Tamed By the Fire by Maxine Mansfield


Tamed By the Fire by Maxine Mansfield
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (344 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

Kitrina Dragonheart is a hunted woman, but the last thing the savvy rogue wants is to partner in a quest with the arrogant but oh-so-sexy prince who deflowered her. But when the threat extends to her legacy and her loved ones, she has no choice but to accept his skills as an extraordinary warrior. Now if she can just get past the distraction of his touch.

Barbarian Zander Hammerstrike vowed to protect Kit with his life. But who’s going to protect Zander from the sensually sassy human? She’s playing havoc on his sanity—as well as his libido—and she’s on the verge of stealing his heart…again. He can’t let that happen. As future ruler of Alaria, Zander must take a barbarian wife to keep the bloodline pure, and Kit being human…

Destined from birth to follow different paths, their love seems impossible, but does the Dragon Heart Opal have other plans in store for the pair?

My favorite book in the series so far, Tamed By the Fire was hot, fun, and exciting. And the gnomes are slowly starting to grow on me.

Kit’s been crushing on Zander for as long as she can remember, and she’s chosen him for the one to take her virginity during her deflowering ceremony. While she can’t see into his mind, we can, and we know the idea of being with her is more than tempting. Unfortunately, he’s heir to the throne and there are very strict guidelines on who he must marry, so he doesn’t want to act on his feelings, and says some unflattering things about her to make it seem he’s less interested than he is. Still, after much time and strong encouragement by her parents, he agrees to her deflowering.

It makes for a very hot scene as he’s determined to make sure she enjoys her first time. Ms. Mansfield is remarkably skilled in her writing of these scenes… they’re descriptive, sexy, and stimulating, but not coarse. Exactly the type of sex scene I appreciate most.

There’s a misunderstanding immediately following, and it causes years to pass before Zander and Kit meet again. I admit to being a bit frustrated by it — If Kit had simply asked one question of Zander, it wouldn’t have been the mess it was. Still, she was very young and immature, so it wasn’t completely outside of her nature to behave the way she did.

And the gnomes … we can’t have a review without mentioning them. I think the gnomes were less annoying to me this book because they were integral to much of the plot, whereas they’ve typically felt more like comic relief and not much else in the other books. You get their disgusting sense of humor here, but they do more than entertain.

When Zander and Kit meet again, Zander is sworn to protect her when it’s discovered her life is in danger. This, of course, forces them to spend time together and the spark is still humming between them.

We see characters from previous books as well, but I think this story stands alone fine.

There’s plenty of fantasy action here, as well as many typical fantasy characters that one expects including elves and dragons and more. There’s magic and mischief and really it’s just a book that succeeds famously in entertaining the reader. It seems the author just keeps getting better with each book.

If you’re a fan of fantasy, but want plenty of heat with your story, I recommend grabbing a copy of Tamed By the Fire, and probably the three books before this one. I think you’ll be glad you did.


  1. Rita Wray says:

    The story sounds exciting.

  2. Thank you so much for reviewing Tamed by the Fire. I always look forward to your reviews, and not of just my books. And I’m glad the gnomes are finally growing on you. 🙂 Now if I could just get the little buggers out of my house. They are everywhere!

  3. Loved reading the review! Thank you so much for sharing. Sounds like a very interesting storyline and a very compassionate Zander. =) Best of luck with your success!

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  4. Maxine,
    You did it again-another raucous naughty read. What fun and highly recommended. Congratulations

  5. jae awkins says:

    The whole series is a fun romp! What an imagination, Maxine…love the cover of the new one, too.

  6. Great review! I love the way Leeky talks, so I’m a gnome fan. 🙂

  7. The gnomes are growing on you? Uh Oh! What’s the universe coming to? LOL.

  8. Interesting book

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  9. Mary Preston says:

    Did someone say gnomes???


    • LOL! Mary, the gnomes are rude, crude and socially unacceptable… however, they are also “aunts” and “uncles” to many of the main characters and protect them fiercely. It’s a unique touch to the story, and I think I’m finally getting used to their behavior. 😀

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