• Brothers of the Flame

  • An Ariel Kimber Novel, Volume 1
  • By: Mary Martel
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ariel Kimber is a 17-year-old girl who, thanks to her mother, has had a life full of unpleasantness and abuse. And it’s about to get a whole lot worse.  

After her mother meets a man online, Ariel is forced to move to a different state, leaving all that she has ever known behind. Any teenager’s nightmare. But Ariel isn’t like most teenagers. She’s different, and she has literally nothing to leave behind. No friends, no nothing. They move next door to a house that remains empty all summer long until the day before the first day of school. A school where the other kids treat Ariel like garbage because of who her mother is and the fact that she’s different from them, save for a few – her neighbors. Tyson, his mysterious uncle, Quinton, and twins, Abel and Addison. They quickly become her only friends, but Ariel soon finds out they are hiding things from her, keeping secrets from her. And she wants answers.

Surprisingly, they give them to her. What do you do when you find out you’re not who you always thought you were and your whole world gets flipped upside down? Ariel Kimber stumbles into a world she didn’t know existed, a world of magic and nothing is as it seems. Thankfully, she has the guys to guide her, to hold her hand along the way, and she is going to need a whole lot of hand-holding. 

This is a reverse harem series. There is adult langue and some mature content so be warned of that.

©2017 Mary Martel (P)2020 Mary Martel

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Pathetic

The main character isn't someone you can relate to. She has no fight in her and when she does decide to have some its over something stupid. By the end of the book you know next to nothing about the boys she's supposed to be "friends" with and you don't feel any connection with them or her. Not a slow burn just slow. Not worth your time.

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Just WOW

Mary Martel rocks she has away of making you feel as though you are a part of her wonderful book. Loved all the characters. I have already purchased the 2nd book in this series and can not wait for the rest to come out. Great job Mary Martel.

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Great beginning

Great beginning for a wonderful series. Book one follows Ariel Kimber, a 17 year old girl with an abusive stripper for a mother and no idea who she is or that she has magic.

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My new favorite series

I am addicted to these characters. This is a book that you definitely won’t want to put down! The end shocked me, but didn’t. I know, that doesn’t make sense; but once you read this book, you will. This is a must read. Now I am off to start the next book right now.

P.S. The narrator is great too. The mic has a weird air in the background, but you quickly get used to it. It also doesn’t take away from the listening experience.

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sooo slooooow!

could have been decent if the story progressed at a stronger pace. it was a struggle to make it through.

fmc seems weak in a way that annoys me but not enough to throw me off the story. the boys are an interesting twist which may compel me to continue the series.

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Wonderful....

So. This series is fantastic. I have it in my Kindle. The paperbacks. And now it’s times to get the audibles!! This first book is an excellent introduction to Ariel Kimber and her world. Absolutely love. The narrator is lovely.

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❤️

I love this series! I’m so excited it’s getting audiobooks. Awesome story with a great narrator. I can’t wait for the next one.

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3.5 Stars...What happened?

The story started strong. I enjoyed the inner monologue of Ariel when expressing her conflicted feelings. She was very solid and real to me. I liked how she showed her survival instincts and had a bit of a backbone, without being all bitchy about it. It made her very relatable.

Then, towards the end of the book though, when the "magic" was starting to be mentioned, it was a bit of whiplash with the main character. What upset her one moment, she forgave fully in the next sentence.

When she was understandably upset about the secrets being kept from her, she took a back seat while the men avoided answering her and rough housing around. Then when she did speak up, it was very flighty wishy washy. Like, she was just upset about this and now she's acting like it's all okay and issue wasn't even resolved. It made me feel like I was missing a chunk of the story.

How she was getting close to Tyson and then let the twins manhandle her after being so guarded a good majority of the book. Yes, I am aware that this is a RH. It just bothered me that it wasn't questioned. Even for someone I'm in a relationship with, if I am. trying to talk with them and they are messing around and try to wrestle me, I would get mad, not portray a spaciness that would put Luna Lovegood to shame. she just didn't seem like the same character.

It just didn't flow well for me and felt it needed more structuring?

The overall story draws me in. This reads like a YA as far as spice goes. this is VERY much a slow burn. I wanted to like this book, I really did. I genuinely enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book. It was the last third that Ariel confused me. It wasn't all bad, just not the same quality as the beginning was. I will read the next book and see how I feel about continuing the series.

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Way too descriptive

I have no idea how many times the word black is stated. There is literally a part where it describes one leg going into the panty and then the other. The main f character is kinda likeable and then…she got less likeable for me. I really wanted to enjoy this book. I think the overall storyline was great. Sadly, I will not be going on.

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I am so excited so many are on audio already!

I have been eyeing up this series for awhile and once I saw more and more were coming on audiobook I decided to take the plunge! And boy was I happy I did so. I am already on Book 3 (sadly almost done and only book 4 to go - I think book 5 is being recorded so hopefully it wont be long until its ready on here.

In terms of the narration, I have seen audiobooks with Melissa as the narrator and have listened to some samples and didnt have a problem with her then and certainly dont have any now. I thought she did a good job with all the various characters. I will be checking out the other RH titles she has done previously because I would definitely listen to her again. My only feedback (constructive) is that she does a fabulous job distinguishing between the female characters, but not really with the male. I think Marcus stands out, as well as Chuck but none of the guys in the harem. No issues like I said, just ways to help improve and get it to 5 stars every time.

For the story, I really liked the premise, I am liking how the story is unfolding and that we have no idea what the end game is. In a lot of RH stories we kinda have an idea what the climax/big battle will be but that’s is not the case here. I like how the relationship building will come first it seems, while Ariel is learning about her powers and this new world she was abruptly shoved into. While listening I was ready to chuck my phone with Vivian’s antics, I couldn’t wait until she got her just rewards. I couldn’t help smiling and giggling with the relationship between Marcus and Ariel. Loved that he was treating her that way and she was surprised but inwardly happy. I will say it was a quick turnaround that he was treating her like a surrogate daughter which seemed a little shady to me, so I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and my theory to be blown to bits haha. I am happy with this first book in this awesome series. I am looking forward to listening to more and probably reading the novellas in between waiting for book 5 to be ready.

100% recommend this book, just be prepared for a slow-burn romance. I am listening to book 3 and not a ton has happened sexually for the guys. So many adorable moments, gonna get back to listening now!

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  • Mia Harper
  • 03-25-20

Loved it!

A reverse harem, paranormal romance. I loved this book, I've read it many times, and listening to narrator Melissa Schwairy really brought the story to life! I loved the heroine Ariel, despite her horrendous home life, she's got a goal to just finish the school year. However her introduction to the coven isn't smooth, and she has trouble accepting her new reality. Some of the coven isn't welcoming and I wanted to hex them for her! And wow, uncle Quint sounds like quite the character! I can't wait for book 2 to be available on audible!

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  • Noreah
  • 06-04-21

So good!

Ah! I remember the first time I read this book and I got the same feeling now. It is a story about Ariel and her finding a group of brothers, not by blood but by magic. Female witches are rare and they feel lucky to have found her. Not all guys are in it really from the start. Some are though and they are doing everything that is in their power to make her happy. But there are some issues rising. Can they help Ariel? Melissa does a good job too with the narration so I enjoyed this book yet again and will listen it often.

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  • 02-11-21

Amazing!

I loved this book! To start, the narrator did a great job and made the book feel so, so real. I have read alot of RH books, but this is only the second that had more than five men in the harem. I was worried it would be too many, but it wasn't. I love the diversity in the characters, and while we got to know a little bit about a few of them I cant wait to learn even more. I am hoping for a little more steam in the second book because the tension has been building in this one.

I really enjoy Ariel and I am excited to see how she will flourish with her mom no longer in the picture to be an abusive wench.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request from audiobooks unleashed, and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rachel Mackenzie
  • 02-01-21

Brilliant Series

I love this series. The depth of character development is brilliant. Uncle Quinton is an over the top alpha male that will do anything for his family, soooo let the games begin!