Soulfire by Juliette Cross
Series: Nightwing #1
Also in this series: Windburn, Nightbloom
on September 10th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy
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Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.
As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.
Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
It’s been years since I’ve read a Juliette Cross book and I am kicking myself for forgetting about this author. Back in 2015 I read Waking The Dragon and loved it, giving it a rare 5 stars. I told myself I was going to go back and read the Nightwing series, and then never followed up. My only excuse is… well, I have no excuse. But with Soulfire being re-released, I’ve been given a chance at redeeming myself. Yay!
Soulfire was a quick read that had smoking chemistry, lots of action and political maneuvering, and two main characters I liked. Lucius was a big ball of growly, sexy, alpha hotness that worked for me in every way. Jessen acted a bit immature at times, but seeing as she was young, I decided to overlook it. Mostly she was a young woman born into a family that had ridiculous backwards views and she did her best to not act like them. It’s hard to go against your family so I felt for her and loved her strength of character.
Since the two families were fierce rivals, this had a definite Romeo and Juliet vibe to it. It’s not usually a plot line that I go for, but this worked for me, especially the politics that Lucius and Jessen had to navigate through as they found their way to each other. There was just enough action to satisfy me but the best part of all was that the chemistry between them was so thick, it was almost a character unto itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed Soulfire and can’t wait to get my hands on the next in the series.
Rating 4.5 Smoking Stars
I think one of the best things that happened to me in 2017 was discovering Ms. Cross as an author. Everything I’ve read from her I’ve loved and Soulfire was no exception. It might even be one of the best Romeo and Juliet type romances I’ve read so far.
Jessen lives in a world where humans share the planet with Morgons, a human/dragon hybrid species. As is to be expected, Morgons and humans don’t really get along, and most of them see the other species as the enemy. Jessen’s father, like most of his elite friends, are especially anti-Morgon, and their prejudiced, chauvinistic ways really get on Jessen’s nerves.
I loved Jessen. She was young but not immature, she could be a bit childish, granted, but I felt that was actually age-appropriate. Even then, when the things that really mattered were on the line she knew exactly where she was standing, damn the consequences.
Lucius is the closest thing to royalty the Morgons have. Not only is his clan a rival to Jessen’s family business, there is serious bad blood between the two families. These make for some huge obstacles to overcome since Lucius’ dragon woke up and took notice the instant he saw Jessen.
Lucius was one sexy dragon-hot-guy. He was bossy, alpha and protective. And although he fights his attraction to Jessen for obvious reasons in the beginning, the pull is just too much for him to resist.
“I lied to you last night.”
“About what?” I asked.
“Some Morgons do want to eat humans. I want to eat every inch of you.”
With family rivalry, some action and plenty of steamy chemistry, Soulfire was a fabulous introduction to this fantastical world. While this is novella length I was not left feeling unsatisfied, there’s a perfect balance between world building, backstory and character development. I was just so into the story that I wish I could have kept on reading longer, but this is not a real issue as the next installment of Nightwing, Windburn is set to re-release soon.
Rating: 4.5 “I want my own flying man-dragon-hunk” Stars
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