Queen of Tarts Review of
Fire on the Island by J.K. Hogan
I love to read a good paranormal romance. One that will sweep me into it and take me on a magical adventure. Fire on the Island does exactly that and I loved the journey. This book is rich in detail and world building. It has a unique take on witches and demons and I was captured by this story.
Oh! side note- The cover of Fire on the Island is exquisite. I want that corset.
The heroine of this adventure is Isla. She lives on the island of Arran in Scotland *sigh* Scotland… Isla has a rather traumatic past and is very strong and a bit wary because of it. I admired her courage and sense of humor and want her for a friend… Isla has made her home on this island and owns a guiding business to help tourists explore the area. Her business partner, Callum, and her employees are her friends but the rest of the town is superstitious of a mark on her neck that they think brands her as a witch. She avoids the townspeople and focuses on her job.
Jeremiah is from New Orleans and has a delicious drawl. *mmmm* He is a doctor of psychology with a focus on parapsychology and he travels around the world investigating paranormal events and stories. Sometimes proving them to his satisfaction and sometimes debunking them. He’s on the trail of an obsure sect of witches called the Bruixi that according to what little he has been able to discover are the oldest witches know in history today. He’s drawn to investigate further and the trail leads him to the island of Arran.
When Jeremiah and Isla first meet he’s watching her practice on a climbing wall and admiring her form <g> There is an immediate spark between the two of them that Isla is hesitant to explore at first but the heat is real and grows stonger as they get to know each other better.
“She just raised an eyebrow, did that half-smile thing, and turned to leave. Jere followed her out, hoping his tongue wasn’t lolling our of his mouth like a happy puppy dog. He began to wonder how he was going to get through a half-day’s hike staring at the back of her.”
As Isla and Jeremiah explore the connection between them, odd things start to happen around her. Isla doesn’t know her family history or her heritage. When her powers start manifesting and she has to come to grips with what she is- Isla shows great courage. She’s scared but willing to learn, especially when they discover that her powers are needed to stop the demon, Alastore, from fully entering the world! I loved how Jeremiah supported her and believed in her and I truly enjoyed watching their relationship grow deeper and stronger as they leaned on each other.
One thing that I particularly connected with was the tenderness between Isla and Jeremiah. Yes, there’s steam and passion and the sex is HOT. But there are many quiet moments of intimacy between the two of them that made it feel even more real to me. Jeremiah would kiss her nose or rest his chin on her head, she’d snuggle up to his side or would kiss his palm. Those moments of caring throughout the story just made their relationship feel grounded and more real to me. It helped make the supernatural elements that much more believable.
I was swept into this story about witches and magic, demons and a shape-shifting guardian. I loved the adventure and humor and heat in the story. I am eagerly waiting for the next book in the series and highly recommend you take a look at Fire on the Island if you enjoy paranormal romance, beautifully drawn characters, and a creative and unique take on witches and magic.
Here are some of my fav bits…
♥”Well, something’s moving in there. Damn it, I told you this was a bad idea. There’s a wolf in your living room.”
♥”Without a word he pulled her into a tight hug and smiled down on her. ‘Missed you.'”
♥”I know you, Isla, and I care about you. You’re more than just a boss to us, you’re our friend… so I don’t care if you are a witch or a purple polka-dotted dragon.”
♥”‘I don’t think he’ll come at you himself at first. What’s the point of being an evil entity if you don’t use your minions?’ he said with a half-smile.”
♥”Silently, he pulled her into his arms and kissed her deeply, and Isla knew he was trying to give her all the strength he had.”
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