3.5-4 Stars (I can’t decide)
This is the first time I have read anything by this author and indeed I am not even sure if she has written anything. There were a few minor grammatical issues, but nothing bothersome. The writing was still good. I enjoyed the storyline.
Luciana de Luca has a Ph.D. in gemology, but this is a far cry from her past. Her father was/is in prison, I can’t remember what happened to her mother, but she didn’t fare well when their father left and her twin brother is a conman. He has gotten himself into trouble (again), this time with the mob and has pulled Lucy into his trouble. To get his debt paid off she has to steal the keycard from the owner of one of the new casinos opening up in Las Vegas. Of course, once she does this they want another favor and Lucy realizes that she would never be able to get out of the mob connection, but she still wants to save her brother. However, the owner to this particular casino is actually a king…of the dragons. There is a big ceremony coming up for the dragons to find their mates and Alec’s nemesis has been spotted in town. He has a lot on his plate when he realizes that Lucy is his mate…his very human mate. This would have been difficult to win his mate right now, but the fact that she is a human makes it even harder.
I enjoyed that the action didn’t wait until the end. It was interspersed throughout, and this actually made the book a little less predictable.
What I did not enjoy was Lucy’s reaction after the fight between Gino and Alec. I understand that it would be difficult for an author to attempt to write a realistic reaction to finding out that dragons exist and the man that you have been getting it on with is their king. Having said that, Lucy’s thoughts and actions during this time were very frustrating. I don’t have an answer on how to write that scene better because if she is too accepting too fast then that would also be unrealistic, but as a reader I wanted to shout, “Don’t do it, Lucy! You are gonna regret this!”