This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Dragons Among Them by Kyra Jacobs
Series: Kingdoms of Fire and Ice #1
Also in this series:Dragons Against Them
Also by this author: Dragons Against Them
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble ◊ Book Depository ◊ Google Play ◊ Kobo
Two secret worlds. One unstoppable passion. A fiery secret that could destroy them all.
Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to Edana’s throne, is betrothed to the lone princess of rival kingdom Forath. While his heart is not in the arranged marriage, he will do his royal duty.
When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. She thanks him by taking one look at him and fainting dead away.
Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a career-making shoot when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince intent on protecting her threatens to melt her heart.
Zayne’s burning passion for Adelaide not only jeopardizes the fragile peace between two kingdoms, it uncovers a ruthless plot to destroy his family. Remaining together may change Adelaide’s very definition of home—and expose one searing secret that could forever shift the balance of power in Zayne’s world.
Warning: If you smell smoke upon opening this book, please don’t dial 9-1-1. That’s just the hero and heroine burning up the pages. Uncork a chilled bottle of mead and enjoy!
“Helena shifted her gaze to the glossy red wax seal stamped upon the rolled parchment and brushed a trembling finger across the intricate design. Had her plan been discovered? She drew in a deep breath and opened the scroll. Three words greeted her: It is done.”
Adelaide Miller is a photographer with a past she would soon rather forget. She has bet it all on a gig that lands her on English soil. A near vehicular collision occurs and Adelaide finds herself in an alternate universe that is beyond her comprehension. Down a proverbial rabbit hole, Adelaide is confronted with a reality that she finds she must choose to accept or deny.
Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir apparent to kingdom of Edana, is betrothed to the Princess of Forath in order to secure peace between their rival kingdoms.
While hunting deer in his soon to be in-laws forest he hears something unexpected, a woman screaming in fear. Upon investigation, at the very sight of the damsel in distress, he finds himself immersed in a sensation so foreign to him that he loses all self-control and transforms into his dragon form.
A modern woman transported to a medieval dimension that is beyond believable with its wizards and shape-shifting men. A man in the grip of an untenable marriage arrangement and shackled by his sense of duty. Together, can they discover the truth about the burning passion they have become a slave to? To explore that passion could cause the demise for the two kingdoms on the brink of war. It could also be the catalyst that leads to the truth that can set them free.
The first book in the Kingdoms of Fire and Ice series is a fairy tale told in an honest voice with flawed characters. I will say that it is definitely an ‘R’ rated fairy tale, so know that going in :D. Bringing the real world to the fantasy was fairly well done. I say fairly well because I found myself pondering the reality of what the author was writing instead of being so caught up that the story was just reality for me. The prince is portrayed, as you would expect a real prince to be, not some chaste ken doll waiting for his true love. I love how the story shows you his nature and yet there is something about his finding Adelaide that makes this situation a bit different. Adelaide as a character is adorable. She is a loner with a lifetime of hurt that is used to being let down but she is not broken. I wish that we had been able to know her background a little better. The parts we do see are sad and help a little to know her but as a main character I felt that the emotional connection I had with her was at a sub-character level.
I will say though, all the characters have dimension and play an important part in the overall story. It is a fantasy with magic, suspense, mystery, betrayal, sweet and wicked sex oh yeah a little romance too, wink, wink and has many surprise twists. There are also openings that would allow for deeper backstories on the characters, which I will admit that I am curious to know. The story itself is really wonderful and very different and you will not be disappointed if you read because it has it all! Also, have you seen the cover? Damn! Right?? Love it!
*Thank you to Samhain Publishing & NetGalley for this ARC of Dragons Among Them*