Soulfire (Nightwing #1)
Author: Juliette Cross
Release Date: 20 October 2014
Publisher: Kensington Publishing- Lyrical Press
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.
I was easily intrigued by the idea of a paranormal romance with a dragon-hybrid race. Throw in some star crossed lovers from 'enemy' families and you've got me hook, line and sinker. Luckily, this did not disappoint at all.
Lucius is our Morgon (dragon-hybrid) hero, with a seriously delicious alpha streak. He's kind of broody, but it goes well with his general gorgeousness, and I loved how protective and possessive he was of Jessen.
Jessen is a bit of a rebel, and I loved it. Her family, particularly her father, are very controlling and consider the Morgons to be lesser than themselves. But Jessen has her own mind and isn't afraid to stand up for herself or those she cares about.
Jessen and Lucius have an instant and passionate chemistry that just burns up the pages, it's pretty awesome. They both try to fight their initial attractions, but it's no use.
Considering that this is only novella length, Juliette Cross does a remarkable job of crafting a world shared by Morgons and humans. I was drawn into the story quickly and it was perfect for a quick but thoroughly enjoyable romance. There's something to please everyone in this- alpha males, feisty heroines, a fiery chemistry and a fast moving, gripping plot. I highly recommend it!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, for my honest opinion. Thank you!