For centuries they’ve lived in secret among northern England’s green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret–and their survival–is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary....
Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a
daring jewel thief is confounding the London police. His wealthy victims
claim the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into thin
air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, knows the
truth: the thief is no ordinary human but a “runner” who’s fled
Darkfrith without permission. As Alpha leader of the dra´kon, it’s Kit’s
duty to capture the fugitive before the secrets of the tribe are
revealed to mortals. But not even Kit suspects that the Smoke Thief
could be a woman.
Clarissa Rue Hawthorne knew her dangerous
exploits would attract the attention of the dra´kon. But she didn’t
expect Christoff himself to come to London, dangling the tribe’s most
valuable jewel–the Langford Diamond–as bait. For as long as she could
remember, Rue had lived the life of a halfling–half dra´kon, half
mortal–and an outcast in both worlds. She’d always loved the handsome
and willful Kit from the only place it was safe: from afar. But now she
was no longer the shy, timid girl she’d once been. She was the first
woman capable of making the Turn in four generations. So why did she
still feel the same dizzying sense of vulnerability whenever he was
From the moment he saw her, Kit knew that the alluring and
powerful beauty was every bit his Alpha equal and destined to be his
bride. And by the harsh laws of the dra´kon, Rue knew that she was the
property of the marquess. But they will risk banishment and worse for a
chance at something greater. For now Rue is his prisoner, the diamond
has disappeared, and she’s made the kind of dangerous proposition a man
like Kit cannot resist....In this bewitching novel, Shana Abé transports
us into a world of exhilarating romance and magic.
Seriously do you expect me to add more to the book summary? LOL.
If i had to describe the book in one sentence i would say "love, pride, passion, freedom and....dragons". Yeahh..dragons in the London of 1750. And i believe i loved it.
The story was clever and unique without cliches and an a well balanced love story with action. The book is full of passion, ideas and fight for the things you want. The writing is captivating and the story rolls fast with no unnecessary details. It has the historical romance feeling but at the same time i could feel the fantasy i so much love. And the mystery of the story, is so well presented. Until the half of the book (and over) i couldn't really guess how it will go on. And then again at the end the characters surprised me in some ways.
Our main characters are so different from each other. Rue is a woman who doesn't afraid to ask of what she want and fight for it. Or sacrifice herself for the people who care. At the other hand, Kit is the power. You see him and you know that if he wants something he will get it. He doesn't afraid to lie,kill or hurt someone to get what he wants but at the same time he will do everything for Rue. He loves her so much but in such a weird way. His dragon feelings are mixed with human ones and they create a pretty interesting person for us. In one page you love him and in the next one you wanna kill him.
There was only one part in the book that didn't really make sense for me. The author wanted the characters to have sex. I understand that and it's something you will get at the very start of the book. But in some point they finally do it, and for about 4 pages or something they do it again and again in different places, when there are more serious things that going on or they wounded bad enough. I see the sex once, after some action but this thing felt out and for a while i lost the whole feeling of the story.
Everything else was really good for me and i enjoyed it. From the first pages, you see what an interesting story exists behinds the love story and you can't stop reading to learn more and more. I'm planning to buy the rest books soon enough!^^
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