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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Simon and Schuster
Released on April 28, 2015
A woman simply known as an evil man’s Pet sets out on a quest dictated by the foretellings of the future she receives and she is joined by the ruler of all the Dragon Kings, her would-be captor that she must convince to become what he was born to be even if others whisper that he is The Usurper.
This is the third book in the Dragon Kings series and a bit something different from the two that preceded it from what I gather. Actually, I’m just guessing at that based on my observations as I dived into this last installment having never read the previous books. Considering I probably missed a great deal, I actually found this one stood on its own pretty well. I didn’t have the lost feeling and it had a pretty strong story and romance arc on its own in this exciting enemies to lovers tale.
The woman known as Pet is the catalyst for this adventure. She has been held captive by Malnefoley the Dragon King Giva because of who her previous master was and what she knows about the illusive secret of Dragon King conception. Mal can’t get any answers out of her, but now she has escaped and is set on retrieving some ancient artifacts that must be delivered into the hands of a certain cage fighter to fulfill an important prophecy. Mal has no idea what to do with this unpredictable, mysterious creature that both angers and entices him. He can’t trust her, but somehow he needs to see if all the stuff she predicted comes true especially since she’s tied in with the threats on his life.
Allowing the Giva close and making him her quest partner is a huge act of trust for her, but she has seen how Mal is directly tied to her and they have a future together. He is suspicious and hostile and dark which she must never forget, but there is also something surprising in him that gives her hope as they work and survive together.
The story begins on an exciting suspenseful note and then backs off on the action to work on the development of the relationship and characters only to bring it all home in an intense, emotional hard fought surprising end. I loved the ebb and flow of this one and really liked being along for it all as the two characters took turns narrating the story. They come from very different places in their pasts and even the journey they are on together is not one that instantly brings them together. I liked how the author balanced that aspect of trust/don’t trust on a knife’s edge even while teasing out the attraction growing between them. And boy does that attraction sizzle.
For the most part, the story focuses on the volatile pair of Mal and Avyi, but late in the story familiar characters from the previous stories enter in and do their parts. There will probably be a few really nice surprises for those who have been following the series. And I am so excited about the one big reveal at the end that I have to keep mum about since it’s a spoiler. Cool series twist there.
All in all, I really enjoyed this one and now I want to go back for what I missed. I would say this is for those who like their paranormal romance on the gritty, spicy side with some cunning worldbuilding and plotting.
My thanks to the author for providing the book in exchange for an honest review.