book review

Review: Flame by Lana Sky

Rating: 5 out of 5.

After reading the first book in this duet, Moth, I have been anxiously awaiting the conclusion. Hannah and Rafe are the most perfect damaged couple you could find. They both come out of damaged families and are hiding more secrets than they even know what to do with. In Moth we learned quite a bit about both main characters and their varying involvments on the activity going on around them. Rafe is a member of the Triad, a gang for lack of better terms, and Hannah is the quiet girl hiding other people’s secrets. Mainly her brother’s.

But as her brother’s hold on her starts to wane and her loyalty to Rafe continues to blossom, they’re both faced with how much they can trust the other and whether or not this is something they can afford to even give into. I absolutely love Hannah’s character. She has lived in overwhelming fear of her older brother for pretty much her own life and she’s faced with some really difficult decisions that no one should ever have to face. But she does and she does it with a sense of bravery that you can’t even describe.

There is so much to this story that I don’t want to give away anything, so I’m going to focus on how it made me feel. Rafe is alluring in the way he’s guarded about everything. Especially his own feelings. He refuses to let himself be vulnerable so he continues to push people and force them to admit things before he ever will. But Hannah and Rafe really challenge each other in this sense because they are both so similar. They both would rather suffer the unspeakable pain of betrayal than ever make themselves vulnerable to someone. It takes them a long time to build a sense of trust, but it’s one that can’t ever be broken. Even if things start to look like someone might be lying, they have a bond between them that no one can break.

Even with all the twisted elements in this story, it’s deeply beautiful in the way it tackles fear and loneliness. How fear can have such a stranglehold over someone that it makes them isolate themselves from love, friendship and joy. A fear that could be crippling and cause dangerous outcomes unless it’s faced head on with a bravery that makes your knees shake. Hannah is absolutely amazing and I can admire this character in all her flawed beauty.

For those that like a darker take on their romance and aren’t bothered by bully alpha males, then I highly recommend this book. It has plenty of heat to enjoy, but the depth of the psychological elements in it is what will capture you into the mind bending pages of this story.

About the Author

I am a quirky writer from the US who dabbles in dark, paranormal and contemporary romance. My stories aren’t always typical, but contain a little something for everyone.

Lana Sky Website

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