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(Temper #1)

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Submission will tame her temper but unleash her true power. Dutiful devotion will heal cursed bodies and souls. Compassion and boundless passion will set them all free. Nobody, nothing will tear this trio apart. Not even death.

Short-tempered Lana Martin is a workaholic consultant based in Tokyo. Not one to turn down a challenge, she accepts the indecent proposal of her mar
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published March 9th 2019 by Fierce Editions (first published March 8th 2019)
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Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read. The vivid writing takes the reader to the streets of Japan and provides insight into the nitty-gritty of martial arts along with the simmering love story between the two protagonists. Thumbs up for this one!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, LOVE the whole series!!!
Mind-blowing, horizon-broadening, eye-opening! Honestly an amazing story.

We have Lana, a multicultural woman with a strong mind and the cutest language. I'll never get over moans of "dios mio" when it's getting heated (which it does like every third chapter and you will love it). I mean, Shades Of Grey, go pack your bags and go to church, bring us the holy water to clear our minds (and ovaries) once we're done reading. I don't even know what to say, let me pu
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lila Mina is for me one of the most talented woman’s fictions writers I have ever come across.

The Temper Series is like no other I have read. Each book took me places no book has ever and reignited more than just my love for the written word and books. The exploration of Japan - cultural, culinary, its people and places are so immersive I felt as if I had been on a trip. Getting to meet Lana, Honda and Yuki was a pleasure, they became close friends along their road, it was an honour to follow t
Donna Till
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading this book but I can say that this was a brilliant read. From the very first chapter this book draws you in.
This book is set in Japan and the author has gone into great detail with the setting and Japan's culture and customs.
The three main characters are all so different but connect together so well. There are many layers to each character that it feels like you are only just beginning to understand them. Lana's unknown past is intriguing
Shannon Kay
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read
This story blew me away. I wasn't sure what to expect but the first couple chapters reeled me right into this addictive story! Not only is this a wonderfully written erotic novel, but it has such an intriguing story and extremely developed characters that simply blew me away! I loved the amount of detail that went into the cultural intricacies of Japanese life, and loved to see how this affected the characters and their relations to each other. Lana's character is amazing, I ADORED Yuki, and I c ...more
Jaime Reynolds
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story that opened my eyes and broadened horizons. I am so glad I took a chance and read this book. It was phenomenal. Japanese culture is one I never fully understood but with this story I felt as though I was right there in the midst. There was so much passion and understanding between these characters that at times I felt I was intruding on private, learning moments. This should be on everyone’s must read list. It certainly surprised me and I found myself learning quite a lot about culture a ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: extraordinary
Extraordinary read!

Only a few chapters into this book I knew I found a real gem. Unique storytelling and a great writing style, phenomenal characters, complex and unusual relations and interactions, and well structured, seamles character development. This book is reshaping genre boundaries with strong, powerful story of unconventional love and diverse ethical, spiritual, and cultural norms. Highly recommended.
Erin Figueiredo
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this story. I really didn’t think it was something that I would be interested in. But after reading the first few chapters it had me hooked.

This story is intense, hot, sexy and suspenseful. An all-around great read.

The author did an amazing job interweaving Japanese culture and customs into the story.

In this first book the characters are only just developing into what is sure to be an interesting and intense love story with intriguing aspects
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Temper: Deference is a gripping and compelling paranormal erotic romance. Ms. Mina does a superb job representing a healthy and proper dom/sub relationship, which is so often misrepresented into today's literature. The setting of Japan and its culture is a character in and of itself. It calls to you and holds you in its grasp.

All the characters are well developed, but the one that stands out to me and drew me in the most is Yuki. A powerhouse of a woman who knows what she wants and how to get i
Claire Cronin
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Lila, I was very intrigued by the blurb and very glad I gave it a chance because this has been one of the most original and different stories I have read in a long time.

