I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fire on the Island by J. K. Hogan
Series: Vigilati #1
Published by Sapphire Star Publishing on July 9, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother's insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she alone can end it.
Dr. Jeremiah (Jere) Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching paranormal phenomena. He doesn't expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the woman who will turn his world upside down. Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. Alastore does everything in his power to eliminate them but, unbeknownst to all of them, Isla is the only one with the ability to stop him for good.
I love a story steeped in lore that unfolds gradually, treating you to new discoveries along the way. It’s even more gratifying when the main characters are figuring it all out at the same time you do. You feel like you’re actually standing beside them as they face the next obstacle that surfaces.
There’s plenty of action and romance and Isla and Jere make a great couple, even if she dragged her feet initially (it only heightened the tension and that’s a good thing). Her genealogy is a mystery that still is being uncovered but we learn enough to know that Isla’s going to be a powerful force…as soon as she figures how to access and use her skills. She comes from a line of powerful witches called the Bruixi, the oldest sect known in history. They have powers to deal with demons that…well, I’m not going to tell you the story here. You’ll have to read it for yourself but, trust me, it’s enthralling! Jere’s no slouch, either, given his extensive research and knowledge of the lore. They make a formidable pair and the romance is quite steamy at times.
I loved this book and fortunately I’ve got the next one in the queue. Can’t wait to get back to it as they continue to formulate a plan to stop a particularly fiendish demon from altering the course of the world. This story helped get me through a 15-hour plane ride to Australia! When I finished, they were serving breakfast, with two hours left of my ride. I’ll always have fond memories not only of the story but how it captivated me at the same time.