Review: Rogue’s Passion (Iron Portal #2) by Laurie London

November 13, 2013 Review 2

Review: Rogue’s Passion (Iron Portal #2) by Laurie London

Hidden within the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, Iron Portals separate the modern and ancient worlds. Only a chosen few, Warriors of the Iron Guild, know their locations.

For years, Olivia Crawford has kept a low profile in order to keep her para-ability secret. If the army finds out she’s a Healer-Talent, they’ll force her to work for them—just like her brother who was taken as a boy and never seen again. But when a terrible explosion rocks New Seattle, she risks everything to save the injured, including a handsome stranger with secrets of his own.

Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he's hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for her…even as he struggles to stay away.

But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…

Title: Rogue's Passion
Author: Laurie London
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Assassin's Touch, October 31, 2016
Series: Iron Portal
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Assassin's Touch
Published by Self
Source: Publisher
Published: October 21 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 300
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames

Asher is on a mission to find that man that killed his friend.  Olivia is hiding her Talent from the Army that would draft her into service.  When they are victims of a bombing done by the Army they help each other get away and decide to spend some time together.

I have to say that while I did enjoy this book I never really connected to the characters.  I liked them both. Asher is all dominate and assertive, Olivia is stubborn and tenacious but I just never really connected with them as a couple.  They are thrown together after an explosion and then stay together to find Asher’s dog.  I was confused as to how Olivia goes from disliking Asher for wanting to force her to use her gift to agreeing to help find the dog and then spend the night with him.  I never saw any reason or explanation as to her change of heart but she has one.  To me, their whole relationship seemed to be just a hook up.  They neither one really show any deeper feelings for the other until it’s pointed out by another character that Asher is not behaving in his usual way.  Once this is mentioned we get the thoughts and feeling they seem to be hiding but like I said, I never really connected with them.  I felt the heat and the passion but I never felt the love between them.

There are many side character’s mentioned.  The character’s from the chop shop were very interesting to me and I would like to see more about them.  Especially Rand, who owns the chop shop where Asher usually lives when he crosses the portal.

There are big blocks of time that are skipped toward the end of the book.  It is plainly stated so it’s not confusing but I would have liked a little more explanation about what happened during that time.  When Asher crossed the portal, what happened? Did he talk to his sister? Why did he decide to come back and be with Olivia?  As the next book in the series is going to be about Olivia’s brother, Vince, we will probably get some answers in his book, Warrior’s Heart.

This is book two in the Iron Portal series and we briefly revisit the characters from the first book, Assassin’s Touch. This is a stand alone novel but there is some world building done in the first book that isn’t fully explained in this one but I don’t believe it will confuse a new reader.  However I would suggest reading the series in order to get the most enjoyment out of them.

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2 Responses to “Review: Rogue’s Passion (Iron Portal #2) by Laurie London”

  1. Carmel

    I really enjoy London’s Sweetblood series but I’m worries that this one will just be more of the same. From your review, it sounds like this book could have used a little more work. I’m going to stick with what I know for the time being. Thanks for the review!

    • laoighis

      I haven’t read her other series but I loved the first book in this series. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t like this one as much but it was still good. I love the world she has created with this series and I will keep reading to see where she goes with it.

      Thanks for reading my review 🙂