“SCATTERED SOULS” (FLAMES OF TIME BOOK 2),
BY ERICA LUCKE DEAN
PUBLICATION: RED ADEPT PUBLISHING, LLC;
JANUARY 10, 2017
Synopsis: Ava Flynn is cursed.
After barely surviving an epic battle between her warring soul mates, Ava is stranded in the past with Laith, while Maddox frantically searches across the decades. Laith will stop at nothing to prove his love to Ava, and a desperate Maddox must race against time to find her before his brother can win her heart.
Torn between the two brothers, and with her eternal soul at stake, Ava comes to the horrifying conclusion that only she can break the curse. But the cost may be more than she is willing to pay.
Once again I was completely engrossed and consumed by Maddox and Laith in Erica Lucke Dean’s latest in the Flames of Time series, “Scattered Souls.” After a dramatic cliffhanger in book one, this book picked up right where we left off last time with Laith and Ava traveling into the past, leaving Maddox alone on the cliffs wondering where they went. Maddox works to determine not only where Laith may have taken Ava, but also what date and year he may have taken her to. In the meantime, Laith and Ava are in Chicago in the 1920’s, but soon Laith starts taking Ava on dream excursions while trying to win her love. After Maddox eventually finds them, the fighting between the brothers continues as Ava tries to figure out how to go back and stop the curse herself.
Book 1 seemed to be more from Maddox and Ava’s point of view, as to where Book 2 focused more on getting to know more about Laith. Just like Ava, I found myself shifting more towards Team Laith throughout this novel and was completely rooting for him. Ava is still confused about her feelings for both Maddox and Laith due to her feelings when she is with either of them versus what each brother says about the other. All three of their souls are joined resulting in a constant back and forth pull and conflict for Ava, as well as, each brother constantly being drawn to her. Of course, I don’t want to include any spoilers, but a lot happens in this book with all three of them traveling to different times and places facing several conflicts. As I said before, the brothers are still trying to beat each other and “win” Ava for themselves and Ava’s trying to figure out how to undo the curse, resulting in non-stop action.
I loved how the author weaved in known artists, venues and events in this novel to help the reader connect with Ava’s experiences, and I also loved the realistic historical references and connections. Again, I did switch to Team Laith in this book, although I was absolutely rooting for Maddox in Book 1. Laith was presented in such a different light this time, showing his real self and real emotions. Maddox also revealed more of his real self, I think, although not quite in the positive light that Laith was shown. I was frustrated with Ava’s decisions several times, although I can’t go into that without spoilers. I love her character and can’t imagine being torn the way that she is, but I wished she would have been more determined and decisive at times.
Erica Lucke Dean’s writing is flawless, she creates complex and well-developed characters, and manages to make the impossible seem very possible. After reading her last book in this series, I knew not to even start “Scattered Souls” unless I had time to finish it in one sitting – and I was right because it was impossible to put down once I started. I loved this novel from start to finish, although it has another major cliffhanger ending. However, the ending just makes me more eager for the next book in this series and the opportunity to read more from Erica Lucke Dean. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys romance mixed with some action, time-travel, mystical events, and romance!
*Many thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.