Published: 14th June 2016
Author: Deborah Cooke
Once, in the Kingdom of Incendium, there were twelve princesses of the realm, each a dragon shifter. Each fiery and passionate. Each possessed of an appetite for pleasure that only her destined mate can satisfy. Twelve men are expected in Incendium, each with special powers of his own, each with the gift to claim one dragon princess’s heart forever.
Troy will do whatever is necessary to earn his freedom from solitary confinement on the penal colony of Xanto, even assassinate a princess of Incendium. Being a Mindbender, he has a serious advantage as a predator and thinks the princess in question doesn’t have a chance. Only one of them can survive and Troy knows who it will be—until he meets Drakina.
Royal dragon shifter Drakina has a quest of her own, to seduce her destined mate and conceive the crown prince of Incendium. Her father will free her from all other responsibilities if she completes this one task. Drakina craves her independence enough to seduce the unattractive Terran who is the Carrier of the Seed. She’s sure it will be a quick seduction—until she meets Troy.
Worlds collide when Troy and Drakina meet, and passion flares. The attraction is so powerful that they both choose to put their goals aside for one night of passion together. When their respective secrets are revealed, will the truth turn one against the other? Or will destiny allow this star-crossed pair to save each other and their unborn son?
Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about Sci-fi. Well this is more sci-fi with a paranormal mix but I’m counting it anyway. Great promise with these bold, sassy, intriguing characters. Good start to the series that looks to be an interesting collection of dragon mate stories. Something to remember is that beauty is only skin deep. It’s a persons’ inner character that makes them appealing.
Drakina’s planet is in trouble; it is being slowly pulled, along with their closet neighbour planet, closer to their sun. She has been told that she must travel to Terra (Earth) in search of the Carrier of the Seed to get pregnant. Somehow her son is meant to be the saviour for them all – though how that is meant to happen she has no idea. To say she is not best pleased with this plan would be an understatement. The last time she followed her fathers plan things didn’t go so well; what with the first born son from the next planet over standing her up at altar. Which wasn’t his smartest move as she then goes and eats him while in a rage which causes a bit of a diplomatic situation. Being a dragon shifter she has always had a hot head but that might have been too far. Her father has a new deal for her though, one that should appeal to her need for independence. If she goes to the carrier and gets pregnant – after her son is born of course – she can then go and do as she pleases. No more responsibilities for being firstborn daughter to the king. This is a deal she can’t back out of so takes the offer. Only to a few moments later wonder whether she can change her mind after she sees a picture of the carrier – Troy. If he’s meant to be named after Helen of Troy the face that launched a thousand ships she can’t see it. It’s not his appearance she needs to focus on though only his seed and she will get it by any means necessary.
Troy was abducted from Earth and sold into trade on the black-market to be an assassin years ago due to his rare gift. He is the best mindbender in the galaxy but having this gift has caused him nothing but trouble lately. After completing a mission he was forced to do he now finds himself on a planet where he will be executed unless he completes one last task. Do this one thing and he can go free – yeah well if you believe that then you will believe anything. All he has to do is kill a dragon shifter princess called Drakina. Just get into her mind and get the job done, simple right? Well it might have been before he saw her walk into the bar. Being sent back down to his home town on Earth, even with looking different due to a curse, was the first thing that almost made him lose focus but seeing her in all her glory and beauty he only knows one thing – he must have her. He just had no idea that that was Drakina’s plan all along too.
The chemistry between them is seen from the start. Drakina might think his appearance is off putting at first but that’s before he is close enough for her to notice his mouth – one that looks very appealing and kissable to her. His confidence is striking and the pull for each other is so strong that it’s not long before they are up in his room. This is where the fun starts, only not how you’re thinking. Troy makes the mistake in thinking Drakina won’t notice if someone is in her head but when he sees her reaction (turning into a dragon, smashing out a window and then flying off with him) he won’t be making that same mistake again. After trying to calm her down he realises how strong the connection is between them. He wants to get to know her and she feels a strong closeness to him also, something stronger than both of them drawing them together. They only have a short window to complete each of their missions and with both having a different agenda you wonder who is going to win this round. That might not their only problem, as there are those that conspire against them that will do everything in their power to pull them apart. Their romance was written in the stars and so is their future. They just have to decide what planet that future is on. Here’s looking for a fun ride in their future with lots of twists and turns – well what else would there be if you have a dragon to ride. All Troy’s boyhood dreams have come true in one fell swoop the moment his eyes fell on Drakina.
Fun, light read with a bit of sci-fi and paranormal romance mixed in. Great start to series and I can’t wait to see what Gemma gets up to. She seems very cunning and can see an end game no one else can just yet.
4 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.