him it was her lotion. Here I as about to start my internal mind rampage over scents, but in reality a lotion will have a scent.
Burn For Me was an ambious start to a world where few know about phoenixes and few phoenixes exist. When you learn what Eve is you will see that there are mates for each one, but then also a vampire may make the cut. This world is scary and exciting all at once and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Would you like to live in a world where a phoenix exists?
What types of creatures do you think can survive the burning regeneration?