The Dragon Kings, Book 1Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Print ISBN: 978-1451695915
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Digital ISBN: 978-1451695946
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Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons once worshiped as earthly gods. Audrey and her husband managed to conceive, and their son is the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation–which makes him irresistible to the sadistic scientist whose mafia-funded technology allows demon procreation. In the year since her husband was murdered, Audrey and her little boy have endured hideous experiments.Shackled with a collar and bound for life, Leto Garnis is a Cage warrior. Only through combat can Dragon Kings earn the privilege of conceiving children. Leto uses his superhuman speed and reflexes to secure the right for his two sisters to start families. After torture reveals Audrey’s astonishing pyrokenesis, she is sent to fight in the Cages. If she survives a year, she will be reunited with her son. Leto is charged with her training. Initially, he has no sympathy for her plight. But if natural conception is possible, what has he been fighting for? As enemies, sparring partners, lovers, and eventual allies, Leto and Audrey learn that in a violent underground world, love is the only prize worth winning.
I was very engaged in this story. It is a fast-paced, high-energy, story with remarkably well-developed characters. I had difficulty with some of the techniques Leto utilized during her training. They were unattractive behaviors for the hero in the story. Then he would have redeeming thoughts/moments when his vulnerabilities reflected his true heroic character.
“Nynn would leave him. And Audrey MacLaren would never forgive him.”
There were times when I wanted Nynn to kick the shit out of him. I LOVED Nynn and her strength – the love for her son. Even in Nynn’s weakness moments the author was able to show her strength. However, it was her emotional dialogue that was most memorable.
“You have to admit, we haven’t been on the same side very often.”
While the sex scenes are not explicit, they are emotional and brimming with passion. The author has a vivid and distinct writing style. Her ability to evoke this reader’s attention entirely with descriptive phrases was startling. This is a dark-distinctive world that I indeed will revisit.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lindsey Piper is the alter ego of an award-winning historical and contemporary romance author. Her hotly anticipated DRAGON KINGS series is her first foray into paranormal fiction. She lives and writes in Chicago.
You can find more info on Lindsey's Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads pages.
Lindsey is giving away the following prizes when the tour ends:
GRAND PRIZE: $25.00 Gift card to Amazon, an eBook of SILENT WARRIOR and a paperback of CAGED WARRIOR
2ND PLACE: 5 winners will each receive a paperback of CAGED WARRIOR and SWAG
3RD PLACE: 5 winners will receive an eBook of SILENT WARRIOR