Author: Rachel Firasek
visit Rachel at http://www.rachelfirasek.com/
Rating: 5 out of 5!!! (even though it lacks dragons)
It's an empath thing...
Using your "powers" to help the Dark Hills Police Department hunt down serial killers doesn't leave much time for dating. Not that Piper Anast is complaining. The last thing she needs is some guy brushing up against her and pumping his pornographic thoughts into her head.
When she meets Bennett Slade, a sexy, tormented vampire, Piper stumbles headlong into a telepathic connection with his missing daughter. She can't leave the kid to the evil surrounding her unwanted visions, nor can she resist her draw to Slade. He's the first guy she's been able to touch vision-free in, well, forever.
As she and Slade close in on the evil creature holding his daughter, Piper's powers morph into a deadly fury. To save Slade's daughter-and herself-Piper must face down demons she never knew she had and trust the one thing she keeps from everyone.Her heart.
I love the In-Your-Face, Kick-Ass heroine who does what she wants, says what she feels without filtering, and feels little remorse for living be her own rules. I know, I know... How can a character like that be heroic? Because (and here is where Firasek does an amazing job) Piper is the perfect balance of everything the reader wishes to be and all the insecurities we each can relate to.
Then there's Slade... Yummy, strong, gentle Slade. Oh man, get me an ice cube. On second thought, I'm gonna need the entire Iceberg because that Vamp is H.O.T! And he is the perfect foil for Piper, calm for her storm. Not your normal brooding vampire, either. He has a sense of humor and he "gets" Piper.
The tension between them? Full out tingle-fest! (and that's what a good writer can do, right? Make the reader feel the characters' emotions...)
I usually don't read stories written in first person point of view... Okay, never. Seriously, if I pick one up and decide to try, I usually get frustrated and set it down before reaching the middle of the book.
I DID NOT put "Piper's Fury" down.
I Loved it!
Firasek's writing is so intense, and I became such a part of Piper, I stayed in the book until the end. There are many twists and surprises, the dialogue is rich and filled with humor, the heroine keeps the reader on the edge... it is just a great read.
I'd recommend it!