"Lex Valentine has created a vibrant world"

I read books one and two in this series, both of which were really good, so I just had to read this third book. I have to say, I am happy that I did. This is the only book in the series that is m/m, but the love and passion was just as powerful, if not more so, than the first two books.

The prologue gives us a little insight into what has been going on all along, but was only hinted at in the first two books. This book also takes us back in time to sometime before the first two books took place. It helped to fill in a couple gaps that had lingered in my mind after I read the first two books.

Holden Antaeus is a black dragon, and he isn't looking for his mate. He is perfectly happy with his love life as it is. When he meets Garrett, the new "bean counter" for his family's company, he is immediately drawn to him, and feels like he has met him before. He is also struck by the very strong scent of spearmint that seems to follow Garrett. It doesn't take him long to figure out that the signs point to the fact that Garrett is his mate, but that can't be, because he isn't gay.

Garrett is bisexual and immediately recognizes Holden as his mate. He is surprised, but not disappointed, and quickly begins the descent into love. He has to be careful though, because if he scares Holden off or can't convince him that they can be mates as nature intended, then the rest of their lives will be miserable torture. Garrett's biggest problem with the situation is that he may have to give up a little control because he is an alpha, but so is Holden.

I am impressed by Lex Valentine's ability to create a vibrant world filled with realistic characters, giving them very real human emotions. This book may be part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. That being said, I would still recommend that you read these books in order, as it gives you a deeper appreciation and understanding of the background and families involved.

Reviewed by Melissa Conatser
Posted August 5, 2009


Black dragon Holden Antaeus isn't looking for a mate. His life is filled with family, work, and dating. Women adore him and he's never short of offers for sex, but a relationship isn't something he's interested in. When Holden's brother Sean hires a new executive for Antaeus International, Holden's whole world, and everything he's ever believed about himself, is blown to bits. Garret Renquist is a green dragon, intelligent, witty, bi-sexual, and hot for Holden. Despite the fact that Holden is positive he's heterosexual, the moment he meets Garret, something happens inside him. What follows is a journey through stereotypes and ingrained beliefs as Holden struggles with the fact that his destined mate is a man.

Genre: Erotic Shapeshifter (Dragon), M/M Romance
Length: Novel (55,000 words)

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Fire Season
(Tales of the Darkworld: Book 3)
by Lex Valentine

Pink Petal Books
July 1, 2009
Available: July 9, 2009
ISBN #0982488599
EAN #9780982488591
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