It is difficult to establish a distinctive world with unique characters within the confines of a novella but the author effortlessly drew me into this world and made me care about these characters. I love stories with dragons, and the mystery that surrounds the concept of dragons with respect to these cultures adds to the intrigue of the story. The sensual interludes are combined with harrowing threats to these two sexy males, and the heartwrenching decisions that must be faced cause the reader to both sympathize with the main characters and loathe the villains who cause the conflict. Given the brevity of the story, there are many details that it would be nice to have and some of the action is very compressed, but I was intrigued by the overall story and sad to see it end. I would definitely like to visit this world again and get a deeper connection to more of its peoples, so I hope there are other titles still percolating in the imagination of this talented author!
“Captive Fire” by Erin Leaf is an erotic m/m paranormal romance featuring Prince Ryuu, heir to the oppressive and misogynistic Emperor Midian. His choice of a male slave, Drakon, has multiple implications…for both of them. Ryuu doesn’t realize that his new companion has ulterior motives and far more power than is apparent, and their attraction to each other puts them both in mortal danger. They will have to learn to trust each other in order to access the true benefits of their pairing, but can each dare let down his guard?
Prince Ryuu hates his father, Emperor Midian. When he’s forced to buy a slave, he defiantly chooses Drakon instead of a woman. Because he’s determined to overthrow his father’s empire, he can’t afford to show vulnerability, but Drakon is more compelling than he’d anticipated. For an Arethuza warrior, affection is a weakness that can lead to death.
Drakon isn’t really a slave—he’s a black dragon, considered cursed by everyone. Despite his people’s distrust, he will do anything to keep them safe, even submit to an Arethuza prince. He never expected to find love, and that complication could ruin his plans to sabotage the emperor’s war campaign. Though Ryuu is his fated mate, their fledgling bond is a secret too dangerous for Drakon to reveal.
Will their duty tear them apart? Can honor prevail in a war that might be too violent for even the strongest dragon warrior?
Evernight ~Editor's Pick~
Be Warned: bondage