Series: Nightwing #1
Published by Kensington on October 20th 2014
In a world divided by prejudice and hatred, only love can bridge the chasm.
Tensions are rising in the Gladium Province. The boundary between humans and Morgons has begun to blur. While the human aristocracy strives to maintain distance between their daughters and the dragon-hybrid race, fate has other plans.
As the daughter of the corporate king, Jessen Cade is duty-bound to honor her arranged marriage to a man she detests. Feeling trapped by family duty and a loveless future, she longs for more, straying to the Morgon side of the city.
Lucius Nightwing is the eldest son of the powerful Morgon clan, and the greatest enemy of Jessen’s father. When a bar-room brawl thrusts Jessen into his arms, his dragon roars to the surface, craving to sate his carnal hunger in the brown-eyed beauty. The beast in Lucius recognizes her as his own, even if the man refuses to admit the truth.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a paranormal romance so SOULFIRE came along at just the right time. That coupled with a blurb that mentioned DRAGONS and I was on it like a car bonnet!
SOULFIRE is set in a ‘verse inhabited by humans and dragon/human hybrids. While racial tensions are still high, things are slowly starting to change with humans and “Morgons” finding it mutually beneficial to engage in business together.
Jessen Cade is the daughter of one of the most powerful human men in the city. When she runs into Lucius Nightwing, son of the most powerful Morgon, sparks fly. As Jessen and Lucius grow closer they must deal with pressure from both sides. Can their love survive or will they forever be kept apart?
SOULFIRE is the first in a series and is only novella length but Juliette Cross does a stellar job of establishing the mythology, the world and the characters with her wonderful prose and excellent development of the story. I adored the tale of how Morgons came into existence and am eager to learn more about this captivating and mysterious species.
I warmed to Jessen immediately, I liked how feisty she was and sympathised with her plight at been seen as nothing more than a prize for her father to barter with in order to strengthen his businesses and immeasurable wealth. Her treatment at the hands of her “betrothed” Aron was chilling. When she meets Lucius, their chemistry is electrifying and I loved every scene the two shared. Lucius is definitely an alpha male type but he doesn’t possess that ignorant brutality that usually accompanies these male characters in paranormal books. I loved his passion for Jessen and his hidden depth and caring nature and I can’t wait to see more of these two in future books.
Along with sizzling, sexy scenes, Cross also touches on some serious issues such as bigotry and abuse which was a pleasant surprise to have such wonderful depth in such a short story.
I’m really looking forward to delving back into this world that Cross has created and my only request is that the next book is longer so I can spend more time with the sexy, hot dragon men! 😉