Dragons Among Them

Dragons Among Them

by Kyra Jacobs

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Dragons Among Them by Kyra Jacobs

As heir to Edana’s throne, Prince Zayne Godfrey is betrothed to the princess of rival kingdom Forath. His heart is not in the arranged marriage, but he will do his royal duty and go through with it.

When he finds a beautiful stranger cornered by a pack of wolves, he doesn’t hesitate to shift into his golden dragon form to save her. Her thank you? Fainting.

Photographer Adelaide Miller is in England for a shoot that could make her career when a bizarre jogging mishap lands her in a dangerous, medieval-like world of royals, wizards, and dragon-shifting men. Her first instinct is to find her way back, but the fire-breathing prince determined to protect her is a threat to her heart she never anticipated.

Though Zayne’s intense desire for Adelaide risks the tenuous peace between Forath and Edana, it also uncovers a plot to destroy his family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640630796
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/31/2017
Series: Kingdoms of Fire and Ice , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 285
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. When this Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she's likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan. Be sure to stop by her website www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com to learn more about her novels and ways to connect with her on social media.

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CHAPTER 1

Adelaide Miller stood at the window of her postage-stamp-sized hotel room and marveled at the English landscape a pane away. Sure, the Midwest had rolling fields and open spaces, but nothing like this. Everything here was so green. A whole new world, just waiting to be explored.

And an ocean away from the crappy childhood she planned to spend the foreseeable future trying to forget.

She turned from the view with an appreciative sigh and dropped into her room's lone chair. This trip wasn't for exploring, it was for work. And after forking out nearly all the money she had, if tomorrow's shoot didn't go well, she might end up stuck on this side of the pond.

"But it will go well," she whispered to her reflection in the tiny room's chipped mirror. Addie had an eye for photography — her teachers had always said as much. The steady line of work since graduation proved it. Even so, between the jet lag and the great beyond beckoning her to come out and play, she felt rather out of sorts.

Nothing a nice long run couldn't cure. Thank goodness she'd packed her Spandex and Sauconys.

Addie yanked her hair into a ponytail, then grabbed her running essentials — shades, earbuds, iPhone, its worn armband case, pepper spray, and room key — and headed for the door. Two minutes and a quick consultation with the middle-aged, heavily accented British doorman later, she was jogging across the hotel's parking lot and out onto the streets of Watford, Hertfordshire. The midafternoon traffic went from sparse to nonexistent as she headed out of town and turned down a worn gravel road. Away from the hustle and bustle of civilization, Addie allowed herself to absorb the majesty of the countryside.

Soon she settled into her usual pace — not a full-out run, but not a walk either. Just a good, healthy clip to get her heart pumping and mind clear. Though, no matter how fast or far she went, the ghosts of her past always seemed to follow.

The road snaked up and over the rolling green hills before her, a brilliant afternoon sun hovering above their crests. Its rays competed with the cool UK air and chased the chill from her bare shoulders. A few miles farther, Addie drew upon a field dotted with black-headed sheep. She couldn't help but grin as she watched several wobbly legged lambs frolic amidst the fleecy congregation.

"Sorry, Adam," Addie breathed as she slowed to a stop and hit pause on her playlist. The Maroon Five song's high note was instantly replaced by the bleating members of several dozen living, breathing cotton balls. The largest sheep in the flock turned to watch her watching them, its eyes unblinking.

"I know, I know," she said to the fuzzy beast. "Typical city girl, standing here gawking."

Its jaw shifted to chew whatever it'd been munching on a moment before, but the sheep remained tense, wary. With a laugh, Addie offered it a mock bow, then started off again on her run. She glanced over her shoulder at the flock one last time, then turned her attention back to the phone in her armband and Adam Levine.

A car horn blasted.

Addie looked up in time to see a small black car fishtail on the gravel road ahead and skid sideways toward her. With a shriek, she dove out of the way and tumbled head over heels down the road's sloped shoulder. What should have been a short tumble seemed to stretch on and on.

