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Mother Nature’s children are here to clean up humanity’s messes. But they’ll have to deal with their own disasters first… Elspeth Lennox arranges the Natura world’s most powerful unions every day. But her own love life? That’s way more complicated. Her bloodline (and lack of elemental powers) ensures she won’t get a fairy tale ending. A mutually beneficial arranged marriag Mother Nature’s children are here to clean up humanity’s messes. But they’ll have to deal with their own disasters first… Elspeth Lennox arranges the Natura world’s most powerful unions every day. But her own love life? That’s way more complicated. Her bloodline (and lack of elemental powers) ensures she won’t get a fairy tale ending. A mutually beneficial arranged marriage is probably the best she can do. And she’s mostly okay with that…until she meets her inconveniently sexy new bodyguard. Fire elemental Aleron Foussé will have his revenge. Protecting Elspeth will give him the cover he needs to finally bring down his father’s murderer. Elspeth is just a pawn. He knows that. But knowing doesn’t stop him from wanting. Love, family…things he hasn’t dreamed of in years. Now he wants it all. He wants her. Too bad a union between them is as forbidden as it is ill-timed… Enemies are circling. The threat of civil war looms large. Only one thing is certain—there’s a lot more at stake than Elspeth and Aleron’s happily ever after. Because when all is said and done, lives will be lost. They can only hope it’s not theirs...


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Mother Nature’s children are here to clean up humanity’s messes. But they’ll have to deal with their own disasters first… Elspeth Lennox arranges the Natura world’s most powerful unions every day. But her own love life? That’s way more complicated. Her bloodline (and lack of elemental powers) ensures she won’t get a fairy tale ending. A mutually beneficial arranged marriag Mother Nature’s children are here to clean up humanity’s messes. But they’ll have to deal with their own disasters first… Elspeth Lennox arranges the Natura world’s most powerful unions every day. But her own love life? That’s way more complicated. Her bloodline (and lack of elemental powers) ensures she won’t get a fairy tale ending. A mutually beneficial arranged marriage is probably the best she can do. And she’s mostly okay with that…until she meets her inconveniently sexy new bodyguard. Fire elemental Aleron Foussé will have his revenge. Protecting Elspeth will give him the cover he needs to finally bring down his father’s murderer. Elspeth is just a pawn. He knows that. But knowing doesn’t stop him from wanting. Love, family…things he hasn’t dreamed of in years. Now he wants it all. He wants her. Too bad a union between them is as forbidden as it is ill-timed… Enemies are circling. The threat of civil war looms large. Only one thing is certain—there’s a lot more at stake than Elspeth and Aleron’s happily ever after. Because when all is said and done, lives will be lost. They can only hope it’s not theirs...

30 review for The Call of Fire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chilson

