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“She who wields the mark is the barrier between man and monster. She is the daughter of gods, the mother of man, protector of all. Vigilati Usque Ad Mortem”All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother’s insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of goo“She who wields the mark is the barrier between man and monster. She is the daughter of gods, the mother of man, protector of all. Vigilati Usque Ad Mortem”All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother’s insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she alone can end it.Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching paranormal phenomena. He doesn’t expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the woman who will turn his world upside down.Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. As the war for their souls wages around them, Isla and Jeremiah will risk it all for love—a love neither had ever thought possible....

Title : Fire on the Island
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Fire on the Island Reviews

  • Misty Baker
    2019-03-20 01:17

    I was reading an article the other day on “How To Write Paranormal Romance” (don’t ask me why, it was totally random) when I stumbled upon a quote by Christine Feehan (author of Ghost Walkers, Dark Series…etc.) that summed up perfectly my complicated feelings towards paranormal literature. They asked her:“What is paranormal romance to you?”Her reply (much cleaner and shorter than I would have ever been to able to express it) was this:“To me, paranormal is something out of the ordinary. Something extraordinary. When I pick up a book that is paranormal, I know I’m in for a surprise. It might be another world or a ghost or a shapeshifter, it might be the occult or the magic of legends. The one and only thing I will know for certain when I open that book is that it will be different. I love that element of surprise and I’m always willing to go where the author takes me. They won’t all be perfect, but there will be something there, something magical that will transport me to the world of the extraordinary. That’s what paranormal means to me personally.”Pretty brilliantly said, if I do say so myself, but there is one sentence in particular that I want you to focus on.“The one and only thing I will know for certain when I open that book is that it will be different.”This is especially true in regards to witches.Most paranormal “entities” (for lack of a better word) are rooted. Vampires drink blood. Ghosts haunt and werewolves shift. The way these inevitabilities occur are different from novel to novel, (that’s what sets them apart from each other) but witches (though bathed in a very long and unique history) aren’t limited to one set of ideals. They can be bad. They can be good. Light can come from their eyes, some fly, others twitch their noses. You get my drift. Witches are the one category of paranormal fiction that is a free fall into never never land. An author can do what they want, when they want, without the threat of folklore desecration. In short, witches are a clean pallet.Which is why (for a person that lives for originality in her reading material) I am shocked that it has taken me this long to return to a past love of mine.Witches.“All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother’s insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she alone can end it.Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching paranormal phenomena. He doesn’t expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the woman who will turn his world upside down.Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. As the war for their souls wages around them, Isla and Jeremiah will risk it all for love—a love neither had ever thought possible.”At the risk of sounding incredibly confused I can say (confidently) that I both loved and hated this novel. *slaps forehead*While the originality of the plot captured my heart in all of it’s good versus evil glory, the characters left me wanting.I have said (over and over again) that a book can be broken with bad characterization. ”If you don’t feel the characters, you won’t care about the characters.” Sound familiar? Sure it does, I’ve only said it ten thousand times. So when I got to 13% of Hogan’s “Fire on the Island” and her two lead characters (Isla and Jeremiah) were already christening the sheets I knew I was going to have a problem with them. I am all for love. (Go Team L Word!) But it’s hard to be properly draw in when there was NO push and pull to intrigue you to the couple in the first place. There is a word for this amongst bloggers, it’s called “Insta-love” and it happens more than anyone would like to admit. Delayed gratification is a wonderful thing when it comes to literature. Now, I’m not saying you need to string the 3 word confession out between 17 different books, or even keep them from pawing all over each other like horny teenagers, I’m just suggesting that there is a little more ocean before you start the motion. (Wow, that was lame even for me.)Now, despite my lackluster feelings towards the main duo I will stand proudly on my soapbox and say that the “story” behind Isla and Jere’s troubles was outstanding.Optioning for a witch who didn’t know she was a witch (on Hogan’s part) was truly inspiring. Combining the exploration of Isla’s powers for not only herself but the audience at the same time added a level of endearment that would have been lost if she had come in eyes a blazing. Isla was clueless. We were clueless. The story allowed us to discover those aspect together and because of that, the story (aka the witchery) flowed beautifully. There was action, there was deception, and more importantly…an evil demon daddy who (let’s be honest) is always GREAT for tension filled moments.So…the most important question of all is whether my gut check response to Isla and Jere’s spit swapping was enough to offset my adoration for the epic battle of lost souls that made up the majority of the novel. To which I say no.There may have been more than a few moments of eye rolling repetition (and lip biting) but overall, the ending story was so compelling that I got over it and took it for what it was. A means to an end.Average book overall, but a decent start to a new series.Happy reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: Trust is more than just a word.

  • Jonetta
    2019-03-21 21:14

    I love a story steeped in lore that unfolds gradually, treating you to new discoveries along the way. It's even more gratifying when the main characters are figuring it all out at the same time you do. You feel like you're actually standing beside them as they face the next obstacle that surfaces. There's plenty of action and romance and Isla and Jere make a great couple, even if she dragged her feet initially (it only heightened the tension and that's a good thing). Her genealogy is a mystery that still is being uncovered but we learn enough to know that Isla's going to be a powerful soon as she figures how to access and use her skills. She comes from a line of powerful witches called the Bruixi, the oldest sect known in history. They have powers to deal with demons that...well, I'm not going to tell you the story here. You'll have to read it for yourself but, trust me, it's enthralling! Jere's no slouch, either, given his extensive research and knowledge of the lore. They make a formidable pair and the romance is quite steamy at times. I loved this book and fortunately I've got the next one in the queue. Can't wait to get back to it as they continue to formulate a plan to stop a particularly fiendish demon from altering the course of the world. This story helped get me through a 15-hour plane ride to Australia! When I finished, they were serving breakfast, with two hours left of my ride. I'll always have fond memories not only of the story but how it captivated me at the same time. (I received an ARC from the author)

