Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Blood Dragon from Amber Anthony in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
Adam Lachlan, a tall drink of scrumptious masculinity, has been exiled from his dragon-shifter clan for the past two hundred years. His bad-boy charm has been harnessed to succeed as a Master Dom in the mortal world. He’s spent decades isolating himself emotionally.
Willow Greer is beautiful, intelligent and charming. Men have pursued her, but she’s flown from them all. Willow has a secret burden. Adopted in infancy, and having no explanation for shifting into a Pegasus at puberty, she’s cloistered herself romantically. Without knowing the full truth of her nature, how can she commit to love?
When Adam’s fire meets Willow’s short fuse, flirtation is on! At the onset, secrets are guarded, but once their true selves are revealed, the complications begin. Can they overcome the problems of romance between different shifter species? Will they drop their emotional baggage and risk love’s bondage?
First Line: “Adam Lachlan was irritated. He got to the Dublin Airport on time, but the security line moved glacially, and even the number of travelers in the Pre-Cert line shuffled in place.”
Okay, people. It took me a long time to open this book. Why?
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS COVER? Drool. 🤤
You can call me shallow, but do I care? Of course not.
BECAUSE LOOK AT THIS COVER!
Our devious hero, Adam, meets Willow Greer at the airport. There seems to have been some confusion when booking his seats. He’s asked for more leg room, but instead, gets coach. Is prince hottie too good for a normal person seat?—rude! *snort* And why is he on a plane anyway when he’s a dragon sculpted in the laboratory of HOT? Obviously, our sweet Adam has some issues.
Adam blinked. He gestured at his height and stuck out a long leg. “Do I look like I’d fit in a coach sized…”
Willow switches seats with him. She makes fixing things so easy. If only she could fix all of Adam’s other problems…
So, naturally, Adam is in her debt. And he’s totally enchanted by her. While she’s talking about being flexible with her arrangements, he can’t help but imagine her doing the splits on his you know what.
When the flight gets delayed, Adam and Willow spend more time together…alone.
He just gets her dinner of sorts, lol. Sorry if that was anti-climatic. BUT (and here’s where it gets good), it turns out that all flights get grounded due to a strike and these two get some alone time after all.
Adam pulls in some favors, arranges their stay at a friend’s hotel—that is more of a resort—and organizes their flights to Inverness.
[NDP Aside: On a side note, any book set in Scotland is my juju. Let’s just say that now. I’m obsessed with this book and we’ve only touched chapter 1.]
What starts as an accidental friendship, quickly turns into this shifter smut fest. (I bet you’re looking at the book cover again…good for you.)
Adam, at this point, is in total denial saying they’ll enjoy some time as “friends” while the planes are grounded and they’ll be on their merry way to Inverness in a few days.
Lol. How cute.
But they aren’t friends. It’s not long until Willow is engulfed in the wild world of BDSM and every sexy man in this country wants her. There are so many reasons for her and Adam not to be together, yet the magnetic pull he has over her is unbearable.
What they should have done is left their love-fest behind before everything got complicated. And it does get complicated. Two different lives, two different paths. Now, they’re in this addictive limbo of mystery, lies, and confusion.
This book has so much life. Amber Anthony knows how to bring characters’ inner demons to the forefront and challenge their every move. That is what makes a good author. From Adam being the Master Dom of kink and Willow on her massive journey of self-discovery, Blood Dragon is shifter crème de la crème.
As our characters dance in their own conflicts, inevitably, they find their way to each other. And every reason they shouldn’t have been together soon becomes the only lifeline they have.
Only Amber Anthony, I tell ya.