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"don't miss this series... It's a keeper!"

Five years ago, Ryan Hawthorne, lead singer for the band Pure Wildfire, nearly died from a drug overdose. His lover Maria wasn't so lucky, and Ryan has never gotten over her death. Now, he and the band are in New York for the release of their second studio album, striving to build public recognition. But Ryan has always had questions about the circumstances surrounding his and Maria's overdose, and he intends to do some investigating while they're in the Big Apple.

Maria's stepsister Gina, a successful publicist, is dumbfounded when her dad (and boss) calls her in to tell her who their newest client is—Pure Wildfire! Gina holds Ryan and the band responsible for her sister's addiction and death, and has spent the last five years doing her best to ignore their meteoric rise in the music world. She is forced to confront her own demons, and face some hard truths about Maria, as she comes to know Ryan better—and as she struggles to deal with her feelings for the talented, sensitive, wildly beautiful musician who has blazed into her life. To further complicate things, it seems Pure Wildfire has been targeted by malevolent forces, which will stop at nothing to destroy them and all they love.

Icefire is the second book in Lynne Connolly's Pure Wildfire series, and is a pleasure from start to finish. I'm a sucker for anything involving music, but it has to be done well—that is, the author needs to make me believe she knows whereof she speaks. One of the things that shines through both Sunfire and Icefire is Ms. Connolly's love for and familiarity with music and musicians. Her descriptions make it easy to see—almost hear—the band; the intensity, communion, and joy of making music and bringing together a performance fairly leapt off the pages at me. I'm also in love with her phoenix shifters, and her descriptions of them are so beautiful I'd love to see a good fantasy artist interpret them. As far as the individual characters, I appreciate the time she takes to build and flesh out Ryan and Gina. They are both strong, mature personalities, but I saw growth in both of them over the course of the story, both as individuals and as a couple. Though they both felt an immediate attraction and connection, Ms. Connolly didn't take the easy way out; Ryan and Gina had to hash everything out and work for their HEA.

If you like your romances hot, if the paranormal intrigues you, if you're a music lover—or any combination of the above—don't miss this series. It's a keeper!

Reviewed by Julia Clark
Posted June 21, 2008

SUMMARY

Shape-shifters rock! Ryan Hawthorne is the charismatic vocalist for the band Pure Wildfire, with the world at his feet. He's also a shape-shifting firebird more than a hundred years old, torn apart by the death of his lover. Maria died of a drugs overdose but Ryan always suspected foul play. Now he's back in New York to find out.

Gina always blamed Ryan for her stepsister Maria's death, but when she meets the devastatingly sexy singer she finds Ryan is the embodiment of all her wet dreams, and she's had plenty.

They set each other's worlds ablaze but they have to find Maria's killers before they get to Gina. Or Ryan will lose her too.

Sexual Content: Rated S-ensuous
Genre: Shape-shifter
Book Length: Plus Novel

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Icefire
(Pure Wildfire: Book 2)
by Lynne Connolly

Ellora's Cave
May 1, 2008
Available: May 30, 2008
ISBN #1419916416
EAN #9781419916410
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Other Books by
Lynne Connolly

Red Shadow
Red Heat
Treasure Laid Bare
Red Alert
Crystal Captive
Thunderfire
Chemistry of Evil
Moonfire
Alluring Secrets
Liquid Crystal
Topaz Delirium
Sunfire
Cat's Eyes
Jewel of the Dragon
Rubies of Fire
A Griffin’s Treasure
The Haunting
Jewel of The Dragon
Chemistry of Evil
Season of Storms


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