Review: When Temptation Burns by J.K. Beck

Author: J.K. Beck
Title: When Temptation Burns
Series: The Shadow Keepers #6
Publisher: Bantam (Random House Publishing Group)
Published: July 31, 2012
Format: eBook – NetGalley Preview Exclusive

Summary from Amazon

Half human, half daemon, Ryan Doyle is a driving force for justice. As an agent for the Preternatural Enforcement Coalition, he’s investigating murders linked to a Los Angeles fringe group bent on exposing the shadow world to humanity. He is a master of self-control, keeping his deepest hungers hidden beneath a veneer of cool professionalism. Until he crosses paths with sinfully sweet Andy Tarrent, a gutsy reporter who makes him crave all the pleasures he’s denied himself for centuries.

Tracking a band of conspiracy theorists eager to spill blood, Andy has uncovered the story of her career. Brooding, mysterious Ryan is an enigma—but their dance of seduction is hotter than any fantasy. As they race to stop mass murder on the streets, Andy knows that Ryan is holding back, keeping secrets. But getting close to Ryan means opening the door to a world that will challenge her deepest beliefs—including what it means to truly surrender to love.

This is what would happen if the movie Die Hard met the Supernatural world!! It has a mix of everything, fights, murder, terrorist action and romance scenes. Personally, I think it is more of a thriller novel, not a romance one.

The two main characters in the book are Doyle and Andy and we see that they have a connection from the first time they meet. They both go undercover individually, and their connection grows.

Andy is a reporter who is looking for her next big story. She has no idea the paranormal world exists and within about 24 hours her whole view of her life and the world shifts. I thought that she was a bit too quick to accept Doyle’s paranormal side and was willing to trust him too easily. I was hoping that Doyle may have to work a bit harder to win Andy over.

Doyle is an agent with Homeland security and the PEC. He is portrayed as a tough character, but I thought that he isn’t very virile. Being half-human, half-daemon, I wanted him to be quite masculine, but he holds onto something emotionally, that happened a few centuries before. He is very committed to his work and wants justice done to anyone who commits a crime whether they are human or supernatural.

When Temptation Burns is a pretty intense read. There are a few plots in the book but they all tie together to form a bigger picture. The sex scenes are steamy, but don’t last very long. I believe the book is more about the action and the thrilling plot.

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  1. This sounds interesting. I love demons. :) I mean, I really love them <3 LOL. This might be one to check out further. Thanks, Naomi!

    1. It was a good read. I really enjoyed the storyline, but I was expecting steamier sex scenes. My expectations are pretty high now, since you introduced me to this world!! Lol!


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