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.
Let’s talk about Amaretto Flame. Or rather, let me talk at you. Once again, I have to say I did not have any expectations going into reading this, and if I had any at all, I didn’t have a good feeling. And once again, I was wrong. This book isn’t perfect, but I enjoyed it more than I can verbally say.
For a switch, I’m going to talk about the things I didn’t like first. Imagery. It’s not that it was bad, I would say it was about average, but I have a problem with this. One of the hallmarks of a great book (for me anyway) is fantastic imagery. I like being able to picture a scene in my head and I like the author to show me, but not do it all for me. The small issue I had with Amaretto Flame is the lack of descriptive imagery. I’m not saying it was never there, I just wish there had been more of it.
Next, I want to talk about cliches. I know..it’s the dreaded word no author wants to hear. Sorry Sammie. I don’t want to spoil the ending, so this one is going to be hard to talk about. I’ll try my best.
Things wrapped up too nicely for me. I’m not saying that I wanted it to end unhappily, but maybe what I would’ve done was twist it a little and make a small unhappy thing happen and then have the rest of it end happily. I can’t tell you how it ends because I would completely ruin the plot for you. I really want to say more, but I can’t. I try not to do spoilers.
Now that that’s over I can talk about the awesome things. Self-published novel that totally rocked. The plot and characters were awesome. I loved Olivia. She was this totally kick-ass likable and lovable character, and I really enjoy that. But she was also totally flawed. She didn’t believe in herself and her self-esteem wasn’t the greatest, but she also was extremely brave and fought for what she believed in. She would be someone I would truly want to be friends with. If she was real.
Jackson was pretty amazing as well. Not as amazing as Olivia, but he was hot and his personality totally worked for me. He had a bad-boy vibe going for him, but he was also a sweetheart. I loved the relationship build between him and Olivia. Paula was the perfect villain and I hated her. I love how Olivia stood up to her. Paula was a pathetic individual. I loved all the other members of the coven as well.
The Venator. First of all, the name kind of bothers me. I’m not sure why, but it does. Even though Venator is Latin for hunter, there’s something about the name that I don’t like. I wish I could explain more. But as for the Venator as a villain, they were pretty frightening. The author did a good job of capturing the fear that the Eagleton coven had for them. And I have a feeling that they will only get worse. Because I have asked the author and this book is part of a series.
I loved the plot up until the climax. Then it got a little cliche, but it didn’t ruin the story for me or anything, because I really enjoyed reading it. When I started to read Amaretto Flame, I had another book going that I wanted to read more, but once I got into Amaretto Flame, I put the other book down because I got hooked and I couldn’t stop reading it. It went by really fast. And I truly enjoyed it. It’s been awhile since a book I’ve read has held my interest this well. It was nice to have that happen for a change.
Book trailer for Amaretto Flame
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