ARC Review: Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Posted January 26, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 12 Comments

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ARC Review: Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Heart on Fire
by Amanda Bouchet

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 2nd 2018
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: eARC
 

“the friendships and the romance, the new world that Bouchet has created have all combined to give us a fantastic new voice in fantasy romance.”
~ Under the Covers

It’s come to that time that all bibliophiles both eagerly anticipate…and yet dread. The last book in the series. After faithfully following a series we finally get to see the peak of the action; finally see how it all ends; see who ends up with who; see if our favourite character finally reaches their full potential and see the dastardly villain be smote down by our hero or heroine. Which leads me to HEART ON FIRE, you see all of the above and more. Kind of. Lets take it point by point:

Peak of the action…

Bouchet has definitely delivered a book with some action in it, both magical and with good old fashioned fisticuffs. However, between the exciting action scenes there’s an awful lot of naval gazing and pondering of what it all means. Honestly, it got a bit tiresome. Cat couldn’t seem to take any action without having a deep philosophical conversation with herself about whether she’s turning into her evil mother or contemplating how much she loved Griffin. It slowed the pace of the book and even worse than that; it was boring and repetitive.

How it all ends (no spoilers)…

There is a nice satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, all of which seems to happen in the last 5%. So, if you get to 90% and are wondering if this is really the last book, as I did, keep reading!

Who ends up with who…

Okay, I may have lied a little about this one! We all know Cat and Griffin are solid and I loved seeing their relationship develop to the deep abiding love they have one another. However, now that they’re sorted I want to see what happens with their friends and family! There are lots of hints at couplings, but nothing conclusive. Which gives me hope! I can’t be the only person keeping my fingers crossed for a spin off series, right?

Character reaching their full potential…

Does Cat finally stop the incessant monologue in her head about what kind of person she is…whether she’s too ruthless…too closed up…too damaged and actually get on with it? Yes she does. Cat has come a long way since book one and  her character growth is one of the things I like about this series. So, although she may not be my favourite heroine I have enjoyed taking this journey with her.

Villain smiting…

Ha! I am giving no spoilers…you will need to read it to see what happens and if/how the evil queen is defeated. I think we all know the answer to that one. However, it’s not always the destination but the journey that’s important and although the ending is ultimately predictable (or is it?!) that doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed the ride.

Conclusion…

This particular book wasn’t my favourite of this trilogy, there was too much talk and not enough action for my tastes. The series as a whole though has been great, the friendships and the romance, the new world that Bouchet has created have all combined to give us a fantastic new voice in fantasy romance. I can’t wait to see what Bouchet brings out next, but whatever it is, I know I will be picking it up, especially if it is a spin off!

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About Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry.

A French master’s graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Awesome review Suzanne!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne

Elizabeth
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I have been reading mixed reviews on this and as I really liked the first two books, I have been reluctant to start this and be disappointed. I will read it though!

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Awesome review Suzanne!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne

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I have been reading mixed reviews on this and as I really liked the first two books, I have been reluctant to start this and be disappointed. I will read it though!

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I really enjoyed your comments!

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William D. Prystauk

I really enjoyed your comments!

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’ve had the first few books on my TBR pile forever.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’ve had the first few books on my TBR pile forever.

Jen @BTH Reviews
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Jen @BTH Reviews

I’m still on the fence about this series. Maybe I’ll start it someday, but I haven’t put it on my TBR because of the mixed reviews. Great review, though.

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Jen @BTH Reviews

I’m still on the fence about this series. Maybe I’ll start it someday, but I haven’t put it on my TBR because of the mixed reviews. Great review, though.