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Alexandra McAlister is about to find out that diamonds aren’t every girl’s best friend. When rare, violet-gray diamonds are discovered at Alexandra's clean-energy research site on a small South Pacific island, the reclusive scientist suddenly finds herself plagued by greedy gem hunters. To make matters worse, the island's government is threatening to revoke her permits so t Alexandra McAlister is about to find out that diamonds aren’t every girl’s best friend. When rare, violet-gray diamonds are discovered at Alexandra's clean-energy research site on a small South Pacific island, the reclusive scientist suddenly finds herself plagued by greedy gem hunters. To make matters worse, the island's government is threatening to revoke her permits so they can capitalize on the find. Fresh from a confrontation with an annoyingly attractive government official, Alex happens upon a girl in danger. Instinct takes over and she rescues the youth, only to find out she is the island's princess, and the annoying official is her guardian, Daniel! Alex finds herself thrust into a situation where she has to protect not only her life's work, but also her life itself and that of the precocious teenage princess she grows to love. Daniel appears to be their only chance at survival — if they can learn to get along. Undercover and acting the part of a loving family, they work to find out who is pursuing them and what it is they're after, only to realize their relationship may not be an act after all. Ring of Fire is the sixth installment in the surprisingly warm and funny series The Throwaways, twelve novels that don’t shy away from the dark corners of this world but always shine the light of hope. At the core of the series is a group of strong but often unlikely heroes and heroines coming from all walks of life whose lives intertwine as they fight for justice, for love, and to leave their indelible mark on this world. Immerse yourself in a world of suspense, laughter, and love with The Throwaways.


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Alexandra McAlister is about to find out that diamonds aren’t every girl’s best friend. When rare, violet-gray diamonds are discovered at Alexandra's clean-energy research site on a small South Pacific island, the reclusive scientist suddenly finds herself plagued by greedy gem hunters. To make matters worse, the island's government is threatening to revoke her permits so t Alexandra McAlister is about to find out that diamonds aren’t every girl’s best friend. When rare, violet-gray diamonds are discovered at Alexandra's clean-energy research site on a small South Pacific island, the reclusive scientist suddenly finds herself plagued by greedy gem hunters. To make matters worse, the island's government is threatening to revoke her permits so they can capitalize on the find. Fresh from a confrontation with an annoyingly attractive government official, Alex happens upon a girl in danger. Instinct takes over and she rescues the youth, only to find out she is the island's princess, and the annoying official is her guardian, Daniel! Alex finds herself thrust into a situation where she has to protect not only her life's work, but also her life itself and that of the precocious teenage princess she grows to love. Daniel appears to be their only chance at survival — if they can learn to get along. Undercover and acting the part of a loving family, they work to find out who is pursuing them and what it is they're after, only to realize their relationship may not be an act after all. Ring of Fire is the sixth installment in the surprisingly warm and funny series The Throwaways, twelve novels that don’t shy away from the dark corners of this world but always shine the light of hope. At the core of the series is a group of strong but often unlikely heroes and heroines coming from all walks of life whose lives intertwine as they fight for justice, for love, and to leave their indelible mark on this world. Immerse yourself in a world of suspense, laughter, and love with The Throwaways.

