April 1st 2009 by Samhain Publishing
(first published April 1st 2008)
Between mage and man lies fire. Leda has been ordered by the House of Ilia to use her fae gifts to find an alchemist's bible, no matter what the cost. In a world where technology has been replaced by Elemental magic, this book is more dangerous than any spell or potion.
A ragged scrap of parchment is Leda's only clue and it leads her to the last man known to have had the book-a savagely handsome ex-soldier turned scavenger. Greyhawke Tams. He'll serve her needs nicely, in both her quest, and her bed.
The last thing Grey remembers is a bar brawl leaving him flat on his face. When he awakes, his situation hasn't improved. He's been bound in service to a contemptuous little fire mage with luscious curves and a deceptively innocent face. Grey's not fooled-he's hated the Elementals ever since he lost his younger brother to their brutal rites of passage.
But something about Leda tangles his brain faster than any woman he's ever known. And soon it becomes clear she needs more than his "services". A barbarous overlord wants that book and he's willing to shatter Leda-body and spirit-to get it.
She needs his protection. Whether she wants it or not.
Warning: Sex, sin and sauciness abound. This just in: Virgin butter not only helps nervous young virgins on their wedding night, it makes a damn fine hair liniment too.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Touch of Fire is a magical read set in a post apocalyptic setting. Throw in time travel and here is the makings of a riveting story.
Leda and Grey are addicting to read. I never want it to stop. They make an explosive pair and never a dull moment. Leda is a Fire Elemental hunting for a book that could mean catastrophe if in the wrong hands. However, on her hunt she becomes the hunted. Hunted by a man with great power and a knack for the fire element as well. What she does not know is this man has his own secrets and he will stop at nothing to keep them hidden and in the process place into motion his even greater plans to reign.
In a world where magic shoots you to the top of the food chain, it comes as no shock that Grey has no love for Leda. But as her indentured servant for a time and his growing passion for her, he joins her quest and is soon catapulted into a fraying mess.
All in all, I am impressed with Touch of Fire. Leda character is rough and refined on the edges with her sweetness trying to stay hidden. She and Grey are both a treat to read and their pudding passion into something more is even more a treat to read. Not to mention the time travel element and just what is the contents of that book.... even more a pressing read.
Double Review: The Devil To Pay (Second Chances #1)
Review: Chain of Souls (Second Chances, #2) by Maria Zannini
For more information, visit:
Website & Blog / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
See Maria's other titles: