Once again, I have started a series without reading the first few books, and once again, I have gotten lucky enough to find an author who has pity on absent minded readers like myself. Even if you haven't read the previous books, Katie Reus is kind enough to give enough of a recap so you can understand what has already happened and become invested in characters, both new and old. I loved all the side characters, the cute baby dragons (I want one!), and the romance was causing steam to come off my tablet's screen! Now all I need to do is go back and read the previous two books, and I'll be all caught up.
Former general Mikael was asleep for thousands of years, in a voluntary sleep after losing his clan and family. In a brand new world, he is reliant on others to guide the way, and the woman assigned to help is a human female, Avery, who lives with her two brothers in a New Orleans home. Avery is a house flipper and fiercely protective of those she loves, and in just a short time, Mikael and his two younger brothers are included in that mix. However, she's hesitant to give her heart to Mikael after watching her parents' marriage crash and burn. It's going to take everything Mikael has in him to convince Avery to be his mate, while also making sure she's safe from new threats that want nothing more than to harm Mikael and everyone he loves.
This was a quick read for me, mainly because I was speeding through it so I could see how it ended. It wasn't a book I could easily put down. Mikael was so in love with Avery, knowing she was his mate but not being able to do much about it. Trying to be respectful and keep his distance, while Avery was doing the same thing. Once they realized they both had feelings for each other, things steamed up quickly, and it became apparent that things wouldn't stay casual between them for long. While I wish we had gotten more appearances from Mikael's dragon, I still felt very connected to his character and his dragon. Their brothers were also great additions to the story, and I found myself as protective of them as Mikael and Avery were by the end of the book.
I look forward to reading the other books in this series!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**