Burn by Suzanne Wright
Narrator: Cat Doucette
Series: Dark in You #1
Also in this series: Burn, Embers
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, Piatkus
Publication Date: November 26, 2015
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited, Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Part of a small demon lair in North Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumored to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.
As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive, and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.
I purchased the ebook with the audio add-on and switched between reading and listening. The narrator wasn’t my favorite here, so I admit I read more than I listened. I put off reading this series because I wasn’t really in the mood for another single couple series. This book does end with a HFN/HEA, though the overall story-arc continues in the next book.
Harper is a Sphinx demon who was raised by Imps. The Imps are looked down on by the other breeds of demons, but they don’t let that stop them from living their best lives. When Knox Thorne says he wans to meet her, she knows she can’t say no. What neither of them anticipated was finding out they were anchors (where their inner demons hold a bond that steadies them both and makes them stronger). The anchor bond doesn’t necessary equal a sexual or romantic relationship, but Knox wants Harper from the beginning and nothing will get in the way of what he wants.
As they explore their relationship they have to navigate demon politics and the realization that now that Knox has a weakness, many will try to exploit that – namely by harming Harper – to bring him under their control.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between Knox and Harper. Even though Knox was domineering and used to getting his own way, he never tried to force Harper into anything. He didn’t try to exert his will over her. He asked (or demanded), but always backed off when she drew a line. It was refreshing how supportive of her he was. I really loved how self-sufficient Harper was. She knew her own mind and had a strong sense of self. She would have been overwhelmed by Knox if she was any less confident. I was also amused by Knox’s demon.
Although I enjoyed Harper and Knox, as well as the overall story-arc and their circle of friends and acquaintances, this wasn’t my favorite novel by Wright. I think the length worked against it. My kindle copy said it was 510 pages, and it definitely felt like it. Still, I enjoyed the story enough to immediately start the next book in the series.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5