May 18, 2011

Review--Firewalker by Allyson James

Janet Begay's Crossroads Hotel has attracted the supernatural ever since it opened. Witches, Changers, and a mouthy magic mirror have decided to make it their home. But a new, dark power is rising--this time inside Janet herself. 

Her boyfriend Mick, a sexy dragon shape-shifter the Navajo call a Firewalker, knows what terrifying magic is threatening to overwhelm Janet and her Stormwalker powers. He watches over her, ready to fight for her, to do anything to keep her safe.

But then a mysterious corpse is found near the Crossroads Hotel--and Janet becomes Sheriff Nash Jones's main suspect. Trouble is, even she can't be sure she didn't do it. Now Janet and Mick must uncover what really happened, and their investigation leads to the most perilous decision of their lives: Mick must choose between protecting his own people or guarding Janet, the woman he loves, from the many forces amassing against her.

Allyson James' Firewalker picks up where Stormwalker left off. And once again in the first chapter we are thrown into excitement and danger, for Mick is missing and a strange woman comes to Janet's hotel delivering a message--once she was forced to deliver. And Janet is off to find Mick, but she's going to need help and unfortunately that help is Nash Jones.

The pacing was once again rather decent. The story moved along quickly, but there was still too much romance for my liking. I guess this is why I don't read too many paranormal romances because there always tends to be a little too much romance for my liking.

But the romance didn't necessarily detract from the story. The storyline still moved along excellently. And even though Janet's mother is trapped back Beneath, Janet still feels the lingering power she inherited from her mother and hears a voice telling her to use the forbidden powers. Try as she might to ignore the voice, it becomes exceedingly difficult.

What makes things worse is that the murder that Janet may or may not have committed takes up a lot of her time. Not to mention that the dragons are angry at Mick for allowing Janet to live after she opened (and closed) the portals leading to the Beneath. Mick is looking at an upcoming trial where he is already guilty but his punishment is still unknown.

Janet has a lot to deal with in this book and the ending was sensational to say the least. A shocking twist comes to play right at the end that changes everything for Janet.

Overall rating 3.5/5 stars

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