Series: The Embraced #3
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, So I Married a Sorcerer
Also by this author: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, So I Married a Sorcerer
From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…
Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…
Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?
I have adored Sparks writing throughout this series and Dating a Dragon is no exception! She gives us the story of Gwennore, an elf, and Silas, the prince of Norveshka (and a general). The people of Norveshka and Woodwyn have been bitter enemies so there is a bit of a Romeo and Juliet vibe to this story and I loved it.
Gwennore has been discriminated against her entire life because of her elfin heritage and she has, for the most part, just accepted this and done her best to avoid people. Silas is captivated by her and she isn’t quite sure what to think! I loved the innocence of Gwennore mixed with her wit and drive. And Silas is wonderful book boyfriend material. He is determined, devoted, and playful. I just loved both of these characters.
Amidst their blossoming relationship, Gwennore and Silas are attempting to find out the truth behind the supposed ‘curse’ and prove to the people of Norveshka that there is no such thing as the cursed clans. I think this is where you really see the intelligence of Gwennore and Silas. Beyond that, you get some great supporting characters that add depth and levity to the story.
I simply adored Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon! This world that Sparks has created is wonderfully detailed and has such a magical quality, I find that I want to return repeatedly! From the different tribes of people, to the ancient trees, to the shifters, it all creates a vivid picture of a unique world that I have come to love.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: dragon shifter, romeo and juliet, secret identity
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes! with an epilogue shortly after ending « Hide Spoiler
The Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh, The Bewitched and Bewildered series by Alanea Alder, The Argeneau series by Lyndsay Sands…then you will probably like Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon!