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There was so much about this book that I liked, it was hard to pinpoint what part I enjoyed the most. From the immediate suspense in the beginning to the smoldering heat between the two main characters, there was a lot going on that packed a punch. I have read many books featuring dragon shifters, and I think this will be my favorite series among them. I loved the interaction they had with regular humans, despite the dangers of putting themselves in harm's way, and while they were leery of letting anyone know what they are, they also recognized that a human's safety was sometimes more important than their secret. Their strength in character as a group was evident early on.
Finn Conleth has lived for centuries with the knowledge that he can never have a mate of his own. After his dragon's fire consumes his first mate during a mating ritual, he vows that he would not risk the same thing happening again. But when mysterious fires begin appearing in his territory, with Delaney Hamilton at the center of it, he realizes that it might be harder than ever to keep history from repeating itself. Delaney has been followed by fire for months now, not knowing if she is starting them and worried that it may be the work of a stalker. Meeting Finn turns her world upside down, and things only become stranger when he insists on protecting her. Now her life depends on trusting him - but is he really who he says he is, or is there more going on?
Both Finn and Delaney were fantastic characters! I loved the depth we got from them almost immediately, learning their backstories and seeing their POVs alternating throughout the book. I felt very in tune with what their fears, desires, goals, etc. were, and it made for a rich read. Finn couldn't help being attracted to Delaney, and she felt the same way, even though both felt they had excellent reasons to stay away from each other. I loved the slow burn of their romance, and the time it took between meeting and getting into bed together was perfect. It didn't feel too rushed, and it also made the chemistry between them all the hotter. Definitely an excellent example of a slow burn romance done right.
This was the first book I have read by Abigail Owen, and I am super eager to read more! I'm ecstatic that this is the first in a series, since that means I get more dragon shifters in my future.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**