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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Draconus by Grace Draven

PUBLISHER: Amber Quill Press
AUTHOR: Grace Draven
GENRE: Historical Paranormal Erotica, Dragon Shifter
LENGTH: 72 pages
RATING: 5 roses!

An earth dragon, long-lived and skilled in the ways of magic, Magnus Silverclaw has hunted relentlessly for his errant human lover. He is furious and bitter over what he considers Leida’s betrayal and seeks retribution by having her sentenced to four years of enforced servitude to him—in a position far below the one she once occupied as his mistress. He does not anticipate her horrified reaction to the punishment or the reason for it, and her revelation leaves him reeling with shock and jealousy.
After nearly four years of evading capture, Leida of the Glimmer South stands bound before a tribunal of dragon judges, accused of theft and the illicit use of dragon magic. Once the favorite of the dragon lord, Magnus Silverclaw, she faces punishment for a crime considered high treason among dragons. Leida is still deeply in love with Magnus but refuses to divulge her reasons for why she stole from him and left without warning four years earlier. Only the threat of enslavement makes her reveal a carefully guarded secret, one that can either reunite her with Magnus or tear her from him forever...

A rash decision made four years ago has finally caught up with Leida. Now it’s time to stand before the the dragon lords and plea her case. Not known for their mercy, particularly when it comes to theft, she doubts her punishment will be nothing short of death. Would her accuser, the man she still desperately love stand by and watch her die? Why wouldn’t he. After all, she used to be his favorite. Running away from him had been a big blow to his pride, but stealing one of his prized possessions undoubtedly sealed her fate.

Magnus loved Leida like no other. He’d spoiled her with jewels and clothes, everything a woman would want, or so he thought. For four years he’d searched in vain, determined to find her and make her explain why she ran away in the first place. Now that he finally had her within his grasp, he had to decide what to do with her. He knew the dragon judges would seek her death, but Magnus had other plans. Despite his anger at her betrayal, he still wanted her, far more than he’d ever wanted any woman, mortal or not.

Leida has another secret, one that will spark Magnus’ fury even more. She has no wish to die for her crimes, but desperation to live is due to her child. Can she convince Magnus to give her another chance? Or will he side with the dragon judges and order her execution?

I really enjoyed reading Draconus by Grace Draven. This was the first erotic dragon story I’ve ever read and most definitely won’t be my last. I’m curious to see what Ms. Graven has cooked up in her other dragon tales. The author’s use of grammar, punctuation, and point-of-view is impeccable. If there were editing errors, I didn’t pick up on them. The attraction between Leida and Magnus draws you in from the start. There’s never a dull moment. Ms. Draven has created memorable characters and an exciting plot that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. The sex is definitely hot and the passion between Leida and Magnus will make you want to rush off to find your significant other.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced story with memorable characters and an exciting plot, then grab a copy of Grace Draven’s Draconus. Just be forewarned, you might want to keep some ice water and a fan nearby, you’re gonna need them!

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