  • Lillie
    2019-03-18 00:32

    4.5 starsNew Orleans native Jeremiah Rousseau has spent his life studying the paranormal. When more information about the obscure bruixi witches shows up at the same time his publisher insists he take a vacation, he takes it as a sign and heads for a small Scottish island where local legend tells of a witch that matches the bruixi description. Once there, he finds more than he bargained for with his immediate attraction to Isla Macallan.All Isla wants is acceptance. After her mother tried to kill her when the signa on her neck showed up when she was 8 years old, she was placed in an orphanage. When she moved to the island of Arran, she thought she’d found that acceptance until a neighbor saw that same signa and suspicion and paranoia turned her into a pariah in her new home. Ten years later, she’s still there, silent owner of an outdoors excursions business and holding tight to the small family she has created for herself with her few friends. Sure, strange things happen around her, like a wolf following her when wolves have been extinct in Scotland for years, but she’s content and doesn’t want anything to shake her little world.Isla and Jeremiah’s first meeting is steamy but Isla has no intention of hooking up with a tourist. Too bad fate has a different plan. Jeremiah’s entrance in her life was the trigger her powers needed to come online. With the help of the wolf, who is really her guide and protector that poofs into a naked young man on occasion, Isla and Jeremiah must learn how to harness her power as a bruixi witch and it must be done by Samhain, when the veil between worlds is thin enough to allow a demon through that will destroy humankind.Fire On The Island has a different take on witches than other paranormal romances I’ve read and the world building gives it almost a fantasy feel. Isla is easy to relate to with believable reactions to the crazy her life has become. Her inner strength is put to the test and really shines, which had me pulling for her from the beginning. The secondary characters are really fleshed out and had me invested in the battle they all agreed to fight. And Jeremiah is just smokin hot. My love of the geeky hero is well-known and he is a history and science geek. A geek that kicks ass. He owned me :D Unfortunately, my only complaint about this book is Jeremiah. We talk about TSTL (too stupid to live) heroines a lot in romance but in this book, our hero has a big TSTL moment toward the end. I don’t want to give spoilers but what he did didn’t make any sense and was so different than everything I’d already learned about him that I felt like I was reading about a totally different character for that chapter and it was like I had reading whiplash. I still don’t understand it.Unique, with lots of action, a strong heroine, and a sexy hero, Fire On the Island is a recommended read. I will be picking up book 2 when it comes out in May. Hogan has created a world that I want to revisit frequently and I have high hopes for this series!

  • Rhomy
    2019-03-21 05:23

    4.5 stars don't need to be explained!Wow!Such a good book!When I first read the blurb I wasn't thrilled but I liked the idea of this book being set in Scotland. So I decided to give it a shot.I wasn't disappointed at all.This is a compelling story. The plot is original and entertaining. It was a fast read and I was drawn since page 1.Just the paragraph when the author describes how everybody found out about Isla's mark is amazing and from that moment I knew this book was great.The story is fast paced, action packed and so cleverly thought. The main characters are Isla and Jeremiah which are a wonderful couple. Even though the way they meet and fall for each other is kinda fast, I liked it. I simply loved the development of their relationship. Their story is endearing and sexy at the same time.(there are some sex scenes, and even though they are explained they are not offensive or tacky). Isla is great. She went through so much and that made her brave and strong, but at the same time, she has a fragile side that only Jer can reach. Jeremiah...He is sexy. Who would believe a paranormal researcher could be so d*** hot?!?! Well, he is!There are many other characters that make this book so awesome. The mysterious Marduk, Callum and Jack. But even the characters that just appear for a second sounded appealing to me. Definitely I love the author's writing style. There is a dark side of this story too. The bad guy is creepy and his methods are just plain evil. The missing campers part was eerie. What can I say?I LOVED IT!And of course, I'd recommend it!

  • Jessie Potts
    2019-03-11 00:22

    This is a great NA pararom and had a ton more plot then a lot of PRs I read. This was a good thing, but not if you were just looking for a sexy read. The main character is a witch and this of course explodes everything. There’s demons, a hot nomad traveler, a demon king, souls and a lot of ‘problems’. I loved the plot, the setting, the bad guys, the fights, they were epic and I enjoyed every minute. I do feel like Isla and Jeremiah could have used more life infused in them, but it’s such a minor complaint, I’ll be reading the sequel and seeing how they grow and evolve.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-21 21:04

    I won this book on First Reads! Woo! (First one I've ever won xD). I enjoyed this book. I like it's story. The action I felt was well balanced. Some books, I feel, tend to drag on in order to prolong the "what's going to happen?!" moment. This book I felt was perfect in talking about what was going to happen and then it happened. I really liked the characters. I liked the supernatural world her characters became a part of. I look forward to more books in this series and seeing these characters again. :)