    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 3.5 Stars The Call of Fire is the first installment in the Natura Elementals series. However, there are two prequel novellas, The Mistake & The Birthday, that provide all the necessary background information on the magic system and the traumas of both main characters, Aleron & Elspeth. The Natura contain water, fire, air, and earth, their sole existence to balance Mother Nature and keep the planet safe. Natura either have o I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 3.5 Stars The Call of Fire is the first installment in the Natura Elementals series. However, there are two prequel novellas, The Mistake & The Birthday, that provide all the necessary background information on the magic system and the traumas of both main characters, Aleron & Elspeth. The Natura contain water, fire, air, and earth, their sole existence to balance Mother Nature and keep the planet safe. Natura either have one or two elements within them. However, there are those who have 3, which puts the Natura out of balance. Such as air stoking fire, but if water is introduced it puts the fire out. The magic system was intriguing, the world building interesting. The Natura were meant to balance the ecosystem. While I found that an interesting premise, I didn't think that occurred on the pages. I'm also not sure if this is part of the plot for later, or if the author didn't realize it contradicted the world building. The Natura were too busy fighting amongst themselves, blaming ignorant humans, but never once took care of a natural disaster. It was more of a chicken/egg situation. Were the Natura cleaning up the messes of humans with an increase of natural disasters due to their not taking good care of the world, or were the Natura using natural disasters as an excuse to cover their own tantrums... because all I saw was their tantrums and no balancing of the ecosystem. The entire reason for Natura existing was to balance the ecosystem, but all they did was use it as an excuse to cover up their crimes. Set to the angsty backdrop of Elspeth agreeing to an arranged marriage to gain information to save her brother from the torment of having three elements. Aleron is filled with grief and shame, suffering from being disowned from his family due to the death of his father at the hands of the Lennox patriarch, something he would have done himself to save them from the Lennox family. More angst, a slight love-hate feel for a chapter of so, Aleron loathes the Lennox family, yet gets forced to be the granddaughter princess's bodyguard to make sure she ends up at the altar to hold up her end of the bargain. Aleron and Elspeth have an instant connection, neither speaking of their deepest desires and fears. I had a hard time feeling the connection the author told us was there, because Elspeth discovers Aleron's origin with joining the family, along with the burden he carries, and they never speak of it. It's a conversation that would have bound them closer together, but it never occurs. It's one of those instances where it sounded good on paper but I didn't "feel" it. There was no progression of the romance, just that it was suddenly soul mate level, without any interactions to build up to it. The magic system was interesting, but sometimes it felt chaotic to absorb the information, where I was never sure if it was incomplete or if I had a strong grasp on it. I explained above how the world building contradicted itself over why the Natura exist in the first place. I never did understand how witches and mages truly fit into the magic system-they just showed up to create havoc. How did Mother Nature fit into it, because Aleron kept saying he had to commune but he never did, neither did Elspeth. There was an issue with the magic system, how it was written to be firm but altered to suit the shift in the plot, which is a huge plot hole no-no for me. At age 12, the magic presents itself but won't come into maturity until age 24. These were the rules the author put into place. Yet Aleron presents elements at different ages, and then there is Elspeth. So I felt this odd that there were firm rules put in place, rules that didn't apply to the narrators, so the rules probably didn't apply to any other Naturas either. Just as the issue with those with three elements dying young, but at least 2 Natura shown on the pages lived to an elder age. I'm curious to read more in the series if it isn't centered around Aleron or Elspeth, since I never connected to either of them, even after reading their prequel novellas. I'll hold judgment on whether or not I'll continue on with the series depending on whether or not I become emotionally invested in the outcome of the main characters in the next in the series, whom I assume will be Flora. That sparked my interest at the end of the novel. Another reason I'm holding out until the next book to make my decision is whether or not the author gets a firm grasp on the world building, sticking to the rules created, versus changing it simply to fill plot holes and progress the story forward.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katheyer

    Fate always finds a way to fulfillment “The Call of Fire” the first full-length installment in the “Natura Elementals” series by Sloane Calder, bring together two wonderful characters, both struggling to right past wrongs that never were their fault in the very first place. Elspeth Andrea Lennox have dealing with rejection since her twelfth birthday, the day where their claim to her Natura power failed idle and she became a Passive, a person without any active Natura powers, that can nevertheless Fate always finds a way to fulfillment “The Call of Fire” the first full-length installment in the “Natura Elementals” series by Sloane Calder, bring together two wonderful characters, both struggling to right past wrongs that never were their fault in the very first place. Elspeth Andrea Lennox have dealing with rejection since her twelfth birthday, the day where their claim to her Natura power failed idle and she became a Passive, a person without any active Natura powers, that can nevertheless pass Natura traits to her offspring. That was the moment Elspeth life change forever, she lost the love of her grandfather (Seanair, who is in fact the Fire Magnus, thus the most powerful Natura in the region) and turned into a commodity to be sold to the best bidder in order produce powerful children. Elspeth has spent the best part of the last twelve years making up to her grandfather without results, piling in work, rearranging data-bases and issuing marriage contracts to strength Natura traits. Finally, the dreaded day has come Seanair orders her to marry a Natura Russian prince, a business transaction, that unfortunately Elspeth cannot refuse. Aleron’s hatred for Seanair knows not boundaries, fully deserved though as Seanair killed his father making Aleron an accessory in the process. However, Aleron is intelligent and know how high the stakes are, he has bearing his time all those years, doing Seanairs bidding and coming closer to a position of power that will allow him to exact his revenge eventually. Until a whim of fate, puts Aleron into Elspeth path, he becomes her bodyguard and the destiny follows swift. Sloane Calder’s Natura world is very well-crafted and carefully developed, every detail explained through the pages, without breaking the action at any moments. The story has a very balanced pace, neither slow not overly fast, with a good mix of action and character development. Utterly interesting subplots interwoven into the core action offer further information about the Natura world . The characters – both MC and secondary ones - are fully fleshed-out, original, coherent, credible and relatable at all times. The plot is full of twists and unexpected turns, that keep the action flowing forward until the absolute fantastic ending. Calder’s writing style is impeccable, rich, elaborate and intelligent, but still easy to read as the story flows throughout the pages, with a blend of action, drama, romance, with a good dose of humor on top. While the book can perfectly be read without any previous knowledge of the series, I will recommend the two available prequels “The Mistake” and “The Birthday” which respectively recount Aleron’s and Elspeth’s background stories, not only for the added information but because there are both fantastic reads in their own right.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Hawkins

