Thursday, November 22, 2012

J. K. Beck - When Temptation Burns

Half human, half daemon, Ryan Doyle is a driving force for justice. As an agent for the Preternatural Enforcement Coalition, he’s investigating murders linked to a Los Angeles fringe group bent on exposing the shadow world to humanity. He is a master of self-control, keeping his deepest hungers hidden beneath a veneer of cool professionalism. Until he crosses paths with sinfully sweet Andy Tarrent, a gutsy reporter who makes him crave all the pleasures he’s denied himself for centuries.
Tracking a band of conspiracy theorists eager to spill blood, Andy has uncovered the story of her career. Brooding, mysterious Ryan is an enigma -- but their dance of seduction is hotter than any fantasy. As they race to stop mass murder on the streets, Andy knows that Ryan is holding back, keeping secrets. But getting close to Ryan means opening the door to a world that will challenge her deepest beliefs -- including what it means to truly surrender to love.

Comment: The sixth book in the Shadow Keepers series. This is the story of Ryan Doyle, a paradaemon who's half demon, half human. He's angry most of the time, or at least has been in previous books, since we've know him from the first book.

This book tell us the story of Doyle and Andy. Doyle is a demon working for the Paranormal Office and he has a partner, Tucker. Doyle is a very stubborn person and seems to be angry pretty much all the time although that doesn't stop him from doing his job. 
Andy is a reporter, she writes articles for a magazine and she sees herself in the middle of a strange group of people who want to fight the paranormal, specially because her father is in it. She meets Doyle during a research and when she sees him in a meeting for that group where her father's in, they both feel attracted and get together eventually. However, there are secrets among them to be revealed and until that happen could they find something in common?

This ended up being my favorite book of them all in the series. I think it has a more solid story, more secondary characters interacting and of course, Doyle, a character I've been wanting to see happy since he first show up.
The plot revolves around an ex-military man, Paul, wanting to fight paranormals because he thinks they're a threat to humans, not considering not everyone is what they seem.During the book, we see how Paul and his group try to kill paranormals. Doyle infiltrates the group to see if its a serious threat and in the first meeting he sees Andy there and there's mutual attraction. Like always, I don't think much time passes from the moment the protagonists meet and become intimate. I wish the author would find a way to show this, for instance in showing sexual tension scenes, in order to create the illusion more time has passed. But it didn't happen and although I still liked the romance, it was very fast.
Doyle has always made me eager to see him happy. It was obvious he was so angry for a reason and in this book we know why and also why he and Luke (protagonist book #1) who used to be such good friends stop talking. So, in his book, Doyle finally got over many situations from his past that were making him a not very friendly person, he kind of grew up.
Mostly, that happened because of Andy. She was a nice girl and after meeting Doyle and knowing him, she started to fall in love but when she found out what he was she feared him for a while, but she decided to investigate and she learned what he was and how he survived and learned how to help him too. I liked this, she didn't stay waiting for him to come to her or to be a hero, she went and did some research to know more and to understand him. It was both brave and sweet of her.
I liked how several secondary characters played a part. The book felt very alive and the constant dialogue and interaction made the book seem more full, although it's not the longest in the series.
there were many scenes I liked and I thought that they suited the story a lot, providing the reader with enough feedback towards the character's thoughts and motivations. It was such an easy book to read, not boring at all. I enjoyed it a lot.
I don't know if the author is planning to write more books in the series, but I hope so, there are some more characters who deserve a story too. As foe this one, I totally recommend it.

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