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ARC Review: THE CALL OF FIRE by SLOANE CALDER

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SUMMARY

A powerless supernatural mafia princess. A bodyguard hellbent on revenge. And a love that might cost them both everything…

Elspeth Lennox knows dreams are foolish–including the dream to marry for love. Born without elemental power, she’s considered worthless except in the promise that she could produce a rare and superiorly gifted child free from the disease that is slowly killing her brother and so many other Natura.

In exchange for a cure, she agrees to marry and join her bloodline with that of the Natura’s most powerful Russian family–a king very few have ever seen in person.

The last thing the Lennox family needs is another powerful alliance. Fearing retaliation from other Natura families, Elspeth’s grandfather assigns her his most powerful bodyguard to make sure she survives to see her wedding day.

Fire elemental Aleron Foussé has long dreamed of revenge for his father’s murder. Protecting Elspeth will give him the cover he needs to finally achieve that goal. Elspeth’s just a pawn. A distraction he doesn’t need. A dangerous distraction who makes him dream of things he’ll never have. Things he never thought he wanted.

Now he wants it all. He wants her.

But Elspeth holds a secret powerful enough to start a war, and if they’re not careful, their hearts may be the first casualties.

Publication date: 10 December 2020

Rating: 5/5 stars

Category: Romance, Paranormal, New Adult

Pages: 780

Publisher: Pretty Dynamite Press

Source: Netgalley

Trigger: None

Review

In a world where powerful elementals called Naturas rule, Elspeth is born to a powerful family of Naturas without any elemental power of her own. Her only ability as a passive is that any child she gives birth to will be very powerful. The power her brother processes is so powerful that it is threatening his life. Elspeth has decided that the only option to save her brother is the Russian’s formula but the Russians want Elspeth’s hand in marriage for her future super babies. Because Elspeth is powerless, she needs guards 24/7, cue Aleron.

Aleron is an Alpha fire elemental Natura which means he is one of the most powerful in his society but he doesn’t come from a powerful family. He is seeking revenge for his father’s death which leads him to becoming Elspeth’s exclusive guard.

I am getting Black dagger series vibes from this story and I can’t articulate why because it is only Aleron that was giving me big, bad vampire vibes. I also think the author was wickedly clever by making the epilogue of the first book about the second book in the series; I was so tempted to go get the rest of the books in the series if it was on audible – but it is not if you have kindle unlimited, however, you can get all three books in the series so far.

I gave the story 5 out of 5 stars. I couldn’t think of a reason why it shouldn’t get all 5 stars, although it wasn’t an obvious 5 stars for me but the story is well written, the chapters are short which I like and the language was simple, so it ticked all the right boxes.

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