Set in Japan and the author has gone into a hell of a lot of detail in local culture, language, customs and legends. Whilst this was brilliant in the story telling and really drew you into the story, it also didn't help that I didn't know the terminology being used and had to refer to the glossory at ti
Angela Armstrong
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Ms Mina has crafted a book that takes you right into Japan. Not only is the story awesome, but the attention to detail, the explanation of Japanese culture and the reality of life there has your feeling like you were THERE!
So many stories are either written in the western world for the western world or in the eastern world for the eastern world. This book is set in the eastern world but written for both.
Mina has gifted us with a tale that draws you in and holds you there and the he
Within The Pages Book Blog
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a story unlike one I’ve ever read before. When I started reading this story it was addicting and quickly became one I could not put down. The cultural aspect alone was brilliant and telling of Japanese traditions and demands. I was transported to a world of passion, obedience and acceptance of what may be misunderstood. Beautifully written and one that everyone should read. It’s certainly a story that will bring you more awareness and possibly teach you something.
Dorothea Lynne
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlike anything I've read before. The intense relationships in this story are handled respectfully. The author has included an incredible setting and the culture is explored well. This first book is a perfect lead in to more, and I look forward to it. This book will not be for everyone...but if you are open minded and interested in a hot (I mean smoking hot), intriguing, well-written story...then this book is for you. If you're not sure, give it a chance, you won't be disappointed.
India Kells
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fascinatingly unconventional
Temper is a white-hot sexy story that will pull you into a storm of lust. An intense sub/dom relationship where limits are tested, have a wide and tolerant mind as you will jump into BDSM and polyamory. It's not only about sex, but about relationships and how we interact in intense situations with one another. Add in an exotic location, and unknown culture dynamics, and you have one unique of a ride.
Daniela W
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: do-read
(actual rating: 4.5)

Thank God for this diverse Erotica!

There is so much I enjoyed about Deference but since I don’t want to spoiler you I’ll keep myself short and use a list that is in no particular order:

– older women (over 30 and over 40 years old)
– ongoing power play
– Yuki. Seriously. She is the greatest.
– Lana does not lose her personality because she entered training as a submissive.
– friendship between females
– no instalove
– as far as I can tell no fetishization of Japan (please c
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults with open minds
Recommended to Tanya by: Lila Mina
When I first started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I had a feeling it was going to be good, that was a gross understatement. When I finished, I realized I was at a loss for words. It was fantastic! I was amped and wanted more!

I loved the pace of the book, it didn't lag at all. The raw passion between Honda and Lana is breathe taking. The sweet passion between Yuki and Lana is delicious. Lila Mina did an amazing job in bring the Japanese culture to life. It gives you a taste of the
Patti Jean
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to start out by saying, for this being Ms. Mina's first book, she knocked it out of the park! This was easily a 5 star read in the first few chapters alone. That's saying a lot!

The author's ability to describe the world in which our characters are a part of, Japan, allowed me, the reader, who had never been there before to fully see through their eyes and feel as though I'd lived there, or at least visited enough to think of myself familiar with the surroundings.

The characters were wri
BCD Book Review - Rachel & Jen
Amount of sex 5 / 5
How explicit is the sex scenes 5 / 5
Amount of BDSM/Fetish 5 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

Learning Hapkido is a challenge for Lana. The challenge is to master the moves and then there is her instructor, Honda.  He is hot and dominating, something Lana finds frighting and alluring. Then something happens that gives Lana an opportunity to live with  Honda and his equally hot wife, Yuki. Suddenly, Lana is entrenched in a dynamic with two doms.  Find her way through rough sex an
Heather Watson
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stories like this are the reason I read. It took me out of my reality and placed me somewhere I never thought about before reading this book. Reading the Temper series is truly an experience. It's totally addicting. Always enough detail to make you want to know more. I have read them and re-read them and still find myself staying up late to read just one more chapter.
The characters are amazing and unforgettable. I can't decide which one I favor. This story is unique to me as it is a love story
Steve Grogan
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TEMPER: DEFERENCE is, in my opinion, a unique book in the erotica category. What makes it earn this distinction? The fact that it is set in Japan, which is still a male-dominated society, and yet the protagonist Lana Martin holds just as much (if not more) power than her “master,” a gruff and abrasive Aikido instructor named Honda.

It is an interesting twist that Lana’s “dom” is also her Aikido instructor. At first, he is her master both on the mats and on the mattress, but it isn’t long before L
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You never forget your first, and you certainly won't forget the first time you read a Lila Mina firestarter. The Temper saga begins with Deference and to say it starts with a bang would be the understatement of the year.
I didn't know how much I wanted a sultry story like this until I realized I'd been reading without stopping the entire afternoon. With many romance or erotic novels I find I'm filling in the blanks with my own feelings and trying to be satisfied with an ok story and some spicy m
Tiffany Beattie
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OK so I need to rest the rest of this series like now!

