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Fire Season (Tales of the Darkworld #3)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  272 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
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 b ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published July 9th 2009 by Pink Petal Books
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Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
It was a relatively solid book, but rather dull and with copious amounts of skimming.

One of the better points is that it had a believable, vaguely-legitimate GFY theme, if a bit irritating. I know a lot of reviewers didn't like it because of the ping pong match of 'We're mates!' 'But I'm not gay' 'But we're mates!' etc, but it's understandable (though I reiterate, irritating) that his head would be reeling from switching from a strictly heterosexual love life to being bonded with a man for the
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Feb 01, 2010 Midnight rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Chancey Knowles
This is a reread for me. I 1st read it around early 2010 way before I used GoodReads (much less used it with any regularity). I always used databases like Calibre, so my ratings were more for me and on my personal preferences. I uploaded just over a 1000 books using Calibre's export to GoodReads a few years ago. Lately I've been periodically trying to go back and either rerate books more objectively and/or reread books to see what I think now. Since about 2009, I've been strictly reading m/m (th ...more
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 the third book released in the series, but the events take place prior to Shifting Winds and Hot Water . But that really isn't an issue; each of the stories can stand alone very well. Yes there are connections, but on the whole, it's a connection of character rather than events. This is a riveting, fascinating, fall-in-love-with-the-heroes story that is sure t
Mar 20, 2011 xbmbgrl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in a series but it is a stand-alone title. According to the dedication it is the first m/m book by this author. I am usually a little unsure about first m/m efforts for an author. In my experience they usually try too hard in their relationship so there is an overabundance of testosterone ... or they go in the other direction and one of the characters simply oozes estrogen out of their male body. Surprisingly this book did not do that.

This was a very good paranormal love
Elisa Rolle
I think that basically Lex Valentine is an het romance writer, and a good one, and she decided to write a gay romance episode to mount it in a series, Tales of the Darkworld, that again, is basically an het paranormal romance series. The result is good and enjoyable, but clearly aimed to those readers that, before shifting to the gay romance world, enjoyed the classical paranormal romance. I will not be strict, and say "women", since I know there are also men, even if few, who like that genre, b ...more
A cool enough read. It's worth noting that I read this as a stand alone, so it'd be fair to say I simply don't know what I'm talking about because I haven't read the others in the series [even though the author totally says this book can stand alone o_O]. The book is too repetitive for me, didn't have enough plot twists, action or even character motivation to make me feel anything. The main characters meet and decide to be together rather quickly and there just wasn't anywhere to go once they ha ...more
Nov 04, 2009 Maygirl7 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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Ok m/m paranormal romance about a straight dragon shapeshifter whose fated mate turns out to be male. I thought the strongest part of this story was the time it spent showing how Holden dealt with (and didn't deal with) his sudden attraction to a guy, which gets glossed over in a lot of fated mate stories. I didn't like that Garrett made a lot of pronouncements, but didn't follow through on them. I also really wish I hadn't read the epilogue, which suggests that their story isn't finished... and ...more
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Sep 28, 2009 Brenda (b) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book is the 3rd in the Tales of the Darkworld series, it's actually a prequel to Shifting Winds and Hot Water . It answered some of the little questions that I had about Darkworld after reading first 2 books.
This was good, I really did enjoy it. You can tell this was a first gay attempt or if not first then just started but it really did not take away from the story at all. The character detail was good, the connection good, and the plot intresting though I felt it played to the next book too much. It had just the right amount of angst to where it didn't take over the book but wasn't a chocolate read. I would really recommend this to readers who are as addicted to dragon shifters as I am.
Dec 21, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Even though the two main characters were "mated" by fate into a M/M couple they, particularly Holden, had to go through various steps before he committed to the relationship. It was much more realistic that they don't immediately fall into bed together and instantly live happily in what is initially a non-consensual relationship.
2.75. The writing was well done, but the story just didn't do it. Every conflict was made non-existent, but the angst was built up and it was just too much of an instant love story for me to really like it. Still, yay, dragons!
May 01, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was decent, but for some reason it didn't really capture my imagination. I thought Holden's struggle to accept his new sexuality interesting, but I had trouble connecting with the characters.
Jun 26, 2011 Paris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, kindle
90% sex and 10% characters moving around the place. If you take away sex, there is no book. I have nothing against gay sex (I actually like it), but I like it as a sweet addition, not a main activity.
Apr 03, 2013 Ayanna marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

This better be good...
Jan 30, 2010 R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book which I read over and over again. It has dragon shifters and vampires, oh my.
Aug 24, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable book that answered as well as asked a lot of questions.
Ms. Nikki
Too much "girl talk" (no offense) by dragon men had me rolling my eyes.
Aug 09, 2015 Andre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beastmen, bisexual
Interesting, albeit maybe a bit rushed.
Sep 26, 2011 Maya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit too much angst for me.
Oct 03, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, shifters, romance
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Award-winning author Lex Valentine writes across genres from contemporary to urban fantasy but mostly M/M these days. A native of California, Lex lives in Orange County, with her husband Rott and a bunch of cats she collectively calls “babies.” She's a 17 year employee of a 100+ year old cemetery, builds her own computers and is generally considered the IT geek at work and to her family and friend ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Tales of the Darkworld (8 books)
  • Shifting Winds (Tales of the Darkworld, #1)
  • Hot Water (Tales of the Darkworld, #2)
  • Ride the Lightning (Tales of the Darkworld, #4)
  • Holiday Hearts (An Antaeus Family Christmas) (Tales of the Darkworld, #4.5)
  • Common Ground (Tales of the Darkworld, #5)
  • Sunstroked (Tales of the Darkworld, #6)
  • Breathe Me In (Tales of the Darkworld, #6.5)

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