He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.
She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.
I received the arc of Grigori from St Martins Press with a review request. The cover didn’t impress me much, but the synopsis got me curious. Since I’m a sucker for shapeshifters, how can I say no to a dragon shifter…
And what kind of dragon: a real gentleman dragon! Grigori Barinov is one of the remaining dragons of his bloodline. Together with his brother Rurik, they are the last Barinov dragons. After living for thousands of years, he and his brother live a quiet human life to stay below the radar of humans and their worst enemy: Drako of a rival dragon ancestry. But now, someone is asking questions and checking out his history…
Madelyn Hayes is convinced that dragons are real. She just has to prove it. That’s why she is now digging into old data in Russia, to show her colleagues that she is right. However, after reading some interesting documents, she is followed and captured by the broody and very sexy Grigori.
Although she is drawn towards the handsome and courteous stranger, she can’t help but feeling he is the enemy. But why does she recognize his mother? And why do the nightmares about the rain and thunder intensify since she is sleeping under the same roof as Grigory?
Find out in this first part of a new series of the Brothers of Ash and Fire. Let your heart be swept of his feet by this wonderful dragon and his funny little brother. I’ll be looking forward to part two, to read about what happened to brother Mikhail.
Four out of five stars from me with a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: St. Martins Press Swerve
Published: October 2017
My rating: ♥♥♥♥
Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.