Lana Cooper is down to her last hundred dollars, has no job, and her clunker of a car has finally clunked out. How has her life become such a cluster of horribleness? Oh, right. A guy. Only she doesn’t get a chance to beg for a job. Nope, one walk along the beach changes everything. Oh, she has a job now… as the mate to a hot, hunky Preor dragon male.
Taulan sen Pavon is anxious to return to his home on Preor. Yes, he’d journeyed to Earth in hopes of finding a human mate, but now… Now he would like to heal in the privacy of his aerie. Wings destroyed and body damaged by an explosion, he has no desire to watch others find joy with their mates while he remains unworthy and alone on a ship filled with thousands. But then he finds Lana. Lana with her alluring smile, sparkling eyes, luscious body, and whose mere presence initiates the Knowing.
Can he live long enough to claim her? Can she see past her father’s prejudice to love him? Both questions are pointless because there are still Preor who despise the joining of humans and dragons. They will stop at nothing to drive a wedge between the races. Including murder.
Lana may have secrets but she really isn't in a sharing mood as it's much better that some believe her dead. Yet, what she can't ignore is Taulan. He offers her a home with him away from Earth but unfortunately Taulan isn't as honest as he could be and his new promotion comes with consequences!
This story may be a sexy romp but it has dark undertones and the Ms Tate pulls no punches. Our heroine has escaped an abusive relationship and what she has suffered sent shivers down my spine. Yet Lana doesn't shy away from the possibility of a new life with Taulan, yes, she is cautious but bravely prepared to give this alien world a go.
Now I know I said I was excited about the dragon aspect but it's played down here. Why? Well Taulan was injured irrevocably in battle protecting others and I can't help but think of other veterans who suffer the loss of limbs. Taulan is readying himself for his final flight and yet finds the strength to somehow go on. He tentatively holds on to hope and as the story progresses Taulan truly finds purpose and a reason for living.
So yes, it's a romance and there are sexy times but of course with this author, it's the battle of the sexes that makes the reader smile. Lana may not be kick ass but she is certainly no shrinking violet and she is much stronger than she gives herself credit for.
Taulan was so fiercely protective but with a mate ignoring the' knowing' just what is he supposed to do? It was fun reading about them working it all out and I love the supporting characters. Perhaps not as much shifting as I'd hoped for but the essential message behind this story meant that it didn't matter. Life goes on and with Ms Tate in charge, it's a glorious and loving journey.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.