Fire Me Up is an enjoyable second installment in the Aisling Grey Guardian series by Katie MacAlister. Aisling is fast becoming one of my favourite female characters along with Stephanie Plum and Sookie Stackhouse. I think the fact that I’ve become so fond of Aisling, is why I liked this book so much even though the mystery wasn’t as mysterious as it could’ve been. Not to say that I had it all figured out, but I was pretty sure of the Who, even though I had no idea about the How or Why. But even with that, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading Fire Me Up.
Although Aisling hasn’t quite figured it out yet, it seems that everyone she encounters in the Otherworld is aware that she is one powerful Guardian. One who also has the potential to become much more than just a Guardian or Wyvern’s mate. That’s why she’s become one of my favourite characters. I love a strong female character with powers that she doesn’t fully understand, because it allows us to follow her journey as she discovers and accepts her powers. Throw in a hot sexy love interest, and a few great supporting characters and that’s a winning combination.
Jim the demon is a hilarious sidekick, and his role continues to grow so that he’s no longer just the comic relief, but an important part of Aisling’s team and family. Rene the ever present driver and Aisling’s back-up, appears to know more than he’s been letting on, which leads me to believe he too has a bigger role to play in the coming stories. Drake is still as hot and sexy as he was in You Slay Me, but this time his character exhibits a bit more depth. Instead of just being the sexy distraction, we see how stressful being a dragon wyvern can be and how seriously he takes his position. We’re also treated to glimpses of how much Drake has begun to care for Aisling, even though he often makes her feel like a possession rather than a partner. I will say that I find Aisling’s constant squinting and glaring excessive – girl’s going to have some massive wrinkles if she glares that many times a day for eternity.
Fire Me Up has expanded Aisling’s world, while beautifully setting up her story for Light My Fire, the next installment in the Aisling Grey, Guardian series where Aisling heads off to London to finally learn about being a Guardian with her new mentor Nora.