Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her...
As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he's waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.
But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.
Brand has a mission, to bring Kasia to the Blood King. Ladon is not as bad as some of the other King's and Brand trusts him.
Kasia has a secret, one that has Brand coming after her so that she can mate with the Blood King and Brand can get his revenge.
Things don't always go according to the plan. That's the biggest takeaway from this story. Each of them thinks that they know what's going to happen at some point during this book and they couldn't have been further from the truth if it had snuck up on them and smacked them in the face with a pie.
When Brand finds Kasia she's at a clinic because she can't control the fire inside her but she's hasn't told them who or what she actually is so they can't really help her. Brand already knows what she is and that she's been lying about it. He's supposed to find her, bring her back for the Blood King and be done with it. But he feels something for her and his plans don't go as planned.
While Brand and Kasia are on their way back to the Blood King, all sorts of other shifters come out of the woodwork when they find out she exists. They want to capture her for themselves. One King, Pytheios in particular wants her captured and they are on the run from all of them. While they are trying to get back to the safety of the King Brand trusts, they get to know one another better and get closer.
The fact that Kasia kept calling him a giant lizard, Godzilla and a gecko because he's a dragon shifter made me laugh a lot. They have some really comical times together and the name calling got under his skin a little but I thought it was hilarious. He's all like, I'm a magnificent dragon, not some puny lizard.
Kasia is still keeping secrets through most of the book but so is Brand. So when Brand and Kasia finally see that they're meant for each other towards the end of the book, it throws the Blood King, Ladon's plans into turmoil. He gets really mad but he turns out to be a really good guy and they all come together to help Kasia when she needs it.
There was a lot of action in this book, a lot of scheming and plotting and a great slow burn romance. The dragon shifters, wolf shifters and other paranormals made this story so interesting. There is one very unusual or I should say, special paranormal that Brand knows that I really hope we see in future books because I want more of his story. There were so many great secondary characters that I really want to get to know better so I know this is a series that I'll be reading more of.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.