All Fired Up
By Jenn Burke
Ashes & Dust, Book 1
Once bitten. Twice burned. Forever bonded.
Don’t miss this riveting and romantic spin-off series from Jenn Burke, author of Not Dead Yet.
Paranormals are dying. All over the city, with no explanation and only one thing in common: their magic is missing.
Vampire and private investigator Evan Fournier isn’t supposed to be taking on paranormal cases, but when the murderer hits close to home, he agrees to look into it. The last thing he expects is to become a target himself—and then to become irrevocably bonded to the man who just tried to kill him.
With his memory gone and his soul bonded to a stranger, former firefighter Colin Zhang wants to be anywhere else. He doesn’t have a damn clue why he just tried to kill Evan, and he didn’t even know about magic until just now. The sooner he can get back to his real life, the better.
But every time either of them tries to leave, pure agony stops them short. Forced to work with Evan or suffer the consequences, Colin must excavate the secrets buried in his missing memories while battling two rising threats: the conspiracy behind the murder, and his mutual attraction to the bond mate he never wanted.
Exclusive Excerpt from All Fired Up:
Things moved quickly after that. It was as simple as Anika calling in the referral to the retreat and me making an appointment for intake for the next evening. While I was there, I’d have to pretend to be a real vampire, stuck to lurking after dark like all the others. That was going to suck.
As confident as I’d tried to appear yesterday, there were plenty of doubts nibbling at my brain as Lexi drove me to the retreat. I’d never gone undercover like this before—even if I wasn’t truly undercover. I was going to be me, but that didn’t mean I could relax my guard and settle in to the retreat life, whatever that would end up being. I’d had plenty of practice playing different characters over the phone or for a few minutes in person to get information out of someone, but a week of doing that?
Not to mention I was trying very hard not to think of the shitstorm coming my way when Hudson found out what I’d been up to in his absence.
So, yeah. Stress. I had it.
The Rising Sun Retreat was located in the Kawartha Lakes, north of Bobcaygeon—yes, that Bobcaygeon, from the Tragically Hip song. Despite being popular for cottagers escaping the big city, the area still had a wild feel to it. Forest surrounded us as Lexi directed her MINI onto a long gravel laneway. The only sign that we weren’t driving down an abandoned road was the fact that the trees’ branches had all been cut back so nothing scraped the car’s sides. Good thing, or Lexi would have had a fit.
We rounded a curve, and there was the Rising Sun Retreat laid out before us.
Yep. It looked pretty much how I’d pictured a retreat to look. Trees encroached on all sides, but the retreat’s buildings were set into a meadow. Instead of going for halogen lights, they’d installed replica antique streetlamps at various intervals, which was more than enough light for it to appear like full day to me. To the right was a structure that drew the eye—a large, low, circular building that looked kind of like an overgrown hut. Its walls were made of some sort of dark wood, and it had a lighter roof made of wood shakes that looked like a straw hat. Gentle light shone through clumps of wide windows here and there. To the left was a similarly dressed building, though it was much smaller and rectangular—the office, I assumed. Or maybe the communal bathroom.
Oh, ugh. A communal bathroom.
There was another, larger rectangular building that I couldn’t guess the use of, and behind that, tiny versions of the first, like the behemoth had birthed babies. Those would be the attendees’ yurts. I applauded the privacy, but yurts? Really? I definitely wasn’t hipster enough to live in a yurt. Even for a week.
Evan’s book is here and it’s everything I hoped for and more!!!! This is the first book in the spinoff series from Not Dead Yet trilogy and I would highly recommend reading All Fired Up after that series. This is set up 6 years after the last book.
I was a bit angry at the end of the third book and thought I wasn’t going to pick this up, but who am I kidding?? It is absolutely amazing and I love Evan and Colin so so much!!!!
I felt so much for Colin, for all he has gone through and I’m so glad he’s found Evan. It’s incredible to see the slow progress of their relationship and I can’t wait for more in the upcoming books. I always like it when it’s the same couple in a series as we get a lot of relationship development.
The writing just pulls you in and then there’s suspense, investigation and vampires, witches and shifters, everything I love! Also the found family aspect is top-tier and I’m so glad we got to see Wes and Hudson, Lexi, and Priya. Also Jet is so dangerously powerful and I adore it. Please step on me.
Highly recommend it and I’m really looking forward to the next book!
*ARC provided by the author via Gay Romance Review Tours in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
About the Author:
Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she was a preteen reading about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers.
Jenn is the author of a number of paranormal and science fiction romance titles, including the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction romance series (authored with Kelly Jensen) and her newest series, Not Dead Yet, both from Carina Press.
She’s been called a pocket-sized and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and two kids, plus two dogs named after video game characters…because her geekiness knows no bounds.
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