Friday, February 6, 2015

Windburn by Juliette Cross

Title:  Windburn
Series:  Nightwing #2
Author:  Juliette Cross
Published:  February 3/15 by Kensington
Length:   132pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

No man can win her heart—until now…

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian Nightwing, brother of Lucius. Seductive and iron-willed, he is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?

My Review:

This story is off and running from the very beginning. Cross jumps right into the heart of the story in a very riveting manner. Seriously, I love this author`s writing! Her style is so fun and approachable. She invites you fully into her world, allowing you to experience it alongside her characters. This world is so fully, and vibrantly developed that you can`t help but be drawn into it. The fantastic creatures that Cross has brought forward spark and capture your imagination. I felt like I`ve actually met some Morgons and have lived alongside them. That said, readers really should read the first novella in this series before this one for background information on characters and the races that we encounter, as well as for general context.

Scorcha was a riot! I loved getting to know her and she definitely did this story justice. Lorian’s dark, brooding attitude, combined with his protective nature had me dying for him. This is definitely one of those leading couples where I wanted to be her, and to be with him. They were fantastic, easy to picture individuals that really pack a punch. Even though these two individuals take centre stage in this novella, I also enjoyed getting to know the supporting cast. They filled out the story quite nicely and were all-round fun individuals.

This novella was a brilliant sequel to Soulfire. I easily read it in a single sitting and can`t stop thinking about it. I`m dying to return to Gladium province and visit with this land again.

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