Title: Dragons Don’t Love by D’Elen McClain
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Series: Fire Chronicles
Book Length: 110
Publisher: BL Publishing
It’s finally the day of claiming. A dragon charges in breathing fire and leaves with an unwilling captive as his new bride. Roxanne, one of the brides he will chose from, wants nothing to do with the tradition that has gone on for thousands of years. From an early age she’s had one goal...
Kill the dragon.
Laryn—arrogant, gorgeous, and heartbroken since the death of his former bride has a plan for the new one. He will never love again. Of course, the last thing he expects is a feisty warrior landing on his back with a sharp sword in her hands intent on death. His death.
It’s a match made in… well… you need to read to find out.
A dragon shifter fairy tale for adult readers.
I admire my nakedness in the looking glass, flex my muscles and watch them ripple with undeniable power. I am more than a mere human. I’m faster—stronger—deadlier.
I am dragon.
“Why are humans so inferior?” I ask myself aloud. Their weak bodies give them no advantages. And they are ugly, even their females. Their puny appearance and sickly skin tone only enhance their frailty. At least some of the women are decent companions if they don’t nag too much. I grumble loudly. Chances are I’ll be stuck with a whiner again. I’ll not put up with it and I’ll quickly teach her to fear me.
As amazing as I am in my human form, it holds no comparison to my dragon, which is superior to all others. My mind flashes to Acasia, Bastian’s mate. Yes, she is beautiful, but all her damn rules ruin it. It doesn’t matter that she is the only female dragon in existence. Today, I chose my new bride at the claiming ceremony. Her training will begin immediately after our return to my lair. The sooner she stops the waterworks and settles in, the better it will be for her.
I turn and walk through the large doors of my bedroom and stand on a rounded stone ledge looking over my kingdom. The wind whips across my naked body and blows hair into my eyes. It needs trimming. I will gift my bride with the privilege, if she cooperates. It will be her first reward, well… after I fuck her, of course. Fucking always comes first. Bastian had no clue how to control a human female and now he’s stuck with Acasia. I always show the bride who’s boss and immediately put them in their place. My way works best.
I spring from the ledge and dive off headfirst in my human form. I pull in the magic and my dragon bursts free—the small amount of pain completely overshadowed by my majestic form. I spread my wings and admire their fifty-foot span of beautiful blue against the morning sky. Fire erupts from deep in my chest and shoots more than one-hundred feet in front of me. My roar echoes through the canyon and reverberates off the cliffs.
In all my blue glory, I fly to claim my bride.
I sharpen my two-foot steel blade before holding it up against the morning sun. The light shines off the blade, which fractures it into multiple beams of brilliance. Soon it will bathe in blood—the magical blood of a dragon. I will clean off the gore using my white bride’s dress and dance in the red puddles after I kill him. No sister of mine will become a dragon’s bride today. My death for this deed will be satisfying—the ultimate sacrifice.
I’ve spent most of my life preparing. No one in the village knows my true intentions. My parents think I’m reconciled to my fate. I was born during the span of years that established me as a claiming bride. A week ago, a proclamation went up throughout town informing the brides that our time has come. Our duty to keep the peace between dragons and humans demands our presence at the claiming. Today.
Early on, I used my family’s need for fresh meat and my father’s disability as the reason for learning to hunt. Every minute of every day that I could safely get away from home, I sharpened my skills. If the men of my town won’t defend the women, I will.
Slipping off my dreary daily garments, I don the beautiful, white, sacrificial gown required to entice my enemy. I secure the sword into the hidden back sheath knowing I can remove it and use it before anyone stops me. The virgins of this town will truly have something to celebrate tonight. I adjust my dark hair so it completely covers the blade’s grip. I walk from the glade with my shoulders back and my head held high refusing to acknowledge my racing heart and shaking knees.
I have a dragon to kill.
I LOVE this series! I loved book one, where we meet Bastien and Acasia. We learned all about the curse Hera has put on them, and because of that curse, only 4 dragons are left. At all! It's sad. And this curse also has them claiming human brides, which cannot produce children, nor do the live long compared to their dragons. It's so sad. But this one, it had me cheering as much or more than Dragons Don't Cry! And can I just say I seriously hope Sarn gets what I think he will get in the next book, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Now, let's talk Roxanne and Laryn.
Roxanne is one of the girls to be sacrificed to the dragon for the bride claiming. But she won't be claimed. She tries to kill the dragon before he even chooses, and then when he stops her assault and flies away with her, she still doesn't give up. She has her sword and she will die but she will make sure the dragon dies with her. She's a strong woman. She thinks that sacrificing virgins to be eaten or worse to dragons is not acceptable. I freaking loved her spunk. She is full of attitude and still has a kind heart. And then, when she meets Acasia, and her family, she realizes the dragons aren't eating them. LOL It's kinda funny, this particular situation. Plus I like that Roxy is just bad ass. Much like Acasia is.
Laryn, well he's complicated, crude, sexy, and down right stubborn to a fault. He will not love his bride. He will use her, and shut himself away, because it hurts too much when they die so quickly. But then he decided he will properly train Roxy like the warrior she should be. She fights like it. But it bites him in the ass, because he falls for her no matter what. But things aren't so easy in the dragon realm. And he doesn't learn his lesson until the end, when something terrible happens to her. No I won't tell you. I loved that he got a little sweeter and a little nicer as Roxy was around, and I love his soft spot for Ash. And I think he's got his hands full with Roxy, so she'll keep him in line :)
I really do love the world the author created. It's amazing, withe different realms and how they work. I also absolutely love the characters. I am completely invested in them and I can't wait to see how things are going to play out, with all that has happened. And I can't wait to see shifters other than dragons come into play as well :) YES!! With that said, 5 Dragon PAWS from me, and I seriously want book three, like tomorrow :) LOL
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Best-Selling Author D'Elen McClain is a retired sex crimes and homicide detective who managed to retain her sense of humor. She writes under three pen names dreaming about stories from life on the street as a beat cop in an unflattering blue uniform to paranormal and spicy romance.
USA Today Best-Selling Author, Holly S. Roberts, is her new adult and erotic writing pen name and Suzie Ivy is her tough crime fighting alter ego pen name.
Her two dogs, Dizzy, a Rottweiler with anxiety issues, and Duchess, her overweight Chihuahua, sleep and play under her feet while she writes at her home high in the Arizona mountains. She also keeps her pen in blue ink as a contributing writer for UniformStories.com, Below The Salt News, and Bad Luck Detective blog.
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