The Temper Saga Book Two
An unexpected discovery leads Lana, Honda and Yuki to rethink their relationship. Meanwhile, shapeless and mortal danger looms on the horizon, forcing Honda to finally confess to Lana why he chose her. To her horror, their boundless thirst has cursed roots, and they have no choice: only together will they stand a chance to defeat the heinous monsters stalking them and put an end to the spiraling madness engulfing them.
Desperate to protect her most precious treasure against timeless forces bent on destroying them, Lana takes a radical decision in relation to Yuki and attempts to let go of her traumatic past. As a terrible storm gathers above their heads, the time for secret is over. The trio must come out clean with the powerful heads of their families if they want a chance at a real future together.
Continuing right where DEFERENCE ended, DREAD is the second book of the TEMPER saga, a single story arc that ends with book 3, DELIVERANCE. It contains explicit contents only suitable for an adult audience.
Publisher: Independently Published
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, Alpha Character, Badass Hero, Coming Out Later in Life, Cultural Differences, Everyone is Queer, Healing Power of Sex, Hurt / Comfort, Interracial Relationship, Love Can Heal / Redemption, Married Life, May/December, Menage, Second Chances, Student-Teacher, Uncommunicative Masculinity
Word Count: 80000
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Nikki on https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2FLQ5LYDI6R84 wrote:
Amount of sex 5 / 5
How explicit is the sex scenes 5 / 5
Amount of BDSM/Fetish 5 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
I am really enjoying this series. It moves swiftly and is very steamy – like my Kindle is on fire level of sexy. The magic between the three characters: Lana, Honda, and Yuki is mesmerizing.
So why am I giving this glowing review so far a 4.5 instead of a 5? There are two reasons – first, the book is one book split into three parts. While there is a cliffhanger of what will happen next, it lacks a climax (ha, ha, pun not intended because trust me there are lots of climaxes). This kinda irritates me in general. My second reason is this book makes an unexpected turn into the paranormal. I just didn’t expect it. What I thought was a series about how these three characters navigate differences in culture, the culture around them, and their relationships has moved to be all that and there is a paranormal element. My main complaint is there was very little set up in the first book (there were two small parts), not that there is any fault in the writing or the story itself. I think ultimately these two reasons tie together – if it was one book, it may not have been such an odd turn.
Mind you, I still really like the series. I love the cultural, character, and relationship development as well as the paranormal part. It was the lack of understanding this was going to happen, which frankly maybe my problem, not the books’. I was just as shocked as Lana is about what is going on around her.
My complaints are small in contrast to the way Mina weaves this complex story. It is a second book, which always makes it harder to review because you don’t want to give anything away (and there is a lot to give away). Lots of juicy action, great relationship dynamics and well drawn with a complex culture.
Amazon Customer on https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3GJK6LMNAWGD3 wrote:
This is a menage romance that invites the reader into the life of a dom/sub relationship that turns into a happily ever after.
Lana stumbles into the life of Hondo and Yuki, a married couple in modern day Japan, who are juggling their own needs against their families not so modern wishes. Lana becomes ingrained in their lives as their sub, while being a very savvy businesswoman in her own right. She has to learn to deal with not only her relationship with them, but how to handle the Japanese subservient woman culture, while not giving up her identity. Not to mention an ancient god giving the whole family trouble.
There is a very prevalent paranormal aspect to these books that melds itself into real-life situations. While very important to the story line of the book, I do not feel it was the paranormal aspect that "forced" the menage relationship, as is true in so many paranormal romances. Both woman, Lana and Yuki, are incredibly strong willed, forceful, women, and the author does a good job showing how this intersects with their dom/sub relationship.
These books deal with some heavy themes, it is not a fluff romance. However, it does have a HEA. I definitetly recommend this trilogy!
My heart! I loved the first book in the series but the second one was even better! I literally read it in one day because I couldn’t put it down once I started. As Lana’s relationship with her master Honda and his wife Yuki progresses, the happy trio have to face not only external enemies (well, perhaps, not enemies per se but Yuki’s father, Nakazawa, definitely was not a happy camper in this installment and easily stole a prize as an antagonist of the day) but also their own past, which could very well affect their future.
With Honda’s gentle guidance, Lana finally opens up to him and tells a tragic story of her youth (get your tissues ready - it’s heartbreaking) and soon both realize that the heartbreaking event ties them together in a most unexpected, and dangerous way.
I loved the elements of the paranormal that were introduced into an already compelling story. Particularly the scene with the spirits near the sea was so vividly described, I could almost see it with my own eyes. Hauntingly beautiful imagery!
The progress of the trio’s relationship and the character development of each, and especially Honda, was brilliantly done. I loved watching them all grow and learn how to trust and open up to each other.
The exotic setting of Japan, its complex system of customs and traditions makes the story even more enjoyable. Overall, it was a brilliant new installment and I already can’t wait to start book three! Five very well-deserved stars!