Summary: Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won’t allow the transformation to occur.
With a terrible temper to match her fiery red hair, Mack is extraordinarily useful in a fight, and when her pack alpha is brutally and abruptly murdered, she swears vengeance. Unfortunately, his murder also draws in the Brethren – the leaders of the shapeshifter world – who will slaughter everyone in Mack’s small rural pack if they discover her true identity. Unfortunately Corrigan, the green-eyed muscle-bound Lord Alpha of the Brethren, doesn’t let much slip by him…
It was purely by chance that I picked this up when I was cruising the library’s audio section. I enjoy a good audiobook on long drives and the cover caught my attention. I’m so glad I took a chance because I loved this book.
Bloodfire is the beginning of a romantic urban fantasy. The romance is low key and secondary to the primary plot line, and as far as I’ve seen grows over the span of the series. The world is full of shifters, mages, fae, and a ton of otherworldly peoples and creatures that with the help of the Brethren, the humans are kept unaware of what lives around them.
Mack was left with a shifter pack in rural Cornwall, her mother placing a geas on the pack to make them keep the fact of Mack’s human nature to themselves. Shifters follow a strict code of conduct called The Way. Breaking these rules often leads to death. A human not only knowing of a pack, but living with them as well could mean the death of every member of the Cornwall pack.
John, the pack’s alpha, was murdered, bringing the feared and revered Brethren to their doorstep. The Brethren serve the Lord Alpha (Corrigan), the strongest of all shifters. The pack scrambles to cover Mack’s human scent and she has to find a reason as to why she doesn’t shift. There are some members who would love to see Mack get the boot of the pack but the geas keeps them from revealing her.
Don’t think that Mack doesn’t have skills. She is the pack’s best enforcer and fighter, skilled, cunning, and a bit over confident in her skills but she does have a reason to be so self-assured. Her biggest fault is her quick temper that is only fueled by the fire that burns in her gut.
I enjoyed the slow reveal of Mack’s past and the mystery surround John’s death. There were hints of her attraction to the Lord Alpha that she kept stomping on because really there was no possible way for her to get close without revealing her true self to him.
Corrigan did run hot and cold when it came to Mack. One moment he was flirting with her then a couple hours later slinging accusations… not that he didn’t have cause. Even Mack confessed she hadn’t lied so much in her life. There was an insane amount of winking going on. Maybe it was a Cornwall thing, but seriously, it happened so much between all of the characters that I would get thrown out of the story for a moment.
Even so, this was a hard book to put down. When I reached my destination, I bought the book so I wouldn’t have to wait to drive again to continue the story. When I finished, I immediately started the next book in the series. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys strong sassy, sharp tongues heroines, slow reveals, a cool paranormal world, and a hunky alpha who is smarter that she gave him credit for.