"Tempting Flame" is a fantastic start to an amazing new sci-fi romance series. The author strikes the perfect balance of world building and intriguing storytelling. Everything about the Jendari is fascinating and fresh. Tallis is sexy, strong and committed. He brings his culture to life. Jasmine is a sensual woman with the courage to do what it takes for those she loves. The chemistry between them is HOT, but the storyline is the true gem in this book. Good, original sci-fi is hard to find and sexy, romantic sci-fi even harder. Delwyn Jenkins does both in this engaging and complex read. This is story about good guys and bad guys, right and wrong, fear and tolerance. The shifter aspect of the Jendari is absolutely captivating. A true love story, Tempting Flame also tells a suspense filled tale that will keep the reader up all night. Tallis and Jaz are so right for each other. It’s exciting to watch their journey. The secondary characters are compelling and add a lot to the story. They also provide interesting possibilities for future stories. I highly recommend the one to sci-fi lovers as well as those who just need a great love story.
The Jendari, 1
Jasmine Teale will do anything for the sick kids she works for, including handcuffing herself to the security desk at Hope Towers—headquarters of the newly-arrived aliens. When a Jendari warrior decides to handle her demonstration personally, Jasmine realizes she’s in way over her head.
Tallis Ba’reah has no interest in the humans whose planet his people now share, and he’s done with the endless anti-alien protests. Until he confronts a soft, sexy, protest-of-one and he becomes far more interested than he should be. Interspecies relationships are forbidden, and Tallis does his best to avoid temptation. But when Jasmine is put at risk because of her ties to him, he’s forced to admit his heart is in charge—not his head.
Tallis may not be able to claim her for his own, but he’ll do whatever it takes keep her safe.
Tallis rarely ventured outside when he pulled security duty at Hope Tower. He hated the smell of car fumes and the taste of metal on his tongue, and he couldn't bear the press of people. The oppressive city atmosphere made his tigaren half twitch. Too much noise, too much movement, too much everything.
The lush gardens on the twentieth and fortieth floors of the tower, as well as the roof gardens, normally took care of the needs of both man and beast. But today he'd needed more than plants and trees. He longed for the warmth of the sun and the feel of the air on his skin. So he'd stepped outside, found a tiny pocket of solitude in the landscaped gardens and tried not to breathe too deeply.
He much preferred to spend his time at New Havilah, the Jendari settlement in Washington state. Unfortunately, security at the tower fell under the rhe'hashan's purview, and every warrior was expected to take his or her turn. For Tallis, that duty consisted of suffocating in a suit and tie and sitting on his ass half the day. This shift he'd been paired with a human who couldn't close his mouth for more than two minutes at a time. Which is why Tallis had escaped to the gardens. And why he had the bad luck to walk into the foyer of Hope Tower during a public demonstration.
Pushing through the crowd he scanned for threats, preparing himself for anything. He'd monitored his fair share of protests and anti-alien sentiment, but this was the first time any of those maniacs had managed to get inside the tower.
As he drew closer to the action he realized it was a protest of one. A soft, feminine kind of one that was all fluff and no claws. She was loud, he'd give her that, but she was no threat. Motioning to security to stand down, Tallis kept walking until he was almost toe to toe with the woman.
Using all of his six foot plus frame, he loomed over her—and she kept on yelling despite the anxiety he saw in her blue-green eyes.
Well, that was pretty courageous, all things considered.
"Be silent." He put enough growl in his voice that she quieted immediately. "If you speak to me calmly and quietly, I'll do my best to help you." Because the sooner he got rid of her, the sooner he could go back to his station.
The woman peered up at him and he watched as she swallowed hard. "Um, thank you?"
The fear in her eyes remained, so Tallis stepped back a little to give her some space.
"What do you want?" he asked, pitching his voice for quiet command.
"I, um, well…"
Tallis narrowed his gaze at her lack of verbal skills. She didn't look mentally deficient, and she'd certainly sounded lucid when she'd been shouting her demands. He moved a little closer, hoping to hurry things along. "You have three seconds or I'm walking away and leaving you to the NYPD."
She took an instinctive step back and the handcuff jerked her to a halt. "Wait, don't go." She looked up and hit him with pleading eyes. "I want to talk. In fact, you're who I've come to see."
Tallis shook his head. "I don't know you."
The woman took a bracing breath, squared her shoulders, then held out her left hand. The one that was cuff free. "Jasmine Teale. How do you do?"
"Tallis Ba'reha." Confused as hell but having no option but to play along, Tallis reached out. His hand almost swallowed hers whole, and when he felt how badly she was trembling he gentled his grip. Her hand felt tiny in his, and her skin slid soft and smooth against his palm as he released her. "What will it take for you to go away quietly, Jasmine Teale?"
"Ten minutes of your time." She was looking a little wild-eyed, but at least she was stringing entire sentences together now.
