I believe this is the second story in
Eliza Gayle’s Pentacles of Magick series. Four brothers hail
from a long line of powerful witches. Not only do they
possess potent white magic, with each being able to control
an element, but they can also unleash destructive and
uncontrollable dark magic. Only by finding their empathic
mate can they hope to break their curses. Unfortunately,
their uncle, the Reverend Scott Cunningham, does not wish to
see them succeed.
Cash Scott is one of the brothers. Air
is his element. On a road trip to Boston, he allows some of
his dark magic and its related anger to seep out. Selene,
the story’s feisty fire-starting heroine, just happens to be
motorcycling by and catches a whiff of his power. It sets
off a chain reaction within her, resulting in her crashing
her bike and setting his Harley on fire.
And so, Cash Scott, tortured dark hero,
meets his redemption, the smart-mouthed fire-starter Selene.
Both have their own issues. A coven of
witches for hire is determined to capture Cash. Selene’s
running from the mysterious organization she belongs to and
a mercenary sent to retrieve her. To add to that, their
elements, air and fire, are wildly attracted to one another
and seem hell-bent on keeping Cash and Selene on their backs
having sex (or against the wall, on the motorcycle, in the
bedroom…you get the picture).
The Burning is a
well-crafted tale deserving to be read. I hope to see it and
the remainder of the brothers’ stories in a nice print
anthology someday. The sex scenes are well executed and
finely tuned, with an emphasis on the interaction between
their magical talents. The light elements of BDSM sprinkled
in fit the characters’ personas. Eliza Gayle’s written a
keeper. I’ll definitely be watching for her other stories.