Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Captive Fire
Author: Erin M. Leaf
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 88 Pages
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: April 29, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Prince Ryuu hates his father, Emperor Midian. When he’s forced to buy a slave, he defiantly chooses Drakon instead of a woman. Because he’s determined to overthrow his father’s empire, he can’t afford to show vulnerability, but Drakon is more compelling than he’d anticipated. For an Arethuza warrior, affection is a weakness that can lead to death.
Drakon isn’t really a slave—he’s a black dragon, considered cursed by everyone. Despite his people’s distrust, he will do anything to keep them safe, even submit to an Arethuza prince. He never expected to find love, and that complication could ruin his plans to sabotage the emperor’s war campaign. Though Ryuu is his fated mate, their fledgling bond is a secret too dangerous for Drakon to reveal.
Will their duty tear them apart? Can honor prevail in a war that might be too violent for even the strongest dragon warrior?
Review: This is a fun, jam packed little dragon story. It’s short but complete.
Ryuu is biding his time until he can take down his evil father. In the meantime, his father is forcing Ryuu’s hand in providing him with an offspring which he believes will give him a strong, hopefully dragon blooded, child. That is, after all, why he married Ryuu’s mother, the woman he took after he raided her people and who it is rumored to have dragon bloodlines. Thinking to thwart his father’s plan, Ryuu takes on a male slave.
Drakon is sweet, but he also has a plan to take out the evil king. Basically shunned by his people for being a black dragon, the most feared kind, he decides to go it alone and allows himself to become a slave. It is pure luck that he ends up with Ryuu.
It takes some time for them to fully trust one another, but they align themselves pretty quickly as circumstances somewhat force that to happen. I really liked them together and was pretty much rooting for them from the get go. There is plenty of mystery and action to go along with the romance and hot sex.
This is a fast-paced read, and I definitely wish it had been longer. However, I never felt as though there was anything missing. It really was a complete story that gave just enough background, world building, plot and relationships to make it whole. If you love a good dragon story, be sure to give this a try.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*