Book Review: Heart of Flames (Vampire Royals of New York: Gabriel)

Title: Heart of Flames

Author: Sarah Piper

Pub. Date: July 16, 2021

Pages: 292

Pub: Two Gnomes Media

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads


The road to hell is paved with good intentions… and bad blood.

For the vampire prince and his witch, the plan was simple:

Save the wolf. Capture the traitor who took him. Torture the bastard into spilling the intel on the demons working against them.

But after a string of brutal attacks leaves one vampire near death and the rest reeling from the effects of the blood curse, Gabriel and Jacinda have no choice but to hunt down their enemies at the source:

Hell.

It’s a land of imprisoned souls, unimaginable torments, and ever-shifting realms that make Earth’s most inhospitable places feel like paradise. And for the monsters who call this brutal underworld home, the newcomers look like easy prey.

But for Gabriel and Jacinda, the real enemies aren’t the demons lurking in hell’s darkest corners.

The real enemies are the demons lurking inside their own dark souls.

And the servants of hell won’t rest until every last one is brought to light.


This will be a spoiler free review. I listened to the audiobook via Audible, and I’m so distraught that this trilogy is over. I can only hope that both Aidan and Cole get trilogies because I would love to read them, and two, I’m not ready to give up this world and the characters yet. You can check out my reviews for Heart of Thorns and  Heart of Fury. I also have spoiler free reviews up for Dorian and Charley’s trilogy – they’re linked in my review for Heart of Thorns, so make sure you check them out as well. I can’t recommend these books enough.

I hate that I read this book. Because it means no more Gabriel, Jacinda or the whole crew. This book was a wild ride from start to finish. I loved that Garbiel and Jacinda are up against nearly insurmountable odds, and yet, they do it together. Despite Gabriel trying to dictate what Jacinda can and can’t do – they kick ass. Time is not on their side, and I love that it cranks up the tension and anxiety. There is literally a ticking clock counting down and so much to do. And even though the world is probably coming to an end, Jacinda and Gabriel find these moments to just be with each other. And in true Sarah Piper fashion – it’s not just sweet soft moments, but hot spicy ones as well.

God. I’d love to be Jacinda. LOL

And while there are softer moments, and high drama ones, there are also some really painful, heart shredding ones. Legit that one scene – it nearly freaking broke me. If you’ve read the book, you know. And if there had been a different outcome? My heart would have shattered.

That scene nearly broke me, but Sarah throws in some scenes that feel like a summer sunrise – all golden glow and warm. They just make you happy and go I want that.

And on top of those scenes, there’s a sort of “just desserts” scene that’s really satisfying, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel the tiniest bit bad for the character. And that scene with Malcolm – I don’t know if I wanted an explanation, but I liked that it gives some closure.

I freaking love these books, these trilogies, these characters. I love the world, the Redthornes and the fact that they let me thoroughly escape (and that they all came out on audio very quickly, allowing me to inhale them). I love that they came to life and that I fell right into them. I was in the mood for vampires and Sarah delivered. I can’t wait to check out her other books now, and I’m so excited. Pick these books up – start with the first Vampire Royals book and inhale all 6. If you’re like me, you’ll probably love Dorian, but once you really meet Gabriel – you’re going to be absolutely sunk. Dorian doesn’t hold a candle to Gabriel.

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