He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.
She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.
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WOW! Lauren Smith has been my go to author for Historical Romances for a while now and this is her venture into paranormal romance and I have to say that she did a terrific job with it. I loved all the detail she put into her story because it made it easier to visualize everything, just as she does with her historical romances her words pulls you into the world that she had envisioned for you and you become the fly on the wall watching everything happening around you.
I haven't read many dragon shifter romances but this is the best one I have read by far. The Barinov Brothers, Grigori, Rurik, and Mikhail, are the last of the Barinov's line and it has become increasingly harder for them to find a mate to carry on their bloodline. Madelyn has taken a leave from teaching in order to go to Russia to research Dragons little does she know that her curiosity is about to change her life forever. The chemistry was great between Grigori and Madelyn, and I have to say that I enjoyed Rurik's dislike for her it made the story interesting and gave it more depth.
This is a great start to a new series by Lauren Smith and I honestly cannot wait for the next book which looks to be about Mikhail. If you enjoy shifter romances especially dragons I highly recommend this book.
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About the Author
USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.