Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review: Faerie Fire by Silver James

Faerie Fire by Silver James

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Romance

Heat Rating: 3



Disgraced SAS Captain Duncan Ross, is on a one-man crusade to find the international terrorist known as Brian Boru. Moira O'Connor, daughter and chief of staff of a US Senator, harbors a secret legacy passed down from her mother's people. When they first meet at a weekend party in Virginia, time turns topsy-turvy. Memories of a former life, one in which Duncan was her lover, overshadows the present. Back then, Moira was burned as a witch and Duncan was too late to save her, the words to bind them forever unsaid.
Boru crashes the party even as the faerie harper, Abhean, steers the lovers on a collision course with destiny. Will Duncan save Moira this time? Will he survive to say the vows and make her his for eternity, or will they succumb to the Faerie Fire?

Without the words, history is doomed to repeat itself.

Dodie’s Review

Moira and Duncan have been lovers throughout time. Each time they find each other, their stories have not turned out well. This time, however, they are determined to end up their own happily ever after. Despite their determination, or maybe because of it, there remain a lot of obstacles to their happiness in this life as well. Duncan is your quintessential alpha male. He is a special forces soldier, or ex-special forces soldier; a hunter of terrorists.

Moira is the daughter of a US Senator and his chief of staff. Moira is a wonderful heroine. She's smart AND beautiful, but as she has been overshadowed by her sister her whole life, she doesn't appreciate her physical appearance. This is an asset in her job as chief of staff, as she is known for her perspicaciousness. As the senator is the head of the armed forces committee, she and her father know a lot about terrorists; maybe more than they should.

Of course, Duncan is hunting a notorious terrorist known as Brian Boru. He has chased him throughout continents, and has now arrived at Faerie Glen Farm on a weekend party full of Washington and Irish movers and shakers. Duncan meets Moira at the weekend, and immediately they are struck by the sense they have met before. Moira, who is a bit fey, has flash backs of their previous lives that she is able to share with Duncan. As they rediscover who they were and who they are together, they have to deal with Brian Boru who has crashed the weekend party and is determined to keep Duncan and Moira apart. They also have to deal with the faeries, who as usual have their own agenda.

I guess I don't read enough faerie romance novels. To really understand all the faerie goings on in the book, I really needed a crash course in the faerie pantheon. While the faeries certainly had an influence in shaping the way the story turned out, not understanding all the nuances of the faeries did not detract from the story. Duncan and Moira as star crossed lovers, or would that be faerie crossed, were great characters with plenty of chemistry between them. Their romantic scenes were very steamy, but weren't forced or contrived. Too often, the magic or reenactment of past lives isn't properly developed or explained so that I'm left confused instead of being transported to a magical place, as in Faerie Fire, where faerie harpers can try to tweak fate. Here, the magic between Duncan and Moira worked. Let it take you away to Tir Nan Og and Faerie Glen Farm.

5 Tea Cups!

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