Once the flames die down, then it gets really hot!

Burn
Elemental Hearts #1
by Jayelle Morgan (GoodReads Author)
Kindle ed, 282 pages
Sep 15, 2016, self-pub
Also available in paperback

GoodReads Summary:  
Depending on an Elemental Warrior is the key to her survival...and maybe more. Brooke Simmonds moved to the isolated mountain town of Topaz Ridge for three things: A position as senior designer at the local paper, money in the bank, and complete independence. The day she gets everything she's been working towards, her life goes up in flames. Literally. Her rescue is a haze of pain and smoke, but she remembers him, the handsome stranger that carried her out of the blaze. Are her memories clouded by smoke inhalation, or did she really see him manipulating the flames to save her?

He'll either lose his control or his heart. Or both. Levi takes an instant liking to Brooke, whose smile makes him burn hotter than the fire inside him. When her apartment building bursts into flames, he springs to the rescue. As one of the elite Elemental Warriors sent here to fight the forces of Chaos, he's got the power to do it. His control, however, is...unpredictable. He gets her to safety, but not before revealing himself for what he is.


My Disclaimer:  The author offered this book to me in exchange for a read and review. Once I'd read the first book, I had to have the second one and purchased it on Amazon. This is my honest review for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  
I reviewed Ice Hot last week, and that was the prequel to this series. Ice Hot was really quite innocent compared to Burn. Burn lives up to its title in a couple of ways. It's a really hot guy in the starring role. He plays with fire, literally. And when he and his lady get together, the whole world seems to go up in fire. 

Have you ever wondered how authors come up with the combination of words that make up the stuff we love to read so much? I kept stopping and thinking about that in this book and the next one. How did Jayelle know that these were just the right words to create that picture in my head? I've always wanted to be an author, but I just can't put words together like that. Plus, I don't have any stories in my head. Ms. Morgan doesn't have either of those problems. She can put words together in such a way that you feel the heat, all of it! And this book certainly has its share of heat.

This series reminds me some of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward with the hot, powerful ancient warriors and their women. Hhmmm, do you suppose Ms. Morgan can come up with a few more of these delicious warriors? I strongly recommend Burn, book one in the Elemental Hearts series to any of you who like strong, magically talented warrior-types who also seem to have a sensitive side and just want to fight, make love and peace.


Rise
Elemental Hearts #2
by Jayelle Morgan (GoodReads Author)
Kindle ed, 309 pages
May 16, 2017, self-pub
Also available in paperback

GoodReads Summary:  
He gave her a night she would never forget…And a child too.

A year ago, Emory met the handsome, mysterious Ajax and threw her good-girl nature aside for one night of passion. She was fine accepting the consequences for her actions, and loves her son more than life itself. She never thought she’d see Ajax again, but now she desperately needs to find him. There’s something wrong with their baby…

She’s the only woman who’s ever taken his breath away.

Ajax never forgot Emory after their one night of passion. But he couldn’t keep her, because she is perfectly, completely human. And he’s not. But when she walks back into his life, it’s for the last reason he expects. Emory says the baby is his, but there’s just one problem: He’s sterile. All elite Elemental Warriors are. Which means she’s playing some kind of dangerous game, and he needs to know what it is.

When Chaos rears its ugly head, he’ll have to choose between protecting his new family and protecting his secret. One choice will take away everything that is important to him as a Warrior. The other could take away everything that is important to him as a man.
Can Emory find something meaningful with the extraordinary father of her child? Or will he sacrifice them in his mission to save the world?

*Warning! This book contains adult language and situations; lots of them, because it's Ajax. So don't read if the F word or steamy love scenes bother you!*


My Review:  
Well, Ms. Morgan found another story in her head and plenty of words to tell it really well. This book had plenty of those moments that had me thinking about where authors find those words to combine to create just the right feeling or mental image. I could picture Ajax with the serum on the ends of his hair! And I was laughing! 

The moment that stayed with me out of the whole book was the closeness created when Emory was lying in bed and Ajax brought Jackson back to bed in his clean diaper and pjs and tucked him in next to her and climbed in so the baby was cuddled between the two of them. The way Jayelle wrote it, I was able to see it and almost feel it. I was such a strong visual image for me that it has stayed with me still. Yet she can do fighting with knives cutting into flesh with the best of them. I like it that the Elementals heal quickly, though. Only Micah ever needed medical attention. Emory stitched him up while he held Jackson and sang his rumbly earth song to him.

Another thing Ms. Morgan is really good at is conversation. She writes it the way people speak. It's not stilted or awkward. It flows and stumbles just the way it does coming out of your mouth. Cuss words and all. LOL! It's not excessive, it's just the way it is in life. Some people do it more than others, some not at all.

I think I liked Rise even more than Burn. Maybe it was the baby aspect of it. These big strong guys dealing with the baby was pretty cool. Each one went gooey! 

Now, I'm waiting for Micah's story. There's also Walker, the boss. I'm sure he has a story. And there are other bases for sources. If we all buy and read enough of her books, I'm sure we could convince Ms. Morgan to keep on writing these stories. I'll bet she's got lots more in her head! So, go get your copies of Burn and Rise today and write your own reviews so more people will hear about her books!