|Title: Visions of Skyfire
Author: Regan Hastings
Series: The Awakening #2
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Julia
Sex scenes, an attempted rape.
Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
Teresa Santiago has awakened her abilities to summon lightning but is unable to control her power-or her attraction to Rune, her Eternal protector and destined partner. Now, Teresa and Rune must locate a missing artifact of unimaginable power before it unleashes the forces of darkness on the world. But with enemies both mortal and magical on their trail, Teresa and Rune discover that only through sacrifice will love conquer all…
It’s not rare for paranormal romance heroines to learn about magic, secret worlds, and even their own abilities under the guidance of a heartthrob hero, and The Awakening mythology of witches and their Eternal soul mates plays right into this trope. VISIONS OF SKYFIRE, however, adds a new and fantastic twist, when the Eternal Rune finds his witch Teresa has spent her whole life studying magic, learning lore, and preparing herself for the Mating that will bind her and her Eternal together forever.
This simple change made a big difference in the story for me. Rather than retreading the mythology already explored in book one of the series, VISIONS OF SKYFIRE focuses on Rune and Teresa as individuals. Though united in purpose and on board with the whole Mating concept, neither one is ready to fall headfirst into “trust” after lifetimes of betrayal. Teresa is scarred by an abusive ex-boyfriend and Rune by the actions of Teresa’s own previous incarnations. Hastings doesn’t use the soul bond between witch and Eternal as an escape hatch, nor does she torment us with characters who with hold information from each other. I was impressed and engaged watching these two grow closer together in realistic and mature ways (“realistic” given that their sexual relationship starts long before any personal relationship does). As for the plot, certain details were over the top, to the point of being distracting (like Dr. Fender’s former profession and Chico the gallant bird).
While the villains struggled to keep my attention, the romance in VISIONS OF SKYFIRE was more than enough to carry me through the book. Thus far in The Awakening series, my emotional investment in the main couple has been what makes or breaks my enjoyment of the books. With a plot that doesn’t have me hooked yet, the third installment in this series, VISIONS OF CHAINS, will stay on my “maybe” pile until I find out more about our new hero and heroine.