Kiss of a Dragon by Alisa Woods

Posted August 14, 2016 by Marsha in Shifter Series / 0 Comments

Kiss of a DragonTitle:  Kiss of a Dragon
Series:  Fallen Immortals #1
Author:  Alisa Woods
Published:  July 5, 2016
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
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I am a Dragon Prince of the House of Smoke… and I am dying.
Five hundred years is truly enough for a man like me. A monster. Yet a ten-thousand-year treaty will die with me, if I don’t spawn a dragonling to take my place. My two brothers are no use in this task. It falls to me, the eldest by a hair’s breadth, and yet, I cannot face the horror of another sealing. Another death. Another woman’s blood on my hands.

I was saved from death in a dark Seattle alley by an impossibly beautiful man who swooped in on golden wings. Now he’s taken me to his lair, opened my eyes to a world of immortals I didn’t know existed, and given me an impossible task – find him a mate. Then, and only then, will he set me free.

He needs her more than he wants; she wants him more than she should; and the fate of both the mortal and immortal worlds depends on them not just repairing their hearts, but finding a Love that’s True…

Sexy shifters and their feisty mates who aren’t shy about loving each other – so, this is an adult, 18+ reader tale.

Lucian is nearing the end of his dragon’s life.  Only if he finds a mate who loves him with a True Love (a love without any doubt) and they produce a dragonling, a dragon child who will grow up to take Lucian’s place as head of the House of Smoke one day — if this happens, he is granted a longer life as he and his mate raise up the new leader.  Lucian’s first mate died during the delivery of their dragonling, both mother and child perished.  He has blamed himself for their deaths and cannot imagine loving another human woman.  But he must convince a human to love him with a True Love in order to continue the dragon line of the House of Smoke.

Arabella is a lawyer who specializes in helping women in desperate situations, abusive situations or ones where the ex doesn’t not comprehend the meaning of “no – it’s over”.  She doesn’t really believe in the happy ever after type of romance, mainly because she hasn’t seen it in action.  On the night that will change her life forever she is attacked in an alley close to her office.  When she is rescued by… a dragon who turns into the most handsome, sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on… well, let’s say it knocked her out cold.

Lucian takes Arabella back to his lair.  He recognizes that she is his mate, but he will not ever again put a woman he loves in the type of danger that loving him brings.  No, he’ll find a woman he can seduce, convince to love him and produce the heir needed… he will not risk a woman he could so easily see himself loving for eternity to a bloody death – not again.  He in effect holds Arabella prisoner, since she now knows about dragons, until she finds him a mate.  Once she does that, Lucian will release her from his lair.

Men – and immortals – with their crazy logic.

Kiss of a Dragon takes us on an amazing journey to find True Love – and the rocky romance of two very stubborn people.  It’s obvious that these two belong together.  It’s also crystal clear that Lucian is going to be a bullheaded dragon and deny himself the love of a lifetime based on his fear of repeating the past.  The world building in this first story is deliciously seductive.  It’s so very easy to see the Keep of the Smoke Dragons.  Vivid details pulled me into this story with ease.  The secondary characters are lively and believable – even the most vile villains around.  This is a world of magic, of treaties that barter for the safety of humans with the lives of immortals.  The deeper I get into this world the more fascinating it becomes.

I enjoyed this first story in the serial very much – enough to need to know what happens in the next story.  Whether it’s a series or a serial (of the new type).. if an author can capture my imagination and give me at least a temporary ending – then I’ll gladly continue the journey.  I have no hesitation in recommending Kiss of a Dragon and the Fallen Immortals serial (series).  It’s a sexy, danger filled, edge of the seat adventure that hopefully ends in the discovery of a True Love for everyone involved.

I’ve not hidden the fact that I am not a huge fan of serials.  I do not like cliffhangers.  Every reader is different.  I’m a reader who wants a complete story by the last page.

Having said that – there seems to be (thankfully) a new trend in the “serial” stories across genre.  A story that ends with a Happy For Now – knowing that the couple’s story is not complete, but they’ve reached an acceptable point where this addition can end and the next will pick up another continuation of their epic story.  That is the type of serial story I can enjoy, it gives me what I need and holds out the temptation for more… not quite the same as a series, but I can fall into that type of romance.  There are a few authors I’ve read and enjoyed who do it – and do it very well.  The Fallen Immortals series begins with three stories that tell Arabella and Lucian’s tale.  The series has nine (9) stories planned at this time.

Available in paperback and for the Kindle