The second in the series, although the first that I have read, Juliette Cross has built a world that contains humans and human-dragon hybrids, with all of the associated issues that is presented on both sides.
I loved the world building, and although I haven’t read the first in the series, Cross writes with a deft hand, inserting information necessary to follow along. I will say that I had to rush to get book one in the series, I was that intrigued and enamored with the world.
As with all societies that are evolving, Gallium Province is starting to lose the rigid segregation of the past, with many of the humans and Morgons (dragon-hybrids) even living in close quarters. Much of the separation still exists, particularly in terms of relationships, but the lines are starting to blur and soften.
Sorcha is a human: free with her opinions, body and ideas, but not with her heart. I liked her spirit and determination, a touch of aggressiveness that gave her an edge in her human interactions make her a solid match for a hybrid, and allows her to not be steamrolled into situations she isn’t willing to entertain.
Lorian Nightwing is a hybrid, and a member of one of the oldest and most powerful clans. An idea to open a nightclub that caters to both segments of society. To do this to best effect, he needs a clever human to provide input and suggestions: Sorcha comes to mind and her agreeing to the collaboration is an advantageous move for both.
Their interactions are clever, but Lorian is not acting like other men do in her presence. Sorcha is confused: she has an itch and wants to scratch it, something that has never been difficult before. I loved that Lorian wouldn’t give in to Sorcha’s attempts at seduction: he wants more from her, and he will wait for her to finally give in. But when threatening packages start appearing with markings from a rival clan, his protective nature takes over and he will do near anything to protect her, and make her his.
I loved Cross’ interactions and development of the characters, together and in their relationship. The attraction is palpable and solid, and even as Sorcha fights it, she is inexorably drawn to the possibility of something more with Lorian’s face in every imagined moment. World-building, clan history and even some insights into the life of the Morgons made this story one that was engaging, unique and hard to put down.
Author: Juliette Cross
Published by: Lyrical Press
Published on: 3 February, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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No man can win her heart—until now…
In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…
Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian Nightwing, brother of Lucius. Seductive and iron-willed, he is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.
The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.