Title: Never Lose Your Flames
Author: Francis Gideon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 1st 2016
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 310 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Cop-turned-bounty-hunter Gabe Dominguez is hired to capture firestarter Nat Wyatt. For a dragon-shifter like Gabe, apprehending Nat is easy, but transporting him involves more time, energy, and blood loss than he envisioned. An attack from a band of fairies, an out-of-control forest fire, and a showdown at an auction don’t faze Gabe, but Nat’s innocence might stop him entirely.
Since discovering his abilities, Nat’s lost a best friend, a boyfriend, and trust in his brother. Only his love of concerts and card games get him through life without a home. Rumors of the Judge, a giant dragon who once destroyed half of Canada avenging those he loved, provide Nat with hope of vindication. When Nat discovers his captor is the Judge, he thinks he’s finally caught a break. Through late-night conversations and a shared love of music, Nat tries to convince Gabe he’s not guilty.
Can Gabe continue his cutthroat lifestyle, or will he run away with his dragon hoard like he’s always longed to do? Can Nat escape his legacy, or will his be another spark snuffed out by people who don’t understand? The Oracle, the most powerful wizard in Canada, might be the only one who can provide answers.
Nat Wyatt is tired of running and constantly having to prove he’s not guilty over and over again. When he’s captured by bounty hunter Gabe Dominguez and finds out Gabe’s actually the giant dragon named the Judge, Nat believes if he can convince the Judge he might just be able to have a life.
If the stories Nat heard about the Judge were true, then he knew that out of all the bounty hunters to have captured him, Gabe was the only one who was going to actually set him free. Nat still didn’t know how this would happen, but he knew it to be true deep down in his bones. He had drawn his card for Gabe, after all, without even realizing he was the source of inspiration.
I liked the world building here with the witches, and shifters, and elementals. I enjoyed the urban fantasy and getting to know the characters. I thought Gabe’s reluctance to listen to Nat, and the way Nat eventually breaks down Gabe’s walls, was well crafted. I really liked the way Nat reacts to the world around them and the way he falls for Gabe.
The writing is good, the characters are solid, there’s some humor, some nice sexy times, quite a bit of action, and a wonderful HEA ending. Though the story winds a little, sometimes seeming to get off track, it all comes together in the end well.