By Cassandre Dayne
Series: The Fire Trilogy, Book #2
Publisher: Naughty Nights Press
Release Date: May 2012
Length: 83,058 words

Detective Jax Steele is baffled by a case involving several missing children of prominent and upper scale Richmond citizens. His homicide department tapped after a congressman’s son turns up mutilated he and his partner have few clues as to who could be committing such heinous crimes. When a tip leads them to an exclusive and secret BDSM club Jax is forced to ask for help from his ex lover, Aleksandr Vasiliev, the Russian artist who he can’t forget but refuses to indulge in their shared passion of a D/s relationship while unwilling to accept Aleks is a creature of the night. As the horrors mount, terrifying memories of his childhood haunt Jax including shadowed whispers of some ancient culture.

As another young adult is found with a second connection to the club and to a group of prominent politicians, Jax has no choice but to go undercover with Aleks posing as a couple. While the killer continues his reign of terror he leads them down a twisted path of dark secrets until both men are faced with an uncertain future. Unfortunately the monster enjoys their game of cat and mouse and both lives are slammed into the path of the killer bent on revenge and on securing the ancient Kingdom that Aleks denies. As Jax is finally forced to face not only his needs but also the ugly reality that Aleks is a vampire, he has to make a the most difficult choice of his life, complete domination or allowing more innocent humans to die.

Once again Jax finds himself in the middle of a high profile murder case and it looks like he must seek out Aleks again. Jax must find out what it all means before it is too late. Will he be able to accept what is happening to him and just what his relationship with Aleks really is or will the evil that threatens them all win? Will Jax finally believe in the monsters that he refuses to see?

I enjoyed visiting Jax and Alek’s world again. As we watch Jax try to figure out his latest case we also get to see him try to figure out what is happening to the man himself and where he and Aleks stand. Even after their separation the fire still burns hot between Aleks and Jax. Seeing the relationship deepen and build between these two made for a nice read. In this second story in this series Jax goes through more confusion and pain. In this book we also get to see the beginning transformation to Jax. He has gone through so much in this series and I cannot wait to see what will become of him in the next book. The author does a good job of bringing the characters to life and keeping the reader guessing all the way until the end. I enjoyed seeing the development of Aleks as well. We are leaning so much about him as the series continues. As you read this book you cannot help but cheer for Aleks and Jax and hope that they get their happy ever after. I was pulled into their story right from the start and cannot wait for the next installment in this series.

Reviewed By: Gabrielle