Reviewed by Dee England
TITLE: Zhara’s Fire
SERIES: Midnight’s Jewels Book 4
AUTHOR: Serenity Snow
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 159 pages
PUBLISHING DATE: August 20, 2017
Zhara Barkline’s life has been fairly simple. She’s a successful club owner who’s content with her life despite her inability to approach the one woman she wants most. Then, one misstep from her cousin puts Zhara’s life at risk leaving her in the care of the woman of her dreams.
Ryle isn’t the settling down type. She’s a private security agent and lives for the thrill of the job. Being charged with handling Zhara’s security is no big deal. Ryle wants her, but can’t give Zhara anything real.
Zhara needs more than a fling, but as danger draws nearer the passion between Zhara and Ryle explodes creating a heat wave that might destroy them before any killer gets a chance.
This is the second book I’ve read in the series, book 1 being the first. Can Zhara’s Fire be read as a standalone? I do believe so. From what I could garner, the main characters are new to the series, and the author does a great job of catching readers up with the world they live in.
So why didn’t I read books 2 and 3? In all honesty, the ‘stamen’ aspect of book 1 through me for a loop. I picked up this book figuring I was more worldly, no pun intended, and knew what to expect on that front, so could roll with it. Wrong. In short, the sex in this story did not work for me. The power exchange was off, dictated by hierarchy more so than reciprocal, and the constant being pounded by a stamen (female penis), and having to wear a condom to prevent pregnancy, was jarring in a so-called lesbian novel.
Aside from the sex scenes, which are plentiful, there’s a lot to like about this story. It’s told in the third person and from three point-of-views. The plot is mysterious, suspenseful and at times, dark. The world of bat-shifters, bee-shifters, witches, and more is not an easy one to reside in. People, or should I say shifters, die. The darker side of this story is what kept me engaged.
I think this is a story readers need to experience for themselves, so I urge anyone who is the slightest bit intrigued by the blurb to give it a go.