Review: Burning Up by Nalini Singh, Angela Knight, Virginia Kantra, Meljean Brook

Review: Burning Up by Nalini Singh, Angela Knight, Virginia Kantra, Meljean Brook
Burning Up

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Series: Psy-Changeling, Children of the Sea, The Iron Seas #.6, #3.5, #3.5, #3.5, #.5, #.5, #.5
Genres: Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on August 3, 2010
Pages: 343
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

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Passion runs as hot as a fever dream in these all-new stories by four New York Times bestselling provocateurs of the paranormal...

In Angela Knights's Blood and Roses, a vampire warrior and his seductive captor join forces to stop a traitor from unleashing an army of demonic predators on their kingdom.

New in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series is Whisper of Sin, in which a woman in lethal danger finds an unlikely protector- and lover- in a volatile member of the DarkRiver pack.

Virginia Kantra continues the haunting tales of the Children of the Sea in Shifting Sea, the story of a wounded soldier rescued by a strange and enigmatic young woman.

Meljean Brook launches a bold new steampunk series with Here There Be Monsters, as a desperate woman strikes provocative- and terrifying- bargain to gain overseas passage.

The Delight

I originally picked this up because it boasted one series, The Children of the Sea, that I was starting to follow.  This was a few years back.  Imagine my excitement when, in the meantime, I discovered the Psy Changling and the Iron Seas series.  Holy Cow!  I hit the jackpot and wasn’t even trying.  But, it was only after Burning Up set on the shelf for a long time that I finally took it up and began enjoying what I got from each of these authors.


First up, was Whisper of Sin by Nalini Singh
#.6 Psy-Changling
The story is of human woman, Ria, and Dark River leopard changling, Emmett.  A vicious human gang hits town and starts harassing the populace.  Ria comes into the crosshairs of the troubles and Emmett arrives on the scene.  He is attracted immediately, but has some work to do protecting Ria, tracking down the gang, and convincing the feisty Ria that she’s it for him.

Exciting, passionate story.  Flirty romance pair.  Story falls just before the events of book one and made me fall more in love with the series.

Angela Knight’s Blood and Roses is next.
I believe Blood and Roses is a standalone.

It was a fantasy world of vampires, magical human women, humans, and a lizard race.  The world was interesting as was the set up and this is always a huge draw with me.  The hero, a vampire, and the heroine, one of those magically gifted women were engaging.  Their coming together was a captor/captive deal and then instalove so I found the romance the weak point at the start.  It was a spicy, seductive bit once it got going and their romance and teaming up to stop the villain was pretty good.  I might have wanted a bit more from this one, but I did like it.

Now, there is Virginia Kantra’s Shifting Sea
#3.5 Children of the Sea
War-weary soldier, Jack, inherits a Scottish estate and is doing his best to be a good new lord of the manor.  He comes upon a breathtaking woman by the sea and its like he hears a siren call.  Morwenna is of the fin folks and knows better that nothing can come of being with a human.

I love this series for its haunting, atmospheric quality and its world of the fae of the sea.  This shorter in between novella is no exception.  I had a few questions in the end that I suspect will be answered in the next book about her twin, but I loved what I got.

Last up was Here There Be Monsters by Meljean Brook
#.5 Iron Seas
A side story in the series of a woman needing out of London and willing to give even herself to achieve it to a pirate who is much more than he seems.  Unfortunately, she disappears before he can prove it.  Two years and a lifetime later it seems the pair meet again and Ivy realizes that Mad Machen has come for his payment.

It was exciting, passionate, wonderfully surprising and one of the best developed novellas I’ve read.  It’s a prequel to the Iron Duke, but I recommend reading it as a follow up story so the background of the story makes better sense.


Side note, this book has the distinction of being off my TBR pile, but also off my Library Love list because yes, I had managed to misplace it somewhere in the middle of a story.  I was dying, but then library to the rescue.  Whew!
So, this four-some was a fantastic variety pack of paranormal and fantasy romance.  I can easily recommend it to those looking for new authors and series to try and those who are already fans of certain series.


Romance Roundabout #23 FR
Literary Pickers #23 engagement ring
Mt. TBR #14
Library Love #3 




About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.