  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)
    2019-03-20 03:17

    The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of the book from the author for an honest review.Isla MacAllan loves her little island, the Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK. Isla's has her own little cabin that is surrounded by dense forest of trees. The tourist or anyone else couldn't see her place she lived in isolation she the way she preferred it. She moved to Arran about ten years ago from the city of Glasgow where she was born. She arrived on the island with nothing but twenty pounds and the clothes on her back. She got a job at the local pub in Brodick, she rented the one room flat on the floor above the pub. She also did odd jobs around the little village where she lived like taking care of people's lawns or walking their dogs.One day Isla was working at one of her odd jobs, weeding in Mrs. Calahn's rose garden. It was a hot day in June she put her hair up in a loose knot when one of the islanders saw the mark on the back of her neck. It never crossed her mind to hide the mark. She had always had it and never gave it any thought; it was a part of her. One of the islanders saw it and he went and told someone and then that person went and told someone else. That is the way rumors get started, you tell one person something and they go and tell someone else only they tell it a little bit different than you did or maybe they add one little thing to it and then they go tell someone else and there you go by the time it gets around to everyone on the island they speculated and added to the story about what the mark means. That one little mark on the back of Isla's neck ended up causing people to talk about her behind her back and to shun her at the same time. In the beginning everybody loved and cared about her but one little mark cost her, her friends. Isla was the same person then as she was the day she moved to the island. The people on the island are the ones who changed not Isla and over a little mark. What does this show about these people? Isla didn't know how she got the mark. Isla was a small child when her father left her and her mother she was too young to understand besides her mother was an alcoholic who couldn't believe anything she said.Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau earned his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, the focus of Jeremiah's studies and now his work was parapsychology—the study of paranormal phenomena. Currently he was a world renowned paranormal researcher and author.The project that Jere is working on now is a particular sect of witches called the Bruixi. Most people when they thought about witches the Salem witch trials is what came to their minds. Jere found out in his research that this group of witches pre-dates the Roman Empire. As far as Jere could tell the Bruixi was the oldest sect of witches known in history. Jere is trying to prove that the Bruixi witches do indeed exists.Jere's friend and editor, Ian Scott calls him and tells him he needs a vacation. Jere tells him no he don't he is almost through with the job he is on and will be home soon. This is not true he is already through with the job he is just taking some quite time to do some research on the Bruixi witches which his editor doesn't approve of.But then Jere has a light bulb moment and thinks maybe he is right I do need a vacation and he knows just the place, the Isle of Arran. He has come across a woman living there by the name of Isla MacAllan and needs to pay her a visit to find more info on his research.Isla owns a company that does tours, kayaking and hiking. She doesn't like everyone knowing that she is the owner.Here is a quote from Fire on the Island that I just loved. Isla was talking to some of her customers that she was taking on a hiking tour. You could use this for a lot of different things which is cool but Isla was telling them not litter or steal and trying to save their lives. You would think that adults would already know this. I know Isla and the other tour guides had ran into this problem before or she would probably not have thought to tell them this."Lastly, remember the hiker's code: 'Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.' And don't touch anything that looks poisonous!"I just love Isla's best friend and partner, Callum he seems like the happiest person alive. He has such a great attitude I mean it's like when he walks in the room the whole atmosphere just changes. He is like a breath of fresh air. I love how he tries to take care of Isla and not wanting her to be alone. He is very happy himself with his boyfriend Jack and wants Isla to be happy too. I like how he just kind of threw Jere on her by throwing in a free hiking trip for Jere with Isla leading the tour when he rented his cabin to Jere.Isla decides to do a little investigatingon her own. She goes on the internet and types in Jere's name and what you know that is old Jere right there on Wikipedia. She learns not only is he a psychologist but he is a parapsychologist. She believes that he lied to her about being on vacation that he is really there because he heard the rumors that there may be a witch living on the island. This little bit of info has Isla upset she thought she had finally found someone she might could come to trust. I think she is hurt probably more that she is admitting. I believe that Isla has already fallen in love with Jere and he with her.Isla is finding out that she is a witch from the Bruixi and that she has powers inside of her. She has to learn how to use these powers real quick like or she and everyone else will die. People are starting go missing and chief of police wants Isla in on the search for them even if no one else does. He doesn't care about what they say about her all he cares about is finding the ones who are missing. With Isla's life in danger Jere will not let her out of his sight. Where Isla goes Jere goes. Isla has rocked his world like no other has ever been able to do. I think he has rocked her world too only she is not ready for it just yet.I loved Fire on the Island!! It is one the best books ever! I loved Isla, Jere, Marduk and all of the characters especially Callum he is one cool dude. It would be so cool to find out that Callum was a witch like Isla well men are not called witches they are called wizard. But it would be cool if a man could be a praeda, like Isla and Jack is/was his soulmate.

  • The Book Tart
    2019-03-02 04:24

    originally posted on The Book Tart at love to read a good paranormal romance. One that will sweep me into it and take me on a magical adventure. Fire on the Island does exactly that and I loved the journey. This book is rich in detail and world building. It has a unique take on witches and demons and I was captured by this story.Oh! side note- The cover of Fire on the Island is exquisite. I want that corset. :)The heroine of this adventure is Isla. She lives on the island of Arran in Scotland *sigh* Scotland... Isla has a rather traumatic past and is very strong and a bit wary because of it. I admired her courage and sense of humor and want her for a friend... Isla has made her home on this island and owns a guiding business to help tourists explore the area. Her business partner, Callum, and her employees are her friends but the rest of the town is superstitious of a mark on her neck that they think brands her as a witch. She avoids the townspeople and focuses on her job.Jeremiah is from New Orleans and has a delicious drawl. *mmmm* He is a doctor of psychology with a focus on parapsychology and he travels around the world investigating paranormal events and stories. Sometimes proving them to his satisfaction and sometimes debunking them. He's on the trail of an obsure sect of witches called the Bruixi that according to what little he has been able to discover are the oldest witches know in history today. He's drawn to investigate further and the trail leads him to the island of Arran.When Jeremiah and Isla first meet he's watching her practice on a climbing wall and admiring her formThere is an immediate spark between the two of them that Isla is hesitant to explore at first but the heat is real and grows stonger as they get to know each other better."She just raised an eyebrow, did that half-smile thing, and turned to leave. Jere followed her out, hoping his tongue wasn't lolling our of his mouth like a happy puppy dog. He began to wonder how he was going to get through a half-day's hike staring at the back of her." As Isla and Jeremiah explore the connection between them, odd things start to happen around her. Isla doesn't know her family history or her heritage. When her powers start manifesting and she has to come to grips with what she is- Isla shows great courage. She's scared but willing to learn, especially when they discover that her powers are needed to stop the demon, Alastore, from fully entering the world! I loved how Jeremiah supported her and believed in her and I truly enjoyed watching their relationship grow deeper and stronger as they leaned on each other.One thing that I particularly connected with was the tenderness between Isla and Jeremiah. Yes, there's steam and passion and the sex is HOT. But there are many quiet moments of intimacy between the two of them that made it feel even more real to me. Jeremiah would kiss her nose or rest his chin on her head, she'd snuggle up to his side or would kiss his palm. Those moments of caring throughout the story just made their relationship feel grounded and more real to me. It helped make the supernatural elements that much more believable.I was swept into this story about witches and magic, demons and a shape-shifting guardian. I loved the adventure and humor and heat in the story. I am eagerly waiting for the next book in the series and highly recommend you take a look at Fire on the Island if you enjoy paranormal romance, beautifully drawn characters, and a creative and unique take on witches and magic.Here are some of my fav bits...♥"Well, something's moving in there. Damn it, I told you this was a bad idea. There's a wolf in your living room." ♥"Without a word he pulled her into a tight hug and smiled down on her. 'Missed you.'"♥"I know you, Isla, and I care about you. You're more than just a boss to us, you're our friend... so I don't care if you are a witch or a purple polka-dotted dragon."♥"'I don't think he'll come at you himself at first. What's the point of being an evil entity if you don't use your minions?' he said with a half-smile."♥"Silently, he pulled her into his arms and kissed her deeply, and Isla knew he was trying to give her all the strength he had."Get this book!(((hugs))) KatThe Queen of Tarts♦eARC provided for review

