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Fire Season – Tales of the Darkworld Book Three
Black dragon Holden Antaeus isn’t looking for a mate. His life is filled with family, work, and dating. Women adore him and he’s never short of offers for sex, but a relationship isn’t something he’s interested in. When Holden’s brother Sean hires a new executive for Antaeus International, Holden’s whole world, and everything he’s ever believed about himself, is blown to bits. Garret Renquist is a green dragon, intelligent, witty, bi-sexual, and hot for Holden. Despite the fact that Holden is positive he’s heterosexual, the moment he meets Garret, something happens inside him. What follows is a journey through stereotypes and ingrained beliefs as Holden struggles with the fact that his destined mate is a man.
RELEASE DATE: 07/09 in eBook, 10/09 in Print
Genre: erotic paranormal romance
Cover art by RottNRoll Productions
Fire Season is #9 on Jessewave's Top Ten Books of 2009, is a Rainbow Awards Finalist and winner of the popular vote, finished second as Best Shapeshifter of 2009 at Love Romances Cafe, and is a former ARe Top Ten Bestseller.
Rave Reviews for Fire Season
“I read books one and two in this series, both of which were really good, so I just had to read this third book. I have to say, I am happy that I did. This is the only book in the series that is m/m, but the love and passion was just as powerful, if not more so, than the first two books… I am impressed by Lex Valentine’s ability to create a vibrant world filled with realistic characters, giving them very real human emotions.”
“The story is a good mix of sex, paranormal and even funny moments (I really like the in dragon form teasing scene, even if they don’t arrive to really have sex in shifting form, don’t worry). Again, I recommend it to who likes the paranormal genre (all the “mating” related matter…)”
“Lex Valentine is a gifted writer as she creates a world for her dragons that is so real I could taste and feel it. Her writing is engaging, vibrant and fresh and her characters are incredibly three dimensional and larger than life. She does an excellent job on Holden by showing his difficulty as a straight man in accepting that his mate is male, and the fight for dominance between his dragon and his human side, in addition to the difference between emotional acceptance of his mate and sexual expression between him and Garret both as dragons and men. This makes for a complex relationship between them, and Holden’s slow recognition of his future, which would have been alien just days ago, is done so well that I could almost see his gears changing as his and Garret’s emotions begin to bleed into each other’s minds and hearts.”
“Lex Valentine is an author that deserves more recognition than she gets. Fire Season is book 3 of her Tales of the Darkworld series and her first M/M book. The first two books were good…this book is even better. Not released in chronological order, each book can be read independently of each other. It’s full of heart and with enough going on to keep you totally enthralled from start to finish. She is definitely someone that you should pick up and read. I know you will not be disappointed in her world…I never am.”
“Fire Season is the third book in the Tales of the Darkworld series and one of the hottest Lex Valentine has written. I love the emotion and draw this novel has…When these two men get together there is such chemistry I think my fingers were scorched reading this one! When you want a very well written novel that has the emotional pull of true romance you want Fire Season. Though this novel is third in a series it can be read alone and really enjoyed to its fullest. I would suggest, because Lex Valentine has such real talent as a writer, to read this series in order as you really will have some great reading ahead of you.”
“Fire Season is off to well round erotic romance with slowly built up sexual tension that only Lex Valentine can bring to readers. Love knows no boundaries as Ms. Valentine characters Holden and Garrett discover… There is so much love and angst between these two men. I couldn’t help but fall under their spell. Lex Valentine is created a fan for life in me.”
“Lex Valentine’s novel Fire Season is a story about a man who must learn to accept his destiny even though it means changing who he is. This is a very well-written and sensual tale that will have its readers believing in fate and dragons and love as they are completely enveloped in Ms. Valentine’s Darkworld.”
“The author has created a distinctive and intriguing world around her characters. I also liked the fact that these characters are dragon shifters. The insight that the reader gains into the history and society of the dragons is interesting and adds another layer to the story.”
