"a blazing hot, suspenseful, high-energy addition to Lynne Connolly's wonderful Pure Wildfire series"
Combine one scorchingly sexy bass player from the hottest
rock band around with an enticing, strong-willed
businesswoman, then throw in murder, intrigue, and small
town politics, and the result is...pure Wildfire.
Moonfire, the third book in the Pure Wildfire series
by Lynne Connolly, tells the story of Jake Keys, bassist
bad boy, who is called out of his London studio and back to
the small Texas town he left several lifetimes ago
(literally) by the brutal murder of his wife, Cheryl
Palmer. Theirs was a marriage of convenience, brought about
by Cheryl's need for "proof" of a heterosexual relationship
in order to gain her inheritance, and Jake's desire for a
shield from insistent groupies. But Jake was genuinely fond
of Cheryl, and is bent on discovering her murderer. His
determination quickly increases when he meets Cheryl's
partner, Teri Gilpatrick, the number one suspect in the
case. Not only intent on proving Teri's innocence, Jake
becomes focused on Teri herself--and the immediate, sensual
connection between the two of them. But Teri's former
lover, Sheriff Chauncey Morris, is equally determined to
recapture Teri's interest, and Jake is hiding a secret life
that may threaten not only his and Teri's happiness, but
their lives as well.
I may well be one of Lynne Connolly's biggest groupies for
the Wildfire series--her sizzling stories of a group of
rock and roll firebird shapeshifters. I loved everything
about Sunfire and Icefire, and impatiently awaited the
arrival of Moonfire, Jake Keys' story. While my
first reaction was not as wildly enthusiastic for this
story as for the first two, it's still an excellent read,
and works both as a stand-alone and as the continuation of
the Wildfire saga. Connolly's characterizations are just as
clear and sharply-drawn as ever, and this (in fact) may be
part of the reason I had to warm up to the story. The book
opens with an explicit bedroom ménage between Jake and the
Westfall twins (characters from the earlier books). It is
immediately clear that there is no deeper emotion or
commitment involved--this is a "scratching an itch"
situation, and one that Jake isn't even that interested in.
My gut reaction was "Ew, what a horndog!", so Jake started
off with a strike against him. Also, this storyline was
largely separate from the band and their music, which were
aspects I loved in the first two books. But I was quickly
caught up in the intense, fast-moving suspenseful tale of
murder, small town politics and cover-ups, interwoven with
Jake's and Teri's burgeoning relationship.
Teri Gilpatrick is fiercely independent, and devoted to the
event planning business she built with Cheryl. She is
heartbroken by her friend's brutal death and her own arrest
as the primary suspect, as well as adamant about protecting
Cheryl's memory and private life from prying eyes.
Unfortunately, townspeople and the press are eager to
portray this as a lesbian lovers' tiff turned deadly. When
stunning, sexy rock star Jake Keys shows up and literally
rescues her--providing her with his own high-powered
lawyer, and posting her bail--she's understandably dazed
and confused. Why is this gorgeous fantasy man riding to
her rescue, and why is he treating her like she's HIS
favorite dream come true? She's sure this is only a brief
affair, and wants to make it quite clear to him that she
expects nothing more. Jake is quickly captivated by this
strong, sexy woman. He sees her honesty, her inner strength
and integrity, and for the first time in his very long
life, is nearly overwhelmed by the need to protect and care
for a woman--his woman. He can't believe that, when he
finally finds "the one", she wants to treat him like a
weekend fling! Besides, she is one of a handful
of "mortals" who is receptive to his telepathy, and he
feels her sensitivity and awareness to him. His existence
as a shapeshifter brings many complications though, not the
least of which is the fact that he's a target of a group of
fanatical human purists who want to root out and destroy
all "unnatural" creatures.
Moonfire is a blazing hot, suspenseful, high-energy
addition to Lynne Connolly's wonderful Pure Wildfire
series. Although not as involved with the band and their
music as the previous books, it still shows Connolly's
knowledge of, and affection for, her subject matter. If you
love erotic tales filled with danger, intrigue, and the
paranormal, check this out. If you've been following the
series, then this is certainly a "must". Kudos to Lynne for
continuing her strong storytelling; I just wish there were
more band members for her to write about!
Reviewed by Julia Clark
Posted February 6, 2009
One look at Teri Gilpatrick and Jake Keys wants her so bad he can't think straight. The trouble is, she's in prison, accused of the murder of his wife, Cheryl. He has to get her free before the people who killed Cheryl come for her too.
But can a shape-shifting firebird, a member of the hottest rock band on the planet, persuade a sassy, independent woman to take a chance on him? Once, that is, she's not under sentence of death. From the law and from the hidden group seeking to destroy Jake's band, Pure Wildfire.
Teri's only salvation is the incredibly sexy Jake Keys, but she wants far more from him than that. Maybe more than he wants to give. And she won't settle for second best. She wants Jake, and everything he has to offer. Fiery passion and everlasting love. And the amazing Talent he holds.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Book Length: Plus Novel