by Sheryl Winters
Jaden is one in a million, a fire talent capable of bonding with a fire Esprit and creating fireballs of enormous proportions.
Draven Winterbourn is the devilishly handsome king of the Dragon-Changers, capable of changing into an enormous dragon. A man responsible for keeping the laws of his people.
When the two meet it was more than fate, it was true love.
So how can everything go so wrong between a couple who love so much?
He wasn't kidding. He really can't cook.
Isla and I grimace our way through burnt steak and eggs. I'm so used to Esmay burning my meals, I have no problem swallowing it, but Adania is another matter. She folds her arms and refuses to eat what is served. By the time breakfast is over, I decide never to let him cook again.
Draven offers seconds and thirds, which we politely refuse. He polishes off the remains, inhaling his food the way Isla does ice water, his leg jammed tight against mine. "Grab your things. It's time to find the shops," Draven says as we pile our dishes into the sink. He flaps a dismissive hand at us. "Don't worry about those. The cleaning people will be here soon. They'll take care of them."
I draw on the tight cloth jacket I've been using for the last three years, poking my fingers through the hole in my pocket for fun, while Isla wrestles Adania's shoes onto her.
Draven surprises us by picking Adania up and hoisting her onto his shoulders.
"Lookie, Jaden, Isla!” she squeals, her excited giggle ringing through the hallway. “I'm taller than you!"
Isla stops at her apartment to get her hand bag and Draven pulls three glowing light green orbs out of one of his pocket. “Preset and ready to go, so you three won't get lost on your way home.” He gives an apologetic shrug. “I'm almost out, or we'd use them to get there, too."
The Orbs are so malleable, I have to resist the urge to sink my fingers into them. I slide them into my good pocket next to the gold before carefully pulling my fingers out, so I won’t touch them too much.
Draven lowers Adania to the floor and fiddles with the lock as Isla catches up with us. "Jaden, do you still have that coin purse I gave you?"
I pull the heavy leather pouch out of my pocket and hold it out for him.
"Good. You'll need it today."
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review.
This book is a mixture of fantasy and contemporary which threw me a bit at first when they start talking about wearing jeans at the same time as orbs and esprits. This soon just became an aside though as the story took hold and dragged me into their world. I loved how the perspective changed and you could tell who it was 'speaking' without even having to see the heading of the chapter because each person had their own, distinct voice.
The plot moves along at a fair pace and will keep your interest all the way through. I liked that there were new challenges for Jaden and Isla to meet, not just the same ones rehashed over. I also thought it was building up to a cliffhanger ending and I was faced with the paradox of wanting to read even quicker so I could find out what happened, together with wanting to read slower as I didn't want the story to end. The ending is NOT a cliffhanger thankfully but it is bittersweet. There was a twist at the end that I just didn't see coming and it quite simply took my breath away.
I am hoping that there is another book in this world as one just simply wasn't enough. Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended.
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Sheryl Winters lives in a small town in Alaska. She grew up in the midst of old country story tellers, so you might say writing comes naturally to her. She is known for writing paranormal romances with a twist. Her writing inspiration often comes from the great outdoors of Alaska and she enfolds bits of it into her stories. She never set out to be an author only a story teller. Some days she succeeds better than others.
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