Dawn of the Dragon Queen
Genre: historical fantasy romance
Publisher: Shifting Sands Publishing
Date of Publication: October 20, 2015
Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 65,000
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Duncan MacQuoid, dragon-slayer, is no more. In his place is a tortured man seeking solace for his sins. One fateful night he finds a woman he believes will be his salvation. Little does he know, his love for her could be his final undoing.
Fiona Firesblood, dragon-shifter and noble queen, will stop at nothing to protect her child, even if it means she must sever the bond with her mate, Duncan MacQuoid, the one man she loves above all others, and the one man whose past could destroy them all.
Safina Firesblood, daughter of a cursed union between dragon and dragon-slayer, has grown into a young woman, a powerful dragon princess in her own right. When she’s given one chance at true love, will she risk the dragon queen’s wrath or resign herself to an eternity of sorrow?
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Fiona barely remembered the journey to the stranger’s small, dark hut. Her dragon-touched eyes normally took in every nuance of her surroundings, but she’d been blinded by a pair of handsome, pale eyes and a warm, seductive smile.
After he’d hung her shawl beside the hearth, he bade her sit on a low wooden stool and handed her a heavy goblet filled with swirling amber liquid. She smiled into the mead, discreetly admiring his finely sculpted form while he stoked the embers of the fire. Though the man seemed to have entranced her, she had enough sense to know what would become of her that night. He would caress, kiss, and toy with her, making her as pliable as a soft piece of clay. Then he would carry her to his warm furs and make love to her. And she wouldn’t do a damned thing to stop him.
Fiona knew she should have thanked the man for the drink and warm fire and then fled. Aye, that’s what she should have done. But the effects of the potent mead made her head whirl, carrying away her doubts in a lust-induced current.
Her mind told her to fly to the safety of the secret cave she and her mother had once shared, for her mother had warned her men brought only heartache. In truth, she wanted to flee. But she wanted him more.
His masculine spices—a mixture of sweat, leather, and sage—assailed her senses as he drew near. He sat beside her on the stone hearth, warming his hands in front of the fire.
“Are ye hungry?” He leaned over her, pouring more mead into her goblet.
“No.” A shiver coursed through her as the scent of desire pulsed off his skin.
He frowned. “Are ye chilled?”
“No,” she said, clenching her hands to still her trembling. What had come over her? How had a mere mortal reduced her to a quivering flower?
“Then what can I do for ye, lass?” He clasped her small hands in his, the calluses on his fingers chafing her smooth skin.
Fiona pondered his question. What did she want him to do for her? She wanted him to show her what it felt like to spend the night in the arms of a man. She wanted to feel the intimacy of his mouth on hers, to understand why mortals so easily fell under the spell of desire. But most of all, after six years of traveling alone and missing the familiarity of a kind word or a tender hug, she wanted to feel loved.
Fiona silently stood, unlacing her bodice and letting her dress fall to the floor. She turned up her chin, meeting his shocked gaze with a subtle smile. “Can you make love to me?”
“Aye,” he said on a throaty growl. “I can do that.”
Wow! This is such an intriguing story!! A great way to start a dragon shifter story- and my favorite part- love looks on the inside, not the outside!!! So we get both safina and Fiona's povs here. Along with Duncan's. Let me explain. Fiona- a dragon, fell in love with Duncan, a dragonslayer but when they conceived safina, it was too late for the secrets they held were too great. So Fiona took safina into hiding, from the world and Duncan. And that's how this story starts out. It's a chaos of sad moments but then it gets better.
Safina is no longer a young girl, she's brave and she wants to see the world. Her mom is a healer, and though that comes with a high price, she's so heartbroken that every out look she has is negative. I'm torn here. I'm pissed at Fiona for wanting to keep safina locked and hidden away. No one is good and no one is right but her. And in the other side- some horrible things have come to pass and I understand Fiona loves her daughter and wants to keep her safe. It's a double edged sword to live by. Meanwhile, Duncan has searched for ages for his mate and daughter. I feel sorry for him because he made a grave mistake but learned from it and guilt has eaten him alive.
I loved this story and this author writes a beautiful tale. The twists with the older man and his family, the romance, Duncan searching, Fiona healing, and dragons. I mean what more could you ask for!! The characters are magnificently written and I am dying for the next book of the series!! I can't wait!! 5 DRAGON PAWS!!!
About the Author:
Tara West writes books about dragons, witches, and handsome heroes while eating chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate. She's willing to share her dragons, witches and heroes. Keep your hands off her chocolate.
Tara West's young adult and new adult romances have been Kindle bestsellers. A former high school English teacher, Tara is now a full-time writer and graphic artist. She enjoys spending time with her family, interacting with her fans, and fishing the Texas coast.
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