“Like, like, like, and quadruple like,” Dom said. She made exaggerated motions while tapping her phone. Dom was lying on the couch in front of our television. That thing needed to be changed, since it likely hadn’t been cleaned for months, and the television was so old it had a long antennae sitting out from its back. It was so old it might as well be a piece of decoration. When we wanted to watch shows, Dom and I simply used our laptops.
I stirred my cup of coffee. A café latte with an extra dose of sugar. I used last month’s paycheck to splurge on a coffee machine. Best decision ever. “What are you liking so hard about?”
Dom, full name Dominique, waggled her eyebrows. She was my roommate in our dingy little apartment. A caramel-skinned goddess with a big poof of hair she rocked and christened Angela.
Her skin would be glowing if the lights were on. The landlord should have come down to fix the lights in the living room three months ago, but it still wasn’t working. Dom and I didn’t have it in us to fork out the money for a new light-bulb. It was the landlord’s job, after all.
My roommate sat up and flipped her phone so it faced me. I had to squint to get a better view of her screen. “Um… it’s a dude.”
“Not just any.”
I slugged back a big gulp of my coffee. The caffeine and sugar zinged through me. Ah, nothing better than a fresh dose of addictive substances to knock back the cravings. “The picture’s probably Photoshopped till kingdom come,” I said. I sat across from Dom and kicked my legs up onto the coffee table, knocking aside some magazines. We really needed to clean this place. Sure, I could use Pop’s money to hire some cleaners, but I hated taking much from him. The only reason why I was stuck by his side was because he had this ‘family needs to be close’ policy—if I tried to run, he’d hunt me down and drag me back. Read More »
Bane of Dragons, Sera’s Curse book one. Written by Clara Hartley.
Touching someone is something you do every day, only not for me. When I was nine I touched someone and he almost died. My touch gave him pain, excruciating pain. That is my curse and it is something I have to live with. If I touched someone with dragon blood they would feel the pain and everyone here has dagonblood, because I live in a world with dragons.
My curse made my family cursed too and I was shunned away, even my own family hates me. And there is nothing I can do about, except getting their respect, working hard and make sure I’m never being shunned again. So I need to be someone important someone that people will look up to. A vote that would change everything was coming up and I need to do anything to win it. Everything seems to go great and I’m finally happy. Until I walked into the four hidrae princes, dragon-shifters of the most powerful kind and my touch doesn’t harm them. After so many years not touching someone their touch is intoxicating. Now I need to choose because being associated with them can ruin all my changes on winning. Only those princes, they keep drawing me back, I can’t get rid of them and maybe I don’t want to.
Slayer, the first in the Dragon Tamer series J.A. Culican and J.A. Armitage. Julianna has been raised her whole life to be a dragon slayer. Everyone in her village and her family have all been raised to be hunters. In their village they live below a mountain that they have to climb in order to locate the dragons that could put their village and way of life at risk. Julianna has been practicing for the last year in secret after her brother turned 18 and was given his armour and sword. Julianna took one of the training swords and taught herself to fight watching her brother be trained by their father. Julianna in her first fight against her brother bests him and after only a day of training while her brother took months before he was ready is sent with her father on her first hunt.
While hiking up the mountain hunting her first dragon, Julianna notices that there is something different about the red dragon flying over head and Julianna can’t kill it after thinking that it is just protecting an egg. When she stumbles and falls off the side of the cliff and the dragon swoops down and rescues Julianna.
Dragon Slayers the first in the Slayers and Protectors series by Kristin D. Van Risseghem. Brooklyn has been at Slayer school for 11 months and today is the graduation hunt. She hasn’t gone out of her way to make friends and figures it’s because of the amount of money her parents have and that they are high ranking members on the council. Brooklyn accidentally wanders off on the hunt and comes face to face with a large black dragon where year three student Manny comes to her aid. After fleeing and regrouping with the other year ones, Brooklyn is the last one with a weapon. Though hesitating to kill the dragon, she finally takes the kill shot earning her a reputation among the first years and the other students. This causes her to become more popular and gets her a best friend in Noelle. At the same time Manny tells Brooklyn of his interest in her and that he can now pursue her as she is no longer a year one. In starting year two with such a large staff the new year twos are broken into three groups each supervised by the top third year students. Manny, Bronx and Staten take the different students and Brooklyn ends up with Bronx who is an uncontrollable flirt and makes the moves on Brooklyn even knowing that she is dating Manny.
A standalone in the Drakoryans series that looks at a character introduced in Fire Bride. Night of the Drakoryans by Ava Sinclair happens before Lyla is taken by her dragons by a few years. Syrene was happy to be picked. She looked forward to dying and not having to live her previous life. But when she thinks that she has been robbed of her own death she decides to take it on the first person that she see. Edrys thought that their new bride would be happy to get to become a lady of their manner. Little did they know the abuse that Syrene went through at the hands of her step mother and her weak father. Syrene fights Edyrs upon waking up, prompting a discourse between he and his two brothers Xarsi and Nyron. The two find out from their oracle about her horrid past. The witches grant the brothers an extended night in order to woo Syrene or else their line will die out.
Syrene has to learn how to live her life without the constant harassment from her step mother and the rest of her village. Can Syrene come to terms with not only liking herself but also learning to love and be intimate with three Dragon Lords?
Spoilers if you have not read the other three previous books
The final book in the Shadows and Flame Series, Eternal Magic a Demons of Fire and Night by writing duo C.N. Crawford. Ursula has been taken captive by Abrax and is being held hostage in his dungeon. There after having been missing, Ursula finds a tortured Kester. Abrax wants to take Ursula’s power and add it to his own. But she has other ideas.
When it is learned that Abrax has Ursula, the other Lords of the Shadow Realm come for her and attempt to use Bael against her. But when Ursula see him, she sees that is is consumed with his blood lust, and the last time she had been with him it hadn’t ended well. But Bael seems to be more in control than ever before. Bael and Ursula escape into the Night for Ursula to learn more about not only herself but also about her past and who her mother was. The two decide to go after Excalibur in the hopes of defeating Abrax.
The Dragon’s Healer by Anastasia Chase. Evette Summers is 38 years old and suffering from MS but has so far refused to use modern medicine to treat her symptoms. Evette owns an apothecary in the Phoenix area where she has just hired a new worker. Two of her employees are leaving to go to college leaving Evette down a few people. She hired Valen over the phone and on his first day while on his way to work, he rear ends Evette where her disease affects her and Valen rushes her to the hospital where he meets her sister who has been helping to take care of Evette. Valen becomes vital to Evette as he starts to not just take care of her but also learns the ropes of working at the apothecary.
But Valen has a secret that he is hiding from everyone. Valen is actually a dragon that left his home that’s been hidden away from human eyes. Valen wasn’t happy with his existence there and decided to leave and experience the world. The two start to develop feelings for each other even under the pressure of Evette’s illness.