Fiery Nights by Lisa Carlisle
Series: Underground Encounters (# 2)
Release Date: December 28, 2012
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review
He may own a Goth nightclub, but Tristan Stone avoids people—the darkness that surrounds them drains him. When he sees Maya for the first time, alone on the dance floor, a light surrounds her. He must discover who she is and what gives her power. He wants her, must have her.
Maya sees a man with haunting eyes watching her from the back of the club. She feels their connection, but thinks it’s merely physical attraction. Their passion ignites, overpowering them, and they must work together to understand their connection. The heat of their passion could send their world up in flames.
Review: In this supernatural tale, author Lisa Carlisle brings together two people seeking a sense of balance. For Tristan, Maya is the first person to shield him from the emotions radiating from other people. For Maya, Tristan offers an opportunity to explore an instant attraction.
Together, they form a dynamic couple with plenty of heat. However, as the second book in a series, I get the impression that reading in sequence might be a good idea. There are a number of competing story lines introduced in the story that overwhelm the reader. From a missing best friend (apparently featured in the first book) to Tristan’s search for a cure, there’s plenty of room for development had the author picked a direction. Instead, she added Maya’s own supernatural talent and an encounter with a couple looking to “play,” creating some obvious snags for the reader.
The basic framework for the story is appealing, particularly the use of a female firefighter as a main character. The club atmosphere is well described and provides an excellent backdrop for the action. Despite the heat level, though, there are some things that simply felt awkward and didn’t flow smoothly.
Because of the miscellaneous story lines competing for my attention, I wasn’t able to make a connection with the characters. The nights may have been full of fire, but the ashes were too plentiful during the day.