Genres: Paranormal Romance
Series: Fire Chronicles
Book Length: 110
Publisher: BL Publishing
Dragons Don’t Love (Fire Chronicles, #2) by D’Elen McClainA dragon shifter fairy tale for adult readers.
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.
Each Fire Chronicles book is a complete love story but it’s recommended you read Dragon’s Don’t Cry first to understand more of the world building.
~ EXCERPT ~
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.
~ REVIEW ~
Technically, this is the second book of the author I've read. The first one was book 1 of the series and like the first one, I enjoyed reading Dragons Don't Love.
Both the heroine and hero matched each other perfectly. The same with Bastian and Acasia (loved that couple). I won't play favorites with them because they're good in their own way.
I liked how the personality of both H/h complements one another. Roxanne a real warrior woman and it's fun to see how she and Laryn interacted. Lots of wit there at the same time you could feel that tension if there's some denial in there.
I'm still sad about the curse set upon Dragons, I still get teary-eyed. I liked how it ended but it took something untowards Roxanne for Laryn to get his head straight. Well, better late than never. I also liked how Roxanne kind of change him in a better version of himself.
I'm looking more forward to the next book in the series especially... well, I won't spoil that part.
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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