by Christina Dodd

August 2008
ISBN: 978-0-451-22466-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

A thousand years ago, a vicious warlord named Konstantine Varinski struck a bargain with the devil. For eternal servitude, the devil rewarded him and his descendants the ability to become ferocious animals of prey. Konstantineís mother cursed him with her dying breath, and their familyís icon of the Madonna was sliced by the devilís sword and scattered to the four corners of the earth. Only when the iconís pieces are put back together by four Varinski sons and their loves can their dark souls finally find redemption.

Washington State present dayÖ

Firebird Wilder was always considered a miracle to her family. The youngest child born to Zorana and Konstantine Wilder (Varinski), she was living proof that the devilís pact was unraveling. Varinskis were supposed to only breed sons. Her brothers and their loves had found the first three pieces of the missing icon, but it must be a sonís love to find the missing icon. Zorana confesses a terrible secret and Firebird races off to find the one man that can help her family win its battle against the Varinskiís once and for all.

Strong, handsome state trooper Douglas Black has known all his life he was ďdifferent.Ē Abandoned at birth, raised in a series of foster homes, Doug has never known any family connection or love. The beast within him rears its ugly head, and goodness was finally brought through when Doug found love with Firebird Wilder. But then she ran away, and Doug has been looking for her for over three years. Then one stormy night she is back and claims to know his true identity. Together they must go Into the Flame for the power of love is the only thing that can bring about the devilís destruction!

The final chapter of the Wilder familyís fight against the evil Varinski clan culminates with Into the Flame. Christina Dodd saved the best for last; Into the Flame is sizzling hot! Doug Black is a hero on a dark mission and only his love Firebird can redeem him. Into the Flame is a five rose read, I couldnít put it down.

Reviewed in September 2008 by Bonnie.

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