Book Review: Open Flame by Lacy Danes

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Book Description

Like his brothers, Madoc is a dragon born by blood magic. Unlike them, he has only once bitten a human in a near-hopeless quest to find his eternal mate. Watching that woman die nearly destroyed him.

Now he works to invent a watch that will rewind time. When he attends the Spectacle of Time in Paris, though, he finds a woman who shakes the foundation of his world and crumbles his ferocious control.

Ever since the black-haired man with the red crescent on his cheek ruined her family, Fina has hated him. When she runs into him in Paris, she is determined to show him just how much. Instead, overwhelmed by the desire to both kill him and bed him, her body betrays her and she melts in his arms.

Sparks fly, and-when his teeth sink into her skin-she ignites. But she can’t run far and fast enough to avoid the burning truth. She is now part of Madoc’s dangerous world…body, soul, and fire.

Warning: This novel contains explicit sex, time-shifting, distance-hopping, a super-hot dragon, and a woman who can take the heat.

Book Review

In book two, we meet Madoc and his mate, Fina.  Madoc, who can stop time, has been working for years to find a way to not only stop it but to actually turn it back.  Killing innocent women, even if it is to find your mate, is too much for him and he believes the watch is his answer.  So, it comes as a real surprise to him when he can’t resist the temptation to bite again.  Fina, who holds Madoc responsible for many of the bad turns her life has taken, wants nothing to do with him.  Even with the attraction growing, she does all she can to push him away.

This is the second book in the series and I have to say that I think I liked the characters better in this novel than in the first.  More specifically, Fina and the fact that she has obstacles in her life to overcome, which makes her ultimately more realistic to the reader.  In addition, she doesn’t immediately fall into Madoc’s arms, which only adds to her likability.  Madoc, who isn’t exactly the bad boy I love, still seems to have a certain strength that I found attractive.

In this book, we also learn a little more about the elements that seem to be working against the Zir and their mates.  The story is really starting to take shape and I’m looking forward to the third and hopefully another Zir romance.

4 stars

Reviews by Regan

 

       

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