Title: Soulfire (Nightwing #1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2014
In a world divided by prejudice and hatred, only love can bridge the chasm.
Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.
As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.
Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.
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PARENTS JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND
Soulfire is the second book I have read recently where the families really needed a reminder that “less is more“, it’s human nature to rebel and if they had taken this basic fact into consideration it would have saved a lot of strife but then again there also would be no story but that wasn’t my point. My husband is fond of saying that “you can lead him anywhere, but try and force him and he will fight you to his last breath“, I was put in mind of this when I read Soulfire.
Granted Jessen’s father is a bigoted megalomaniac but he still made the rookie mistake of making a sweeping edict that his daughter stay away from Morgons and anyplace where she might encounter them. Which we all know is tantamount to a dare to do just that. Complete with a morally questionable best friend she finds herself in a Morgon club aka the wrong place at the wrong time. An altercation between her fiance (I use the term loosely) and a Morgon man is interrupted by the most compelling man she has ever met Lucius Nightwing. A member of one of the most important Morgon clans and a sworn enemy of her father, it is not a union either of them desires but can they ignore their attraction?
What with all the monsters in urban fantasy it is unusual to find a unique approach. Juliette Cross’ dragon hybrid hierarchy is precisely that. She has taken the shifter trope and in remaking this established formula and by adding a touch of Romeo and Juliet has created a new and different, highly entertaining story. I am very much looking forward to the upcoming installments in this series.
Thousands of years ago, Radomis, the dragon king of the North, took flight on the last full moon of winter. Beating great, black wings, he soared away from his mountainous kingdom, lured by some unknown force to the sultry lands in the west where humans dwelled. Dragons and humans had always lived apart.
On this same night, Princess Morga honored the fertility rite of bathing under the full moon the night before her wedding. As she stepped from the natural steaming pool, rivulets of water glistened over milk-pale skin, ebony hair slicked over her breasts and down her back. The dragon king saw her. Instant desire ensnared his beastly heart. He descended.
Shifting into human form, a man of might and beauty, he murdered her guards and handmaidens. Horrified, Morga could do nothing when the dragon king took her in his arms, hard lust in cold eyes. The moment his tongue licked into her mouth, she felt the burning of soulfire—the dragon elixir meant for his one and only mate. Golden heat melted through blood and bone, filling her with euphoric pleasure, bonding her to him forever.
Radomis took her on the ground among bloody bodies and moon-shadows, intent to sate his hunger. One night would never be enough. Shifting into dragon form, he carried her in his claws back to his kingdom. She would be his queen, trapped in a gilded cage of opulence as the object of his endless desire.
From their union, a child was born—an abomination. A human body with dragon wings and dragon strength. The boy, Larkos, was outcast among dragonkind, including his father. Only Morga showed him any love.
When Larkos reached manhood, he wielded his rage with an avenging sword, tracking and killing all of dragonkind. Even in beast form, his father could not match him, finally falling to the forgotten son’s sword. What Larkos did not know was that soulfire bonded his loving mother to the beast in such a way that when his dragon-heart stopped beating, so did hers.
This is the tale I’d been told when my body began changing from child to woman, a warning for young girls to beware of Morgon men.
“Never stray from your own kind, Jessen,” my mother would say, “or you could end up like Princess Morga, a slave and outcast to be abhorred.”
The problem was, I’d never been a very obedient daughter. Never the one to do exactly as I was told. And fairy tales have no meaning when the stars align and Fortune spins her wheel, weaving her own story for your heart.
About the Author:
She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school.
Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.
Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.
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