Book Name: Blaze of Secret
Author's Name: Jessie Donovan
Main Characters: Kiarra, and Jaxton
Series: Asylums of Magical Threats
Release Date: 09/03/2013
Blurb: To avoid persecution, the Feiru will do anything to keep their elemental magic a secret from humans—even lock away their children for life. Few know what goes on inside the prison system for magic users, but that is about to change…
Kiarra Melini overhears the dangerous secrets of her blood and decides that if Feiru elemental magic is to survive, she needs to die. But before she can finish the deed, a handsome black-clad man kidnaps her from prison and introduces her to an anti-prison activist group. As the prison retrieval squad hunts for her, Kiarra must overcome the demons of her past or risk losing not only her newfound freedom, but also the man who reawakens her desires and captures her heart.
Jaxton Ward finally rescues his older brother from prison, but instead of helping with his brother’s recovery, he’s ordered to train Kiarra—a stubborn elemental fire user who claims her magic is gone. But just as Kiarra starts trusting him with her secrets, the prison enforcers catch up with them. Now Jaxton must find a way to keep his family safe while also protecting the only woman able to ignite both his temper and his passion.
Shonna's review: The elemental magic passed on to all Feiru first born was thought to create a threat to human society. At the time of magical maturely a law proclaimed all first-born must leave their families and live in the AMT (Asylum of Magical Threats). There they would live happily and bring no harm to the world, or that was what everyone was told. In truth it was a horrendous prison. Feiru were treated harshly as they were cruelly experimented on and abused. Few ever escaped, but those that have now hide quietly as they form an organization known as DEFEND, to right this wrong.
Kiarra Melini, a first-born used as a lab rat, has lost her elemental power do to experiments with a nullifying formula injected by her captures. Now knowing what is planned for other Feiru and not wanting to live through anymore torture she fears her blood will bring, she just wants to die. That is until she is rescued by a man that changes her life more than she ever dreamed possible.
Jaxon Ward, determined to retrieve his older bother Garret from the AMT compound, is able to get the much need information to accomplish this, only after he agrees to also free one other Feiru first-born during his mission. Desperate to bring his brother home before it is to late, he complies with the terms, unknowingly flipping his entire world in a direction he never saw coming.
Shaking my enthusiasm for a good read. This story fits the bill. I love how Jessie Donavan paces relevant information throughout this story and maintains various swirls to the excitement. This gripping journey takes you to a world of danger, conflict, action, and a steamy romance. I easily became engrossed in the main characters as well as so many of the compelling sub-characters. A great start for a new series, book #2 is planned for early 2014. Be sure to watch for it. My Rating 4.5