Author: Sammie Spencer
Reading Level: Upper YA/Adult
e-book, 268 pages
Date Published: March 24, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Olivia has spent her life learning about her enemies, the deadly Venator - including how to kill them. What she knows nothing about is whiskey, playing poker, or rugged, copper-haired musicians. As punishment for a small 'crime,' Olivia is sent to a safe house in a human town and forced to live as one of them for a summer. There, she meets the charming Jackson Vance, and her real education begins. She soon discovers that she's being hunted, and figuring out why means she uncovers a secret that threatens to end everything she's ever fought for.
Olivia is strong, tough, stubborn, but vulnerable and extremely kind at the same time. Her devotion to her coven – her family – is evident in every one of her thoughts and actions. When Olivia meets Jackson Vance, she’s apprehensive. It’s not just his amaretto eyes and silky voice, it’s all humans. Olivia’s near obliviousness about human interactions and emotions only emphasizes how sheltered she is. Living in a coven full of other ‘Wise Ones’ does not lend to one’s social skills. It’s all good though, because Jackson is just as stubborn as Olivia; and charming and gorgeous to boot. Trust me, this guy will make you swoon. The romantic tension lingers from the moment Olivia and Jackson meet, but the threat from the Venators is ever-present.
Jackson’s backstory was a little like what I expected, but much more. Once he and Olivia grow closer, the story really takes off and the action picks up. I would have liked to have seen more of the coven’s history and the with lore come into play. The same goes for Olivia’s family. The only member of the coven that really stood out to me was Everett, but they all seem to have something to offer. I’m hoping at least a few make an appearance in subsequent Eagleton Coven stories.
While Amaretto Flame is a YA paranormal romance story, it is definitely directed towards an older audience. Olivia is 19, but many of the secondary characters are older, including Jackson. And Olivia works in bar, so be prepared for a little drinking and minimal swearing. Even with older characters, the book still reads like YA and I think anyone who enjoys paranormal romance will love it.
Opening line: I was angry. ~ pg. 3
Favorite lines: It hadn’t just been myself that I needed to live for, despite the terrible things that had happened to me. It had been this boy who’d looked at me as I were his only salvation. ~ pg. 121
3.5 - I'm looking forward to a sequel :)*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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