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! How can so much be wrapped up in just 300 something pages?! I couldn’t put this book down and I lost sleep! This book puts us in a world where Mother Nature has gifted the elements human form so that they help the world survive the abuse of humankind. These beings are known as Naturas and they work to heal the world. We follow the story of Elspeth Lennox, granddaughter of the Fire Magnus and leader of the North American Naturas, she becomes the black sheep of the fa I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! How can so much be wrapped up in just 300 something pages?! I couldn’t put this book down and I lost sleep! This book puts us in a world where Mother Nature has gifted the elements human form so that they help the world survive the abuse of humankind. These beings are known as Naturas and they work to heal the world. We follow the story of Elspeth Lennox, granddaughter of the Fire Magnus and leader of the North American Naturas, she becomes the black sheep of the family when it’s revealed on her twelfth birthday that she is without any elemental powers. Her only ability as a Passive, a Natura without powers, is the ability to birth very powerful Naturas, a trait that is greatly desired by powerful families around the world. After a contractual marriage agreement with Russian Natura Royalty, Elsepth is assigned one of her grandfathers most deadliest assassins, Fire Alpha Aleron Foussé. He’s tasked with keeping her safe from those who oppose her marriage or who want to obtain her Passive trademark. The instant attraction between Aleron and Elspeth was hard fought but after a chance attack by an unknown Earth element, their connection was solidified after a necessary life-saving kiss. This initial spark was a flame and over the course of this book we watch their love burn so fiercely. As Elspeth and Aleron fight tradition, fight their urges and try to do the right thing the secrets of their past come out, Mother Nature reveals a big surprise and their future together is finally within their reach! I highly recommend this book and the two novellas that precede this. I absolutely love these characters and everything about this elemental world. The aspect of Mother Nature and the elemental Naturas was so intriguing! I enjoyed the close friends and the somewhat close families. I was really excited when Aleron’s family showed up and made a show that they never truly turned their back on him. I was disappointed about Elspeth’s cold grandfather and was hoping she’d have some glimmer of the old man she once knew. I was rooting for Aleron and Elspeth the whole time and I would have been devastated if they couldn’t be together. They were soulmates, they were what each other needed to become whole and I need more of them. Absolutely loved this and would easily recommend. Looking for more of what Sloan Calder has to offer! I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kaye

    ♠️♠️ONE PRIZE WINNING THRILL♠️♠️ Blazing britches! Sloane knocked the brakes off this incredibly compelling rollercoaster ride, bringing out the big guns, heavy artillery and ammo aplenty, locking it down and holding steady, keeping you riveted on a razors edge launching this jewel to a whole new level. Hurled into a deceptive scheme full of captivating drama, perilous intrigue, brutal tactics, malicious deeds, mounting danger and swirling suspense, rocks this jewel to its core, blasting this bab ♠️♠️ONE PRIZE WINNING THRILL♠️♠️ Blazing britches! Sloane knocked the brakes off this incredibly compelling rollercoaster ride, bringing out the big guns, heavy artillery and ammo aplenty, locking it down and holding steady, keeping you riveted on a razors edge launching this jewel to a whole new level. Hurled into a deceptive scheme full of captivating drama, perilous intrigue, brutal tactics, malicious deeds, mounting danger and swirling suspense, rocks this jewel to its core, blasting this baby to life brilliantly. Shenanigans and mayhem descend in a flurry of unnerving encounters and sinister intents, highlighting the broken barriers and crushed perimeters, limitations are amplified and enforced, merging this gem together seamlessly. Continence and dynamics in layer upon layer that you peel back with each page your drawn into this web so profoundly until everything else ceases to exist. The attraction and chemistry builds as each layer is peeled back baring incredibly deep emotions and intense affections, binding them to one another beautifully. The characters are complex, genuine and realistic with traits and qualities that balance and blend, with amazing depth and diversity with enough spice to add an extra kick to the mix. The scenes are strikingly sharp with abundant details and descriptions creating a colorful backdrop that so rich and lively as though you can just reach out and touch it. Remarkable job Sloane, thanks for sharing this awesome little gem with us.

  5. 4 out of 5

    YASHIKA VERMA

    So to the last book of 2020. When I signed up for this book I didn’t know the genre of the book but it turned out to be sci-fi. When I started reading it I was amazed. Throughout the whole book, just one word rang in my head ‘Fascinating’. I wonder how Beautiful they must have looked with their power ribbons surrounding them. I wish I could just see how on the first page when that fist breeze struck Aleron’s face and fire glazed his face. and when they regen their powers, the first time Elspeth reig So to the last book of 2020. When I signed up for this book I didn’t know the genre of the book but it turned out to be sci-fi. When I started reading it I was amazed. Throughout the whole book, just one word rang in my head ‘Fascinating’. I wonder how Beautiful they must have looked with their power ribbons surrounding them. I wish I could just see how on the first page when that fist breeze struck Aleron’s face and fire glazed his face. and when they regen their powers, the first time Elspeth reigned her water element with zum. Through 71% of the book, I finally understood the title of the book “Call of the fire”. God or I should say, Goddess 😂 Senair’s death was really really unexpected, actually, everything in the book was unexpected. I see how the author played with the reader's mind by putting so many turns and twists, I heard myself gasping at some points. And it turned more interesting when Samuel came into the picture, I mean a warlock how cool is that a natura traveler my in the form of smoke. Well even a Natura is so cool in itself And at the end, we are left at the cliffhanger, but Egan was his son I did not see that coming. I will eagerly be waiting for the next part, until then.✨

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laure

    Elspeth Lennox is a member of one of the most powerful "elite' Natura families, in a society that values powerful elementals. Her life should be perfect, right? Wrong. On the day she should have discovered what her elemental power would be, nothing happened. She is a null, or in not so polite terms, a dud. Now she spends her days arranging marriages for the Natura's elite, but her hope of finding love and a happy marriage for herself is slim to none. The best she can hope for is an arranged marr Elspeth Lennox is a member of one of the most powerful "elite' Natura families, in a society that values powerful elementals. Her life should be perfect, right? Wrong. On the day she should have discovered what her elemental power would be, nothing happened. She is a null, or in not so polite terms, a dud. Now she spends her days arranging marriages for the Natura's elite, but her hope of finding love and a happy marriage for herself is slim to none. The best she can hope for is an arranged marriage into another powerful family that will be beneficial to both families. Aleron Fousse watched as Seanair Lennox murdered his father. He has been waiting for years to have his revenge. When he is ordered to protect Elspeth, Seanair's granddaughter, he finally sees the way to realize his dreams of retribution. Provocative, well written, and compelling characters. In a society where one's "class" is all important, Elspeth and Aleron will discover love, and that they will go to any lengths to protect each other. Exciting action, magical battles, political intrigue, and a mystery. I think this is a must read paranormal romance. Fantastic. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cherisse