"Done." Moving closer to the counter, Tallis used his body to block the array of smart phones still pointed in their direction. "I'll give you ten minutes, and you'll give me utterly silent obedience from now until we get into my office. Agreed?"
"Yes." She rummaged in her pocket and produced a small key. "Just give me—"
"Jasmine Teale." He waited until her blue-green eyes flicked back up to meet his stare. "The obedience is silent."
Nodding she went back to work, jabbing at the lock with the tiny key until the metal cuffs clicked open. Leaving the offending item hanging like a forgotten sock, she motioned for him to lead on as if he was a tour guide. Resisting the urge to explain to her how many ways he could kill a man—or woman—Tallis gritted his teeth and turned. Without bothering to look back, he stalked across the foyer and down a corridor, making several turns until he came to the break room.
He had no interest in enmeshing himself in whatever drama this human had cooked up. The sooner he could be rid of her, the better he'd feel.
What a great read! This book was fantastic. I haven't read a lot of sci-fi romances but the few I've read have been growing on me. So I am glad I decided to give this one a shot. It's the first of the series and I hope the wait isn't too long before the next book is released. Definitely keeping an eye out for more! Jasmine is a curvy woman on a mission to fulfill the one wish of the sick children in her foundation. They want to meet a real live alien. It shouldn't be that difficult considering a new species of aliens has taken up residence on Earth for almost two years now. But for some reason, her attempts to see a representative about this matter have all ended in disappointment. Determined not to fail this time, she has a plan to make someone, anyone, listen to her plea. Tallis is in the wrong place at the wrong time when he happens to become the alien caught in Jasmine's protest. Then after doing the polite thing and listening to her request, he somehow ends up stuck being the one to fulfill it. Yet, it doesn't take long for Tallis and his internal feline half to decide they want more from this woman than an act of charity. Unfortunately, tensions run high with the new alien citizens and earthlings still at odds. Tallis knows that he can never have a real relationship with Jaz, despite his entire being craving her. He worries for her safety, and if rumor were to spread of an alien-human affair, they would face opposition from both sides. However, the heart wants what it wants and soon the pair have little choice but to risk it all for love. Jasmine was a nice character with a heart of gold. She went to bat for the kids in her charity and wouldn't back down until they got their wish. I liked her from the beginning. Tallis was a unique character, especially with him being sort-of a shifter. I enjoyed reading about his alien heritage and all of their technology. The couple had good chemistry and boy, were the love scenes hot with a capital "H". More than that, there was an emotional connection felt early on and so the whole 'mate' concept never felt forced. Tallis surprised me more than once when he was so endearing yet dominant at the same time. I liked that side of him just as much as Jasmine did. *wink* As for the plot, it also had some twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. There is a bit of action here and there but nothing too explicit, except for the bedroom scenes. Though, I think my favorite part of the book was watching Tallis bicker with Itohan, who was almost like his magical familiar. Those two were funny at times. In closing... I wonder which alien will be next to find their own mate. I hope it's Deasun. Five stars!
Jasmine Teale is determined the sick children counting on her will not be let down. One already died without receiving his wish, and there will be no more. She decides the best thing she can do is handcuff herself to the desk of Hope Tower, one of the sites for the new aliens. Tallis Ba’reah sees the humans as a means to the survival of his race, and has no plans to interact with any; the separation between races is for the best. He is tired of the protests until he sees Jaz and her protest of one. He is intrigued by her desire to help children’s wishes come true; he loves cubs. He becomes far more interested in Jasmine Teale than he should be. Tallis and Jasmine are forced together by deadly circumstances which will change both of their lives. The coming together leaves them both in danger for their lives, but the heart wants what it wants, and to save both they may have to give it their all. Tempting Flame is a wonderful romance, a true story for the ages. I found the writing to be superb and provide a world where the world collides with its future, and the fight against prejudice on both sides fits right in with modern society and culture. I look forward to the future of the Jendari because though it looks bright there are clouds on the horizon.
Tallis’s people are now sharing a planet with the humans and he’s tired of all the anti-alien protests. One protester, Jasmine, in particular catches his eye and what better way to deal with a problem then with his own two hands? Tallis and Dea are great together. They are best friends and brothers in spirit. They’re dialogue constantly made me giggle. Jasmine is just trying to help the sick kids she’s come to love. Her hearts in the right place even if protesting doesn’t exactly help her cause. When she meets Tallis she knows she’s in way, way over her head. It is so much fun to read their romance. The world building in this book is really a thing of beauty. It’s well detailed without being boring and I for one, enjoyed the hell out of it. I just absolutely love Tallis and Jasmine. Even their awkward moments are adorable! I can't wait to read more in this series!
I really enjoyed this series. I can not wait for the next one is released, hopefully there will be more to come.