When finally she rolled to a stop and the vertigo had passed, Addie sat up and stared out at her surroundings. Everything looked ... different. The lush green fields she'd admired only moments ago were now covered in dense, straggly underbrush.

Just how far had she fallen, exactly?

Addie stood and gave herself a quick once-over, relieved to find no blood or protruding bones. But the change in scenery had her utterly confused, and she couldn't help but wonder if she'd hit her head during the fall. There hadn't been woods nearby a moment ago, had there? And where were the rock-wall-lined open fields? Or the sheep?

That was when she heard rustling in the direction of a cluster of thorny bramble maybe twenty paces away.

"H-hello?"

A startled bird took wing overhead. Addie flinched from the sound, but nothing else came into view. She kept her sight trained on the underbrush and reached for the bottle of pepper spray at her waist.

"I-is anyone there?"

Silence followed. Utter silence. No birds, no bugs, nothing.

She'd just begun to think she'd imagined the noise when dual low, throaty growls reached her ears. A scream wedged in her throat as Addie took off at an all-out sprint in the opposite direction.

*
Prince Zayne Godfrey snaked his way through a wall of dense underbrush, cloaked by deep shadows in the Forathian forest. He'd intended to return to Edana's castle today, perhaps grovel a bit for his father's mercy after delaying the king's agenda yet again. But upon waking, the prince decided hunting sounded infinitely more exciting than groveling and far safer than marriage. If only he could convince his father of the same.

The twelve-point buck he tracked stood within striking distance now, its head down as it nibbled from the mossy woodland floor. An earlier rain had dampened the leaf-riddled ground and filled the air with smells of vegetation and decay, masking both his steps and scent. It was almost too easy.

Zayne's stomach rumbled as he paused behind a giant oak. The beast would have assuredly been caught, cleaned, and cooked by now if the prince had been gifted with armor of ebony or deep scarlet instead of a shiny gold. No matter, he thought as he leaned around the tree to gauge the distance between them one last time. The color's gleam had forced him to perfect the element of surprise on two legs as well as four — a skill especially helpful when hunting on lands he was forbidden to trod until after the wedding.

The wedding.

Zayne shook the thought from his mind. He had come here to forget his impending doom, not wallow in self-pity.

The prince drew an arrow from the quiver on his back, nocked it to his favorite bow, then shifted away from the oak and lined up his shot on the buck. During battle, the action would have taken him but a second — two, perhaps, if he were dodging an attack. Here in the deep woods where any sudden movement would give his location away, it took several minutes. Time well spent, he knew from experience, if it resulted in fresh venison for dinner.

The deer raised its head and stared in the direction of his hunter with unseeing eyes, ears twitching as he chewed. Zayne held his stance, praying his patience would pay off. After a long moment, the great beast turned its rack in the opposite direction. A victorious smile tugged at Zayne's lips as he squared his shoulders, took a deep breath to steady his aim —

A woman's scream shattered the forest.

The arrow slipped from his fingers and sailed six feet over the startled buck's head. In a flash, he drew another, but the opportunity was already lost. The deer zigzagged over brush and bramble, bounding away to seek refuge in the darkest depths of the forest, and Zayne cursed his own arrogance. He'd taken too long, been too sure of himself. And while his stomach rumbled painfully at the thought of foregoing his anticipated evening meal, he knew better than to pursue the beast. Dangers far greater than the dark awaited him in that direction, and no buck was worth the risk.

A second high-pitched scream sounded, closer this time, and commanded his attention. Whoever joined him in the woods today sounded terrified, not hurt. Lord knew he'd been through enough skirmishes to recognize the subtle differences.

Zayne slung his bow onto his back and charged forward, sacrificing stealth for speed to try to reach the woman before one pitch bled into the other. Thick underbrush snagged at his clothes and sliced his skin, but still he surged forward. It would have been easier for him to transform, faster even, but then his whereabouts would be discovered, and he was not yet ready to return and face his father. Or his betrothed.

The wall of vegetation around him thinned as he drew upon a small clearing. Zayne slowed to quiet his footsteps, then stopped altogether as the scene before him came into view. A pack of wolves milled around one side of the clearing, snapping and snarling as they pawed at their muzzles. Across from them stood the clearing's other inhabitant: a lone peasant woman.

