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.
Worldbuilding: The Moscow, Russia setting was interesting and a nice change. I loved the Fire Hills. The world of dragon shapeshifters, thunderbirds, and animosities between dragon clans was nice.
Characters: Madelyn was endearing from the get-go. She’s obviously bookish, fact that all of us will love ofc, and she’s very passionate about her research.
Grigori – man, I feel your pain! – was all hot alpha make, with a pretty much 3000 yo singleton status of doom – brooding, smoking hot, and frustrated. Roar xD
I can’t say I felt any particular chemistry going on between them, though there were hot moments there for sure. I didn’t really connect with the characters much either, something that keeps happening to me with POV switches and third person narratives.
Plot: The story was based on the virgin, fated mates trope – with a bit of kidnapping lol. Despite that, it didn’t go in the dark direction at all – it was sweet romance, in fact. The combo doesn’t really do it for me, and I think I’m developing a pet peeve for the kidnapping thing by and large, which sort of dampened my enthusiasm. The story had a nice pace and it was engaging nonetheless.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my dragon romance moods.
I recommend Grigori to fans of dragon romance with a cool side of Russian history, fated mates, kidnapped virgin flavor. It was fun and a good start for a new series for sure, but I just didn’t feel the vibe all the way myself.
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