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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Review - Taming the Fire by Sydney Croft

Title: Taming the Fire

Author: Sydney Croft

Publisher: Bantam Dell

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Mickey

He came to the underground London club for a night of extreme sex play with the enigmatic “Mistress Rik”. But the Special Agent known as Trance is really on a search-and-rescue mission to keep her alive. Part predator, Ulrika “Rik” Jaegar possesses feral powers that make her a danger to others–and to herself. That’s why the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives (ACRO) wants to recruit her to their side….To do so, Trance will have to pull off the impossible: capture and control Rik, both woman and beast.

On the run from the deadly agency that changed her into a pleasure-seeking shape shifter, Rik uses sex to rein in her own raging desires. Operating on pure instinct, she trusts no one…especially the magnificent alpha male with the power to seduce her into submission. An undercover agent with unique hypnotic gifts, Trance is surprised by his instinct to hold Rik and keep her safe — but he has a job to do. And as he hunts her down, as Rik and Trance are thrust into the ultimate game of domination and submission, they’ll enter a place where surrender is their sole hope of survival — and the only thing that can tame the wild beast in both of them…

Only a mind as imaginative as Sydney Croft’s could envision a story as unusual and exciting as Taming the Fire. Combining elements of BDSM and the paranormal is a very different and unique concept that somehow works perfectly for her two main characters. Trance and Ulrika are both loners, neither seems to fit in with their chosen groups, so forming their own “pack” of sorts somehow seems appropriate, unfortunately both still seem to shy away from any hint of personal involvement. Ms. Croft has a knack for delving into the emotions and psyche of her characters, which makes sense as these two individuals are multi-layered, able to shift between their regular human and enhanced personas as needed. The added literary bonus is being able to tie the reader into their emotions too, and as the story progresses that same reader even begins to feel a vested interest in the book’s outcome.

Old friends also return in this book, so anyone familiar with Ms. Croft’s previous ACRO novels will be pleased by the re-appearance of those secondary characters however, the audience finds that it is not necessary to read the other books first. The dialogue is crisp and snappy, the love scenes unusual, descriptive and extremely hot in nature. Luckily, there are plenty of love scenes on almost every other page, yet nothing in this book could be misconstrued as gratuitous or in poor taste. As with all of this author’s works, I thoroughly enjoyed Taming the Fire, and look forward to the next book with great anticipation.

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