May 20, 2011

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Review: Hidden Embers by Tessa Adams (Dragon’s Heat #2)

Paranormal Romance
April 5 2011
Trade Paperback
336 pages
New American Library
Received from author

Yummy Man – Quinn Maguire
Kick Ass Chick – Jasmine Kane

From Author’s Website
Deep in the New Mexico desert there is a secret race on the brink of extinction—the pure-blood shapeshifters of the Dragonstar clan. And they have one last, desperate hope for survival…

Quinn Maguire is a powerful Dragonstar healer at a tragic loss, unable to cure the insidious disease killing off his people. Yet even in such dire circumstances the conservative Quinn is secretly disapproving of the alternative: Dr. Jasmine Kane, enlisted by the head of the Dragonstar clan to help abort the virus. She is a wild card. She is an outsider. She is human.

Decked out in black leather and a tough attitude, Jasmine clashes with Quinn in more ways than one. And when destiny chooses her for his Mate, he doesn’t know whether to rejoice or rebel. Because while Jasmine makes him burn hotter than any woman—dragon or human—ever has, their differences make a relationship impossible.

But when a rival infiltrates the clan and attacks Jasmine, Quinn becomes desperate. Jasmine is now the first human to be infected with the disease—and Quinn must do everything he can to find a cure, and save the woman he has grown to love.


Hidden Embers by Tessa Adams is the second book in her Dragon’s Heat series, stories about a clan of dragon shifters.  I did not read the first book and can’t say that I felt lost or confused at all.  But I did feel as though I may have felt more for the clan and their current situation if I had witnessed it from its beginning.  All this to say if you are planning on giving this series a try, I would start at book one.

Quinn is the clan’s main healer and is feeling responsible for the hundreds of Dragonstars who have died from a mysterious disease that is sweeping through is clan.  He can’t seem to get ahead of it and it’s driving him to thoughts of suicide.  I can appreciate why Quinn would feel blue.  I can understand why he is terribly sad and dejected, especially when he loses his brother to this illness that Quinn just can’t seem to find a cure for.  But he really takes his sadness to the extreme.  He brings it to the point of moping.  Yes, we get it.  You blame yourself.  But it’s not your fault, so stop saying it is.  Because unfortunately his constant “I suck and everyone is dying horrible disgusting deaths because of me” really rubbed me the wrong way.  In fact, the prologue is all about how Quinn is thinking about ending it all but decides against it.  Okay, that part was not overly fun to read, but I read though it thinking that that would be the end of that.  But it wasn’t.  Boy wasn’t it.  Through the whole book this comes back, which is too bad because it really caused me to feel annoyed with what could have been a great main lead.  I mean, Quinn is a dragon shifter with vibrant green eyes, a perfect body, slightly too long black hair and a doctor with spiffy super healing powers.  And he’s brilliant.  Yum!  But he whines like a seven year old girl.  *sigh*

Jasmine was a fine character.  I didn’t love her but I didn’t dislike her.  She’s a very smart woman who likes to take charge and who happens to be falling for a very alpha man.  I did like the little spin of how Jasmine and Quinn first meet not knowing who the other was.  That was fun.  There was definite chemistry between these two, and the love scenes were smokin’ and very well written.  I actually quite liked them, especially the part in front of the mirror…*fans herself* They were hot without being crude.  I always appreciate that in an erotic title.

Just as Jasmine was a fine character, so were the others in this book.  I wasn’t overly wooed by any of them, but they didn’t rub me the wrong way either.  They each had their place in the story and that was that.

One aspect of the story that I really did find well done was the mystery sub-plot.  Every once in a while a chapter would be told from the perspective of…we didn’t know who.  But this person was on the bad guys’ team.  She was responsible for all the evil that was going on with the Dragonstars.  She was not the mastermind behind it (which I found to be a nice touch), she was the minion who was promised wonderful things should her missions succeed.  And once you find out who this person is…wow.  I didn’t see that coming at all.  Tessa wrote that part of the book wonderfully!

This book held tons of potential, and did deliver on some of it.  Unfortunately, I need to feel connected to the characters in a book in order to connect with the story.  And for me, that didn’t happen.  I really did appreciate the mystery in this book though.  I said it before and I’ll say it again:  I did not see that coming at all.  It was my favorite part of this book.

The next chapter in the Dragon’s Heat series, Forbidden Embers, is coming out October 4th 2011.  This is Logan’s book.  I did enjoy Logan in this book.  He kept things light even when situations were dire.  So his should be a good addition to the series.

2.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’You should probably find a better yardstick to measure yourself against.  I’m not exactly sane.’

‘What if I like your yardstick?’
There was a moment of stunned silence and then Quinn cracked up.

‘That might very well be the worst line I have ever heard.’

Sigh worthy quote

But he couldn’t seem to stop touching her, and she understood, felt the same way.  Her hands smoothed over his back, down his arms.  Her fingers clenched in the cool silkiness of his hair.  She never wanted him to let her go, never wanted her feet to touch the floor again.

Books in the Dragon’s Heat series –
Dark Embers
Hidden Embers
Forbidden Embers (October 2011)

  1. Hmmm…I think this series sounds like it could be a very good one. Maybe I’ll try to start with book one and see if I connect to the characters a little more with all the background. I’ll but this on my “to check out later” pile. Thanks for the great review Julie. I think it was great that you made sure to mention that people should start at book one if they are going to read this series because you feel like you missed out on some connection to the characters by not reading it.

  2. Oooooooooh thank you for reviewing this and saving my time and $$!!!!!!! 😉

  3. Sorry that it did not hold all the way 🙁 If I do not feel a connection with the characters then it does not work for me either

  4. Deanna – It did have an interesting premise. 🙂

    Pamela – I think you’d feel like I feel because I usually feel like you feel. lol

    blodeuedd – I really am a character reader. They truly make a book. 🙂

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