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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Taming The Fire by Mechele Armstrong

Taming The Fire by Mechele Armstrong
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (102 pgs)
Other: M/F/M, M/M, F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Against the backdrop of a war over land where battles rage every night, Byron and Callum came together in an inferno of lust and they've been happy together. One problem, though; Byron is a dragon rider who is nearing the age when his fire build up will be too much and he’ll be in danger of combusting. It doesn’t help that Callum is a dragon rider too and raises Byron’s fire instead of lowering it. Only one thing will ease the fires within Byron.

A human.

Mira has been just existing, trying to stay out of everyone’s notice. Only she finds herself fascinated by two dragon riders who don’t act like the others. It’s a dangerous interest, and she should know. Her parents died as a result of dragon rider actions. But she hasn’t escaped Byron’s and Callum’s attention.

When Byron and Callum decide she’s the answer to their problems, will she rise above her problems and prejudices and step into the dragon’s lair to tame Byron’s fire?

Love can be all consuming like a raging fire, but in Bryon and Callum’s case they need love to tame the fire within.

What originally made me pick up this book was because it featured dragon shifters, Who doesn’t love a dragon shifter? The author not only met my expectations with her dragons but she exceeded them. This story fully included Bryon and Callum’s dragon side, even when they were in human form. I adored the way their dragon nature played a role in everything about their lives, from the way they scented others to the dynamic of their relationship. There wasn’t a moment in this story when I forgot what these men truly were and how dangerous dealing with a dragon can be.

Mira’s a human I really grew to love in this story. I particularly liked the way past affected her ability to accept Bryon and Callum as her mates. It brought a sense of honesty to the story because many of our pasts play such a vital role in who we are and the decisions we make in life. Another enduring quality I liked about Mira was her ability to rationalize her reality instead of relying in preconceived notions to make decisions. These qualities really made her a likable and sympathetic character.

While the story was good there weren’t any real surprises that would have made the story more memorable for me. I would have liked to have seen one or two scenes that really just blew me away. Instead, I got a consistently decent story. While that is in no way a bad thing, Ms. Armstrong wrote such a well developed story there was opportunity to really expand on who these dragon shifters are and possibly throw in an additional exterior conflict.

With comprehensive and catchy characters and an ability to stay true to the dragon shifter theme, the author was able to create a story I definitely recommend to others.

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