One of the things I’ve loved the most about being a part of the Debutante Ball is getting to read books I wouldn’t normally pick up. TEMPER is quite far outside of my normal wheelhouse, but it was such a suspenseful, tense, sharp, high-speed chase of a time.
Kira Rascher’s been struggling to get that perfect theater role for years. When she has the opportunity to audition for a role in the upcoming play Temper, she gives it her all – and then some. But winning the role means working with the infamously mercurial Malcolm Mercer, a man known for pushing his actors far beyond their limits.
Kira thinks she can handle Malcolm. Malcolm thinks he can handle her. Both are willing to go as far as possible for the sake of the play, but are they willing to handle the consequences?
This is not a book about nice people and the nice things they do to each other. This is a book about pushing and being pushed past your limits, about the lengths you’re willing to go to for something you truly, deeply want – and the consequences of going those lengths. It’s about finding and harnessing your rage – your temper – until it’s as sharp as a surgeon’s knife, so you never even feel the cut until it’s too late.
This book is both an invitation – and a warning.
It’s also tightly paced, tightly written, raw, and sexy as hell.
Plus, TEMPER is just chock-full of queer rep, with one of the main characters being a bisexual man and there being multiple on-page queer relationships and your one Token Straight (TM).
TEMPER is the perfect summer read, or really just anytime you’re full of rage at the patriarchy or at the world.
CW: Blood, violence, psychological manipulation, suicide