Author Jessie Donovan has a way with dragons. I've shared her books before, but this one was special to me!
Imagine walking away from your life, braving the danger of dragons and immersing yourself in a whole new culture in order to save your father's life by being assigned to a dragonman for six months of attempted impregnation.
Then imagine falling hard for his TWIN BROTHER.
This book had me smiling and nodding in the beginning. I seriously thought I had my head around it and knew right where it was going. The sassy heroine, the theme of forbidden love, all classic stories.
Boy was I wrong!
Holly isn't really a sassy heroine. Holly can be proud, balls-to-the-wall indignant, and sometimes even implacable. Her sense of right and wrong and her desire to control her own destiny make her a fascinating character to follow in a situation where she has very little control.
Then the first steamy scene happened and... well, I felt like I had been punched in the ovaries. In a good way. (Just read it, you'll understand.)
Fraser is hot as can be and a very sympathetic character though we know he has been a playboy in the past. Believe me, you will not mind at all when Holly is sorely tempted to succumb to his, er, charms.
The next standalone book in this series, The Dragon Guardian, was just released. I haven't read it yet, but I plan to. Have you read The Dragon's Dilemma or The Dragon Guardian? What do you think of Jessie Donovan's Lochguard Highland Dragons? Sound off in the comments!
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I've shared books by Sylvia Frost here before (you may remember her Moon Fate serial) but this is something DIFFERENT!
Cinder's Wolf is a standalone shifter retelling of Cinderella! I was lucky enough to have scored an advance copy and let me tell you, it was so much fun!
Did it have a hot billionaire? YES!
Did it have a curvy career minded heroine? YES!
Were there steamy scenes? YES!
Was there humor? Oh, YES!
Was there a unique perspective on the fairy tale characters? YES!
Am I looking forward to more fairy tales from Sylvia? YES!!!!
Here's the official blurb:
Billionaire Rex West may be known to the world as a Wall Street wonder, but he's got a secret. In order to live among humans, this werewolf has trapped his inner beast in a gilded cage of control and lost any hope of finding his mate.
Until he meets her...
Curvy Cynthia Cinders has one focus-- save her cleaning and organizing business and move out of her stepmother's house. So when she gets an invitation to a masquerade, she's more interested in landing an investor than playing princess.
But this prince isn't just a prince, and he has plans for Cynthia...
And here's an EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT just for the Black List:
“Ugh!” Cynthia kicked the air, trying to get the slime out from between her toes, and sent her blue flip-flop flying through the forest end over end in the process.
It went almost fifteen yards. Impressive. Even more impressive, it didn’t snag on any of the low-hanging leafy branches. Most impressive of all was where it landed. In a man’s hand. He plucked it from midair as easily as if time had stopped before leaning back on a nearby oak.
“Nice kick,” he drawled in an accent that was all old-money prep school. He was so not from Michigan.
Cynthia’s eyes widened. “Nice catch.”
He gave her a too-charming grin. “Thank you.”
The first thing that struck her about him was his clothes.
Any self-respecting aspiring fashion designer would recognize the sharp silhouette of a deep blue Zachary Prell sports jacket or the gleam of bespoke cobbled oxfords. His silk navy tie had to have been custom made to match the coat. That alone was enough to grab her interest.
Then there was the matter of his face. While his clean-shaven jaw should’ve looked non-threatening, it was male-model square, and his cheekbones were high and sharp enough to cut glass. Only his hair was slightly messy. Its sandy locks rebelled against his attempt to slick it back. The hair was the thing that gave him away as just another grade-A douchebag.
But damn it if she didn’t want to run her fingers through it.
Cynthia frowned and crossed her arms.
The man pushed off the tree and began to stroll toward her, sizing up her as he went. “So what are you doing in the woods?”
Cynthia refrained from rolling her eyes at his obvious interest. She pointed at her T-shirt.
“Camp Kick-A-Canoe?” he read, staring openly at her chest while not going completely slack-jawed. It was a feat most guys rarely managed.
“Camp Ki-Ka-Noo.” Her hand traced over the each syllable like the bouncy ball on a musical sing-along. “I’m a counselor.”
“Lost your campers?” He stopped about a foot away from her. It was still too close.
“Campers left yesterday. Now I’ve just lost my friend. Brown hair, glasses—seen her?” Cynthia gestured to the forest around her vaguely, as if she and Bel were playing a game of hide-and-seek and she was just asking for a friendly tip.
“Can’t say I have. Although I do wonder why you went on a search and rescue mission in these?” He raised an eyebrow and held up her shoe, glancing dolefully at the one remaining rhinestone that glinted in the dying light.
“I’m not the one going on a hike in a sport coat that hasn’t even been officially released in stores yet. Are you interning at Zachary Prell?”
“Nice guess, but no.” His second eyebrow joined his first, and his gaze dipped to survey her waist, lingering where the camp T-shirt rode up to reveal her tanned, but very much present and convex stomach. It was the one feature Cynthia was self-conscious about, but his pupils dilated as he took in her naked skin.
Cynthia tucked her shirt into her jean shorts to keep it from rising up again. “What are you doing in the woods?”
He smiled, showing a line of white teeth. They didn’t look like veneers. If anything, his canines seemed just a tad too sharp. The back of her knees went stiff.
“I live nearby.” He pointed casually in a direction that Cynthia would’ve sworn was the way back to camp. As he turned, a sunbeam caught on his dark eyes, revealing the hidden blue color beneath them.
He caught her staring, but kept smiling in that way that should have been gentle. “I heard yelling,” he continued, “so I thought I’d investigate.” He looked her up and down once again, and this time, his eyes did linger on her chest. For a while.
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Have you read Cinder's Wolf? What did you think? What fairy tale do you hope Sylvia Frost will retell next? Sound off in the comments!