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"What happens when you mix fire and water?"

In an alternate reality, magical creatures like dragons and mer people really do exist. An evil Empire rules the earth, and it will take the combined efforts of all the mythical beings to bring it down.

Libby is special. Not only is she a dragon, but she is female, which was very rare. After the Emperor's soldiers killed her best friend, she vowed to see the whole empire destroyed. Escaping after a botched attack on the ruler, she found herself on board a ship captained and manned by mer-people, all of whom have secrets.

Swann is the captain of the Swift Revenge, a ship dedicated to fighting the Empire. Directed by the Empress to meet a dragon and take him to safety, Swann is stunned to find the "boy" he pulled out of the ocean was really a woman. Instantly attracted to her, he takes her to safety. But powers beyond their control are conspiring against them. Will Swann and Libby be able to be together? Will they be able to defeat the wicked Emperor, and save their world?

EMPIRE: BURNING DESIRE was an amazing story. I have not read very many stories with merpeople in them, but this one was very well done. Swann's character was so tortured-both literally, courtesy of the Empire, and figuratively because of the pain in his past, but he still was strong enough to allow himself to fall for Libby, and to trust her to save him when he needed it. Libby's character was also very well done. She was strong, but not overbearing, and willing to do what she had to in order to save Swann, even if it meant giving herself up into slavery. The ending was true poetic justice, and very satisfying. Let's just say that everyone got what they deserved, especially the emperor who caused so much pain. The romance between Swann and Libby was red hot, but it wasn't just mindless sex, because it was obvious there were real feelings between the two of them, which made it even better. All in all, this is an excellent story!

Reviewed by Beth Foster
Posted June 18, 2009

SUMMARY

No one hides from the Empire. They see everything, they know everything.

But what they don't know is that a very rare female dragon is living in the slums of the floating city of Carnalis, keeping quiet, staying hidden. They don't know that under the deep, dark seas that cover most of the world, an entire civilization of Mer is thriving. And they definitely don't know that when the two meet, sparks will fly.

Libby is seeking revenge against the Empire for the death of her best friend. Swann is still healing from wounds the Empire inflicted on him seven years ago.

When fire meets water, burning desires will set the world alight.

Genre: Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Theme(s): Ménage, Bisexual and More, Shapeshifters, Elves, Dragons & Magical Creatures
Series: Empire
Length: Novel

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Burning Desires
(Empire: Book 2)
by Cat Marsters

Changeling Press
May 1, 2009
Available: May 15, 2009
ISBN #1605212326
EAN #9781605212326
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Cat Marsters

Sundown International (Collection)
Sundown, Inc. (Collection)
After The Fall
Courtesan
Out of This World
Fifteen Minutes From The Sun
Incognito
Paranormal Mates Society Vol. III
Here Kitty Kitty
White Wedding
Get Lucky
East Side Story


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