The source of the screams.

Her outer layers of clothing must have been ripped away during her attempted escape, as she stood quaking in scraps of clothing the likes of which Zayne had never seen before. The bizarre black-and-purple fabric failed to do much more than contain her supple bosom, rounded hips, and slim thighs. Her long, golden hair was pinned up and back and, though mussed, offered him a clear view of her delicate shoulders and creamy pale skin. But what struck him the most was her eyes — startling blue, like brilliant sapphire ice.

A ray of sun broke through the clouds and washed over her, giving the girl an angelic appearance. Never had he seen a woman more beautiful. The sight took his very breath away.

A wolf stepped free from the pack, and the air around Zayne began to swirl. He gasped, as helpless to resist the beast within as he was to draw his next breath. Never before had the transformation begun without his prompting, nor surged forward with such haste. An armor of golden scales replaced his skin, his fingers stretched into talons, and human logic gave way to animal instinct. As the growing fire within his chest sought to consume him, Zayne could comprehend but three things: He must save her.

He must protect her.

He must have her.

CHAPTER 2

Head servant Emeline Baker stood in Godfrey Manor's kitchen yard, humming as she stripped bed linens from a clothesline. The scent of lavender hung heavy in the air, soothing her weary body after a laborious day, and the setting sun blazed like an ember upon the horizon. A shadow fell across the lawn then, darkening the grounds further as the familiar whoosh of giant wings greeted her ears.

With a start, she hurried to collect the last sheet before Zayne's approach blew it free. The morning rain had delayed her chores, and a muddied sheet wouldn't help. While the prince would likely wave off her worries about such things and insist she put the task off for another day, Emeline would be sure to sneak it back into the washtub. Though reckless and often self-absorbed, the prince was also compassionate and understanding. His father, on the other hand, did not possess the latter two characteristics. Present or not, Emeline's inaction would inevitably reach the king's ears, and she preferred to keep her head upon her shoulders.

Coarse wisps of graying hair tickled her cheeks as the golden beast landed a short distance off. She quickly finished with the sheet and dropped it into a basket at her feet.

"Showing off again, eh?"

Her teasing tone evaporated the moment she turned to see Zayne, still in dragon form, lying on his side. A longbow arrow protruded from his bloodied, skyward-facing rib cage, his breathing ragged. The prince's long, serpentine neck and tail were both curled in toward his wings, which were folded low across his giant belly.

"Your Highness!" Emeline hurried forward, laundry quickly forgotten. "What happened? Was it an attack? Shall we summon the royal army?"

One closed eye slid open as his massive head shifted back and forth across the muddy ground. Relief coursed through her, if only temporarily. If the damned fool didn't move forward with his wedding to Princess Rosalind, the fragile bubble of peace between Edana and Forath might soon crumble. Her eyes narrowed at the cottage-sized beast before her.

"You went across the wall again, did you now? Startled some poor farmer working his fields?"

The dragon's second eye opened as his head slid across the slick ground once more.

"Stop, save your energy. You can explain your actions when you are upright once again. But first this wretched arrow needs removed from your side." She moved toward his front shoulder, searching his crumpled form for an adequate foothold. "Honestly, sire, some days I feel I cannot leave you alone for a single —"

Zayne's top wing drew back, revealing his front talons and the object they now slowly released. An object as beautiful as it was unexpected: a girl, slight in size, with pale skin and scant, unfamiliar clothing. She lay on his bottom wing, unmoving, her long golden hair blanketing both face and shoulders. As Emeline drew closer, she witnessed the girl's chest rising and falling.

She was alive.

"All this?" Emeline seethed, stepping back to meet his golden gaze. "For a woman? Did you for one moment consider the consequences before you snatched up some silly woodland nymph?"

Zayne offered a weary snort in response and let his eyes slide shut once again.

A groan sounded at Emeline's feet. The girl raised a trembling hand to brush a curtain of golden hair from her face. A pair of brilliant blue eyes blinked open once, twice, then focused on Emeline.