    A well-written, captivating story. I enjoyed this from the start to the very end. Although I hadn't read the first 2 novellas in this series, I did not feel that this detracted from this story and I didn't seem to be missing any information needed to follow the storyline. I will however be going back to read these now. The story follows Aleron, a fire elemental and Elspeth, a passive, who is the granddaughter of his greatest enemy Seanair. Aleron is owned by Seanair, and is tasked with bodyguard A well-written, captivating story. I enjoyed this from the start to the very end. Although I hadn't read the first 2 novellas in this series, I did not feel that this detracted from this story and I didn't seem to be missing any information needed to follow the storyline. I will however be going back to read these now. The story follows Aleron, a fire elemental and Elspeth, a passive, who is the granddaughter of his greatest enemy Seanair. Aleron is owned by Seanair, and is tasked with bodyguard duty for his granddaughter, who is about to enter into an arranged marriage. Believing he can use this to his advantage, Aleron agrees so he can bring his plan to kill Seanair to fruition, in revenge for killing his father 12 year ago. The problem is that Elspeth is not all she seems and Aleron begins to doubt his preconceived notion of who and what she is. At the same time, Elspeth begins to realise that not all is right with her world and what she was taught. A great enemies to lovers story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    This most definitely was a fantastic read. When I first started it, I couldn’t really get into it but soon found myself unable to put it down. By the time I finished it, I was already looking forward to reading the next in the series. The plot was great and there were so many twists and turns in it, that it did become confusing as to what was going on at times. I’m still not entirely sure who is on what side for some of the characters. The two main characters had amazing growth as they struggled This most definitely was a fantastic read. When I first started it, I couldn’t really get into it but soon found myself unable to put it down. By the time I finished it, I was already looking forward to reading the next in the series. The plot was great and there were so many twists and turns in it, that it did become confusing as to what was going on at times. I’m still not entirely sure who is on what side for some of the characters. The two main characters had amazing growth as they struggled to come to terms with what they felt was expected of them and what they actually wanted. I give this four out of five stars. The plot and characters were great and memorable. At times the story did get confusing but not to the point I refuse to read it. I look forward to the sequel. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Strickland

    Intriguing and with possibilities Although the premise was not necessarily new, the handling of the world-building had a freshness that appealed. Previously seen as weak the female lead gains powers that place her in a dangerous situation. Meanwhile lots of interesting characters abound including our hero. Sure of him, we are not so sure whose side some of the others will take. Lovely romance and although there was some predictability in the use of the four elements as power sources, nevertheles Intriguing and with possibilities Although the premise was not necessarily new, the handling of the world-building had a freshness that appealed. Previously seen as weak the female lead gains powers that place her in a dangerous situation. Meanwhile lots of interesting characters abound including our hero. Sure of him, we are not so sure whose side some of the others will take. Lovely romance and although there was some predictability in the use of the four elements as power sources, nevertheless our interest is caught and held. Looking forward to the next book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jean Morgan

    Excellent Story The concept is unique, the story was engrossing, right to the ending. There wasn’t a cliffhanger and yet it ended in such a way that I am hoping that there will be another story. I loved the heroine and the hero, really good chemistry and I love that her BFF became his BFF; the story was multi layered and so satisfying. Read it, you won’t regret it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christina Burrus

    This was my first book by Sloane Calder and I absolutely loved it!!! Paranormal romance at its best!!! This book will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next!!! I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future!!! Read and enjoy!!! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbie-Ann Clark

    After reading this book I had to take a little time to compose myself and get my thoughts clear in my head before I put them in a review. Wow this book was amazingly written. Once I started I couldn’t put it down till I was finished. This book has twists and turns you don’t know what’s happening. will they all get there happily ever after or will it all go wrong. To find out what happens go buy the book. You won’t be disappointed I wasn’t. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am After reading this book I had to take a little time to compose myself and get my thoughts clear in my head before I put them in a review. Wow this book was amazingly written. Once I started I couldn’t put it down till I was finished. This book has twists and turns you don’t know what’s happening. will they all get there happily ever after or will it all go wrong. To find out what happens go buy the book. You won’t be disappointed I wasn’t. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Crawford

    This book is so good, it will grab you from the first chapter till the end. The depth of characters and their struggles and emotion are truly exceptional. I fell in love with the characters and now I’m waiting for the next which I will buy immediately. Trust me you won’t be bored reading this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    What an interesting read this was. Characters were great and a fab read for the first one in a series. Romantic and plenty of action throughout. Very well written I recieved a free copy via Booksprout and this is my honest review given freely

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elvira

    I loved the twists and turns added to the storyline making it an enjoyable read. The characters are great and engaging and kept me entertained throughout the pages. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bazia