30 review for Ring of Fire

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡

    I had fun with this book! All I can say is that this would make a good movie starring Cameron diaz & Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson & a no name kid disney actress kid... It read like a silly movie. Seriously!! A GREAT movie! Just not a good book! Like the opposite of the Harry Potter series (books better?) Not this one. The movie would be better! Let me explain! This book started out great & the actual plot was great. The flow was choppy. Annoyingly so! You needed the visual scene changes like in a mov I had fun with this book! All I can say is that this would make a good movie starring Cameron diaz & Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson & a no name kid disney actress kid... It read like a silly movie. Seriously!! A GREAT movie! Just not a good book! Like the opposite of the Harry Potter series (books better?) Not this one. The movie would be better! Let me explain! This book started out great & the actual plot was great. The flow was choppy. Annoyingly so! You needed the visual scene changes like in a movie. I had to back track a ton just to figure out what the hell happened! AND in less time for a relationship in a book to develope, the he & she stars of my so called movie would have made it make more sense in a 2 hour movie.How can a man & woman hate each other so much & kiss in the next moment with no build up? So here's the plot! Woman is trying to harness green energy from a volcano on a tropical island off of France (That was new to me, because I don't picture a tropical France... especially having a polynesian described little princess?? Maybe I read that description wrong??) Anyway, there happens to be diamonds in the volcano the islanders want to mine which would set back her time schedule & they need the diamonds now... OOokkkk! Uhhh nope, that's really not the plot, but instigation to the plot! Fooled you! HUNH!?! Really what happens is that some bad guys chase little princess through tropical setting & Scientist sees her while she's filling up her gas & hides girl in jeep. They run, she dumps jeep, they hide, men disappear, she goes back for jeep & jeep is blown to bits. They hike to castle which takes hours on this TINY island... and they run into princess' bodyguard. Scientist & bodyguard hate each other... Scientist goes back to her camp and finds all her student scientist interns?? executed... So all 3 escape & go on the run to St' Louis Missouri of all places! Hide in caves & such... Oh I am laughing... And try to figure out what these creepy guys are after!Because bad guys even chase them to St. Louis! I'm thinking I missed a lot, but I am not sure. It may have been accidently deleted from the book?? There were some amazing descriptions of caves & scenery, which wasn't so important & no detail to others, that were... pondering.... Little things started to freak me out. There was a big "to do" about teaching this princess to swim after a near drowning in a pool... pending swim lessons mentioned, but never occurred? I have no idea... deleted scene I think, cuz next time around princess was holding a baby in the pool! Now who in their right mind would hand their baby to someone in a pool who can't swim?Especially a 12 year old kid & turn around to be engrossed in another conversation? Honey Boo Boo's?? And many times they were one place, then in a car, then someplace & INNNN LOOOOOVvve! Can't keep their hands off each other then no they can't touch each other, then "oh I want you!" "Sure" See! Great movie!! I just got it! It reminded me of the movie Journey 2. If you've seen it,there is a part where someone falls & you don't see them, then you say "It's ok! He landed on the bee! Watch!" & low and behold! Bee! (If you pick on movies, that's a good one to watch! Hilarious, but predictable & totally unrealistic choices!) All in all, this is one of those books that aren't so great, but is extremely entertaining at the same time! Potential potential potential! And I swear, I was so entertained that I recommend this to anyone who would like a fantastical read & knows anything about Missouri at all! I've been there, so it was funnier!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    It started off great, then it went down hill from there. If you trust good advice. Do not read this book. There are some many things wrong with the story. Alex is smart but doesn't do well with other people, so why does she give in so quickly to Daniel(main male C)and Lani(the child)? There is a vague sexual tension between the two Main Characters(childish tension). All three characters are on the run because of bad men wanting to kill these three characters, but at every turn the bad guys catch It started off great, then it went down hill from there. If you trust good advice. Do not read this book. There are some many things wrong with the story. Alex is smart but doesn't do well with other people, so why does she give in so quickly to Daniel(main male C)and Lani(the child)? There is a vague sexual tension between the two Main Characters(childish tension). All three characters are on the run because of bad men wanting to kill these three characters, but at every turn the bad guys catch up but get side stepped easily and the good guys move on to the next location. The author had a good idea but sucked on the execution. My advise,do not waste your hard earn money on this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol Kidd

