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Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 17, 2021
A cooling planet leaves a race of alien dragons in jeopardy and a ruthless human plots to wipe out the whole race. The exciting culmination of the trilogy had me eager to see if the Draconian race would survive and what would come of the doomed attraction between the dragon priestess and a war-weary human former CIA agent.
Playing With Fyre is the third and final book in the Alien Dragon Shifters trilogy. While this is a new romance pair, the story is still tightly connected to what came before so isn’t the best place to jump into the series.
Henry Winslow might have helped break up a plot by the rogue Biggs that would have led to possible war between the Draconians and humans and left a key person/s dead, but the Draconians are mistrustful at best of humans. A meaningful encounter with O’ne the Draconian priestess leaves him haunting the temple hoping for a chance to see her again that doesn’t come. When he gets on the first colony ship with the dragons headed to their new planet, he finds O’ne on it. She is honest with him about her duty to the Sacred Flame and her people, but they have the time of the journey. He doesn’t understand his own need to be with her even if it’s just two days, but he agrees.
O’ne has been the Draconian Priestess for thousands of years. She never wanted the duty, but the Flame chose her. Now, she has the job of transferring the dragon fyre and her acolytes to their new temple home. Much is at stake, but that doesn’t stop her from setting aside duty for two halcyon days with H’ry aboard the ship. She avoided the attractive and distracting human back on Draco, but her resistance weakens and here she is discovering that a lot can take place in two days. Her heart may never be the same, but she has to give up H’ry for her duty.
I have always enjoyed the way this author weaves in her sci-fi setting and alien background details with an exciting plot and sensual romance. Playing With Fyre delved into the mystical side of the Draconian culture giving O’ne’s history and responsibilities that are also a big part of the conflict since being priestess prevents her from pursuing her own happiness. Henry has lived a dangerous life his whole career and never thought to have anyone in his life and I found it poignant that he ends up falling for a female bound up in duty she can’t escape. I was really cheering for this pair to find a way somehow. There were some fun twists and surprises as a result.
And, oh yes, the villain Biggs was still causing trouble and things got pretty intense there toward the end leaving me flipping pages quickly. I do love when a villain makes things interesting.
This was a fabulous series of books and I enjoyed them all with my favorite for the last. I got the best of two genres with dragon shifters and sci-fi worldbuilding. Those who enjoy spicy alien romances should definitely keep this trilogy on their radar.
My thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book to read in exchange for an honest review.
Romance BINGO: #13 Sci-Fi Romance
About the Book
A forbidden love forged by fyre…
Former Secret Service agent Henry Winslow comes to planet Draco to help a friend. He intends to return to Earth, but something about the mysterious woman in bridal white grabs him and won’t let him go. It’s a crazy, futile infatuation. She’s an alien dragoness, a priestess, and possibly literally divine. To pursue her would be playing with fyre…
After a devastating loss, dragon-shifter O’ne seeks vengeance at the temple of the Eternal Fyre. Unexpectedly, she is exalted to priestess and bonded to the sacred flame, transforming her life to one of duty and devotion. Then Henry arrives, and the mostly human man awakens her secret yearnings. To have anything to do with him would be playing with fyre…
Surrendering to temptation and passion, Henry and O’ne are about to discover when they play with fyre they might get burned.
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