    Love it! The angst♥️great writing-can’t wait for second book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Interesting and intriguing book. Suspenseful and kept me wanting to know next. I enjoyed this book. I recommend this book and will probably read again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

    What an epic new way to write about the elements and magic! Can't wait for book 2! What an epic new way to write about the elements and magic! Can't wait for book 2!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Engle

    This was such a great book. After reading The Mistake I was alrwasy in love with Alderon hut this book just cemented that love. The twist and turns have really setvthis up to be a great seores and can not wait to read the next book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for THE CALL OF FIRE on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Erica – ☆☆☆ 3.5 stars The Call of Fire is the first installment in the Natura Elementals series. However, there are two prequel novellas, The Mistake and The Birthday, that provide all the necessary background information on the magic system and the traumas of both main characters, Aleron and Elspeth. The Natura contain water, fire, air, and earth, their sole existence to balance Mother Nature and Check out our full post for THE CALL OF FIRE on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Erica – ☆☆☆ 3.5 stars The Call of Fire is the first installment in the Natura Elementals series. However, there are two prequel novellas, The Mistake and The Birthday, that provide all the necessary background information on the magic system and the traumas of both main characters, Aleron and Elspeth. The Natura contain water, fire, air, and earth, their sole existence to balance Mother Nature and keep the planet safe. Natura either have one or two elements within them. However, there are those who have three, which puts the Natura out of balance. Such as air stoking fire, but if water is introduced it puts the fire out. The magic system was intriguing, the world building interesting. The Natura were meant to balance the ecosystem. While I found that an interesting premise, I didn't think that occurred on the pages. I'm also not sure if this is part of the plot for later, or if the author didn't realize it contradicted the world building. The Natura were too busy fighting amongst themselves, blaming ignorant humans, but never once took care of a natural disaster. It was more of a chicken/egg situation. Were the Natura cleaning up the messes of humans with an increase of natural disasters due to their not taking good care of the world, or were the Natura using natural disasters as an excuse to cover their own tantrums... because all I saw was their tantrums and no balancing of the ecosystem. The entire reason for Natura existing was to balance the ecosystem, but all they did was use it as an excuse to cover up their crimes. Set to the angsty backdrop of Elspeth agreeing to an arranged marriage to gain information to save her brother from the torment of having three elements. Aleron is filled with grief and shame, suffering from being disowned from his family due to the death of his father at the hands of the Lennox patriarch, something he would have done himself to save them from the Lennox family. More angst, a slight love-hate feel for a chapter or so, Aleron loathes the Lennox family, yet gets forced to be the granddaughter princess's bodyguard to make sure she ends up at the altar to hold up her end of the bargain. Aleron and Elspeth have an instant connection, neither speaking of their deepest desires and fears. I had a hard time feeling the connection the author told us was there, because Elspeth discovers Aleron's origin with joining the family, along with the burden he carries, and they never speak of it. It's a conversation that would have bound them closer together, but it never occurs. It's one of those instances where it sounded good on paper but I didn't "feel" it. There was no progression of the romance, just that it was suddenly soul mate level, without any interactions to build up to it. The magic system was interesting, but sometimes it felt chaotic to absorb the information, where I was never sure if it was incomplete or if I had a strong grasp on it. I explained above how the world building contradicted itself over why the Natura exist in the first place. I never did understand how witches and mages truly fit into the magic system—they just showed up to create havoc. How did Mother Nature fit into it, because Aleron kept saying he had to commune, but he never did, neither did Elspeth. There was an issue with the magic system, how it was written to be firm but altered to suit the shift in the plot, which is a huge plot hole no-no for me. At age 12, the magic presents itself but won't come into maturity until age 24. These were the rules the author put into place. Yet Aleron presents elements at different ages, and then there is Elspeth. So I felt this odd that there were firm rules put in place, rules that didn't apply to the narrators, so the rules probably didn't apply to any other Naturas either. Just as the issue with those with three elements dying young, but at least two Natura shown on the pages lived to an elder age. I'm curious to read more in the series if it isn't centered around Aleron or Elspeth, since I never connected to either of them, even after reading their prequel novellas. I'll hold judgment on whether or not I'll continue on with the series depending on whether or not I become emotionally invested in the outcome of the main characters in the next in the series, whom I assume will be Flora. That sparked my interest at the end of the novel. Another reason I'm holding out until the next book to make my decision is whether or not the author gets a firm grasp on the world building, sticking to the rules created, versus changing it simply to fill plot holes and progress the story forward. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  21. 4 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alerone Jacques Foussé is a double mantled fire elemental. Twelve years ago his father was murdered by a man he trusted and he's been plotting his revenge ever since. He's now a top ranking Elite One assassin, waiting for a chance to take his revenge. Elspeth Andrea Lennox is the granddaughter of the Fire Magus of North America. Ever since her birthday revealed she had no elemental power he's dismissed her as worthless. She's worked hard to prove her worth to other Elementals and her grandfather Alerone Jacques Foussé is a double mantled fire elemental. Twelve years ago his father was murdered by a man he trusted and he's been plotting his revenge ever since. He's now a top ranking Elite One assassin, waiting for a chance to take his revenge. Elspeth Andrea Lennox is the granddaughter of the Fire Magus of North America. Ever since her birthday revealed she had no elemental power he's dismissed her as worthless. She's worked hard to prove her worth to other Elementals and her grandfather but except for a trusted few, most treat her as if she's human and not worth their consideration. Her only worth is her ability to produce super babies. When her grandfather brokers a deal for her to marry into a Russian family in exchange for a treatment to help her dying brother it starts a chain of events that will change more than Alerone and Elspeth's lives. The Natura consist of Elementals, witches and warlocks. Elementals are at the top of the power structure with many looking down on the other Natura's as inferior. The more power you have the more rank within their society. Alerone is considered working class and Elspeth royalty. There are so many reasons why they can't be together but that doesn't stop the fires burning between them, even if they got off on the wrong foot to start. Elspeth isn't the spoiled, entitled, princess he expected and wars within himself to keep her at a distance. Elspeth doesn't want another guard, especially this bossy, alpha, double mantled fire elemental. So much fun watching these two fall hard for each other. I really enjoyed this first book of the Natura Elemental series. There's intrigue, action, interesting characters and a lot of sensual heat to keep you warm this winter. The author leaves us with interesting subplots to carry us forward into the next book in this series. I received a free copy of this book and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. If you like my reviews I hope you will follow my blog. https://wyldheartreads.wordpress.com/

