Grigori by Lauren Smith – Review & Giveaway
He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.
She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.
5 out of 5 for this reader folks!
Lauren Smith New Series = MORE YUMMY BOOK BOYFRIENDS! LOL
There that says it all, the end! Just kidding! I could never leave one of my fave authors books hanging like that .. and most definitely not the first book of a new series.
Grigori by Lauren Smith is the first book in her new series called “Brothers of Ash and Fire”. If you like paranormal romance, particularly dragon shifters, then this may be the book for you. I have read all of Lauren’s books be it historical and/or contemporary romance, and I love that she is breaking into paranormal as well. A quick read I would say that absolutely flowed page to page. A slow build with real tangles of russian history, she really nailed this one and certainly has set up nicely for the next book.
Madelyn Haynes is a sweet girl, a virgin, a little boring to be honest, has an obsession with dragon mythology, believes dragons are real .. oh and she just happens to be a true mate to a real life dragon hottie and she doesn’t know it yet. She does however come across some serious information about dragons that she needs to exploit, but fate has something else to deliver.
Enters fate .. Grigori Barinov (that name .. seriously .. sexy), is an elder ancient dragon shifter who is in charge of guarding his clan, he is rich, successful, powerful and not liking it one bit that a sweet woman is making inquiries and getting a little too close for comfort. So to get to the bottom of it, he whisks her away to a remote location so he can get the answers he needs. Well his answers come in the form of mate material and a whole lot of hell is about to be unleashed because of it.
These two were PERFECT together. This was a beautiful romance with some sexy moments shared. I thought that Lauren did a wonderful job detailing this new new world she has created with the proper balance of character development. We were given peeks into characters to come, introduced to enemies, given real history with story weaved into it, and another way dragon shifters can get the blood pumping.
Totally impressed Lauren, this was amazing! I am so pumped to read the next book! So again, if you like Lauren Smith, like paranormal and/or like dragon shifters, snag this one up for sure. Take a chance if you aren’t familiar, I promise it is worth it!
Reviewed by Rachel
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