Fire Maidens #7: Venice

Ten years ago, lion shifter Tony Pelligrini was forced to flee Venice after being framed for a murder he didn’t commit. But now, a mysterious force is drawing him back. Is it the feeling of a ticking time bomb only he can defuse? Or is it the call of destiny, promising true love?

Wetlands ecologist Cara Alari would rather stand knee-deep in mud than dress up for a fancy ball. But in the course of one crazy, carnival night, a family she loves is imperiled, and she is unwittingly drawn into a dangerous world of power, politics, and royal intrigues.

Before Cara knows it, she’s putting her black belt to use as a bodyguard — and teaming up with a hunky lion shifter straight out of her dreams. The chemistry between them is off the charts, but there’s no time for amore. Somewhere in Venice, an enemy lurks, targeting the royal shifter elite. Because carnival masks can disguise faces and evil intentions, nothing is as it seems. All Cara can be sure of is that her heart — and a young woman’s life — are at risk.

The Reviews

Patricia Hoffstaetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable & would definitely recommend
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
This talented author has written an outstanding, adventurous paranormal romance, it is the 7th book in the “Fire Maiden” series but it is complete & standalone. The storyline flows smoothly throughout a well-written mesmerizing plot that is filled with suspense & has good world building with excellent scene descriptions. The characters are well-developed & it was interesting to see how they continued to develop into a strong-willed loving couple while supporting each other.
It is about: after being falsely accused & forced to flee, a male lion shifter (Tony Pelligrini) finds himself, drawn back to Venice. He comes into contact with a feisty female lion shifter (Cara Alari) but the danger increases as these two individuals draw closer to each other.
There is: various kinds of shifters, shifter politics, fated mates, guardians, fire maidens, adventure, action, destiny, some humour, twists & turns, intrigue, suspense, drama, deceit, betrayal, fantasies, secrets, mystery, devious plans, villainous villains, danger, threats, violence, confrontations, attacks, confusion, attractions, memories, discovery, complications, manipulations, surprises, allies, compromises, love, happiness, some steamy scenes & a well-deserved HEA with a delightful epilogue. I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it.
“I received a complimentary copy, and this is my honest & voluntary opinion”
Laure Eccleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Who are they protecting her from?
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021
Cara Alari is wetlands ecologist, and lion shifter working in Venice, she would rather be up to her knees, and elbows in mud than attending a fancy ball during Carnival. Toni Pelligrini left Venice ten years ago after being falsely accused of murder. Unfortunately, his past will come back to haunt him when he steps in to help Cara protect a young woman who is the victim of an attempted kidnapping. Cara and Toni find themselves as body guards to the young woman and working together to unravel a plot by the last person anyone would have suspected.
Compelling, fascinating, and well written characters that find out how difficult it is to work with the person they are falling in love with. Exciting action, suspense, and unexpected twist in the plot. Intrigue, and betrayal kept me reading from the first page to the last.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
LeMiliere
5.0 out of 5 stars Cara and Tony
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
This review is written voluntarily after both reading and listening to this wonderful book

This time it's the turn of the Lions to be the centre of attention. Cara and Tony's story is one I really enjoyed, not that I don't always enjoy Anna Lowe's work but this one was different - why you might ask? Well, it's different because Tony was forced to flee his home in Venice when he was accused and found guilty, without a trial I might add, of murder. But after ten years away his instincts have compelled him to return to Venice despite knowing that if he is recognised it could mean his death.

Whilst attending a masked event he meets Cara Alari, a beautiful ecologist who is passionate about saving Venice from further decay and destruction. But before they can act on the attraction they both feel, there's an attempt to kidnap someone close to Cara. Tony knows that he can't stand by and do nothing to stop the kidnapping but if he gets involved his identity is sure to be revealed which could mean he's sentenced to death or worse. But his honour means he must help and so both he and Cara fight together, oh I forgot to mention Cara is no dainty flower, she's tall, well built and strong. She's also good at self-defence, and together they foil the plot but as he knew he would be, Tony's recognised, arrested and taken before the Guardians.

Fortunately, Tony is recognised by someone who was there ten years ago, someone who can clear his name and restore his family's honour. After which he and Cara are asked to guard Fiorina the new Fire Maiden of Venice who turns out to be the girl they just saved from being kidnapped, she's also the daughter of the man he was accused of killing ten years ago and the girl he carried to the safety of her mother's waiting arms.

Tony and Cara are appointed as bodyguards to Fiorina but in order to keep her safe they will have to find out who ordered her father's murder and her kidnapping, are they dealing with one person or two? Are those events connected? Why is the new Firemaiden so unlike all the other Fire Maidens?

What follows is an exciting story full of drama, intrigue, chemistry and love, this is a wonderful addition to this series as destiny works it's magic again. But this time there's an even bigger surprise in store for us, but that's enough from me, no more spoilers you will just have to download this wonderful tale and find out the answers first hand.

The book Is wonderfully narrated by the super talented Kelsey Osborne who does an incredible job of bringing all of the characters to life.
Faythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Is fighting Fate futile?
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2021
I must admit I absolutely love this series. I like how Anna pulls in the next hero into her story giving us a slight preview into what may be coming.

Cara Alari has always loved Venice, and as a Wetlands Ecologist she is trying to keep the city from sinking beneath the waves. Her landlord convinces her to attend a ball during the famous Carnival within the city. When she got home from the wetlands all she wanted to do is just curl up and relax, but she get ready for this ball.

Tony Pelligrini is an ex-soldier from the French Foreign Legion, after running from false murder charges. He has felt pulled to the city, is it time for him to give in or can he clear his name.

The pair meet at the Carnival Ball, and manage to save someone who is important to the guardians. They get roped into playing bodyguard together, but can they solve the mystery before time is up, while keeping their charge safe?

I did receive a free copy of this book, but like all her books Anna Lowe has knocked this one out of the park. I doubt you will regret picking up this book.

Author: Reluctant Retiree

Living in FL and enjoying life.

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