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gin

    A thrilling paranormal romance! What a terrific start to a new series if you don’t count those fabulous novellas that introduces the hero and heroine of this story. You don’t have to read the Mistake or the Birthday to enjoy this book but I recommend it. Neither did the author recount those stories in this one. Just enough details to get the gist of Aleron and Elspeth’s backstories. Speaking of Aleron and Elspeth. Absolutely stunning characters! You know going in where these are headed but the j A thrilling paranormal romance! What a terrific start to a new series if you don’t count those fabulous novellas that introduces the hero and heroine of this story. You don’t have to read the Mistake or the Birthday to enjoy this book but I recommend it. Neither did the author recount those stories in this one. Just enough details to get the gist of Aleron and Elspeth’s backstories. Speaking of Aleron and Elspeth. Absolutely stunning characters! You know going in where these are headed but the journey is fantastic. I loved their build to love. There are elements in this story that may seem familiar but it’s definitely a fresh take on beings protecting humans from themselves and Mother Earth. I loved getting to know these supernatural beings ruled by nature and the four elements, fire, air, water and earth along with their duties and abilities. The first part of the book rocked along as our couple got to know each other and the details of the Natura world unfolded. The good, the bad, the really ugly and the dangerous. It was a little slow around the middle but then the surprise twists kicked in and the danger ramped up. It was an exciting race to the end with on-the-edge-of-your-seat action along with the swoon-worthy romance. Sure, the method of refueling the supernatural’s abilities was a little on the nose but makes for interesting plot elements for future stories as the ending and that fabulous epilogue sets up for the next installment. I thought the sex was a little bland but I like the smoking hot variety of sexy times. That’s not to say these two didn’t have their moments of steam and sizzle cause they did. Their relationship was mostly super sweet and loving. The secondary characters are spectacular with loads of family, friends and enemies for the continuation of the series. I can’t wait for the next installment. Absolutely fantastic! A must read. 4.5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    NoNo JoJo

