RATING: 4 STARS (3.5 STARS)
PUBLISHED: March 2011 - Sammie Spencer
- Amaretto Flame (March 2011)
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"When Olivia Landry screams, people die. No wonder she's been shunned by humans her whole life. When Olivia makes a huge mistake, she's banished for a summer to a human town; forced to live as one of them. She's out for revenge when she discovers the humans are different than she imagined, especially the rugged, sexy guitarist, Jackson Vance.
Pretending to be human isn't as hard as she thought it would be...until the witch hunters attack. Now Olivia must somehow protect herself, her family, and her new human friends. There's a problem with that. When you go around screaming, people are bound to learn your secret. Can love really conquer anything?"
I read Amaretto Flame, the first book in the Eagleton Coven series, by Sammie Spencer because one of my goodreads friends has this book highly rated, and we tend to have a lot of the same taste in books (Thanks, Dana!). Available for only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle, I decided to give this book a go. I mean, why not? As it turns out, I am very happy with my decision to read this book. It’s a keeper.
Amaretto Flame is an exciting new paranormal romance series about witches, their unique powers, and the ultimate battle between good and evil. After reading this book, I really want to be a good witch with super powers! The witches’ special gifts are really cool, and I am officially jealous of fictional characters.
The romance is this novel was perfect. Too many paranormal romance novels have that on the spot-the second the characters meet-I don’t know your name yet but I’d kill for you-I’ll love you until the end of time and I’ll die if you leave me-type of romances, but not in this book. The relationship between Jackson and Olivia develops at a steady pace. Of course they have that instant spark (that is crucial), but their feelings develop over time. They become friends, they flirt with each other, they begin to trust one another, and then it turns into more. That is how I like my romance.
Olivia is a strong and independent protagonist. After she breaks one of the coven’s rules she has to move out of her family home and into one of their safe houses for a couple months as punishment. Surrounded by humans for the first time in a long time, Olivia is scared and alone until she gets a job waitressing. Everything is new, unfamiliar and really hard for her. Olivia doesn’t like to let people in, and once you get into the story it is easy to understand why she is so guarded. She, like many witches, hasn’t had an easy past. On top of that, Olivia has a deadly power. When she is scared or feels threatened she screams and kills everything in front of her.
Jackson. Gorgeous. Plays guitar. Super sweet. Do I even need to say anything else?
The only thing that really frustrated me in this novel was the big showdown. I don’t want to go into detail because it will ruin things, but let me say this: I think Spencer took the easy way out and the big battle was a little disappointing.
However, I still recommend this novel. Amaretto Flame sets up this series wonderfully. It keeps you interested, but it left a lot of room for growth.
I gave Amaretto Flame by Sammie Spencer 4 STARS (3.5 STARS). I strongly recommend this novel to young adults who enjoy paranormal romance.