Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
Date Read: September 2013
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions until she dreams a sexy stranger is gunned down during the brutal hijacking of a commercial airliner. When events in her dream start coming true, she heads to the flight’s departure gate. To her shock, she recognizes the man she’d watched die the night before.
Lieutenant Commander Zane Winters comes from a bloodline of elite warriors with psychic abilities. When Zane and two of his platoon buddies arrive at Sea-Tac Airport, he has a vision of his teammates’ corpses. Then she arrives—a leggy blonde who sets off a different kind of alarm.
As Beth teams up with Zane, they discover the hijacking is the first step in a secret cartel’s deadly global agenda and that key personnel within the FBI are compromised. To survive the forces mobilizing against them, Beth will need to open herself to a psychic connection with the sexy SEAL who claims to be her soul mate
Publisher: Brilliance Audio, Createspace
Series: Red Hot Seals #1
Listened for Review/Read for Fun (Brilliance/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.25
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Forged in Fire was one heck of an adrenaline fueled topsy-turvy ride!
Story Thoughts: Forged in Fire was an adrenaline rush that had me on my toes. I really liked the mixing in of “fringe” abilities and non-stop action. Trish managed to pull you in with glimpses of how things could go and then slam you in another direction when something was thwarted. This didn’t always work in our heroes favor and I appreciated the not knowing how it was going to turn out. I will admit the story rating would have been higher but the story was kind of left open-ended. The ending just felt a little to abrupt to me!
Character Thoughts: Forged in Fire is another case of “I was more interested in the characters coming up than the main couple”. Beth just didn’t “WOW” me. She was just too “anti” soul-mates for my taste. While I did appreciate her love of the Romance Novel, I just couldn’t warm up to her. On the other hand, I really loved Zane. He was Alpha to the core. I kept thinking I missed books about his brothers but evidently I didn’t. I think his whole family would be a fascinating read if they are anything like him. Overall, it was the side characters that really got my attention. I can’t wait to read their stories.
Narrated by Angela Dawe /Length 11 hrs and 24 mins
Angela “freaking” Dawe y’all! Seriously if you haven’t listened to her read The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley, you are missing out. She is one of my favorite narrators and doesn’t let me down in pacing, emotions, and cadence. She seriously probably made me like Beth more than I would have otherwise! A good narrator can do that!
Final Thoughts: I can’t wait for the next book even if I can’t quite figure out when it is coming out!
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