Review: Bonfire Heart (An Unconventional Chicago #5) by Devon Rhodes

December 16, 2014 Review 0

Review: Bonfire Heart (An Unconventional Chicago #5) by Devon Rhodes

Sometimes fires burn and destroy, but from the ashes, new growth can heal and cleanse.

Thierry Alexander is the Deputy Mayor of Chicago, a city he loves but can’t save on his own from the corrupt political system. His assistant and lover, Eduardo, is also known as Cesar, the head of the underground resistance movement. He has been working behind the scenes for years and finally gets what he needs—enough information to get the US government involved and take down the criminal elements strangling the city he loves.

But they need to act fast because legislation is about be enacted that will give rise to social and ethnic purging in Chicago. Not knowing who they can trust, they will have to put their faith in one another and risk everything to save a city.

Publisher's Note: This story has been previously released as part of the An Unconventional Chicago anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.

Title: Bonfire Heart
Author: Devon Rhodes
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Unconventional In Atlanta , Remarkable Restraint, Unconventional in San Diego, A Sliver of Sunset
Series: An Unconventional Chicago #5
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: No Bravery, Love Don't Die, Passion Under Fire, Ganging Up on Love
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: December 19, 2014
Genres: Crime Drama, Male Male Romance, Suspense
Pages: 54
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

Chicago.  The Windy City on the shores of majestic Lake Michigan.  Home of such luminaries as Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, Al Capone and of course, Wrigley Field.  Great city, Chicago, with a spectacular if checkered history.

An Unconventional Chicago is an “alternate universe” or so the publisher wants us to believe.  This is a universe where the city is ruled by “gangs.”  Crime and payola are the rule of the day.  Protection rackets are common place.  The rich get richer and the poor . . . well, they might be allowed to live, but on the riches terms.  It is not the place an average person would want to live.

Whew!  I feel like I have just finished one of my Netflix marathons.  I guess I kind of did.  This series was really rather well done.  Five different authors with five different voices, getting together to produce one fascinating story.  Okay, so it was in five parts, and one of the rare serials that I really liked.  I have to give these authors kudos for collaborating so well on this story.  Well done ladies!

Bonfire Heart brings the story full circle.  The featured character in Bonfire Heart was first introduced in the first episode – No Bravery, Assistant Mayor Thierry Alexander.  Yes!  All of the previous characters from all the other episodes were included in this one.  Some had bigger parts than others, but they were all here.

The machinations that the “resistance” went through to “free” Chicago was astounding.  Unexpected allies nicely countered the betrayals.  The “package” has been delivered.  The trick now is to use it before things go south.   Excitement.  Run!  Hurry!  OMG!  Gasp.  Whew, that was close.  *sigh*

The romance part of this book was interesting too.  An established, long term couple – Thierry and Eduardo (aka Cesar) – though they have been discreet.  I very much liked how each author approached the romance of their stories differently.  It kept things fresh and interesting.

The use of Bonfire Heart as the title was genius.  I loved how it was explained and used in the story.  Sweet.

I am mostly satisfied with the way everything turned out in this saga except . . . Yes, I have an except.  Although we are told that Tomas is alive and where he may be, that thread was left unresolved.  Since it was kind of because of him that this entire saga got started, I feel a bit cheated that we did not get his story.  OR will there be another saga entirely?  Hmmm.  Happy thought.

Again, well done ladies.  You did good.

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