    Oh my I have read two of her books in this series and both books are awesome. Fixing to read another book from this series and I can't wait. Oh my I have read two of her books in this series and both books are awesome. Fixing to read another book from this series and I can't wait.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I would rate this 5 stars, but for one thing...sometimes things really were a little too easy. WTH? Yep, I said it. I loved the characters. I loved how all of them interacted and thought the author's style was great. However, the book was not perfect. It was definitely fun and entertaining which is why I can definitely overlook what wasn't perfect and just enjoy how much I liked reading this book. Seems contradictory, but let me explain (if I can). Another review did have some really valid commen I would rate this 5 stars, but for one thing...sometimes things really were a little too easy. WTH? Yep, I said it. I loved the characters. I loved how all of them interacted and thought the author's style was great. However, the book was not perfect. It was definitely fun and entertaining which is why I can definitely overlook what wasn't perfect and just enjoy how much I liked reading this book. Seems contradictory, but let me explain (if I can). Another review did have some really valid comments about why they did not like the book. And personally, I can understand those comments, but all in all I still really liked this book. Alex is portrayed as a non-people person, but she steps outside her norm and helps Lani. I can excuse that because who wouldn't help a child if they could? BUT, it turns out that Lani's guardian is someone she met previously who doesn't like her and she isn't so keen on him, yet, and she admits this too, that quickly starts to change. Having said that, I've been quick to judge and had to revise my original, erroneous opinion shortly after with a few folks so know how easy it is to misjudge someone based on one small interaction. In Alex and Daniel's case, they get quickly thrown into a dangerous situation and have to depend on each other. Under those circumstances, people's true characters will shine through. What I did love was the banter between them...she was blunt and called him out on his behavior. He was quickly loveable even when annoying and bossy. However, I did get stuck on why she was quick to not want to get involved with him. She was attracted to him, and he her. Yes, he had some concerns given his role and responsibilities, but once he started to get past that, she would hold out. And I mean tenaciously hold out on moving forward. She did not have her heart broken in the past, she wasn't neglected by her father or brother. There just didn't seem like a good reason to not take a chance with him. The other thing was how easy the bad guys kept finding them. There never was an explanation for how they kept doing that. Devon explains how they could find them at the Monaco, yet nothing happens there. However, in other scenes, they are quickly found yet manage to get away. Ok, so I didn't want them caught, but dang, how did they keep finding them in the first place? All in all, a bit cliche, but very entertaining so yes, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a well written, fun read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by Maria Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book A rather enticing combination, this. It’s both a romantic fiction novel and a thriller. There’s a meaningful message in there too, about using the earth’s resources for the good of humanity as well as an attack on faceless corporations which use individuals as pawns in a game and cynically use the earth’s resources for profit. But first, the romance. Alex, our heroine, is an archetypal geek. A Reviewed by Maria Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book A rather enticing combination, this. It’s both a romantic fiction novel and a thriller. There’s a meaningful message in there too, about using the earth’s resources for the good of humanity as well as an attack on faceless corporations which use individuals as pawns in a game and cynically use the earth’s resources for profit. But first, the romance. Alex, our heroine, is an archetypal geek. A scientist who revels in field research. She can fly a plane and drive a jeep. She’s more at home in jeans and boots than in skirts and heels. She’s unfamiliar with cosmetics. She thinks love is not for her because she can’t ‘play the game’, so to speak. Our hero Daniel is an ex US Military man of Irish origin, whose current assignment is guarding the life of the Crown Princess of Tuwanga, a south Pacific island paradise which is home to some of the earth’s richest mineral resources. When Alex’s research station is attacked and the Princess’s life is also threatened, Alex and Daniel, who incidentally can’t abide each other, are forced to play happy families. The role of Princess Aolani’s parents comes easier to both of them than they’d thought. They’ve got to protect the young Queen-to-be and fend off threats from the oil conglomerate which wants the Princess’s island resources. Thrills and spills all the way. As sex scenes go, there’s just one and the language is romantic rather than erotic. No matter. The book fairly sizzles with sexual tension. Sizzles and crackles. When you put this book down, you just can’t wait to pick it up again. Heather Huffman is one heck of a skilled author to pull that one off. So if you want a read to make you sigh and keep you on the edge of your seat, pick this one. The characters are well drawn and one of the wonderful features of this particular novel is the humor, which literally bubbles over from time to time. In fact, I laughed out loud in several places. Verdict? Five stars. Unreservedly. Favorite Quote: Rocks she understood. Science and mathematical equations were languages she spoke fluently. Love was for women who wore dresses and heels, not jeans and hiking boots. Comfortable feet were more important than candlelight dinners.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Becky Sherriff

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the first time I have read one of Heather Huffman's books and it's safe to say I am definitely hooked. This book is a good old fashioned love story. Of course things do not happen straight away between Alex and Daniel, the reader is left to wonder "will they? won't they?" but this only kept me more interested and engaged in the story. Like any good love story I was left hopelessly in love with Daniel and quite envious of Alex. I loved the character of Lani, she is an adorable little charact This is the first time I have read one of Heather Huffman's books and it's safe to say I am definitely hooked. This book is a good old fashioned love story. Of course things do not happen straight away between Alex and Daniel, the reader is left to wonder "will they? won't they?" but this only kept me more interested and engaged in the story. Like any good love story I was left hopelessly in love with Daniel and quite envious of Alex. I loved the character of Lani, she is an adorable little character and fits into Daniel and Alex's story quite well, if it wasn't for her presence I don't think they would not have pursued their romantic interest in each other. I loved the fact Alex is such a strong independent woman and Daniel was perhaps one of the few men who could actually protect her. When they finally 'get it on' I felt like giving them a round of applause and I thought "about time". Romance aside there were some really gritty parts in the book, when Chad was shot it left me feeling quite shocked and it left me worried whilst reading the rest of the story in case Alex lost her life. I also thought the part where Alex went for breakfast alone and was nearly kidnapped was brilliantly written, my heart was pounding until Jackson came to her rescue. I loved the ending to the book, it did have a very happy ending and it did finish how the reader would hope but I don't think I could have faced Alex, Daniel or Lani to be killed off. I rate this book a very strong 4 stars and I would love to read more of Heather Huffman's books soon. Becky Sherriff (The Kindle Book Review)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    **DISCLAIMER** I reeeived a copy of this in exhange for a review. I gave 'Ring of Fire' 4 stars, the biggest reason is that the underliying theme of 'green energy' being good is in conflict to my personal views, other than that, I loved the book. Also, I expected more 'intimacy' than the book delivered. This was the first novel I have read by Heather and her writing style and the way she kept the reader engaged in the story with little twists and turns kept me reading. I started to fall in love w **DISCLAIMER** I reeeived a copy of this in exhange for a review. I gave 'Ring of Fire' 4 stars, the biggest reason is that the underliying theme of 'green energy' being good is in conflict to my personal views, other than that, I loved the book. Also, I expected more 'intimacy' than the book delivered. This was the first novel I have read by Heather and her writing style and the way she kept the reader engaged in the story with little twists and turns kept me reading. I started to fall in love with the young Lani in this novel, her courage and the way that she went with the flow was a great addition to the novel. Daniel "Joey" and Alex make a great pair, they fight and they butt heads throughout the novel making for some great argument and political sceans. While reading 'Ring of Fire' I was impressed by the way that Heather kept the story line progressing and and the growth that the supporting characters as well as the main characters showed as the novel went on. My 12yr old son caught the name of the book and started to tell me all about 'The Ring of Fire' and asked me why I was reading a 'school book'; I had to laugh, I was waiting for him to ask about the Johnny Cash song. However, my son did sit down and read a few pages of the novel; he liked the 'explosive' beginning, so he may end up reading this in the near future. All in all, the novel lived up to my expectations.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie Bonte

