Author: Judith Leger
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance- dragons
Format: eBook, 327 pgs
Release Date: May 23, 2011
A vision, a wish, and a journey plagued by evil.
Cold, desolate cliffs and a white dragon's blue gaze captures Seren Jordan in a terrifying vision. A universe away, Paladin Fulcan--prince, captain, and sorcery-shadowed seed of dragonkind--struggles to overcome his grief during the long journey to where he must bury his wife and son. Seeing a shooting star, he violates the most sacred law of the dragonseed: he makes a wish.
A dragonseed's wish can open the gates between realities, can alter fate. But has fate itself decreed this wish? For the throne-less dragonseed's destiny is entwined with that of a mortal mate; their son is fated to be the One True Dragon King to rule over all the dragons. But not all dragons are content to accept one rule, and the rebels quietly gather allies to prevent the birth of Seren's baby.
This paranormal romance grabs your attention from the first page. Leger has created a sister world to Earth, Avaris, filled with Dragons, wizards, Felerians (cat people), airships (flying clipper ships with propellers), dracs (fledgling dragons), dragoons (dragon youths), dragonseed (half dragon/half human), rogues, dragonstones, magic, a prophecy, an oath, a wish, betrayal, a battle and an unlikely but sexy romance.
Seren, a 28 year old psychic who helps the New Orleans police, lost her child (to a drunk driver) and her husband (two years later to divorce). She's just been going through the motions, not really living, since the death. She has started seeing visions of a dragon. She doesn't understand; dragons aren't real. One night taking a bath, she accidentally starts to knock the radio into the tub with her. She sees a flash of light and then the radio is smashed against the wall by a man. "He was beautiful. Every muscled curve, each firm line rippled with perfection. He was the dragon."
Captain Paladin Fulcan, dragonseed, is in the middle of a journey to take the bodies of his wife and son to her family for interment. Staying overnight in pub house, he does the unthinkable... he makes a wish on a falling star. A bright light with a doorway appears and he has to save Seren. Without thinking, he takes her back through the doorway.
Both being exhausted, they fall into the only bed. During the night Seren is having the most wonderful dream - sex with a gorgeous angel, not once but three times. Upon waking she is sore. She's shock to realize those weren't dreams. "Hot, lurid sex with a complete stranger. With just the physical act, he had accomplished what her husband hadn’t been able to achieve even after hours of foreplay. She had climaxed every time. Once, she’d reached her peak twice. She frowned, hoping she hadn’t conceived, yet she felt like a new life grew inside her. But right now she sensed the joining of his sperm with her egg." She doesn't want another child to have to face loving it so much only to have it die. Neither wants a repeat of last night but they both are so drawn to each other they may not have a choice.
Later there is a very poignant scene. Seren's fetus can talk to her in visions - he appears as a grown man and asks her why she doesn't want him. Broke my heart. He tells her, “I am not your lost one... Do you fear you will love me more than her?” he asks. “Yes. You do. You have nothing to fear. I will never leave you. You have been chosen by the seven great dragons to be the vessel for my creation.” She tells him, “I don’t want to love you...please, understand.” He counters with, “I understand many things, but this is one I do not—you are my mother.” She replies, “If I love you, I’ll never want to lose you. If I do, I know it’ll be a million times worse than with Mandy. That’s what I fear the most.”
Needless to say, there are rogue dragons who don't want the baby born. There is running, hiding, kidnapping, battling and all throughout, the love affair that neither wanted, blooms.
This was a delightful paranormal romance with some fantasy thrown in the mix for good measure - so it isn't your typical paranormal romance which was surprisingly refreshing. The characters are believable and the action is almost non-stop. I hope there are plans for a sequel because I'd love to know what happens next. Paranormal romance and dragon fans should enjoy this story.
Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
While it seems touch and go for awhile, this does have a HEA.