Echo Quinn has a "special" child, Athan. Being a telepath herself, she doesn't have a problem accepting him. Athan and his fireman father, Sean Casey, are pyrokinetic. Ten years ago, when Athan was born, Echo made the decision to keep Athan's birth a secret from his father.

Now Athan wants to meet his dad. Echo has never been completely out of touch with Sean, by way of her telepathic abilities, so finding him is not a problem. Telling him about Athan, and why she kept them apart this long—now that presents a quandary. Especially since Sean's fiancée played a part in his and Athan's separation.

FLAMES PAST is an superb paranormal romance. Neither the hero nor the heroine are perfect. They both have problems to face and work through, and they do it in a way that is quite believable. Echo's reasons for what she did are actually acceptable. Their son plays a major part in the story, adding a special touch. FLAMES PAST is an admirable summer read. (Feb., 192 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley