Heart Of Fire Author:Kristen Painter Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all... Eager to find her place in the world and understand the frightening gifts she's been born with, Jessalyne Brandborn leaves her sheltered life to become apprentice to the most powerful sorceress in Shaldar. She hires Ertemis, the deadliest man in the realm, to get there. With the Legion's... more » bounty on his head, Ertemis is reluctant to escort Jessalyne but needs the money she offers - especially if he's ever to find out who his father is. On the way, he discovers benefits to Jessalyne's naiveté; she treats him like an equal, not an outlaw. Swayed by Ertemis' gruff charm, Jessalyne starts to trust him and her emotional walls begin to crumble. Little do they know that within them lies the hope of the dying elven race, the renewal of Shaldar's beleaguered kingdom and an incredible chance at love. If they don't kill each other first.« less
It's okay, the fantasy is well thought out, but not inspired. The characters are flat and the attraction between the two main characters seems more a product of the one's naivete and the other's loneliness and less about true love. This isn't helped by the immaturity of both characters. The dialogue can be stilted which drives me absolutely mad and the plot and characterization don't propel the reader to want to keep reading. I hate to say it, because I think this author is a friend of Kresley Cole, but this is a forgettable book. I'll not proceed to the second book in the series.