Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Book Review: The Last Blackstone Dragon by Alicia Montgomery

Book Description

This is a short novella that serves as a prequel to the Blackstone Mountain Series.

Brooding dragon shifter + feisty human + a marriage of convenience = sexy shifter action, hot romantic moments, and a HEA to satisfy you!

Henry “Hank” Lennox was the last of his family of dragon shifters, and heir to the crumbling Blackstone empire. In order to protect his people and his legacy, he decides on the unthinkable: buy himself a wife to produce the next generation and secure the future of his family. It was a purely business transaction, so he never thought the bride he meets on his wedding day could also be his mate.

Riva Sinclair would do anything to save her father and their family business, even going into an arranged marriage with a dragon shifter. It was supposed to be a marriage of convenience, a contract that stated she was bought and paid for. Still, she never expected to be so attracted to her husband, and the sky-high walls she put up to protect her heart are starting to crumble.

The same circumstances that brought to them together are about to tear them apart. Can they learn to trust each other or will their pasts destroy the fragile feelings that are only starting to bloom?

The Last Blackstone Dragon is a paranormal dragon shifter novella that's about 30,000 words in length. It has explicit romantic love scenes, naughty language, and shifter suspense action with guaranteed HEA (happy ever after) and no cliffhangers! 

My Review

Hank is the last dragon shifter in his family ever since his brother died. He's trying to keep his company above ground and running but things are not looking good. In order to find a mate, have kids and carry on his family legacy, Hank decides to make a marriage contract with another family but the woman he signs the contract with has a few demands of her own. Her father's company is in trouble and they need the money from this marriage contract to keep the company.

Hank and Riva don't meet until they are at the alter because this is a business transaction, nothing more. Things suddenly change when Hank realizes that Riva is his mate and they are both attracted to each other. Hank doesn't know how to act around her and comes off rude which really irritates Riva and she lets him know it. I loved that she wasn't a pushover and held her own with him. 

There was a person who was backstabbing behind the scenes and trying to make problems for Hank and Riva right from the very start. I had a feeling I knew who the bad guy was and I was right but I didn't know to what extent they had made some really bad choices to get their way. It was nice to see them get what they deserved. The ending was great as we got to see what their future looked like and who would be in the next book. I had a good time with this novella. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.