"W-where am I?"

Zayne's body tensed at the sound.

"Not where you should be, I can assure you," Emeline snapped and turned to face the dragon's curious gaze. "Scared her near to death, you did. And how would you have explained that to your father?" The girl sat up and raised a hand to the back of her head, then sucked in a sharp breath. "Wow, does that smart. I ... I fell. Must have hit my head on something."

Clarity suddenly lit behind the girl's eyes.

"The wolves," she whispered, her wide-eyed gaze darting to the grounds beyond where Emeline stood. "Where'd they go?"

"No wolves here." Emeline sighed and reached to help the girl to her feet. "Merely those in sheep's clothing. At least they have the decency to wear some."

"Thank goodness." The girl either missed the criticism or ignored it altogether. She teetered for a moment on the most bizarre slippers — purple in color, like nothing Emeline had seen before. Once the stranger found her balance, she offered Emeline a sheepish smile. "I'm Addie, by the way."

"Very well, then, Addie." Emeline's gaze shifted back to the purple fabric on the girl's feet. "Are you well enough to climb?"

"Climb?" Her thin brows tugged down into a small vee. "I'm sorry, I don't think I caught your name?"

"Forgive me, wherever are my manners? I am Emeline Baker, head servant of King Robert's royal manor. Now, dear girl, can you climb?"

"Royal manor? Huh." Addie grinned. "I didn't expect to meet any royals on my trip."

"I am not of royalty, my dear. But as you stand atop one who is, I would say you and the prince have now met."

"Standing ... atop ... the prince?"

Addie looked at the golden wing spread flat beneath her feet, dumbstruck. After a moment, the young woman's gaze shifted to the dragon's formidable belly and slowly continued along his scaled underside until reaching his raised head. A strangled squeak escaped her, and the dainty creature's eyes rolled back in her head. Emeline stepped forward and caught Addie as she fainted once more.

Emeline cast the dragon a dark look. "You had to go and pick yourself a meek one."

He offered her an unapologetic snort.

"I am far too old for this horseplay." She half carried, half dragged the girl away from Zayne's wings, then set her down with a grunt. "And so are you."

Emeline gathered her skirts and hoisted herself onto his near shoulder. Heights were never a friend of hers, so she clamped both eyes shut as she felt her way along his broad shoulder. Soon her fingertips grazed the arrow's shaft, and she slid one eye open to look at the weapon still lodged in the prince's side. With a grunt and a sharp tug, she pulled it free. A pained roar erupted from between Zayne's fiery lips.

"Aim your fire elsewhere, beast." She chucked the bloodied weapon to the ground. "'Twas not I who shot you."

Slowly she made her way back down and breathed a sigh of relief. Then she bent to drag their unconscious guest off the prince's pinned wing. "Though if you make a habit of stealing female peasants from our rival land, I may do just that."

*
Queen Helena stood beside her bedroom window, watching the sun fade into oblivion. Another day had passed and still no word. Berinon had promised results, had spoken the prophecy, and yet here she was, left wondering still.

"Beg your pardon, Your Majesty."

(Continues…)