Lili Mina has a woven a wonderful story that hooks you and doesn't let you go.
Lana is a strong main character who makes you fall in love with her attitude and sass from the get go. Her steamy relationship with Honda and Yuki keeps the reader on their toes and the pages turning.
While the book is very steamy there is enough storyline in the background to keep it from venturing into trashy, and the characters have depth that keep them from being
Nicole DeVincentis
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely intoxicating......

From the very first sentence, readers are inescapably drawn into a whirlpool of dangerous passion, fierce obedience, and a bond that transcends every foreseeable limit for this unforgettable trio.

It's all or nothing under Honda's intense tutelage, but if you're anything like Lana, it won't just be your temper flaring up under his intimate stare. Honda is undeniably a dominant, but even he is surprised by Lana's resilience. Together, they take each other beyond their
Ellie Midwood
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Temper: Deference” is a fascinating, steamy story set in Japan, which only adds more spice to an already compelling narrative. Honda was Lana’s martial arts instructor until he became something more - her Dom who promised to test her limits and help her heal from past trauma at the same time. Eventually, Yuki, Honda’s wife finds her way into their relationship and the trio grows even closer together.
I found the setting itself positively fascinating. Vivid descriptions of Japan, certain cultura
Holly Collins
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deference is one novel that will have you hooked! Lana's character is so strong and relatable. You will fall in love with this sexy, beautiful story. Be sure to have something to cool you down as you read these steamy scenes. They are perfectly written, you will imagine yourself as Lana. Lila Mina is an amazing author who will be a Best Seller in no time! I HIGHLY recommend reading "Deference", you most certainly will not be disappointed. If you have a partner, I'm sure they will thank Lila for ...more
Margaux Espinosa
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a strange, erotic and mysterious read this was. It was very different from anything else I’ve ever read and was wild and intriguing enough to keep my interest all the way through. I actually really enjoyed the characters and their constant dance between dominance and submission, the blood play and fierce fights for control, even the way their relationship works with Yuki in the middle somehow. I got the distinct feeling that there will be something big that happens at some point and the odd ...more
E.R. River
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done-reading
WOW - it is the first word that comes to mind if asked to describe the feeling and thoughts that I'm left with after I read this book. Lila Mina it's a fantastic writer who placed me in the middle of an intense three-way relationship. Feelings, the scenery, the scorching sex scenes, everything is described vividly. She gave me a new world of passion to fall into and made me addicted to this series. If you want to meet Honda, Lana, and Yuki and know the darker side of a Dom-sub relationship, read ...more
C.K. Marie
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this book.
Lila Mina pulls you in from the start with her impeccable writing. Every word in this story flowed flawlessly from beginning to end.

The story of Lana, Honda, and Yuki is definitely not a typical love triangle story, in fact there is no triangle with these three. There's beauty, passion, and strength. The sex is hot and steamy but also powerful and dark.

Deference has without a doubt been placed in list of top reads! I cannot wait to read the other tw
Gordon Bickerstaff
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unconventional love.

This is an eye-opening, erotic, romance story with bisexual and devil/paranormal flavours. A gripping and powerful tale of unconventional love forged by soul-shattering hardships, fierce duty and raw passion that reshapes genre boundaries. It is set in Japan and is well described to give a strong sense of the culture and environment. Characters are well developed, stand out, and believable with intriguing sides that draw you into the story. Sexual scenes are explicit, intense
Ava Larksen
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating read and full of heat. Japan was a vibrant setting for this intense relationship between Lana, Honda and Yuki, and the perfect foil for the dom/sub relationship, as well as the martial arts aspect that drew Lana and Honda together. Lana, a strong lead, has an intriguing past that we slowly begin to unravel in the first book (though not all is given away and made me hungry to learn more). It subtly builds with an eerie feeling that all is not right with Lana and Honda. That ...more
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An avid reader of thrillers, science-fiction, horror and romance, I have been writing for nearly 25 years. Lila Mina is one of my pen names.

I am a firm believer in cross-genre literature. Life is too complex, too rich and surprising to limit stories to one genre only. I love blending genres to create powerful characters, emotional plots and exciting stories that hopefully will stay a long time wit

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