“This was a very good paranormal love story in the gay-for-you plot family. Not terribly unique in all its points but enough so that it didn’t feel tired and certainly held my attention. As usual in gay-for-you plots, one main character is more experienced than the other and someone always says “I’m not gay” but, those two cliches aside, the blossoming relationship between the men was well written and interesting. There is a scene in their shifted form that was quite touching in a mostly non-sexual way.”
“Fire Season is a fun story with steamy love scenes, dragon’s romping around the forest, and an entertaining secondary cast of characters. I look forward to reading more from this series.”
“I really enjoyed Lex’s first two books in the Tales of the Darkworld series… but this one took flight and left me breathless… This is a riveting, fascinating, fall-in-love-with-the-heroes story that is sure to please the romantic as well as those who enjoy a HOT and steamy erotic romp.”
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Holden wanted to look over his shoulder to see Garret’s reaction. He didn’t. He returned to the main room of the suite and picked up his water, wandering out to the balcony to watch the sun rise. It couldn’t have been more than ten minutes later that he heard a soft sound that told him Garret had joined him.
“Holden, I’m sorry.”
The softly spoken words caused Holden to release his breath on a sigh. “I am too, Garret.” He turned, his gaze caught and held by Garret’s. A wave of emotion, mostly indefinable, rose within him, causing an ache in his chest.
Garret swallowed, his Adam’s apple bobbing slightly. “I shouldn’t have done that.”
Holden sensed Garret’s discomfort, but stayed silent, waiting for him to finish. He gave the man points for holding his gaze when by rights he probably wanted to look anywhere else.
“I was angry and disappointed and confused. When Rob came on to me in the bar…” Garret broke off and swallowed again. “I didn’t think you would care what I did, but that is no excuse. It’s just an explanation of my motivation. I know it was wrong of me to bring him back here on the day I found you. I’m so sorry.”
It had been a long time since Holden had met someone with the level of integrity that Garret had just shown. “I’m sorry too, Garret,” he replied in a low voice. “This whole thing was such a shock. And I know that’s not an excuse for my behavior. It’s just an explanation.”
He smiled as he repeated Garret’s words. The British man’s eyes lightened as a smile curved his lips. Holden caught a glimpse of brilliant white teeth as Garret’s smile flashed out and he suddenly felt sucker punched, his gut twisting with emotion. The urge to reach out and touch Garret overwhelmed him, just like the man’s scent filled his senses, until all he could think about was asking him to repeat yesterday’s kiss.
Garret’s eyes flickered. “You realize that a lot of what you think and feel bleeds out to me now,” he murmured. “Despite your natural shielding.”
Holden sucked in a breath. “If you know what I’m thinking then just do it, Garret, ‘cause the gods know I can’t yet,” he said in a shaky voice, feeling his heart begin to race.
Garret took the three steps needed to bring their bodies within inches of each other. Holden began to shake a little with fear and anticipation. The first kiss had been a surprise and filled with anger on both sides. This would be their first real kiss. They both acknowledged that they were mates, and that they felt some emotion pulling at them along with a steadily growing attraction. Regardless of the previous kiss, Holden didn’t know what to expect and when Garret’s hand came up to wrap around the back of his neck, he stiffened a little at first. Then fire licked through his veins at the feel of Garret’s warm palm on his bare skin. He shook harder.
“Don’t be afraid, Holden. It’s just a kiss.”
Garret’s soft whisper accompanied the press of his thumb against the underside of Holden’s jaw. Reflexively, he tilted his chin up and Garret’s mouth came down on his. Lust swept through his body as Garret expertly parted his lips. Holden gasped a little opening his mouth wider as Garret’s tongue glided easily against his own, the wet heat sending lightning bolts of desire shooting through him. This time when Garret’s hips brushed his, he didn’t move, letting the man press his growing erection against him. His own cock started to respond, twitching inside his shorts.
Just as Holden was about to let go and kiss Garret back, the British man broke off the kiss on a long shuddering sigh. “I think we need to go downstairs before I forget that you’ve never been with a man before, Holden,” he said in a shaken voice.
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