Drakon’s Promiseby N.J. Walters Blood of the Drakon #1 Publication Date: December 5, 2016 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Otherworld, Paranormal Romance
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Synopsis: Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon. He's both. He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it. When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.
“Sarah, it’s vitally important I get that book. I need you to think about the security at work. Cameras, guards, alarms, everything.” He’d need to get schematics of the building and more. But he’d start here, with his best inside source. Of course, if she was working with the Knights, this might be nothing more than an elaborate plot to capture him.
It was a risk he had to take.
“You don’t need to know that,” she began.
Darius caught her face in his hands and cradled her cheeks in his palms. “I do, Sarah, I really do. I’m not worried about my life, but those of people close to me.” That was the most he could give her.
“No, you don’t.”
Disappointment seeped into him, and he released her and straightened to his full height. “How much?”
“What?” She sounded bewildered, but he wasn’t buying it. If she wasn’t willing to give him the information he needed, it was because she wanted something. In his vast experience with humans, that meant money in one form or another. It used to be gold and jewels. Nowadays, it was more likely to be a simple bank transfer.
He put his hands on his hips and simply stared at her, trying not to get lost in her chocolate-brown eyes. They appeared so innocent. “How much for the information?”
She jumped to her feet and glared at him. “You son of a bitch. I’m risking a lot to warn you about the book and everything else.”
“That doesn’t answer my question.” No way could he let her go until he had the information he needed. “The quicker you give it to me, the faster I can pay you. Then you can leave.”
She fisted her hands at her sides. “I ought to let you pay for it.” Then she fumbled with her knapsack and yanked open the zipper. He wondered if she had a weapon of some kind, and cursed himself for not searching her earlier. Not that it would do her much good. Most conventional weapons, at least any that could fit in her bag, wouldn’t do much damage to him. But it would piss him off.
She reached inside the bag and, instead of a weapon, pulled out an old, leather-bound book. She thrust it against his stomach, and he caught it before it dropped to the floor.
“Here’s your damn book. I smuggled it out of work at great personal risk. You’re welcome.” She stepped around him and strode to the elevator. Sarah slapped her palm against the panel, but nothing happened. Only he could make it work.
Darius stared at the book and then back at the very angry woman waiting for an elevator that would never come.
An unusual sensation enveloped him, one he’d rarely felt in the thousands of years he’d been alive. It was shame with a hint of bewilderment.
There's just something about Dragons that intrigues me, something that stirs my curiosity and has me imagining about the strong, dangerous, beautiful creatures of myth. So mixing the mysterious dragons with shifting and I was already all in for this book. N.J. Walters is quite terrific at building up a world around her characters, and this book is no exception. I felt sucked into the world of the Drakon, and oh what an interesting place it turns out to be.
When Sarah stumbles onto a book that drags her into an unknown world, one filled with danger, secrets, and creatures one would normally awesome you'd only hear about in books and other varieties of fiction. As one would think, this gave a bit of edge to the story, because there was so much to learn about the Drakon, but also danger and people to fear.
Darius was a charming Alpha male, but he was respectable. Right away I was curious about him, wanting to know more about who he was and what made him tick. Wanting to know all of the secrets of the Drakon and so much more. I could feel his longing for something from the first pages, but I wasn't sure if it was a longing for the Knights to be out of the picture, his brothers to be safe, or something more.
Sarah was smart and strong, she wanted to be independent, to hold her own. She'd unexpected lost her library job and found herself looking for something new. She finds herself in the position of working for a private library, and therein stumbles upon a book that will change her life in so many ways.
I really enjoyed the interactions between Darius and Sarah and how Darius was compelled to protect Sarah. As Sarah delved deeper into the world of Darius and the Drakon, it was easy to see their connection grow and feelings develop and change. I really liked how though there was an initial 'somethings different' vibe, this connection didn't come off as insta-love (or lust), but rather a realization of some sort on a deeper level. Something that took time to come to the surface.
Drakon's promise was filled with a little bit of mystery, a dash of danger, and of course the developing romance between Sarah and Darius, but more than that it was an introduction to a new world, full of a larger story looming.
N.J. Walters has created a unique world with the Drakons, and I can already tell there's more to add in future books of this series, but there's a firm foundation in Drakon's Promise. I look forward to seeing where we are taken next in this series.
ABOUT N.J. WALTERSN.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
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