Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon
(The Embraced #3)
by Kerrelyn Sparks
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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. 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?
HUGE thanks to Kerrelyn Sparks, St. Martin’s Publishing, and Netgalley for sending a free egalley my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this title.
Akin to other shifter romances I’ve read, this was one super steamy, sexy read! My little Penguin heart pitter-pattered its way through the pages as quickly as I possibly could–mostly because I’m addicted to those pesky little love butterflies. I especially loved the “rules” aspect of this particular read–just when I thought the author had forgotten and let that train slipslide off the track she’d laid, she brought it back to the forefront. There was a sense of, “yeah, things might have just fallen off the tracks a little bit…let me bring you back now” to it that I particularly enjoyed.
On top of that, there was an actual STORY in this–it wasn’t all bedroom scenes and “falling into each other’s eyes, ripping each other’s clothes off.” Instead, Kerrelyn Sparks made sure to wrap these characters into a world and a journey that I not only cared about, but found myself craving. Every time I tried to put this book down, I inevitably found myself picking it right back up again!
This was, without doubt, one of my favorite erotic novels of late–and I read it quite a while back, so that’s saying something! I really enjoyed that the story played out so much, and that there was more focus on the heart of the journey than on the character’s romantic affairs. I really enjoyed following them through this–and cannot wait to pick up another Kerrelyn Sparks novel in the future (I’ll be looking to see if there are more for this series, no worries!) Be careful turning these pages, Penguins–here, there be dragons.