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Release Date: October 3, 2017


He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.



Let me start by saying that I am not a “shifter” lover. I have read some wolf shifter books but nothing ever really enticed me to stay with that genre. I only read this book because Lauren Smith is one of my favorite historical/contemporary romance writers.
Now let me tell you how pleasantly surprised I was. I mean , I know she writes very well, but Dragons?
I wasn’t prepared to love this book, but I did.

The story starts with Madelyn Haynes. Madelyn has never felt like she belonged. Anywhere. Her adoptive parents loved her, but she felt that something was missing in her. She never fit in. She is a professor studying in Russia for a paper she must write to keep her job. Her subject is Dragons. She has a certain fascination, she has dreamed of dragons her entire life and her study leads her to a book. It’s actually a handwritten journal about a family of dragons. Of course she does not take it seriously, Dragons do not exist. But the drawings in the journal draw her in. Something about one of the drawings really interests her.
The next thing she knows, she is being pursued by the library guard. And then she meets him.

Grigori Barinov is a wealthy businessman. He has power and good looks and could have anything he wanted just by asking. But he hasn’t found the “one.” His one true love. Now someone has taken notice of a journal he has hidden in plain sight. he must find out everything he can about this person, if only to make certain he and his family are safe.

Grigori and Madelyn meet in an uncomfortable way but it turns into something more interesting immediately. They are both drawn to the other and Madelyn is about to find out exactly what kind of things go bump in the night. The creatures in fairy tales and nightmares may be real!

This book takes us through Russian history a bit and I really enjoyed that! The rich scene settings and the story line all contribute to a beautiful story of love, and feeling like you belong. This is a great first in a series and I can’t wait to read the next book!
I give this 5 stars!


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USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.


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