Temper: Deference

The Temper Saga Book One

by Lila Mina

Deference - Lila Mina - Temper Saga
Part of the The Temper Saga series:
Editions:Kindle - First Edition: $ 0.99 USD
Pages: 222
Paperback - First Edition: $ 15.00 USD
ISBN: 978-1793274700
Pages: 424

For readers looking for a scorching dark paranormal romance filled with intrigue, drama and emotions. 

To recover from a terrible assault that shattered her life, Lana Martin has poured all her energy into her international career and is now a workaholic consultant based in Tokyo.
Domineering martial arts instructor Honda has a terrible secret. He needs to find someone who will submit to him, no questions asked. Someone strong enough to handle his raging and spiraling needs that endanger his wife Yuki.

Hot-tempered and sharp-witted Lana is the perfect match and he picks her to become his submissive. Not one to turn down a challenge that allows her to tread into the waters of her deepest desires, Lana accepts his indecent proposal. To her surprise, their affair spreads like wildfire and lits another blaze, this time between Lana and the sophisticated socialite Yuki. At first unsure about her own desires, but unable to ignore the strong pull she feels toward Yuki, Lana embraces what the couple offers her.

But for Lana, Honda’s extreme demands do more than meet her darkest desires. Something inside her is triggered and stirs. Something that will slowly eat her from within and that threatens them all. A two-edged sword, the trio’s fiery passion will either destroy them or be the key to their salvation.

Temper: Deference is the first book of the Temper trilogy and ends with a cliffhanger. It continues with Temper: Dread and ends with Temper: Deliverance. It features a trio who ends up founding a polyamory family.

Publisher: Fierce Editions
Pairings: F-F-M
Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Pansexual, Polyamorous
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 3 Age: 46-65
Tropes: Age Difference, Badass Hero, Coming Out Later in Life, Cultural Differences, Everyone is Queer, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Interracial Relationship, Love Can Heal / Redemption, Married Life, May/December, Most Mindblowing Sex Ever, Student-Teacher, Uncommunicative Masculinity
Word Count: 77000
Setting: Japan
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Reviews:Margaret Adelle Laupp on https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2KYMSB5CJN5KF wrote:

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I was intrigued about this book from the get-go. I've been wanting to get more into polyamorous relationships and this one seemed like the ticket.

The author explained that she does live in Japan and the fact is obvious from the way the characters act within the space. There's mentions of the different parts of Tokyo and standard procedures after earthquakes. Admittedly, a lot of the terminology made things difficult to imagine easily, but I can't fault the author for cultural differences.

I love how both Yuki and Honda are different in their reactions toward Lana, but still with the same vibes. Honda does seem a little too controlling for my tastes, but that's a cultural thing. (Personally I would have just gone for Yuki.) I appreciated the myriad of little mysteries peppered throughout the story. Strange things that happened, backstories not explained. There's a lot to still uncover moving forward without having the standard "they break up, watch them get back together in the next one!" ending that a lot of romance series use so often.

It's definitely a love letter to the country. It's also definitely not your mother's grocery store erotica. While there are some tamer sex-scenes, there are also some that are not for the faint of heart. Everything is consensual, no content warnings needed for that, but this is DEFINITELY not a beginner's erotica. This is the erotica for the people that have read so much other erotica that they're desperately for something new. And it will deliver.

Lexxi James on https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2XEI6MXNF3XAC wrote:

A highly provocative experience that is truly hard to describe in words. Set in the beautiful backdrop of Japan, young, tough, and defiant Lana takes us on a uniquely sensual journey as she is abruptly lured into an extreme BDSM relationship with her aikido master and his wife. The author is truly gifted in leading us down a path which is both alluring and disturbing, and brings a genuine credibility to the heroine's perspective. There were times as I read the words, I wondered as Lana did if I could keep going. And yet, the language and visuals were so delectably seductive, I literally couldn't tear my eyes from the book. As experienced by Lana, the elements are introduced in such a fast-paced and insistent manner, you wonder if the momentum and erotic shock-value can continue. Let me assure you, IT CAN!

I can't believe these words would ever escape my fingertips, but this ain't your garden variety BDSM. After finishing this book, my mind is still reeling from it all. Again, full props to the author for bringing an authenticity to the voices and feelings of the characters. Beyond the raw, feral emotions, there is also the notion of a love story unfolding, strongly binding the characters together. Like the heroine, I have found a new addiction, and will eagerly grab the next in the series for another fix.

A Romantic Journey Book Blog on https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2I902LGISRKJQ wrote:

I'm going to start out by saying, for this being Ms. Mina's first book, she knocked it out of the park! This was easily a 5 star read in the first few chapters alone. That's saying a lot!

The author's ability to describe the world in which our characters are a part of, Japan, allowed me, the reader, who had never been there before to fully see through their eyes and feel as though I'd lived there, or at least visited enough to think of myself familiar with the surroundings.

The characters were written in a manner that you believed yourself to either be them or know them. Be it friends or enemies.

Technical things aside, this book pulled me in so quickly! Lila Mina wrote an all consuming page turner. What scares me is that this is only book 1. So many things are still shrouded in mystery that is yet to be revealed. Leaving you hanging just enough that you want to get book 2 (Which I hear will be out before too long, thank goodness), but not enough to leave you frustrated.

The heat within these pages, between these characters, will have you reaching for your fan to cool yourself off. Once I started, it was very tough to give in to reality and remember I wasn't a part of the book but lived in this thing called reality LMAO!!!!

You'll end up with one of the best book hangovers ever! HIGHLY recommend this read and author to anyone!

About the Author

A 40-something European woman living in Japan, I have written fiction and non-fiction for nearly 25 years. I love blending genres to create powerful characters, emotional plots and exciting stories that hopefully will stay a long time with my readers. Strong, courageous and resilient, my female protagonists embrace their desires while battling inner demons and dangerous foes.

The rich and beautiful traditions of Japan, the amazing nature and the long history of this country are a constant source of creative inspiration.
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