Waking the Dragon by Juliette Cross
Series: Vale of Stars #1
Also in this series: Dragon Heartstring, Dragon in the Blood
Published by Self-published on October 22nd 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy
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The Gladium Province is on the verge of civil unrest as humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, clash once more. But amid disorder can also arise passion.
When the bodies of three human women are discovered in Morgon territory—with the DNA of several Morgon men on the victims—it’s just a matter of time before civil unrest hits the Province. But for ambitious reporter Moira Cade, it’s more than just a story, and it may mean risking her own life.
Descending into the dark underworld of Morgon society, Moira is paired with Kol Moonring, Captain of the Morgon Guard, for her protection. Fiercely independent, Moira bristles at his dominance, and defies his will at every turn. Yet resistance proves futile when passion flares between them, awakening powerful emotions within both, body and soul. But as the killings continue, can their fiery newfound bond survive an even greater evil—one that threatens all of humanity, Morgonkind, and Moira’s very soul?...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Holy wow. There’s really not much else I can say about Waking the Dragon, except that these stories just keep getting better and better.
Like all the other books in this and the prequel series, Nightwing, this can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in order so as to maximize the enjoyment.
Moira is the youngest Cade and is focused on making a name for herself as an investigative journalist without any help from her last name. When a series of ritualistic murders arise, she dives headfirst into finding what is really going on and decides to use her connections in the Morgon world to achieve this.
Kol Moonring is the stoic, formidable Captain of the Morgon Guard and he’s in charge of the investigation. Moira’s participation is only agreed on when Kol is assigned as her partner and bodyguard. As danger seems to swirl around Moira, he’ll have a tougher job than he thought.
I freaking loved Moira, she was determined, feisty and had all the sass. She could take care of herself and kick some serious ass and I loved her an extra bunch for this. Her independent streak ran a mile wide and made for some hilarious banter between her and the alpha Morgon.
Kol was pure Morgon yumminess. Bossy, protective and possessive all while being a broody wall of taciturness, he could seriously turn the heat on… and did, on several occasions.
“You can think whatever you want with that logical brain and defiant will of yours. It still won’t change the truth.”
“That you belong to me. You just don’t know it yet.”
With lots of action, spot on suspense and mystery, Waking the Dragon was totally amazing. Moira and Kol’s chemistry was off the charts hot, their head-butting more than entertaining and their romance left me completely satisfied. I can’t effing wait to see what happens next and who gets to get heartbound!!!
Rating: 5 “Absolutely Amazing” Stars
Waking the Dragon is a suspenseful book full of mystery, action and lots of smoldering heat. Let me tell you, when those flames finally burn, they burn hot. I actually read an ARC of Waking the Dragon in 2015 when it was released the first time and freaking loved it. The good news is, I still feel the exact same way! This is the first in a series but it’s a spinoff of JC’s Nightwing Series. It’s recommended that you read the Nightwing series first but it’s not necessary. I didn’t have any problems the first time or this time and I’m just now making my way through the Nightwing Series.
This was not an insta-love book. For Moira it was more like insta-dislike coupled with a tad bit of insta-lust thrown in. In fact, neither Moira or Kol wanted a relationship of any type.
“Morgons don’t date?” That’s ridiculous. Of course, you do.” “We fuck. And we mate. There is nothing in between. No trying a guy on for size.”
At first, I wasn’t sure about Moira at all. For starters she had that zealous reporter thing going on which I usually don’t like. Truthfully, I thought she was shaping up for a TSTL designation but I ended up loving her. She was a strong heroine whom I eventually developed a deep respect for. Yes, she went after the super dangerous bad guys when girls were ending up dying horrible and violent deaths, but she did it smart. She also asked for help when she needed to. It was so freaking refreshing to have a book that highlights a smart, capable, independent woman who uses all resources available to her, including her brain.
I loved Kol from start to finish. He was the epitome of an alpha-hole, but he was also smart, honorable, and caring. He knew from the get-go that he wanted Moira, but he fought it. He definitely won me over with his complete understanding of Moira and what her needs were.
“You want to be possessed, but not controlled. You want to be protected, but not smothered. You want to be dominated, but only in one way.”
The romance did not take a back seat to the action, it was more of an equal partnership that had me riveted from start to finish. I loved the supporting characters of the book and look forward to reading more stories about them.
My one and only complaint would be that towards the end, there was some angst thrown in that almost felt manufactured and un-needed. Even that didn’t keep me from giving this one of my rare 5-star ratings and I cannot wait until the next in the series comes out.
Rating: 5 Still Happily Awarded Stars
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