Title: Temper (Deference) Temper Saga #1
Author: Lila Mina
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.
Passion is certainly a huge theme within this book.
Lana has a lot of trauma to work through, and she’s not sure how to go about it. Her martial arts instructor, Honda, has ideas. When his wife, Yuki, gets involved, the trio grows a truly interesting bond.
I love the way that the author mixed Japanese culture along with that of the dom/sub. All the characters were uniquely written, but I think the way that the author highlighted all their wishes and desires made them all the more believable. While there is a lot heat, there are also moments where the characters must face challenges inside of themselves, their trauma, and try to heal to better themselves and those around them. I think that’s what made this such a powerful read. Not only do we see the steamy scenes of a dark romance, but we get a feel for why the characters are driven to need those moments.