Review: Of Consuming Fire by Micah Persell

Of Consuming Fire by Micah Persell
Series: Operation: Middle of the Garden (# 3)
Release Date:  July 8, 2013
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 166
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

After millennia of faithfully guarding his post in the Garden of Eden, the cherubim Jayden flees. He leaves everything—including his sword—behind, disobeying orders for the first time in his existence, and all because he can sense her: his Temptation. She’s close, and Jayden can’t allow himself to be weak: to fall the way his brothers have for centuries whenever they encounter their very human, very beautiful Temptations. But he has a job to finish. He must regain the integrity the Trees have lost through being tested by vile humans, and it will require blood. And if seeking out the humans he must kill brings Jayden into contact with the one woman who could destroy everything he is, he may never be able to resist her.

A victim of rape, Grace Tucker, Ph.D. knows she can and must keep all men at a distance at any cost. She’s spent years perfecting her arsenal of man-deflecting weapons; her weight and acerbic wit are just two of her most effective munitions. Grace pours herself into her work, constantly seeking to fill the void of self-worth left empty by her attackers’ horrifying actions. And her latest job—translating a dead language engraved into an ancient sword—could be just the thing to finally launch her career and make Grace feel alive for the first time in years.

Neither Jayden nor Grace is prepared for what happens when they meet. A terrible accident places Grace at death’s door, and Jayden allows the unthinkable to take place out of guilt: he lets his intended victims heal her with the fruit from the Tree of Eternal Life. Grace immediately Impulse-pairs with him, an outcome he should have expected as she is the one woman on the earth who can bring him down.


Review: When I received a copy of this book to provide an honest review I was compelled to read the first two books in the series before proceeding with this title.  While reading one question kept popping in my head, what took you so long to start reading this series?   After reading all three I can without a doubt state that Of Consuming Fire is my favorite of all three.   It can be read as a stand-alone, however I do believe that reading the first two books in the series will provide a better understanding of what is happening in book three.

This was my first time reading Micah Persell’s work and I must say I am absolutely impressed.   Her writing style is very descriptive, precise and quite entertaining.   I was pulled in from the very first page and found it difficult to put it down.  The story was fast paced and it kept me wondering what was going to happen next.  I loved how the story ended as it does not leave the reader hanging.

Of Consuming Fire is classified as a paranormal, however, it has nothing to do with vampires, werewolves, shifters or witches.  Instead what Miss Persell did was take a popular story from the bible and place a twist on it and ended up with quite an entertaining, enjoyable and unique story.  This is a beautiful story of love, healing, forgiveness and the acceptance of oneself.

I fell in  hopelessly in love with  the lead male character, Jayden.  Wow!  He is absolutely divine in every sense of the word.   He is an angel, on a mission to destroy the persons who had eaten of the tree of eternal life. He however got distracted from his mission when he met Dr. Grace Tucker.  An accident occurs which left Grace at deaths door and she was given the fruit to eat which resulted in her life being saved, this however placed on her on the list of people that Jayden needed to destroy.  Grace is not your typical romance heroine. She was what one classifies as dowdy and overweight.  It was a pleasure to read about this type of female for a change.

Both Grace and Jayden had their personal issues to deal with.  Their issues though different in nature were preventing them from acting on their feelings for each other.  Eventually they were both able to move past these issues which led to them developing a relationship.  The love scenes are sizzling and scorching.

This is a great story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading and I definitely can’t wait for the next book in the series. I would definitely this series to lovers of paranormal romance who are looking for an unique read.