Friday, June 11, 2010

Jewel of the Dragon

Title: Jewel of the Dragon
Author: Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-800-6
Genre: {M/F} Shape-shifter, Paranormal
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Deverell Wyvern’s name speaks for itself, that is if you know what his last name means…dragon. He is a wealthy, sexy, tall dark Welshman, who is considered a playboy, and who works for auction houses around the world. When he strolls into Alix’s jewelry shop for a pendant that looks like the one from his family, there is no doubt that it is. He realizes that her brother, Clay is trying to trap a shape-shifting dragon. She wants nothing to do with the organization bent on the destruction of all Talents and even though she desires Deverell, she has to warn him of the danger her brother presents.

Alixandra Lancaster has conflicting emotions regarding her loveless life. She wants to be in control of her destiny and live out her dream of having her own specially designed jewelry store. Her brother is a thorn in her side, with his constant badgering to stay with his harmful PHR society, and she knows they mean to kill all Talents. The minute Deverell has his back turned to her in the store, she starts thinking sexual thoughts. Now that she has had a taste of him, there will not be another man who can take his place in her life.

I have really enjoyed reading the Department 57 series and now that I have read Jewel of the Dragon, I can truthfully say Ms. Connolly’s writing doesn’t disappoint. She has created a wonderful paranormal series that kept me wanting to learn more about all of the characters; those from past books and new ones that join the Talents, too. In this story, there is a descriptive tale of how dragons vary in color and size. I am captivated by Deverell’s dragon, when in his true form.

All of these characters brought something to the story, whether it was learning more of what their talents were, or the villains that had been brainwashed to believe that those stronger than them needed to be eliminated. There are definitely secrets that were kept from Alix by her brother and when you read the book, you will learn even more about them. I was impressed by Alix’s strong will and determination to disconnect her family ties; to live a life without restrictions.

I believe that from the first moment Deverell and Alix meet, there is a bonding but first, they have to get past issues of mistrust and betrayal to build a solid relationship. There is a lot of steamy hot sex scenes between them and I must say that I was cheering them from the beginning to the finish of the story to survive the PHR society, who would have destroyed them without help from Department 57 people. This book can be read alone but to really enjoy, read all of them in order.

Publisher’s Note: This book is a re-edited version previously released by another publisher.

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