  • Leslie
    2019-03-23 01:31

    Fire On The Island was a nicely written tale of a young woman finding out who she really is while finding a deep love and fighting the forces of evil. I know this synopsis touches on familiar grounds, but books that take these familiar plot points and inject a different life into them are books that are worth the time given to them. Fire On The Island is worth the time you give it and you will get an enjoyable and charming read.I enjoyed how the setting of the story, a Scottish island called Arran, helped set the magical and supernatural tone of the story. You got the feeling the events happening are taking place in a far off world when in actuality it takes place in a country that everyone has heard of. It emphasized the magical world that our heroine and hero reside in.You can’t have a story such as this without having strong heroines and heroes, and this book provided both. Isla is a great female lead, with her beautiful and fragile appearance covering a strong and determined personality. Her strength was built upon a traumatic childhood and reinforced by the fear and prejudice the island natives have of her. You come to not only sympathize with her but also admire her independence and fortitude to go on.When you have a strong heroine such as Isla, you must have an equally strong hero to support her. In comes Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau. He is a very endearing character to me. He was a perfect blend of the intellectual doctor (he has a PhD. in parapsychology), soulful musician, and sexy alpha male with some goofiness and clumsiness thrown in. As strong of a male as he is, I liked how he was comfortable in a supporting role, letting Isla take over knowing she’s the key to fighting Alastore. It showed his love for Isla and how comfortable he is in his role both as a supporter and a man.As much as I enjoyed the story, I was a curious as to how quickly Isla seemed to accept the fact of being a witch and of her heritage. There was a section given for Isla to process it, but considering how she was adamant about her non belief in the supernatural/paranormal, I just thought her acceptance came a little too easily. I just felt that issue was passed through quickly to get to Isla and Jere dealing with Alastore and his minions. On further thought, basically everyone from Isla’s best friends Callum and Jack, to her employees (Amy and Brynna), seemed to accept everything without much trouble. Only Kieran (another employee) and Andrew (Jere’s best friend) seemed to take some time to process everything.I also would’ve liked for the book to have spent some more time on Isla’s training with her shapeshifting spiritual protector Marduk. I felt if this occurred it would explain how far Isla has come into giving credence to who/what she is. It wouldn’t have felt as if her acceptance came so easily. Plus, it would let us know Marduk on a deeper level, get an full picture of his personality because the bits that were in the book makes him sound like a very interesting person.Overall, I enjoyed this book. It had great characters, both main and supporting. The writing was well done, bringing the aura of Scotland to life. It had a little bit of everything from magic, drama, action, and of course love (with some unexpected steamy love scenes), Fire On The Island was an pleasant read to occupy you. I look forward to reading the continuation of Isla’s and Jere’s adventures in the second book of the series.*Received Copy A Giveaway By The Author J.K. Hogan

  • Lizzy Lessard
    2019-02-27 03:08

    Overall: I’m so thankful that this paranormal romance has the characters actively doing stuff. Isla is a tour/mountain climber guide in Scotland and for the majority of the book she actually is involved in her job. You can tell that she knows what she’s doing with the occasional climber jargon, but it isn’t so over the top than people like me (who have never climbed) can’t follow exactly what is going on. That said, not only is Isla actively working/rescuing people, there is plenty of magic for those who love a novel jammed packed with paranormal activity. And for those of you who love romances, there is plenty of that mushy stuff too. This is an action-packed paranormal romance book with a very lovable cast.Characters: The book is based in Scotland and I’m happy to say that although accents from both Scotland and New Orleans appear from several of the characters, it is very minor. It’s like seasoning to the rich dialogue. Marduk, our resident wolf-man is pretty awesome. I liked that I could tell when he was in a scene, even if he didn’t say anything the entire scene…and it still felt like he had a purpose there. I did have a couple of complaints with the cast, however. Isla and Jeremiah suffer from instant-love syndrome. Besides that it felt like the emotions of the characters weren’t raw enough. They had drama and fights between the characters but they’re quickly resolved. I wish some of the drama was more drawn out to help me connect with the characters. I did like Isla’s personality. She was self-sufficient and had a great sense of humor – not one of those damsel in distressed. She and Jeremiah (despite the instant-love) felt like they were symmetric and had a healthy, normal relationship:“What the hell? How is this warm? I’ve never heard of any hot springs on Arran.” Again, the tinkling laughter sent shivers down his spine. ”There aren’t any,” she said with a mischievous smile. ”What’s the point of being a witch if you can’t make me a little magic every now and then.”Plot: Forgive me if it’s sacrilegious to say, but I love the paranormal more than the romance in this genre. And the action filled plot in Fire on the Island didn’t disappoint. I give the author extra points for having characters die…and staying dead. Not only do people die but our heroine is blamed for the deaths because people think she is a witch – well, she is. I’m not sure if the demon zerg was suppose to be scary – felt more humorous to me because of how easy those things were to kill. Although there is quite a bit of background information, there are no large blocks of information. It’s slipped in wonderfully. The scene between Isla and a certain family member was very well presented. I was ready to strangle that woman.Ending: Although Isla discovers her powers, I like that that isn’t the IWIN button against Alastore. She is still vunerable and only with the help of both Jeremiah and Marduk can she win. At the very end, there is a scene between two minor characters that feels cheesy/mushy and all that stuff that romance fans probably drool over. The actual climax scene doesn’t disappoint - intense and creative. This isn’t the most awesome book I’ve read this summer, but I definitely became a fan of the author after reading this gem.

  • Rea
    2019-03-24 05:18

    4.5 starsFull review can be found here.First of all, what a setting! I love the Scottish islands: they’re picturesque, they’re remote enough to each have a very distinct personality, and they’re the perfect getaway. I’ve been to several of the Scottish islands (Colonsay, Jura, Mull, and Islay) and my memories of them are all of a rural paradise, the kind that you don’t tend to find very often in Britain nowadays (though the beaches leave a lot to be desired). The author shows an obvious passion for her setting and managed to create that isolated island feeling that is just so important (in my opinion) in such a story. I felt that she did her setting justice. I hope that inhabitants of these islands would think so too.Though perhaps not entirely original in subject matter, the story is definitely one of the more interesting paranormal romances that I’ve read so far this year. There was just the right balance of romance and action that I needed – one didn’t outweigh the other and there was no getting bogged down in the details to the point where I just lost interest in it all. Beyond this, as the character herself is not actually initiated into this supernatural world that she’s a part of, the reader was able to follow her baby steps. Isla is unaware of her heritage as a witch and so it never felt like she was taking the time to break away from her story in order to explain her world to me. I was able to discover everything alongside her and I felt that this gave the story a much smoother and more authentic feel.There is one character, Marduk, who is quite the funny guy. I’m not as sure about the quotes he spews as you have to be aware of the general culture they come from in order for it to really work. This means that anyone not entirely familiar with Hollywood won’t connect with him as well. It really dates the story more than any other aspect of it. Some people like this but I’m one of those who are wary of it. Despite this, he was a great character and one of my favourites!The romance did advance possibly a little on the fast side, but whirlwind romances do happen like that (my own included, so I can’t judge). I did have some issues with passing time on occasion – the narrative would tell me that X time had passed but I didn’t get the impression that it had been that long while reading.The witches were fabulous. I’m particularly interested in witches right now (along with ghosts) so any book set on a Scottish island (part of my childhood) that adds witches (part of my paranormal preferences) is a definite hit for me before I’ve even cracked it open. There are other paranormal creatures also present and they're just the icing on the cake. I really enjoyed them all, even the ones that I'm usually not that big on in this genre.What’s more, the characters caught my interest and they didn’t let go, each developing at a believable rate, allowing me to connect with them and really come to root for them in their fight against the evil demons. This is just what I look for in a book. Obviously this one turned up to be just my cup of tea.I will definitely be tuning in for book two!

  • ChristinaTorretta
    2019-03-15 03:19

    Ohhh for the love of witches! I’m so excited to read another witchy book! Witches and Scotland! A win/win! This one really excited me from the start. All the talk about Bruixi witches, their guardians and those that want to kill them made it feel like J.K. Hogan did some serious homework but the way she explained everything in the book was so simple. Isla, the witch, doesn’t even know what is going on, so as she and the people around her start to find out about her powers she learns, as do we! Easy concept but a lot of information was in this book spread throughout and it didn’t bog it down at all. I do have a love for that kind of thing though.The characters were very interesting. I want to say Marduk is my favorite but it threw me off a little that he kept quoting movies. Although even as I say that when he says”there is no spoon” I really did laugh out loud. Small references like that were throughout the book and I am pretty sure I got all of them but as I said, it threw me off a little. But it also gave Marduk a deeper personality. Here you have this kid who knows how to use all types of energy, is a wolf protector, and he knows many movie quotes. In a word; Interesting! Weird but interesting.Isla and Jeremiah, the other two main characters, are definitely intriguing as well. Isla’s range of learning her powers is completely believable. She goes from being completely unaware of the things she seems to do naturally to being able to use the elements. She still had to focus so it’s not like all of a sudden she some hugely powerful witch. The process of the powers is what makes this believable. Plus J.K. Hogan gives us all kinds of glimpses of Isla’s power so we know way ahead of time that she is a witch, we just don’t know how powerful.Jeremiah almost seems an enigma to me. He’s intelligent, strong, sexy but blushes at close contact. Again, interesting but weird. And although he blushes at advances from other women he meets Isla and they’re in the sack so fast! It’s kind of a whirlwind romance and although the time in the plot says months have gone by it feels shorter. But you learn more about their relationship as you go along and I don’t want to give away all the sexy details, so we’ll just say their relationship is fun to read about.As paranormal romances go this one is really good. My mother in law loves reading paranormal romance and I can easily see recommending this to her, even with the sexy scenes. The plot is definitely there. It’s not all fun and no plot, which is fantastic! I think J.K. Hogan does a fabulous job at keeping a great balance in the relationship. They even have issues that they have to cross together. Also the supporting characters are a riot. They are lovely and although supporting characters, I really loved every one of them! So overall this gets a 3.5 and I can not wait for the second book in this series.

  • Aliaa El-Nashar
    2019-03-27 01:27

    I am not always into paranormal books, by that I guess I mean I can stomach some, just not others. It really depends. This book had me drawn - yes due to the amazing cover. But also, the Synopsis didn't sound half bad. Not that it didn't sound good, it's just as I mentioned I am always reserved when it comes to Paranormal books. With this type of book I usually take my time, and almost never finish it on the same day, but with this one, I was surprised to find myself finishing it in a matter of hours. The use of latin in the midst was what sealed my opinion of this book, I am easily influenced by great covers, and good writing, but adding another language in there is what sends me to the roof. Especially since with my studies of Italiano volgare I am able to understand most of the Latin words.The story is basically about Isla, a girl who came to Arran Island and stayed. There she formed a business with which she can show tourists and people the beauty of the island. All was well until one day, in one of the other jobs she'd had to carry out to make enough money to start the business, she lifts up her hair to a knot showing an odd tattoo on her neck. That tattoo causes the usually friendly townspeople to start edging away from her and talking about her behind her back, as well as keeping a distance. Everyone trying to understand what it symbolizes but none of their theories sounded the least bit good. One day, Jeremiah comes to the Island for vacation. Jeremiah is very interested in paranormal behavior and such, he comes to the island after having found a book about Bruixi and Vigilati witches, he's so engrossed in it to realize that his guide was actually a vigilati. Jere does all he can to help her come to terms with what she is, then a lot of accidents occur where she's protected by a wolf. Her life turns into a mess as all the points in her life come together and start making sense, but with it, also came a battle she was meant to fight.I really enjoyed how the author created this whole history behind Isla's heritage. How the tattoo-like shape (Signa) appears when she's old enough to use her powers. How she's a Vigilati but with Praeda blood running through her. The complicated stories behind the creatures had me intrigued. So I kept reading on to know how it goes, and how she reaches that final battle with Alastore - whom she might not be able to fight completely well due to the praeda blood running through her. What was the reason he shaped himself into a human anyway? The thoughts had me hurling through the book to know more. One of my favourite Characters would have to be Marduk the feradux. I am not so sure why, though Jeremiah should have been the obvious one. I also liked Callum's protectiveness over Isla after all the town nearly shunned her for the tattoo on her neck. All in all, a really great read!Rating: 4.5/5

  • Danielle Smiley
    2019-03-10 05:03

    Genre: Paranormal RomancePublisher Type: Small PressMy Review:This, my friends, is a great read. It's unique and creative, full of heart-stopping action and sizzling romance. I love witch and magic books because you never know what to expect from them, more-so than books of other paranormal creatures. I love the history that is built for the Bruixi witches and how it unfolds throughout the story. I found all the hiking, rock climbing and other outdoorsy activities to be a fun addition to the story line. The island sounds like a place I'd love to visit and the author did a great job of making me feel as if I were there.There's so many great characters in this book. Isla is strong and independent; you really hurt for her as you learn her back story and feel all that rejection. Then there's Jeremiah who is driven and tenacious and is such a rock for Isla. There's definitely some insta-love going on between the two, but as you begin to understand the story premise, it makes sense. Their romance is beautifully written. I do have to say that the prolific amount of sex scenes is probably overkill (and did slow the plot a tad) but these scenes were written in a way you felt the love the characters had for one another. The friends surrounding Isla and Jeremiah are also well written with ample back stories of their own. I can see these characters taking lead in future installments. I enjoyed getting to know these characters, worrying about them throughout the suspenseful scenes and cheering them on in their budding romances. There were a couple things that kept this from being a five star book for me. The pace got a bit bogged down at times. As much as I loved all the outdoorsy references I fear they may have slowed the book some. Then there's the aforementioned prolific sex and some details that were redundantly recounted which also contributed to the slowdown. The other thing that bothered me was the police questioning scene. I know the justice system may be different on our island than here in the States, but I had a hard time buying the threatening to lock up our protagonist just because of some rumors and a lack of an alibi.Despite these issues, this was a fabulous read and one you should be sure to check out!Cover Art:It's just so very pretty!!! I wanted to read the book even before I got to the blurb it's so gorgeous! There is the unfortunate disconnect of Isla never dressing like that, but I love a good dress especially when it's juxaposed with the natural setting.

