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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Fire in the Wind by Alexandra Sellers

Format: .mobi (provided in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: January 1982 (original), March 26, 2013 (writer's cut)

Jace was dead. Jace, whose love she had carried in her heart for ten long years. Vanessa had finally fulfilled her promise to come to him, but too late. Now she could never explain, never find the forgiveness she had yearned for all these years—never again experience the overwhelming love they had shared.

Jace's look-alike cousin Jake was willing to act as stand-in for her dead love, and the fire he ignited in her might burn all her life…but what was in it for Jake? He wasn't pretending to forgive her for the fatal hurt she'd caused his cousin. Did he really want her? Or did he only want revenge?

Fire in the Wind is a story about revenge and love. In that order and it makes for a very interesting read. It didn't take me long to realize that Jake and Vanessa were going to take me on a roller coaster ride.

Ten years before, Vanessa Standish met and fell in love with Jace Conrad while he was recovering from a terrible accident. After promising to send her a ticket to join him, Jace left New York and Vanessa for additional treatment in his hometown of Vancouver. However, circumstances kept Vanessa from reuniting with Jace. She ended up married to another man and Jace died shortly after receiving her "Dear John" letter.

Now Vanessa is faced with Jace's furious, look-alike cousin. Jake wants answers that only Vanessa can give him. He also wants revenge on her for what he sees as her role in his cousin's death. Throughout the whole book, Jake struggles with the half that wants revenge and the half that wants to let go of the past and try to make a future with Vanessa.

These were two characters that life had dealt nasty blows to and they were reacting in a very realistic manner. As frustrating as Jake and Vanessa were as a couple, they were also interesting and realistic. These two had huge obstacles to overcome and it didn't happen overnight. In fact, it almost didn't happen at all. There were so many misunderstandings between Jake and Vanessa that I started to give up hope that they would ever work things out.

Alexandra Sellers did a wonderful job of fleshing out her characters and giving them life. They're beautifully flawed, frustratingly complicated and endearingly charming. Vanessa is a strong heroine in terms of her job and her life but she is hauntingly fragile emotionally and it balanced her independent lifestyle very well. After all, no one likes a too perfect heroine.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Fire in the Wind being that the relationship between Jake and Vanessa was at times truly dysfunctional and complicated.


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