Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers #3)


Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody's fool, and she didn't get to her position on the Coven Nine high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out—and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.
Of all the men she's known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he's as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight.
Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone's looking for . . .
Themes:   Witches, Demons, paranormal
Rating: 4 stars
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Finally, we can all experience the heat and passion between Nick and Simone for ourselves.  From the first time we met Simone in a previous novel, we have gotten hints that her life was once changed drastically by the abandonment of the man she loved.  And when Nick burst onto the scene, there was no need for an explanation as to who had broken her heart.  Now that Simone is in serious danger, possibly facing a death sentence for a crime she didn’t commit, Nick is back and determined to keep her safe—and win her back. For long time readers of the Realm series by Rebecca you will recognize a lot of the characters in this novel and we will finally get a lot of details that will make the light bulb go off in your head as you see another side of the backstory. I enjoyed every minute of getting to know Simone and Nick even thought there were a lot of nail-biting moments and of course, there was always the worry that they wouldn’t find a way out of their troubles.  The only issue I had was that though the couple certainly got their HEA together, the world remains in serious turmoil and seeing the damage done to the Realm and their allies as well as the many interconnected families that make up the core of the realm leaders.  I loved seeing the softer side of Simone peeking through here and there, as she fell back in love with her true mate after a century apart.  While she is obviously a brave and daring, powerful and daunting witch, she remains a woman seeking the other half of her soul, someone to love her for herself and not her powers, family, or clout.  Nick similarly just wanted to finally have the chance to live his life with the woman he’s always loved.  He gave up his life with her, losing pieces of his soul in the process, in order to bring about the change that was foretold to him in order to keep her and thousands of others safe.  Nick is the perfect hardcore alpha jackass that one moment you want to slap and the next you want to tackle to a bed and Simone is just the woman to bring this demon of immense power and sensuality to heel.  Seeing them interacting whether they are fighting, defending themselves against danger, plotting overthrowing governments or simply expressing their feelings, the passion between them is undeniable and there is no way that readers will escape their story without needing something seriously cold to drink. That being said I really enjoyed this story even though it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger.  I am really looking forward to Adam’s story next (I Hope) and I am 90% sure I already know who he is falling (has fallen) for and that he has a hard road ahead of him. 
P.s. you might have noticed that this story came with a short story after it, TalenTalen is all about Talen and his loving mate Cara finding their way in this new environment after many years of strife.  I am going to post a separate review for Talen in coming days, so keep your eyes open for that.
*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

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