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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sydney Croft's Taken by Fire.

Power. Pleasure. Danger. It doesn't get any hotter than this.

He came to the underground London club for a night of extreme sex play with the enigmatic “Mistress Rik.” But the special agent known as Trance is really on a search-and-rescue mission to keep her alive. Part predator, Ulrika “Rik” Jaegar possesses feral powers that make her a danger to others—and to herself. That’s why the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives (ACRO) wants to recruit her to their side….To do so, Trance will have to pull off the impossible: capture and control Rik, both woman and beast.

On the run from the deadly agency that changed her into a pleasure-seeking shape-shifter, Rik uses sex to rein in her own raging desires. Operating on pure instinct, she trusts no one…especially the magnificent alpha male with the power to seduce her into submission. An undercover agent with unique hypnotic gifts, Trance is surprised by his instinct to hold Rik and keep her safe—but he has a job to do. And as he hunts her down, as Rik and Trance are thrust into the ultimate game of domination and submission, they’ll enter a place where surrender is their sole hope of survival—and the only thing that can tame the wild beast in both of them.…
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780440338499
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Taming the Fire
3.5 Stars

Synopsis:
Tortured and abused by the diabolical Itor agency, Ulrika Jaeger is now on the run together with her internal beast, which she can only control using sex. Trance is the ACRO agent sent to capture and control her but he soon finds himself awakening long buried desires and emotions that will change both his and Rik’s lives forever.

Review:
The Sydney Croft duo are adept at incorporating multiple romances into one all-encompassing story. The main couple, Trance and Rik, are an interesting pair. Both are plagued by personal demons but refuse to be controlled by them, and ultimately manage to come to terms with who they are. Their initial relationship is based on sex but develops and grows into something more quite quickly (an element that is missing in Unleashing the Storm). I should point out that the books incorporate several BDSM scenes, and even though I do not particularly enjoy books of this type, the scenes are skillfully woven into the fabric of the story and manage not to become excessive.

Meg and Ryan are my favorite couple possibly due to the slow build-up of their relationship and the intensity of their emotional, and ultimately, sexual connection. Ryan’s amnesia and internal struggle with the possibility of his dangerous desires add to the complexity of their bond. Dev and Gabe's story was also sweet but not as engrossing perhaps because I am not really into m/m relationships.

Although the writing flows and the story is entertaining, I did not find Taming the Fire as enjoyable as Seduced by the Storm. First, the animal theme was too similar to the second book, Unleashing the Storm, which was a disappointing read, and second, the ending feels forced and contrived.

Finally, the hints at Marlena’s story are intriguing and I look forward to reading more about her in the next book.more
I really enjoyed this book! I thought the storyline was interesting, the dialogue was enjoyable, and the characters were fun to meet. I think my favorite part of the romance was the picnic:-) I also loved watching Dev's new relationship develop.more

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Taming the Fire
3.5 Stars

Synopsis:
Tortured and abused by the diabolical Itor agency, Ulrika Jaeger is now on the run together with her internal beast, which she can only control using sex. Trance is the ACRO agent sent to capture and control her but he soon finds himself awakening long buried desires and emotions that will change both his and Rik’s lives forever.

Review:
The Sydney Croft duo are adept at incorporating multiple romances into one all-encompassing story. The main couple, Trance and Rik, are an interesting pair. Both are plagued by personal demons but refuse to be controlled by them, and ultimately manage to come to terms with who they are. Their initial relationship is based on sex but develops and grows into something more quite quickly (an element that is missing in Unleashing the Storm). I should point out that the books incorporate several BDSM scenes, and even though I do not particularly enjoy books of this type, the scenes are skillfully woven into the fabric of the story and manage not to become excessive.

Meg and Ryan are my favorite couple possibly due to the slow build-up of their relationship and the intensity of their emotional, and ultimately, sexual connection. Ryan’s amnesia and internal struggle with the possibility of his dangerous desires add to the complexity of their bond. Dev and Gabe's story was also sweet but not as engrossing perhaps because I am not really into m/m relationships.

Although the writing flows and the story is entertaining, I did not find Taming the Fire as enjoyable as Seduced by the Storm. First, the animal theme was too similar to the second book, Unleashing the Storm, which was a disappointing read, and second, the ending feels forced and contrived.

Finally, the hints at Marlena’s story are intriguing and I look forward to reading more about her in the next book.more
I really enjoyed this book! I thought the storyline was interesting, the dialogue was enjoyable, and the characters were fun to meet. I think my favorite part of the romance was the picnic:-) I also loved watching Dev's new relationship develop.more
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