ARC Review: Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane

Posted June 5, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Chaos Burning by Lauren Dane
Chaos Burning
by Lauren Dane

4 Stars


Released: June 5, 2012
Series: Bound by Magick, #2
Published by Berkley Sensation
Pages: 295
Format: ARC


Well, I’ve been waiting not so patiently for this book for a couple of reasons. First and foremost for the sexy-as-all-sin hero, Simon. He’s Lycian, and yes I have a thing for Ms. Dane’s shifters, but Lycians are not the same as her regular shifters (as in Cascadia and De La Vega) they are a bit more.Simon is no different, he’s a sexy and successful, very good looking guy, who happens to be part owner of Heart of Darkness, Dominic’s club. He’s also a bartender and lets face it…a man who can make a good martini before he asks me to jump in the hot tub is my kind of man.

When he is assigned the task of picking up Lark (strange, quirky witch warrior extraordinaire) they actually become great friends. This was my favorite part of the story. Their relationship developed slowly going from first friendship all the way to loving and mating, but it felt like it had solid roots.

Lark is a solid chick, she’s independent, kick ass and a hunter. Yes she’s also a powerful witch. No wilting flower. Simon understands that and doesn’t over-protect.  So my favorite type of heroine and the perfect hero in my opinion for her.

In reference to the ongoing storyline of turned witches stealing power and there’s a bit more to that story in this one, with maybe an ancient power coming into play, I feel there wasn’t A LOT of forward progress in the overall story arc. I would’ve liked to see a bit more conflict maybe in regards to the world.

I do feel this book fell a bit short of my expectations just because I was expecting it to blow my socks off.  Even though Lark and Simon were sexy, there wasn’t a lot of action (in any sense of the word), and somehow I expected more from them (I mean Simon is hot as hell and I wanted more of him ;). Still it was an interesting installment of this series, with the small cameo appearance of the enforcer of the Cascadia pack which is working with the Owen Clan for this one. I’d like to see more of those interactions in the future!  That was great!!

Can’t wait to see what Ms. Dane has in store for us next.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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Good review! I haven’t started this series yet but I do have it on my wishlist.