Wednesday, January 23, 2013

REVIEW: "S.P.I.R.I.T.: FIRESTORM" - by Dawn Gray

Title: S.P.I.R.I.T.: Firestorm
Author: Dawn Gray
Publisher: Anchor Group
Publication Date: February 1, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Source: Free download
Ellen's star rating: 4/5


When Samantha Ricketts finds herself placed in a town half-way across the country, her only worry is how did she get there, but when her life is saved by a handsome and mysterious man, the connection they feel is almost more than she can stand. 

Zander Smith was only acting on his instincts and training when he moved the dark-haired woman to safety but what he got from his heroics wasn't the distressed woman he had thought he was helping but a fireball of fury that sparked a storm within himself. 

Together they tap into the supernatural to uncover the mysteries surrounding the strange town they were slowly growing fond of before they became part of its history.


S.P.I.R.I.T. Firestorm starts with a bang and a fire, and the fireworks theme continues throughout the book. Samantha, the main character, finds herself dressed in strange clothes, standing near a church which is on fire and the last thing she can remember is that she went to bed hundreds of miles from where she is now.  Rescued from being trampled by panicked church goers by a handsome stranger, she is further dismayed to find that this town is a perfect replica of the town she grew up in.  When she discovers that, not only is the town similar, but also the house she grew up in and the people living there, she actually takes it with a calm I certainly would not have felt.  

The immediate and extremely electrically charged fiery attraction between Samantha and Zander causes electrical disruptions and small fires to start whenever they get emotional or passionate.  Think Fire Starter in a really hot romantic relationship!  Then there is the military ghost-hunting group to which Zander belongs who don't quite know whether to see him and Sam, with their extraordinary powers, as an asset or a danger.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this action-filled book, I found that the frequent romantic interludes between the main characters interfered with my concentration - a concentration which I needed to keep track of all the doubles in people, scenery and circumstances.  The characters were well-defined and easy to grow fond of; from the two main characters to the Military leader who conveniently always arrived just after the action had passed.  The well-constructed plot and continuous forward motion of the story kept me turning the pages and I found that the story had a bit of a lesson for those of us who still have ghosts to lay to rest or demons to face.

S.P.I.R.I.T Firestorm is a comfortably paced medium length book which I would recommend to all those who like paranormal romance.  There are even some thoroughly scary scenes in the story which you may not want to read after dark.   Because of adult content, I must warn that this book may not be suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.



S.P.I.R.I.T. Firestorm by Dawn Gray has 73 reviews on Goodreads. Read it here.



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