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Love me some dragons and I adore Liliana Hart’s books so it was a no brainer choosing this one. I just knew that she would treat her dragon world with respect making her dragons more than just dragon-shaped humans and making them the lethal predators they really are. And when I clicked onto the last page, I can say that she really delivered. The dragon world, the intriguing and scorching hot characters, the twisty plot? All good.
Rena Drake is a Drakan Enforcer. Her job is to keep the humans from learning that they share their world with some big, bad predators. Lately, her job has gotten even more difficult because someone new has decided to slaughter the humans and leave the bodies lying around for all to see. Rena’s life is not easy with a father who hates her because she is like her late mother and too human. She lacks several of the traits that would make her a dragon and she constantly feels the tug o war between her two natures. Shortly after she investigates and cleans up the last of many crime scenes which now is the killing of a dragon not a human, she is approached by enigmatic FBI agent, Noah Ford, who knows more about what she is doing than he should and wants to team up. He also wants to start something up of a more personal nature that she warily agrees to, but also wants- dragons are lusty creatures after all.
Then she learns of the prophecies that point to a certain powerful drakan ancient as the suspect in the killings who she must now investigate. It is very dangerous to approach Julien, leader of his clan, about the possibility that he’s her killer and the one seeking to destroy the clans. Things get complicated when she discovers that Julien is her mate placing some hard choices before her.
I was drawn in from the get go when Rena’s voice tells the story. She’s an ‘it is what it is’ type of girl who accepts her situation and makes the most of things. And yet, while she is tough because of being brought up in such a home with her brutal father, she has softer feelings and dreams of finding love. Rena is confronted by two different males who want her. One is a certain FBI agent who has plenty of secrets while knowing all of hers and the other is the most powerful dragon in the world who claims her as mate while he might also be the Destroyer of her race. The love triangle angle isn’t a huge deal in this book because for the most part she is with Julien in passion and in conflict. Oh Julien! He is one dangerously hot alpha dragon who doesn’t get the concept of love though the way he is with Rena tells me there’s hope for him.
Speaking of conflict, I love that feeling this book gives of nobody being necessarily what or who they say they are. It’s all told from Rena’s perspective and she is a good observer so she knows not to trust lightly, but she still has no idea what all is going on under the surface with people. Even Noah, Julien and her own family hides stuff from her. The plot was so tricksy that the big ending was almost a complete surprise. Now, I was a bit disappointed about the end leaving things the way it did, but I assume the next book will take care of that.
So if you enjoy a spicy paranormal romance involving dragon shifters and other unique paranormals, give this one a look-see.