Thursday, 5 February 2015

Review: Windburn by Juliette Cross

Windburn (Nightwing #2)
Author: Juliette Cross
Release Date: 3 February 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press

No man can win her heart—until now…

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian Nightwing, brother of Lucius. Seductive and iron-willed, he is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it? 


I said it before when I read Soulfire ( the previous book in the series), Juliette Cross has a gift for effortlessly immersing you in a fantastical world where humans and Morgons, dragon-hybrids, live side by side. Considering that this is relatively short, it's all the more impressive. It's pretty awesome- I'd love to live in this world!

So, our leading lady for the book is Sorcha who we met previously as one of Jessen's best friends. She's sassy, fun and totally unapologetic which makes her pretty fab in my books. She keeps men at an emotional distance, but Lorian is different and gets under her skin like no other man (or Morgon) does.
Lorian is positively swoon-worthy, and I do not exaggerate. He's got the alpha male fierceness and I loved that he had a kind of mysterious past. Lorian is much more outwardly reserved than Sorcha and has an air of impenetrability but he also feels the same irresistible pull to Sorcha that she feels to him.

There's a really thrilling plotline involving an ancient cult that believes Morgons are superior to humans and used to practice human female sacrifices. After Sorcha receives gifts with strange calling cards it appears that this cult may still be around, and might have chosen their next sacrifice...
This keeps the momentum going through the story and brings Sorcha and Lorian closer together.

Overall, this is a truly engaging and thrilling read in the Nightwing series. I loved seeing Sorcha and Lorian finally give in to each other and break through each other's walls. I couldn't recommend this book, and series, more!

*I received a review copy, via NetGalley, for my honest opinion. Thank you!

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