February 23, 2012

CLP BLog Tour: Review Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan

Forged in FireBeth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions until she dreams a sexy stranger is gunned down during the brutal hijacking of a commercial airliner. When events in her dream start coming true, she heads to the flight’s departure gate. To her shock, she recognizes the man she’d watched die the night before.

Lieutenant Commander Zane Winters comes from a bloodline of elite warriors with psychic abilities. When Zane and two of his platoon buddies arrive at Sea-Tac Airport, he has a vision of his teammates’ corpses. Then she arrives—a leggy blonde who sets off a different kind of alarm.

As Beth teams up with Zane, they discover the hijacking is the first step in a secret cartel’s deadly global agenda and that key personnel within the FBI are compromised. To survive the forces mobilizing against them, Beth will need to open herself to a psychic connection with the sexy SEAL who claims to be her soul mate

Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
Published: September 6, 2011
Source: I received this book from the author/CLP Book Tour in exchange for an honest and thoughful review.


The story starts off introducing the main character Beth Brown who has woken up from a very vivid dream about a plane hijacking that seems all too real. The dream feels so realistic that Beth decides to check out the airport to prove to herself that the dream couldn’t really be real until she recognizes one of the passengers on the plane Zane Winters.

The dream is the first premonition that Beth has experienced, and she still can’t believe that it’s true. She confronts Zane even if it makes her sound like a nutcase. Because, of his own premonition images he believes what she says. From here the story plunges into an intense action mystery. This was my first time reading a book where any kind of military/armed forces were part of the story and I wasn’t sure how I would like it playing into the plot but wow, it was intense and it definitely made it a page turner. Once I started reading the book it felt like I was watching an action movie, it had everything I could want in an action movie except the plot was ten times better and I couldn’t put it down.

Beth was a great character and I really felt like I could relate to her. At times she frustrated me with her indecisiveness but, I still felt connected to her. To me Zane wasn’t as strong of a character as Beth, even when I was reading parts of the book from Zane’s POV in the book. I just couldn’t relate and don’t feel like I connected with the character. The romance in this story wasn’t the focal point and I was okay with this because it had just enough.

Usually I have some serious issues with changes of POV in books in particular but I think that the author did a great job in this case and it flowed effortlessly.

My biggest gripe about the book was the ending; the entire book was building up to the point where you had to know what would happen next, who was behind everything and why. You’re looking for that resolution even if it’s just a small one with a cliffhanger. The ending to me feels like it just came to a holt, like maybe there were pages missing at the end.

All in all the ending didn’t take away from the story; I just wished I had received some resolution. I will definitely be ordering the next book in this series to find out what happens to the characters.

I would give this book 3 ½ stars, as a warning the book does have some violence and sexual content.

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