A powerful dragon shifter has waited six hundred years to avenge the loss of his family, but the beautiful mediator sent to prevent violence among the Bloodkin doesn’t want to be his key to discovering the murderer—in fact, she wants nothing to do with dragons at all...
Emerson has had a rough life but has found her place in the crazy world she lives in. Her best friend is a wolf shifter but Emerson has always been told she's part dragon and now is considered to be blood kin with all the dubious perks that go with that position. Emerson is skeptical about the existence of dragons but plays along with the fantasists, but if truth be told she's so tired of it all and wants nothing more than to slip quietly away.
After this one last job, that's just what she intends to do. The job, Act as a mediator between the Heolstor family and one very ticked off Thane Ealdian! They all claim the ancient bones discovered belong to them, but only one is telling the truth. Emerson is getting sucked into a world that's terrifying and deadly and as the death count rises, secrets long kept quiet are finally revealed, putting Emerson firmly in the cross hairs!
There's an attraction between the two main characters that just keeps building. Not exactly instant love admittedly but nevertheless palpable. Thane knows his time on earth is limited and his intense loneliness and descent are offset by his desire for justice. Emerson's naïveté allowed Ms Kellison to bring depth to the story as her own preset ideas are truly tested.
Loved the supporting characters but, if honest, I was shocked by the violence. Would I read more, of course, but I'm a little unsure just where the author might go with this series next. Shorter than I like to read but who doesn't love dragons? I now realise Tempted by Fire was originally published in the Dark and Damaged box set so that explains the brevity of it.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.