by N.J. Walters
Blood of the Drakon #1
Publication Date: December 5, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Otherworld, Paranormal Romance
Darius Varkas is a drakon. He’s neither human nor dragon.
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.
Let’s start with how much of a PNR junkie that I am and I’ve read few with dragons, but this one was a bit different. I quickly became addicted to the lore of the dragon/drakon world and was eager to learn more as the story went on.
So, what is a drakon? They are the child of a full-blooded dragon and human female, and they are only males. And sadly, they’re very limited with their kind being killed off by the Knights.
Darius and his brothers have been in hiding for many years, his brothers have managed to stay in one spot completely hidden, but Darius is constantly on the move when he feels threatened. However, he is a bit of a recluse.
Then we have Sarah, who seriously has quite the best job; she’s a research librarian that was recently hired to catalog a vast private library. Can you imagine all the amazing books this library has?! Not too long after working there, she learns why she was hired in the first place. And discovers an extremely powerful book full of evil. After one of her work days, she overhears a conversation, where Darius name is mentioned and that he’s in imminent danger. Leading with her heart, she sought out to find and warn him.
And that’s when their story begins and I love how it all unfolds for the both of them. The connection between the two is instant and with Sarah constantly weary about Darius, we see her walls slowly fall down as Darius breaks through them all. One the truth is revealed about who is actually after Darius and now Sarah, by association and the book she possesses. They’re both on the run.
I was completely hooked into this story and just wanted more. I love how Darius is very protecting and your ultimate alpha. It was great to witness the development of their relationship. They both weren’t exactly trusting and open of one another, but it was great to see them overcome that. LOVE the side characters aka his brothers and can’t wait to read the rest of the stories and learning more about each of them.
This book had everything that I love in a PNR romance and am definitely looking forward to the next installment, which I hope comes out very soon!
**ARC provided for honest review**
“What are you doing?” She winced at the husky sound of her voice.
“Showing you I’m not crazy,” he reminded her.
“Ah, yeah.” She momentarily lost her train of thought when he tossed his shirt aside and then bent to remove his shoes. “Not sure that’s working.” The man was stripping in front of her and she couldn’t take her eyes off him.
When fully dressed, he was impressive. Naked from the waist up, he was breathtaking. The stark lighting hid nothing from her. From his broad shoulders and washboard abs to his tapered waist, he was the most flawless male specimen she’d ever seen. Nothing in a magazine or movie could touch the sheer masculine perfection of Darius Varkas.
And then there was the tattoo that covered the left side of his body—thick lines of rich bronze, outlined in the same green shade as his eyes, swirled over his chest and arm and disappeared into the waistband of his pants. There was no recognizable design, but it was stunning all the same.
His biceps rippled when he shoved his hair away from his face. He was watching her intently as he unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and pushed them down. His boxer briefs went at the same time and, when he straightened, he was totally naked.
Sarah sat down hard on the stairs. She knew she was staring but couldn’t help herself. His eyes seemed to be glowing, which had to be a trick of the light. But it wasn’t his eyes that had captured her attention. No, it was the thick erection spearing upward from the thatch of hair on his groin. Darius was built to scale, which meant he was bigger than any man she’d been with. His tattoo also continued down the left side of his body all the way to his ankle.
About N.J. Walters
N.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.