    Preface: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review Actual rating: 3.5 stars The good: The main characters and most of the surrounding cast are well-developed and feel like real, diverse people. They're sympathetic, and easy to root for. The central romance is mostly well-developed, though it leans much more heavily towards being built on lust than a personal connection (the characters don't really have many deep conversations or anything vs just wanting their hands all Preface: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review Actual rating: 3.5 stars The good: The main characters and most of the surrounding cast are well-developed and feel like real, diverse people. They're sympathetic, and easy to root for. The central romance is mostly well-developed, though it leans much more heavily towards being built on lust than a personal connection (the characters don't really have many deep conversations or anything vs just wanting their hands all over each other). The elemental powers are neat and well-explored, with very clear differences/flavor between them, and every time they were utilized was fresh, vivid, and interesting. The twist regarding our main character was obvious, but still enjoyable. The bad: the plot is pretty thin, bordering on nonexistent at certain parts. The first third or so is built around the Russian engagement, but once that's resolved, the plot kinda flails around with no clear direction, only to suddenly have a new threat shoved in at the end. This threat isn't explored or combatted, it just pops up and then story immediately ends. I was also pretty confused by certain aspects of the natura system, namely the function of communion. I didn't think we got a clear explanation of what that meant, how prominent the goddess is in their lives, etc. I also felt the romance went from "we like each other" to "marry me" way too quickly, and this could have been built up over more books. Overall, this is a pretty solid romance with some interesting fantasy elements, but the pacing is wacky, and the resolution of our few plot threads that actually end is anti-climatic and unfulfilling. The romance is also very fast-paced and light on the actual personal connection, so if those are things that will bother you, consider giving this a pass.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    DNF- quit at 18%. I had a really hard time getting into this book. I felt like there was a book or series that came before this one that had the world building in it, cause nothing made sense to me. I wasn’t inspired enough to check into it or anything though. I also didn’t like the main characters, something about them just didn’t sit right for me. The fact that these Natura elementals needed sex to recharge their batteries so to speak, but the FMC -being a null, couldn’t be a recharger, just ma DNF- quit at 18%. I had a really hard time getting into this book. I felt like there was a book or series that came before this one that had the world building in it, cause nothing made sense to me. I wasn’t inspired enough to check into it or anything though. I also didn’t like the main characters, something about them just didn’t sit right for me. The fact that these Natura elementals needed sex to recharge their batteries so to speak, but the FMC -being a null, couldn’t be a recharger, just made me little itchy (in a bad way) about the relationship. At my age (approaching 60), life is way too short & my time is too important to force myself to read a book I'm not enjoying, especially when there are so many other books out there waiting to be read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I received an ARC of The Call Of Fire in exchange for a review. The book started out pretty good but then it got slow and kind of boring. The Naturas had a lot of power but all they ever did with it in the book was blow things around a room or start a fire to show emotion. I would have liked to see more action and use their powers for something.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thi

    This was a good read. There were parts that seemed to drag in too long though. I am curious to see what Samuel is up to and what is brewing behind the scenes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    The Call of Fire is the most intriguing and amazing book I’ve read in 2020!! This story kept my attention from start to finish and was absolutely enthralling! The different elements that are present in this book and their various powers were incredible. Fire, Water, Air and Earth and all their unique qualities were so interesting to read about. Elsepth Lenox comes from a powerful family and her day to day job is to arrange marriages and relationship between other powers. Having no powers herself, The Call of Fire is the most intriguing and amazing book I’ve read in 2020!! This story kept my attention from start to finish and was absolutely enthralling! The different elements that are present in this book and their various powers were incredible. Fire, Water, Air and Earth and all their unique qualities were so interesting to read about. Elsepth Lenox comes from a powerful family and her day to day job is to arrange marriages and relationship between other powers. Having no powers herself, keeps her on the outside of all the various different elemental worlds. Until one day when she meets a Fire that keeps her blood boiling, for all the wrong reasons (or are they right?). The plot line throughout this book was absolutely incredible and amazing. The different twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning but that ending?! Holy cow! I can’t recommend this book enough!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laila

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kim C.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristyn

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