Book Review: Temper the Flame
You don’t tempt a dragon unless you’re willing to pay the price. Powerful, merciless creatures, they revel in their dominance over us mortals. I’ve heard whispers that Fuoco, leader of the Fire Syndicate’s dragon clan, is the most brutal of them all. Arrogant and ruthless, he has no qualms about reducing lawbreakers to ashes.
I never wanted to break the law, but when my father grows ill, I risk everything by sneaking into Lord Fuoco’s enchanted apple orchard. The last thing I expect is to come face to face with the dragon lord himself. I brace myself to be incinerated. But Fuoco’s glittering gaze burns with possession.
It turns out dragons dream of their fated mates—and Fuoco thinks I’m his. And once a dragon decides to claim you, they won’t be dissuaded. Anxious to return to my father, I do what any desperate man would do—I get on my knees and beg for the dragon’s mercy.
But on my knees is exactly where Fuoco wants me. The dragon lord makes me a deal: if I live in his castle and warm his bed, he’ll make sure my father survives. With my father’s life hanging in the balance, I don’t have much choice. Yet as I get to know Fuoco, I realize there’s more to him than his harsh exterior. Maybe there’s a chance I can thaw his icy heart and save my father in the process. Or maybe I’m playing with fire…
I am really enjoying this series of MM fairy tale retellings by Anna Fury and Amy Pennza. Dragon shifters are great. Unlike the other books where the characters are paranormal creatures, in this book Beau is a human. The mix of dragon and human was nice. Also, I did just want to comment and say that I liked the gender twist with Gastonia.
I felt like Fuoco was a bit misunderstood. People feared him but he really did have a kind heart. As shown by his compassion towards Beau. As the chemistry between these two picked up, things got spicier. Temper the Flame is a good, spicy Beauty and the Beast MM retelling.