Title – Passion Rising
Authors – JA Huss & Johnathan McClain
Publication Date – May 8, 2018
Series – Original Sin #4
Old demons are back.
Maddie’s dealing with the fallout of her choices. Safety and happiness are relative, elusive things she’s desperate to have. But they will forever remain out of reach until the demons of her past are laid to rest.
Tyler’s mistakes resurface to haunt him and he’s just beginning to understand that money can’t fix a broken relationship. He must open his heart and search for answers he’d rather not find.
She wants peace in a world made of chaos.
He wants to rid himself of a lifetime of guilt.
They’re soul mates, but that’s no guarantee.
They’ll need to rely on each other to find their happily ever after.
Because the fight never ends—it just gets easier with someone at your side.
Of all the books in the Original Sin series, I have a feeling that Passion Rising will be the hardest to write a review for. JA Huss & Johnathan McClain have delivered an emotionally-packed conclusion that I certainly wasn’t expecting. There were moments of comedic relief and those that took a hit to my heart; there were outrageously hot scenes that left me aching for more and instances where I needed to pause and just take it all in. There is something special about this series, which is ridiculously hard to pinpoint, and in many ways, it’s reminded me why I started blogging in the first place.
“That life goes on, no matter what. The world never stops turning. The sun keeps rising, the night always comes, and then the light takes its place. Every twenty-four hours there’s a new opportunity for a fresh start.”
Honestly, there isn’t much I need to say in terms of the characters’ growth because this book was all about that final culmination of everything they have been through. Maddie and Tyler’s story was a breathtakingly beautiful journey of two very broken characters learning to navigate their personal tragedies in order to grow and ultimately learn their own worth. Over the course of the series, they’ve faced unfathomable obstacles, but somehow have pushed through each one. Passion Rising really forced both Maddie and Tyler to look at themselves and their circumstances and open their eyes. Whether it was with the help of each other, or their lives changing, there were moments of clarity that ultimately made me fall in love with these characters even more. Every single interaction felt meaningful in the grand scheme of things and it’s been a long time since I’ve experienced a book quite like that.
“Doctor Eldridge can’t argue against the fact that in order to start our own, individual races, we all need a trigger. An impetus. An inspiration. Something that kicks us in the ass and compels us to change, or to discover ourselves in a new way, or to want to even try. And if the starting pistol comes in the form of another person, so be it.”
Both of these authors’ words can easily stand on their own; however, it is almost as if one pushes the other to be better, therefore elevating the story as a whole. Their words felt carefully chosen with every emotion articulated in a way to make the reader stop and really put themselves in these characters’ shoes. The dual points of view felt completely unique, yet blended together so easily that at times I questioned whether it was really two authors writing it. It’s incredibly difficult to describe the style and overall feeling I received while reading Passion Rising. The story was sexy and suspenseful, but it was also surprisingly philosophical in a non-preachy manner. It’s something that I think readers will have to experience and witness for themselves to truly understand any sentiment I could attempt to explain. I can’t recommend this series enough, but I do have to urge anyone diving in to buckle up – because it is one heck of a wild ride!
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Don’t Miss the Rest of the Series!
Sin With Me (Original Sin #1)
Angels Fall (Original Sin #2)
Flesh Into Fire (Original Sin #3)
Two accomplished writers come together to create unforgettable sexy romance. JA Huss is the New York Times bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today bestsellers list eighteen times. Johnathan McClain is a veteran actor and writer whose work, either performed or written, is probably airing on at least one of the channels on your television right now. You can contact them on their website www.hussmcclain.com or find them at their social links below.