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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on June 30, 2015
I was sad when the Guardians of Eternity series ended, but there was a silver lining in that there was to be a spin-off series featuring dragons. Oh yes, excited and eager for that!
The story opens with lovely imp, Tayla, contentedly looking about her at her dream home and tea shop. She has been on the run all her life it seems, but something compelled her to put down shallow roots when she saw the quaint old Victorian house near the woods. And she doesn’t even live alone because she has rented rooms to Levet, the gargoyle for his matchmaking business. Levet is sweet and harmless, but he is bothered that she wants nothing to do with a love match. She begs him to leave well enough alone, but Levet doesn’t and her life takes a turn for the dangerous and interesting.
Baine has been searching for the gorgeous imp that escape him for twenty-five years. His fiery dragon nature has been on edge since he clapped eyes on the imp when the trolls brought her as a slave to pay a debt to his father. He bought the debt and now she is his if he can catch her. Then it is by luck that his dragon scents her through a portal to the earth dimension. He promptly collects his imp and sets out to seduce her not knowing why he cares that she accept him and willingly take him. He is distracted by his scheming father’s sudden interest in having Tayla back and why there is a group of trolls also eagerly seeking her. What is it about Tayla?
Tayla discovers the truth behind her being taken by trolls and sold to the dragon and is determined to honor the debt, but there is no way she will fall for her captor. She won’t, she really, really,…she did. But he can’t know. She won’t be vulnerable to the arrogant male who must think of her as a possession.
This one felt very familiar as it was part of the Guardians world. In fact, there wasn’t much world-building. I think there is an assumption that the reader is already familiar with everything, but the newly introduced immortal dragons and maybe the trolls. Not that depth is the strong point.
No, the strong part of the plot is the action and the light, but passionate romances. Things move along quickly or at least steadily. The story is introduced enough so the reader isn’t confused and then its off like a rocket. The romance is scorching and formulaic like the series before it. Arrogant alpha male and fiery female who won’t be dictated to share a strong attraction and end up in fast and furious fight and love scenes. This is not a complaint; just an observation. I happen to get a kick out of these stories feeling familiar in the paranormal version of a cozy read. I like that the challenges are mostly external and these are easy reads as a result.
I enjoyed Baine and Tayla’s story. He is so arrogant and has no idea why she is being so difficult when he went to so much trouble. And she doesn’t seem to realize that his demanding, assuming ways are proofs that he cares and not that he sees her as an object. He is one hot, powerful, sexy dragon and he knows it, but Tayla doesn’t immediately swoon and jump into his bed. The challenge is good for him and being wanted and treasured is something she needs after her father constantly used her.
I loved that Baine’s dragon side had several good scenes and was part of the action. He is a powerful being and I loved seeing the dragon flexing his muscles so to speak. I do wish that the enemies would have been a bigger challenge, but I guess that would have been tough since he was the biggest, baddest monster in the game.
Finally, it was hilarious to have Levet be a crossover character. And hey, he annoys the dragons as much as he did all the other immortals. But he truly has the heart of a knight in shining armor and he so wants to prove it.
All in all, it was a good start to the spin-off series. It was on the lighter side though had enough action and passion to keep it interesting. I would recommend it to paranormal romance fans, but those who enjoyed the Guardians of Eternity series would get more out of it.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.