Temper the Flame (Beautiful Nightmares Book 4) by Anna Fury & Amy Pennza

"Can I have my own dragon?!" Temper the Flame will have you asking the same question.

From the blurb:

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…

Tatted_book_freak's Review:

These authors continue to amaze me with their fairytale retellings, and the spice level was on the rise with Beau and Fucco in Temper the Flame! The storyline was fitting for Beauty and the Beast, just a little more scorching (pun intended) with a dragon.

I can honestly say I have no basis for the original story, but I am so glad my first visit was with these two characters. Fucco’s possessiveness, and Beau’s ability to calm him, just worked perfectly in my head. Loved the gruffness of Fucco’s character, and his humorous side was enjoyable. I mean, seriously!? How many dragons have you seen in a corset!? The patience he displayed with Beau was admirable, and their relationship was destined.  The smut scenes were highly flammable, needing an extinguisher nearby to put out their fire. 

My only complaint is the hurriedness of the scenes where Fucco’s executioners were “dealt with” for harming his mate. I would have liked a lot more description, especially with the severity of the incident. Besides that, thank you for my first time!!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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