Tempt the Dragon
An Afrofuturist Paranormal Romance
by A.C. Arthur
Published January 11th 2021 by Carina Press
Aiken and Mel never thought they would see each other again.
Fate, and a brewing war with a vampire army, had other plans.
After the love of his life walked away, powerful half-human, half-dragon Aiken French isn’t about to risk his emotions on a woman ever again. It doesn’t matter that his Drakon beast wholeheartedly disagrees, or that his powers of telekinesis are suffering as a result. He can’t live through that kind of heartbreak again. But with a long-buried vampire stirring, he might not have a choice.
Bounty hunter Mel Kane never wanted a preordained future—she will be in control of her life, not some Drakon beast who supposedly selects her mate for her. She had to leave, even if it just about killed her. But if she’s going to decide her own future, she’ll need to stay alive long enough to see it, which means trusting Aiken with her life, even though she couldn’t trust him with her heart.
With war on the horizon, Aiken and Mel must track down the rogue vampire behind it all. Temptation leads them back into each other’s arms, but even fate isn’t a sure thing when faced with a legion of the undead determined to kill them all.
In this book by A.C. Arthur, we find a dynamic duo of characters in a cosmic star crossed lovers role. Mel just wants her independence and doesn’t appreciate that Aiken’s “beast” has chosen her. After an 80 year split, they come back together and have to finally deal with all their issues.
This isn’t the type of story that is all sex scenes. There are a good number of these included but it doesn’t detract from the overall story. I appreciated that the author told the story of these two and their trials. It took awhile to go through the journey and that is what sets this book apart from others in this genre.
Good pacing and strong characters. A great mix. Definitely going to check out more from this author.
If you like paranormal romance fiction, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.