Found abandoned as a baby and brought up in a children’s home, Lily Palmer has no clue that she is the last of the Dragon Princesses and destined to be mated to a king. But when she wakes up one night to find her apartment invaded by a stunningly gorgeous, but totally deluded madman, she can no longer ignore the dreams which have haunted her life.
Exiled on Earth, and trapped in human form, the dragons have waited two thousand years for the only person who can open the portal between their world and this one. Now they have found her and Malachite Smith has one job—to deliver Lily to his King. According to dragon law, only the King and the Dragon Princess together can open the portal and take them home.
But neither Mal nor Lily are prepared for the overwhelming attraction which flares between them. Or for his reluctance to hand her over to a king he despises. Can they stand as one and challenge the old ways, even if it means destroying his people forever?
About the Author:
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
There are a lot of Dragon books available at the moment and although this one doesn’t stray too far from the normal plot lines of paranormal romance, it was one of the good ones.
It is third person and does head hop – which I’m not a fan of, but it flows nicely and to be honest, I didn’t notice that much and became too engrossed in the story to care.
Mal & Lily were great characters and their relationship is a slow burn (pun intended) that gives the reader a more likely ‘will they, won’t they’ love tug of war – which I feel, in a lot books I’ve read recently, seems some what missing – having the main characters in love before they’ve even met! Which is kind of a let down in a book with a strong romantic theme.
From a writer’s perspective there were a few scenes that were jerky and hard to follow and the 3rd person limited point of view strayed a few times toward the end, having both characters thoughts and actions present when it should have stuck to its original pattern of limited to the one character per section.
The front cover is interesting but doesn’t really do the book justice, and the characters on the front do not really look like those described in the book – which is a bit of shame as it makes the whole thing a little disjointed.
That said, I really enjoyed it and would give it 4 out of 5 stars, it would have had 5 out of 5 if it had gone through one more final edit and a cover revamp – then, in my opinion, it would have been a perfect paranormal dragon romance!