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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Book Review: Rising Fire (Stone Circles #1) by Terri Brisbin

Rising Fire (Stone Circles #1)
by Terri Brisbin
Paperback, 352 pages
March 3rd 2015 by Signet
What if the standing stones and stone circles across the old Celtic world had a secret origin and use? What if some opened into another world? What if the goddess of fire was trapped beneath one?

Lovely and innocent, Brienne of Yester has always been able to manipulate fire, but when her powers suddenly surge, the simple life she once knew explodes.

Handsome, fearless, and commanding, William de Brus has been summoned by the king to investigate a nobleman rumored to have powers linked to the fabled fire goddess. When he chances upon Brienne, his desire for her is immediate. But as his mystical quest unfolds, William realizes that she is at the center of it — for Brienne possesses the very power he has been sent to vanquish....

As their attraction deepens, William attempts to free Brienne from the dark force beginning to control her — even when his duty demands that he treat her as an enemy. With emotions flaring, fire rising, and evil threatening at every turn, can the two lovers survive the coming battle and save all of humanity?

Rising Fire is the first book in the Stone Circles series by Terri Brisbin. Set in AD 1286 in Yester, Scotland, Brienne discovers that she can play with fire, literally. She keeps her secret from her adoptive parents but soon finds out that her mystical powers are not something that she alone carries. Always told not to wander away from the village alone she finds herself meeting a mysterious man that instantly sparks a fire between them. 

The story would have had a more genuine feel if the language would have reflected Scotland, the surrounding areas and the time period. I enjoyed reading a story that hasn't been told a thousand times with different names for the main characters. Terri wove a tantalizing story filled with ancient Celtic Gods and bloodlines that possess different powers that kept the imagination going. There was a great chemistry between the two main characters, Brienne and William that was hot and steamy which made me hope for their love. William was filled with honor and loyalty which I’m a sucker for. I look forward to continuing the journey with Brienne and Will in the next book of the series.

Getting 4 sheep

Denise B

About the Author:
Terri Brisbin, an award-winning author and three-time RWA RITA® finalist, has had her historical and paranormal romances published in more than 20 languages and 25 countries around the world since 1998. She’s written more than 33 novels, novellas and short stories for Berkley/Jove, Harlequin and Kensington Books. Now working on more romances for NAL/Signet, Terri has also self-published her backlist books.

When not living the glamorous life of a romance author in the southern NJ suburbs, Terri spends her time being a married mom as well as a dental hygienist to hundreds while plotting and planning future stories.

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