Sunday, December 7, 2014

Book Review: Kindling Flames

Title - Gathering Tinder
Author - Julie Wetzel
Series - Kindling Flames #1
Genre - Fantasy Romance Vampires
Published - September 19th 2014
Publisher - Crimson Tree Publishing
Format - 
Kindle Freebie

 Fresh from college and with no real work experience, Victoria Westernly considers herself lucky to land the coveted position of personal assistant to Darien Ritter, the CEO and owner of a multibillion-dollar company. His busy schedule and eccentric ways are enough to keep her on her toes. But, all is not what it seems when she discovers the handsome man employing her just happens to be the most powerful vampire in the area. 

This is the first book in The Ancient Fire Series
This is part one of two. The original book was divided due to length. 

I picked up Gathering Tinder as a kindle freebie a while back drawn to the cover I didn’t read the synopsis till I picked it up this week. Darien is in need of a personal assistant to handle his life now that his former assistant is out on bed rest. 9 temps later Vicky (Victoria) shows up desperate for the job because if it doesn’t work out she will have to hit the plasma bank in order to pay her rent. Vicky quickly learns that the job is more than just your typical 9 to 5 job as she’s on call should he need her at any time. 

The body count in piling up and not all the victims are human when the alpha werewolf confronts Darien asking for his help he needs to bring the subject to the council. When a routine trips ends with Darien making a visit to the council he’s forced to bring Vicky into his world. Suddenly Vicky is being watched by not only Darien but the wolves and other vampires are watching her. While danger looms nearby will Darien solve the murders before Vicky is caught in the crossfires?

I liked Vicky she is willing to do what it takes to survive even if it means working for a vampire. She accepts that Darien is a 900 year old vampire give or take a few years, and even knowing that he could drink her dry she still trusts him with her life. I like the potential relationship idea between the two and hope the next novel gives us a little more. 

Gathering Tinder is a combo of vampire romance and suspenseful thriller creating an intriguing story. The author takes the vampire idea and sticks pretty true aside from the fact that Darien is over 900 and the sun is bearable to him as well as munching on human food. He’s a good guy who would be prefect for Vicky but since this book is the first in a series it’s a little a lacking in the romance, however I have high hopes for the next one. I like the concept for the vampires having a council as well as the werewolves and the fae being mixed in the story. The characters are easy to connect with you can’t help rooting for Vicky she’s so darn sweet. I do plan to continue the series I want to see how it’s going to play out since this one was a cliffhanger. 

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