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Friday, November 9, 2007

Review: Why Should The Fire Die

Why Should The Fire Die
by Emery Sanborne and Philippa Grey-Gerou

For months Harvard anthropologist Morgan Gregory has been searching for a holy relic, a medallion that will allow him to translate a mysterious ancient text. But what the enigmatic professor finds in the little antiquity shop in South Boston is equally compelling—former lover Rachel Alexander and a rare painting.

Rachel Alexander has been popping in and out of Morgan’s life for years. Drawn to one another’s magic, consumed by mutual lust and desire, their encounters have always been sizzling. Add in a secret that will tip the balance of power between them and a wanton siren willing to seduce them both to get what she wants, and the passion becomes dangerously explosive.

Together, Morgan and Rachel follow a scavenger hunt laid out in ancient rituals and artifacts. One secret seems only to hide another, and another, until soon neither are sure of the truth or themselves. Can the couple put aside the past in time to fight for the future? Only if they can admit their burning need and control the fires within, fires that can comfort or consume them.

Why Should The Fire Die is about Morgan and Rachael, two long time on-again, off-again lovers who are thrust into a place of darkness shrouded in light. This story seemed to look into our inner-selves where that darkness lurks whether we want it or not.

First, I want to delve into Morgan. In many stories, the bad boy usually revels in his badness and when those characters are all grown up, they maintain that element somewhere in their behavior. Not so with Morgan. He bucked the trend to such an extreme that I felt he was a man ready to burst. No one can deny themselves, their true selves, so completely and not suffer for it. Think of it this way; ever hear of the philosophy that if you prevent kids from having any candy what-so-ever in the home, that when they DO have it, they gorge themselves with frenzied abandon? Ultimately, they get belly aches the likes of which they'd never known. But, the kids who have candy in moderation, handle themselves with aplomb. Well, Morgan fits the first scenario. He denied himself so completely, that when something taps into his bad boy tendencies, he's a goner. Although the author didn't delve too much into his psyche, I got enough of his character to figure out Morgan was in for a rude awakening. I was worried as the story went on because he needed a wake-up call and wasn't sure if he'd get one in time,or even how it would come about.

Rachael was a woman you both loved and hated at the same time. In fact, Morgan and I felt the same way about her. Both Rachael's and Morgans POV's are on stage during this story but I think Rachael was a bit more harsh as a character. By the same token, Rachael knows what she wants and never ever denied herself anything. It got her in trouble though. Big trouble. She starts off as Morgan's polar opposite, but as the storyline is revealed, you see that gap getting narrower and narrower.

The contrast between her and Morgan was developed to a razor's edge. The idea that these two characters have been together, on and off, for a couple of decades is intriguing. Both are stuck in a rut of their own making, both have a hard time trusting and yet though they are in love, are unable to recognize it. There is fear there and until they face it, there cannot be any forward movement towards a real relationship.

The catalyst comes from a seemingly benign source that quickly morphs into something scary. To me, the movement of the story seemed almost Gothic in nature. The matings--I certainly can't call it 'making love'--are rather violent and dark, especially when Morgan's inherent alpha nature is blasted to the surface. If you don't mind a bit of consensual roughness, then this book delivers that sexy edge. I was gratified to see that because of all the trials, they eventually 'grow' and have their first experience in lovemaking. The kind that hints at a more caring and solid relationship that could take them into their AARP years.

Why Should The Fire Die was an unusual romance with a story that will keep you on edge. Not a fluffy read--only the bold should brave this heat.


Reviewed by Xeranth

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