Dragon in the Blood by Juliette Cross
Series: Vale of Stars #2
Also in this series: Dragon Heartstring, Waking the Dragon , Dragon Fire
Published by Self-published on October 29th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy
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While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground.
Valla Moonring, an assassin for an order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered to join an expedition through the Wastelands of Aria, a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.
To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require close contact.
Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected force—soulfire. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could prove perilous. Even fatal…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
OMG!!!!! *yanking out hair* How could this have ended as it did!!!!??
Dragon in the Blood was so, so good. Gah! I need the next one in the series like, yesterday.
I don’t recommend reading this as a standalone, as the story arc begins in the first book and it’s totally awesome. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, catching up with the introductory novella-series, Nightwing, is the best way to immerse in this marvelous Morgon-world.
Before starting this book I knew I was going to get a kick-ass heroine. And Valla absolutely delivered. She was fierce, focused and willing to risk her life to protect others from evil. The fact that she was raised by her older brother Kol, meant that she was not overly in touch with her emotional side – she could do denial like a pro – and this got a bit on my nerves. That said, her overall kick-assness, sense of justice and the soft heart she hid behind killer swords made up for that.
Conn was a pleasure to read about. He was charming, fun and had an overall chillaxed vibe about him but, at the same time, he was all alpha, bossy, and protective Morgon hunk. I completely loved the way he went about getting under Valla’s skin, he loved to poke her, rile her and butt heads with her. It was so much fun to see these two drive each other crazy!
Their chemistry and attraction was undeniable, although Valla gave it a good try. The sexual tension between them was palpable, and when they do get together, well, Conn wasn’t a firedancer for nothing.
With lots of action and intrigue, romance and sexiness, heartbreak and hope, the storyline unfolds and gets more complicated. With unexpected twists and turns, Dragon in the Blood will keep you glued to the pages.
Rating: 4.5+ “That ending… OMG!!!!!!” Stars
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