    I got this book for free on kindle and man am I glad I didn't pay a nickel for it... I found myself hurrying to get through this book because I just wanted it to be over. The climax sucked. I felt like something bigger and more emotion evoking should have happened taken the events leading up to the end. The main character should have been way more upset and traumatized by all the things that happened to her in this book. She showed hardly any emotion at all. People she cares about die right in f I got this book for free on kindle and man am I glad I didn't pay a nickel for it... I found myself hurrying to get through this book because I just wanted it to be over. The climax sucked. I felt like something bigger and more emotion evoking should have happened taken the events leading up to the end. The main character should have been way more upset and traumatized by all the things that happened to her in this book. She showed hardly any emotion at all. People she cares about die right in front of her and she goes back to her hotel and has a pillow fight. I mean really?? Come on. I just couldn't connect with this book. I didn't feel emotion from the characters and nothing about it made it believable. The only thing I did enjoy was that the main character wasn't some wimpy overly dramatic damsel in distress. She took care of herself mostly. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking for something half way decently enjoyable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    This wasn't my favorite book of Heather Huffman but it was still certainly a good book. She stepped away from human trafficking and I think that's what I enjoyed most about her books. The thought there were still some really great people out there trying and risking their lives to save another's. This one had the same theme but not the same topic. It was still a thrilling read and I would recommend it to anyone. Heather Huffman is one of my favorite author's at the moment and I'm glad that Goodr This wasn't my favorite book of Heather Huffman but it was still certainly a good book. She stepped away from human trafficking and I think that's what I enjoyed most about her books. The thought there were still some really great people out there trying and risking their lives to save another's. This one had the same theme but not the same topic. It was still a thrilling read and I would recommend it to anyone. Heather Huffman is one of my favorite author's at the moment and I'm glad that Goodreads introduced me to her books. I absoulutely love them and can't wait to read more of them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Won a copy through Goodreads' First Reads program. Story moves along at a good pace and keeps you interested. I didn’t realize this was part of a series, and I haven’t read the others. I was not confused for felt I needed to refer to previous story to follow along. Won a copy through Goodreads' First Reads program. Story moves along at a good pace and keeps you interested. I didn’t realize this was part of a series, and I haven’t read the others. I was not confused for felt I needed to refer to previous story to follow along.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Azra tariq

    A funny fast paced good read

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    This is a nice light romance with a little mystery involved. Simple but a good read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily Dentler

    A bit corny, but a fun, easy read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Shaw

    I really enjoyed this book. I am addicted to Throwaway also by Heather and it lived up to my expectations.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I won this book on a blog. Too bad I didn't read enough reviews first. Way too spicy for me. It's sad because I was enjoying the story. I won this book on a blog. Too bad I didn't read enough reviews first. Way too spicy for me. It's sad because I was enjoying the story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Holli

    Loved it! It's predictable, but you still have to love when things happen that you want to happen! Loved it! It's predictable, but you still have to love when things happen that you want to happen!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eden Steffey

    Good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Really poor techno thriller written by someone who should not include science or math in her romances.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lillie

    An entertaining romance and a precocious teenage princess combined with suspense and danger.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    This is classic Heather Huffman. Suspense, drama, action, with a little romance on the side.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Amazon (ebook) freebie 2/18/13

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Loved it!!! I love the fact that even thoughh her books are not a series the characters intertwine with eachother. Cant wait to own/read the next.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Is a great book to read

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily Jackson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kala

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Patrick

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh Fode

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

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