Series: Blood of the Drakon #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Drakon's Promise, Drakon's Plunder, Drakon's Past, Drakon Unchained
Also by this author: Wolf on a Mission, Drakon's Promise, Drakon's Plunder, Drakon's Past, Drakon Unchained, Wolf in her Soul, Taming the White Wolf
Valeriya Azarov turned her back on the family business to write and illustrate children’s books. But with a sister who leads the Knights of the Dragon, it’s impossible to get away from the secret society whose mission is to destroy and enslave dragons. When information falls into her hands along with the opportunity to save at least one of the ancient creatures, she can’t turn away any longer.
When a woman moves into the cabin above Tarrant Cooper’s secret underground lair, he’s both suspicious and intrigued. He hasn’t lasted four thousand years being careless, so when he suspects her of being a part of the Knights, the plan is to kidnap her and find out how much the organization knows about him and his brothers.
He’s drawn to Valeriya, but trusting her could get him killed. Even if she’s a pawn in the war between drakons and Knights, giving her his heart would mean forever.
I was so excited to be back in the world of the Drakon! It isn’t necessary to read book 1, but it will help you better understand the world Walter’s has created! Drakon’s Prey is the story of Tarrant and Valeriya so strap in!
Tarrant is a drakon (part dragon, part human). He and his brother are being hunted by the Knights of the Dragon. The leader of this group? Valeriya’s sister! So, when Valeriya shows up at Tarrant’s hideaway, he is suspicious. However, Valeriya isn’t part of her sisters clandestine group out to destroy an entire species. Her and her sister aren’t exactly close and Val is not okay with the things her sister is doing.
I am so much more forgiving of insane plots in PNR. For example, Val is kidnapped by a stranger, he threatens her life, and then kisses him. If this were a contemporary romance, I would be screaming “STOCKHOLM SYNDROME” and rolling my eyes. But, in PNR, I’m like “Oh, cool.” I think because the entire genre kind of forces you to accept lots of supernatural things, I am just more open. I mean, he is part dragon, she has a 6th sense that alerts her to danger, and they are fated mates. Not only do I accept it, I LOVE it! I know lots of readers struggle with PNR for these exact reasons; so, if you are one of those readers (no judgement) you won’t enjoy this book. But, if you are like me and love a good, unrealistic dragon romance, Drakon’s Prey is good pick.
Tarrant is the broody brother you meet in book 1 so it was nice to see him meet his mate. Val is quirky and fun but has had a tough life. Ostracized by her family because she didn’t want any part in the Knights of the Dragon, she was a pretty lonely kid. Now as an adult, she is still lonely. So, the Knights are now looking for the drakons and Val because they want to know what she is up to. So, Tarrant and Val form an odd alliance at first, but it doesn’t take long before the mate bond takes hold and they are hooked on each other. However, even when Tarrant recognizes she is his mate, he is still so distrustful. It made my heart hurt for Val because her whole life she has had no one and now her mate seems wary of her as well. It broke my heart a little!
Mix 1 lonely girl who wants to save someone with 1 surly drakon who wants to save his species, throw in some fate that demands attraction and a secret society hellbent on destroying and you have Drakon’s Prey!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: shifters
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no for the main couple; the arc of the story with the knights is still unsolved « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes but no epilogue « Hide Spoiler