by N.J. Walters
Blood of the Drakon #2
Publication Date: April 24, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select Otherworld, Paranormal, Romance
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Valeriya Azarov turned her back on the family business to write and illustrate children’s books. But with a sister who leads the Knights of the Dragon, it’s impossible to get away from the secret society whose mission is to destroy and enslave dragons. When information falls into her hands along with the opportunity to save at least one of the ancient creatures, she can’t turn away any longer.
When a woman moves into the cabin above Tarrant Cooper’s secret underground lair, he’s both suspicious and intrigued. He hasn’t lasted four thousand years being careless, so when he suspects her of being a part of the Knights, the plan is to kidnap her and find out how much the organization knows about him and his brothers.
He’s drawn to Valeriya, but trusting her could get him killed. Even if she’s a pawn in the war between drakons and Knights, giving her his heart would mean forever.
Drakon’s Prey sucked me right in from page one, and I simply couldn’t put it down. While I had some issues with the ending, this was a fast-paced read with a half-human, half-dragon alpha and his sweet human counterpart.
What better friend than a powerful creature who could be both playmate and protector, both human and dragon?
There was so much suspense to this novel! Living amongst humans, there’s another species in the world—the drakons—who are half-human, half-dragon. The meet up between the two main characters is inevitable, and boy, does the thrill of that hook the reader.
Valeryia has such a soft-heart as well as a good soul. As such, she doesn’t agree with what her family has done for centuries—hunt drakons in order to have the healing and immortality they get from taking their blood. In fact, Valeryia’s own sister runs the organization. Valeriya can sense danger, so she takes action, heading out to warn the drakon of his hunters.
I really adored Valeriya. She has a solid moral compass, and she stands by what she believes in. Even though she’s not built with the hardcore persona of her sister, Valeryia has her own inner strength. It’s delightful to see, especially when she matches it up against the hero of this tale, Tarrant.
Tarrant’s a loner and has hidden himself away in a remote cabin. His solitude is intruded upon by children’s author and sweetheart, Valeryia. He’s enchanted by her propensity for talking out loud to herself as well as her resourcefulness. However, her connection to the Knights of the Dragon concerns him. He holds her captive, but pretty soon, it’s him that’s captivated by her. I mean, dang…do these two fire up the sheets! And not just because Tarrant’s half-dragon, ya’ll.
I loved how bit-by-bit they open up and share their secrets. It kept me riveted. I felt, however, that the ending lost some of the power that the opening of the novel had. What should have been the pivotal moment ended up falling flat, and the story just kind of ended. I kept looking for something more. Something to tie up loose ends.
That being said, the conflict around the drakons and the Knights of the Dragon is building to a head as the series goes on. I appreciated the time we get to spend with the couple, and I can’t wait to see how the story continues to progress. The world building is phenomenal, the cast equal parts menacing and adorable, and the romance erotically charged.
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review*
ABOUT N.J. WALTERS
N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.