  • Franjessca
    2019-03-16 22:28

    Review also posted on Book Lovin' MamasI always love a good witch story and of course this book definitely had me intrigued when it was set in Scotland. I absolutely adore Scotland! Cannot wait to make a trip out there myself. =)Isla Macallen has come to the little Scottish island to get away from what happened to her when she was 8 years old. The people on the little island are not so intrigued by her. They actually fear her because they're not sure about her. Something is different about her and they are not sure what it is.Isla is trying to keep a low profile and she is working as a tour/hiking guide on the island....but when people in her tour come up missing, she is the prime suspect.Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau studies the paranormal and he knows there is something about witches that he has been fascinated with for awhile. He goes to Scotland to find the witch that he has heard stories about. In the mean time, he comes across Isla and falls for her the minute he sees her. What he does not realize, is that the witch he wants to find, he actually is looking at.Isla is attracted to the doctor as well, but she's not too sure at first about him.It is up to the doctor to tell Isla what and who she is...but can Isla really believe it.Fire on the Island brings you the paranormal...which includes witches, shape shifters, and demons.My thoughts on the Fire on the Island is that it definitely is a great starter to a series. J.K. Hogan definitely builds up the story very well. She even leaves you hanging on what may be the next adventure for the characters. The ending with the bad guy though, happened to quickly though in my opinion. Maybe because the bad guy annoyed me and wanted more to happen to him. He was nothing, but a pain in the booty. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading about the witches and how everything came together.The love between Jeremiah and Isla is a love that is instantaneous, and J.K. Hogan explains why that it is in the book. =)I loved the shape shifter in the book (won't go into details about him...because I don't want to give away what role he plays).I recommend this book to paranormal romance readers out there who enjoy reading about witches and other paranormal creatures. =)Looking forward to seeing what J.K. Hogan does in Book #2. =)

  • Proserpine
    2019-03-08 22:29

    I read a great and interesting adventure. Fire on the Island was totally my kind of read: action, a nice plot, great characters, paranormal situation and supernatural creatures, hot scenes and a tory who take place in Scotland (near it). Yes, this book had everything I love and it actually had conquered my heart.J.K. Hogan has great writing skills and knows how to build an intriguing and mysterious plot. At first I thought: another witch story, as many others: another vampire story, another werewolf story... But when I started this book, something compelled me. I don't know why, maybe it was the myths and legends around Dr. Rousseau research, or the insane childhood of Isla (love the name BTW), but I wanted to know more and more and at first I was pretty excited!This book is separated in 3 parts. The first part was amazing and I was eager to know more. The research of Dr. Rousseau was appealing and the past of Isla was quite intriguing. When they met, it was all fireworks and sparkles!Then in the second part we learn about the threat Isla and Jeremiah (Dr. Rousseau) will have to overcome and more about what Isla and her family line means. I have to say that the second part was entertaining, mysterious and a bit dark, but sometime I felt it was hard and long before we reach the main point. I don't know if I express myself correctly, but sometime I find the course a bit slow. Maybe I was too eager to see Isla going through and fill her destiny!The third part was amazing, a mix of actions, great scenes and sad moments, which form a perfect balance!The characters were strong and well used in this story, everyone had a purpose and it was great to read about a gay couple (which doesn't happen often, actually it's my first time!).The bad guy was not really present until the end of the second part, but always a background presence. I liked his goal and how he could achieve it.Overall, this story was a great entertainment, I had pleasure while learning about Jeremiah and Isla and I will look forward for more books from J.K. Hogan!I recommend this book to everybody how want to read a good Paranormal Romance adult and/or young (just so you know, the sex scenes are described, but not too much). If you like/love stories about witch, legends and myths surrounding the Celtic mythology, or just want to read something with fantasy, supernatural creature and evil bad-ass, this book is for you!

  • Natasja
    2019-03-19 05:08

    Fire on the Islands by J.K. Hogan is the first novel in the Vagilate Series and I liked it. I think I cannot get enough of the paranormal genre; I just love it too much. This novel isn’t an exception because it had the entire right basis; witches, demons, magic, danger, action and let not forget love.Isla and Jeremiah are the main characters and I just love them. Jeremiah is a doctor and a writer; ever since he was young he was intrigued by the paranormal activity in the world. When he stumbles upon this book explaining about witches and hears the rumors of a witch living on this small Island in Scotland, he goes out to investigate. When he meets Isla for the first time he is immediately drawn too her, not only because she might be the witch he is looking for but also by her beauty on both the in- and outside. Isla has moved to the island ten years before; trying to build a new life after her mother tried to kill her, so she starts her own outdoor business, taking customers on hiking trips, kayaking and other outdoor adventures. But living on the island isn’t easy, especially when people start noticing her strange tattoo on the back of her neck and soon the rumors start about her being a witch. Her only friends are Callum and Jack, along with her young employees Amy, Brynne and Kieran. Then Jeremiah steps into her life and things are getting more complicated and dangerous than before, because not only she discovers she is a witch, but an evil demon is after her and the people around her.I loved Isla and Jeremiah, they are both strong characters. He is after a great story at first, but when he meets Isla and finds her in danger, he is determined to help her and keep her save. When she finds out about his first intentions, she is angry at first but she’ll forgive him when he puts his life in danger to keep her save. Secondary characters Callum, Jack, Amy, Brynne and Kieran are fabulous. When Isla and Jeremiah decided to tell them the truth about her past and heritage, they just accept it and have her back in the line of the fire. Isla is a lucky woman to have such a great bunch of friends.J.K. Hogan has written a great novel with strong and determined characters, a fabulous world building and the most important a good storyline. It was good from the first page and I found myself struggling to put it down, so I cannot wait to see what will happens in the next novel in the series.

