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The Flame and the Shadow

Denise Rossetti















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Release Date:
November 4, 2008

Paranormal Romance


Bookmark Rating:
4 1/2 Bookmarks!

Reviewed by
Jennifer Ray

Review Posted:
October 2008


The death of her only daughter left Cenda a broken shell of a woman.  Her heart was torn apart when that precious toddler was ripped from her life.  But the illness that killed her baby left the fledgling witch with a new ability – the power to call and master fire.  It is something she never wanted, certainly not at the expense of losing her child, but now Cenda must learn to master this power before it destroys her.

There are those who seek the power of the Fire Witch for their own questionable purposes.  To this end, they have sent bounty hunters after Cenda to kidnap her.  But one is more insidious than the rest – Grayson of Concordia, aka The Duke of Ombra.  With his seductive ways and disarming charm, he proves more dangerous than the most heinous of henchman, for he steals her heart effortlessly.

Grayson’s last hope to rid himself of the demon who has plagued him his entire life rests in this one mission.  Yet when he meets Cenda, things don’t seem quite so cut and dry any longer.  He may have stolen her heart, but the Fire Witch causes emotions to flare inside this lonely man as surely as she can set any blaze.  Can Grayson really betray her for his own needs?

If you are looking for a gritty, dark paranormal romance, then look no further.  THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW by Denise Rossetti fits that bill perfectly.  Both Gray and Cenda are two damaged people.  Gray has sustained a lifetime of trauma, and Cenda has suffered more recently, but with no less pain than Gray.

In each other, they find the means to heal themselves, through love and understanding.  Oh, they may not realize at first it is love, but the passion is undeniable from the moment they meet.  Neither Gray nor Cenda has ever really experienced true love before, so the emotion is at first hard to recognize.

I was gratified to find that although they are slow to realize they are in love, they are certainly quick to recognize how much they genuinely like each other.  That instant connection makes it easy to understand why Cenda would fall into the arms of a literal stranger so quickly.  Then again, her deep despair and the need to feel something, some kind of human comfort helps with that as well.

Cenda goes through quite a few trials during this book, from the ache she feels from missing her daughter, to the frightening run for her life when she learns she has become a target of some nasty people, and finally to learning of Gray’s intent to betray her.  Beginning the story somewhat meek and unassuming, these trials build her character into a true heroine, resourceful and strong, determined to protect those she cares about while doing no harm.

Gray’s hurdles are huge – he has to overcome both the external protagonists in the story and his own internal demons.  Not only that, he must also win Cenda’s trust not once, but twice.  Through it all, Gray proves himself a hero worthy of Cenda, and is an inspiration to all as he finds a way to resolve his personal issues, which are undoubtedly even harder for him to overcome than their foes.

THE FLAME AND THE SHADOW is a story that is simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming.  With people who inspire through their own growth a compelling plot, and passion as incendiary as the Fire Witch’s power, Denise Rossetti offers readers a novel that is hard to put down until the last page.



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