Never Lose Your Flames by Francis Gideon

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never-lose-your-flamesNever Lose Your Flames by Francis Gideon
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Pages: 310 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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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.

three-stars


This is a first read for me by this author. Lately I’ve been in a pnr/uf kick with alot of my reads. I can say most first books in a series don’t work for me. It’s usually copious amounts of world building, character building and the plot. It’s no difference here. I actually liked Nat’s character alot more then Gabe. Gabe was mean to me at times, I understood his position, job and character but he didn’t redeem himself in my eyes. To be fair, I didn’t want to like him either. I really enjoyed Nat’s character alot. Of course he seemed standoffish, but what do you expect him to be like when he’s been running his whole life.

I did like alot of the side characters. The entire cast of elementals, shifters and witches were a breath of fresh. Loved seeing new aspects to Urban Fantasy. I liked the build up between Gabe & Nat. I thought the writing was solid, and maybe the story could have been cut down by 50 pages. Some areas I felt dragged alot. It was a nice action paced story. A bit of romantic times, and seeing Gabe realize that Nat was truthful was my favorite part of course. I look forward to more from this author and this series.

About Francis Gideon

Francis Gideon is a writer of m/m romance, but he also dabbles in mystery, fantasy, historical, and paranormal fiction. He likes to stay up late, drink too much coffee, and read too many comic books. He credits music, especially the artists Patti Smith, Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Florence + the Machine, and The Pixies as his main sources of inspiration, but the list grows every day. Since age twelve, he’s been trying to figure out what genre is best suited for a strange, quiet kid like him and so far, he’s happy to be where he’s ended up.

When not writing fiction, Francis teaches college English classes while he studies for his PhD. He has published several nonfiction and critical articles on everything from the Canadian poet and artist P.K. Page, transgender identity in the YouTube community, using fanfiction as a teaching tool, and character deaths in the TV show Hannibal. Those are all under different his “real” name, though. He writes his novels using his middle name, Francis, so that his students don’t Google him and ask too many questions.

Both Francis and his partner live in Canada, where they often disagree about TV shows and make really bad puns. To talk more about books, bad horror movies, LGBT poetry, or anything else, please drop him a line!

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