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Love In the Land of Fire (Shangri-La #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  25 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In a world where one is either the ruler or the ruled, Enforcer Josiah Marx takes a case and finds himself drawn to Rafe Zweil, a submissive with a complicated past. Josiah has given up on finding love, but the new man sparks new feelings and brings out the dominant in him.

Can the two overcome all the obstacles that stand between them to find love in the Land of Fire?

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ebook, 112 pages
Published July 12th 2012 by Evernight Publishing (first published July 10th 2012)
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Valentina Heart
This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.

The world of Shangri-La holds a lot of promise with its unique little details about the dominants and submissives as well as the land itself that is still recovering from war.

Josiah is an enforcer and a fourth tier dominant who protects the submissive from abusive dominants. I wasn't quite sure what else fell into his job description and would have liked to know more on the subject. Anyway, one night he is giv
Jul 23, 2015 Ambre rated it it was ok
This world isn't well fleshed out, there are a lot of things that don't make sense. The author tries to set up submissives as being basically slaves, but tries to dance around the slavery issue. So they don't get to choose their mate. Or maybe they do. They are equal, but don't have the right to leave their dominant. There are rankings for submissives, and they are supposed to be put with the right kind of dominant, but dominants can cast them out at any time and they end up whores. I suspect th ...more
This was an interesting book. I was a little put off by the present tense. I think it would have been better in the traditional past tense, but I applaud the author for trying something different.

The world that was built in this story was interesting. It was clearly set up to begin a series, but it looks like nothing ever followed it. It's too bad because I probably would've read additional books.

The BDSM in this one is very light, FYI. The story requires that though, since one character is com
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Dec 15, 2012 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it really liked it
The security and safety of submissives is something that Josiah Marx takes very seriously and personally.

Running is the only option left for Rafe Zweil, however, knowing that it is only a matter of time until he is caught, he takes extreme measures.

With every cell in his body Josiah is an Enforcer, yet his instincts are screaming that there is more going on with Rafe than meets the eye. Seeing Rafe in the flesh solidifies Josiah’s feelings, as well as his absolute need to have this man in his l
Serena Yates
Nov 10, 2012 Serena Yates rated it liked it
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The world this book is set in is a harsh one; real slavery, little to no rights for those who are deemed submissives, and criminal elements that are capable of a level of violence I found very hard to stomach. But, on the other hand, there are signs of love an hope, of people standing up for the slaves' rights – and that message of some justice, at least for a few, is what also made this book emotionally impactful and, in the end, satisfying for me.

Josiah is a tough guy. Ex-Crimson Elite, his mi
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This story is meant for those that truly love BDSM otherwise you won’t enjoy the segregated and subjugated atmosphere that the author has created. It’s a dismal, sad world but that’s the main point in the book as it makes the sweet points all the more poignant. The author did an amazing job of setting up and then letting the story unfold, there was just enough detail that you weren’t left confused and the rest was a natural play of the characters. Josiah i
Mar 25, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
While this wasn't as good as I was hoping from the blurb, it was still very enjoyable, and I definitely recommend it.
Feb 27, 2013 ~RMG rated it did not like it
1.5 stars - Writing tense (which fluctuated throughout the story) wasn't to my liking; found it too distracting.
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