  • Angie
    2019-03-02 01:13

    Synopsis: "“She who wields the mark is the barrier between man and monster. She is the daughter of gods, the mother of man, protector of all. Vigilati Usque Ad Mortem”All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother’s insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she alone can end it.Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching paranormal phenomena. He doesn’t expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the woman who will turn his world upside down.Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. As the war for their souls wages around them, Isla and Jeremiah will risk it all for love—a love neither had ever thought possible."My Review: This was a great paranormal book to read around Halloween! I loved the characters, Isla is a strong independant woman and Jeremiah is such an intellectual, both with a big background story that comes out in pieces to add to the suspense. I also adored the supporting characters, especially Callan, Jack and Drew, and can't wait for the future books in the series (and thank goodness there will be more). I love how while there is magic involved, a lot of the action involves more of Isla and Jere and the other character's strength, determiation and toughness. I love the combination of witches and other paranormal forms. While some of the story line is slightly predictable, your care for the characters and curiosity keeps you involved. There were a few storyline tangents that left me a little confused as to the point, my hope is that they will be drawn into the next book, which obviously makes me anxious for its release.

  • Kathleen Kelly
    2019-03-21 22:02

    As I love anything to do with Scotland and witches...anything that falls into those categories as far as reading material always grabs my attention. Fire on the Island fits right into these categories. It takes place on an island off of Scotland, Arran, and involves witches, one of them being the main character Isla. Isla is owner of Expeditions, a company on the island that guides interested parties in kayaking or hiking . She is a pariah on the island as people can and will be superstitious of things they do not understand. The reason for this?? Isla has a small tattoo on her neck that suddenly appeared one day when she was a child of eight. Her mother has a problem with the drink and goes maniacal and tries to kill Isla by slitting her throat. So because of her distrust of the villagers and her longing for a quiet life on the island, she keeps to herself when not working, in her little cottage in the woods.Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau, a parapsychologist from New Orleans, has decided to take a vacation to this small island to take a break from his writing. He also has another motive for the visit and that is to explore the stories of a witch (who is part of a race of witches called Bruixi) that is rumored to be on the island. Then he meets Isla, is she the rumored witch? Sparks fly when Isla and Jeremiah meet, but will they be able to have a relationship?? You will have to read the book to find out. The underlying story has the couple battling an evil entity that is determined to destroy mankind.This first book in the Vigilati series is a well written, imagined story of good versus evil, with a likeable cast of characters, well most of them, that if you are a fan of the paranormal, you will want to grab this book to read. This is also a love story with sex scenes so I feel it is for the over 18 reader..I enjoyed it for the scariness, romance and because of the paranormal aspect. I highly recommend it. I look forward to the next in the series..Blood In The Valley (Vigilati, Book 2 to be released May 2nd 2013.

  • A.R. Von
    2019-03-26 21:13

    WOW! There’s was a ton going on in this story, all of it very exciting and original. A very different paranormal read with different elements from what we would normally see in a paranormal romance. A definite must read for all paranormal romance fans that crave something different.Jeremiah is one of the most magnificent male characters I've ever met! Strong, mysterious, intelligent, kind, handsome, brave and I can keep going on and on, he’s just that great! No stranger to the paranormal, he’s studied it practically his entire life and investigating, solving and proving are all part of his job. Having no choice but to follow his superior’s orders and take a break from working and take a vacation, he finds himself in a place that is chin deep in paranormal happenings. When he meets a woman that he feels an irresistible pull toward, he does not resist and finds himself willing to do anything for her, even sacrifice his own life.Isla has lived a very hard life; such a rough childhood that it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. Thankfully she is one VERY strong woman that has not only beauty, but brains and brawn that help make her one amazing woman. She now has a new reality to face and much to learn. If she does not, harm and death will come to many. She’s determined to do the right thing and having Jeremiah and her amazing friends by her side bring her just what she needs. Strength and love, the forever kind ;)You'll find yourself so engaged that you'll feel as if you are a part of the story yourself. Love the two main characters and their instant chemistry. They are amazing together in so many ways and I wish there was more, now!

  • S.M. Blooding
    2019-02-27 05:20

    This book….oohhhhhhh….this book. It had my heart racing, my brain scrambling, and my butt bouncing on the edge of my chair. It was *singing* faaaaabullllous!! The plot is fan-FRIGGING-tastic!! It’s dark and rich and unique. It’s deep! I think my brain was doing backflips the entire time I was reading this book! OMW! It was so fascinating!The setting was rich. There was obviously a lot of research done, but J.K. Hogan didn’t feel the need to overburden the reader with clumps of data. She expertly wove it in with this amazingly brilliant plot!So. Why didn’t Fire on the Island recieve five dragons, you ask?Characterization.*head desk*I…connected with two characters, Isla and Jeremiah on an intellectual level. Somehow, the emotional level just wasn’t there for me, so when the two of them started their swirl into romance, I…missed that boat. I don’t know what it was. I don’t think it was missing emotional transitions. I don’t. All of the actions made sense to me, so it wasn’t as if they were acting irrationally – aside from the falling in love part. Maybe it was me. I mean, the Holidays are over and now I’m under the stress of deadlines. ACK!!! I don’t know. The emotional connection just wasn’t there for me.But. This. Plot. Was. AMAZING!!!!!! Normally, when I don’t connect with the characters, I close the book. The end. But this time, the plot literally carried me away! It was awesome! So! I say, Ms. Hogan, job well done! I wish I could put my finger on why I didn’t connect with your characters to help you out, but I just can’t. However…woman! You and that frelling plot! My WORD! Whew!

  • Marissa
    2019-03-18 02:08

    This was a really nice creative story. I love that it takes place in Scotland. There were good descriptions, that can make you feel you are with the characters. The story itself was very good, interesting, and I felt that there were a good amount of mystery, ahh yes romance, paranormal elements including witches and demons, and there was a good pace, nice flow, throughout the whole story. The characters were well developed, including Isla, whom had an unstable mother when she was young, and ever since she was eight or nine, she was really on her own, no family. Now, twenty years later, she at times lives in seclusion, because people talk about something that is imprinted around the back of her neck; she does not even know what it is, but people think she is a witch, so it is really until Jeremiah comes from Southern USA, that she finds someone she can maybe find someone to trust and even more, and someone that will help her through an unbelievable journey. Good versus bad is something that conflicts in this story and it really was interesting, from beginning to end, to read what the outcome is. All in all, I just found this to be a well written story, and look forward to more of Hogan's writings.

  • Jenn
    2019-03-14 02:24

    I loved this book. Seriously. I cannot wait for book two to come out. I love that it takes place in Scotland. I love that it's about witches, but has a different spin than any other witch book that I've ever read. Isla, is our heroine, and she is a spunky, self-sufficient gal. She does what she thinks is right even when the people of the island she lives on, treat her bad because she is a witch. She has faced a ton of adversity in her young life, but it has made her a stronger person. Her relationship with Jeremiah is pretty steamy when she lets him in. The book has a ton of great side characters. Callum and Jack are funny and are great friends to Isla. I love Marduk. He has a snarky sense of humor, and really makes parts of the story with some of his zingers. I am hoping we learn about the secret that Brynna is hiding, in the sequel.This book is perfectly paced and well written. The characters are very well developed and there is no info dumping. You really get emotionally invested in the characters and the things they're experiencing. I read this book in one long sitting - because I couldn't wait to finish it. I couldn't stop turning pages until the very last page.

  • KindleJo Jo
    2019-03-23 23:03

    Review originally posted here: am always looking for a new paranormal series to read, and I found one!This first journey into the Bruixi world brings us to the Scottish island of Arran and our heroine, Isla Macallen. Isla owns a successful tour guide business, (although the locals think she is just a guide), and thinks of herself as an ordinary woman who has overcome a traumatic past. Because of the strange tattoo on her neck, the locals have shunned her as a witch.Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau, or “Jere”, is a parapsychologist who validates or de-bunks ghost stories and other paranormal activities and then writes about his experiences. He is handed the opportunity to head to Scotland to the island to investigate the rumors of a line of witches, that may be related to a life changing event from his past, when his editor forces a vacation on him.The first books in a new paranormal series can be tricky because we also as readers need an introduction to the world and its rules. This was handled beautifully in Fire on The Island, since Isla and Jere are learning for the first time we get to learn right along with them. I loved this aspect of the book, it made everything work for me.

  • Ricki
    2019-03-15 02:23

    Fire on the Island is a paranormal tale that mixes together a good brew of essential elements - love, death, mystery, intrigue, magic and demons, to name a few - that brings the reader into a modern day world with the age old battle of good vs. evil.The reader will love J.K. Hogan's pairing of romance with the paranormal as she weaves a tale that pulls us into this mysterious and magical world. It is easy for the reader to get lost in the lives of the inhabitants of Arran, an island filled with natural beauty and wonders, simplicity and legends that come to life.The characters are strong, intelligent and easy to love. Isla is a character who would inspire anyone to become part of her circle of friends. Jeremiah is no less charismatic with his wit, intelligence, strength and New Orlean's charm. In fact, Ms. Hogan spins the varied characters, making up Isla's friends into a story showing they are all an important piece of the whole.After finishing this first book in the Vigilate Series, the reader will certainly look forward to Book II with great anticipation.

  • Mary Grace
    2019-03-24 00:30

    Fire on the Island was an amazing journey for me. The novel was a great mix of paranormal, love and humor. Humor was not the element that I was expecting but it was a great addition to the novel.Isla and Jeremiah was a great combination. Isla a witch, Jeremiah a curious paraphysics expert. I wasn’t expecting them to click but when they did, they made a cute couple. The supporting characters were funny and memorable too. I’d say that overall, the character were well rounded and strongly written. The setting and the overall plot was intriguing and the ending was awesome. I also love the movie references in the novel, makes me smile once in a while. A slight warning for young readers though, there are sexual content in Fire on the Island although not explicit.Fire on the Island is a great book for a series starter. Fire on the Island is a great read for readers who love witches, paranormal romance or if you want to pass time with a fun read. Overall this gets a 3.5 for me.

  • Kimberly McFarland
    2019-03-20 23:03

    I loved Fire on the Island! It has been awhile since I read a really good paranormal romance, so I was pretty happy when this one turned out to be so good!Honestly, I don't think there was anything I didn't like about this book. It had a fabulous cast of characters, a beautiful setting, a great storyline, and the pacing of the book was perfect.My favorite aspect was definitely the setting though. I loved that this book was set on a Scottish Island. All the places the author describes in this book seemed so pretty! Another thing I really liked about this book was that some of the characters talked in a Scottish accent. I may be weird but I love when people talk with an accent. Every time one of the characters said something I could clearly hear it in my mind.Overall, I really enjoyed reading Fire on the Island! If your a fan of witches and demons or just love reading a good paranormal romance, then you should definitely check this book out!

  • M.A Grace
    2019-03-04 21:05

    To be honest the story is more a 3.5 but after careful consideration I felt there was enough to bump it up to a 4 instead of dropping it down to a 3.The story is compelling. The characters sometimes fall short but the story keeps you interested enough to keep reading. The Paranormal is many ways in this story as you have witches, shape shifters, and demons. Good Vs Evil. And the whole I didn't know I was a witch is a great theme.I enjoy watching those come into their powers and the adventure that causes them to realize the truth about what they are. Or at least peek into it.I can't wait to get my hands on book 2 of the series. And maybe even an autographed copy of book one if J K Hogan would let me ;) No pressure though lol.A great story that you'll love or love to hate. Either way you won't put it down.

  • Cami Hensley
    2019-02-27 22:31

    http://myaddictionisreading.blogspot....In the age old Good vs. Evil plot this book centered on Witches and Demons in Scotland. Often times in a Paranormal Romance you get too much of either the paranormal or the romance and I felt that in this story JK Hogan really did an amazing job of balancing the two.The characters were easy to get behind and well developed and their interaction with each other and how the supporting characters stood out really added to the story. I personally loved that while there was attraction at first sight this novel didn't succumb to the "love" at first sight. It really made the romance that much more believable. Action packed and fast paced with a great romance! I can't wait to read book #2!

  • Mandy Baggot
    2019-03-21 00:13

    Pow! Wow! This is paranormal romance that packs a mighty punch! I have to admit this is the first paranormal romance I've read and I wasn't sure how I would get on with reality and fantasy combining. However, then I met Isla and Jere and the fantastic writing of J K Hogan and I was drawn into this world so easily! The history, ancestry and elements of the supernatural were all brilliantly described and the intricacies of the plot were always well explained so paranormal virgins like me were able to keep abreast of the goings on.A great story, fantastic characters and those love scenes - they're hot!5 stars!