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Dragons Among Them 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Dragon Shifter books so I requested this one by Kyra Jacobs. Addie Miller is an American who goes to England for a photography assignment and while there, falls down the rabbit whole, or in this case, an embankment and ends up in another time and place. The kingdom of Edana and its rival Forath are medieval in nature. Addie is saved from a pack of wolves by a golden dragon who also happens to be Prince Zayne. He is immediately captivated by Addie; however, he is already betrothed to the rival kingdom's Princess Rosalind who has some nefarious plans. Not surprisingly, Addie takes awhile to adjust to this sudden change of not only place, but style of living. She's a likeable heroine for the most part and her interactions with Zayne are pleasantly entertaining. Readers who like this type of fairy tale re-imagined read will enjoy Zayne and Addie's love story as well as the plots and plans of the various Kings, Queen, and witches and wizards who inhabit this far away land. ARC provided by NetGalley
Suze-Lavender 2 days ago
Addie ends up in an unknown place during a running incident. She doesn’t know she’s entered a completely different world, ruled by dragons and filled with magic. Before wolves can rip her apart an impressive man rescues her, turns into a dragon and flies away with her. Zayne is a prince and choosing to take Addie puts his kingdom Edana in danger. While he’s escaping with the woman he tries to protect, his rivaling neigbors attack him. Zayne is supposed to marry their princess and bring peace to the people in both kingdoms, but with his instant feelings for Addie he has complicated the situation. Can he prevent a war and what is the price he’ll have to pay if he succeeds? Addie has no idea where she is. She wants to go back home and especially misses modern conveniences. However, in her own world she doesn’t have Zayne and he’s someone she loves to spend time with. Because of Zayne she actually starts to like her new surroundings, but not everyone is happy with her arrival and even for a short few moments together they need to go against the rules and fight for what they believe in. Do Addie and Zayne have a chance or will the difficult political situation, an evil plot to destroy them and life changing events of the past keep them apart? Dragons Among Them is an entertaining story. Addie is a strong woman. She’s a survivor and fights for what she believes in. She ends up in a different world, while not knowing of its existence and bravely tries to adjust and be part of it. Zayne is helping her to learn about his home. I loved his protective nature. He’s a kind dragon, a true warrior with a good heart. I liked that combination a lot. There’s plenty of chemistry between Addie and Zayne, sparks fly off the pages. They have an instant connection and I was curious to find out where that would lead. Kyra Jacobs has a fabulous imagination. I really enjoyed reading about the world she’s created. Because Addie is an American girl she describes Zayne’s kingdom and its customs by focusing on contrasts and that works very well. It’s a fun concept and combines well with a magical love story. Dragons Among Them is captivating, alluring, hot and gripping. I really liked this enchanting story.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Dragons Among Them was a quick insta-love story. Adelaide has spent her life behind a camera not really feeling like she fits in. While in England she falls down the proverbial rabbit hole and finds herself in a place she doesn’t recognize. Zayne, dragon shifter and heir apparent to Kingdom of Edana is betrothed to the princess of Forath. While out hunting he stumbles upon Adelaide and finds himself besieged in sensations so foreign he loses control and the dragon takes over. The story follows the traditional fairy tale where the prince finds a young maiden in trouble. Then he finds himself falling for her and vise versa, but they can’t be together; because of obligations, etc.. It’s not original, but it’s a fantasy world with dragons, wizards, and magic. It’s got some mystery, betray, and an insta-love romance with a surprise twist at the end. I didn’t overly care for Dragons Among Them. It was a good read, but didn’t leave an impression. Some things that I had issues with: • Adelaide is given enough clues to figure out that she’s no longer in her world, yet she doesn’t figure this out until much later in the story. This made her dumb. • They, Adelaide and Zayne, have sex within a day and half of meeting each other. To quick for my liking. • We get more then 80 pages in and we still don’t have an explanation as to why the two kingdoms aren’t getting along and war might break out if the arranged marriage doesn’t go through. I can’t remember if we find out why they dislike each other. This might be one of the things revealed at the end. The background for the characters and world needing more flushing out. Adelaide and Zayne didn’t impress nor leave an impression on me. They where just their. The story felt rushed and focused on the attraction between the lead characters then anything else. As for the magic their was very little and I felt it need more magic added into the story. What I liked: • I liked the alternate world mirroring ours hidden away with magic. • I liked the dragons, magic, and meddling wizard. Dragons Among Them was just an ok read. Rated: 3 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book, and a decent length. Interesting world building. Zayne and Addie's story ends, with the possibility of continuing the story following other characters. I would read the next one. It would be interesting to learn about the ice dragons that were very briefly mentioned.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Dragons Among Them,  Kyra Jacobs Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy Kyra’s a new-to-me author so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but it sounded fun, set in UK – and as a UK resident that’s always fun, and Dragons – well, “real” fantasy creatures there! Sadly though I read it all and enjoyed parts it wasn’t really a series for me. It felt very like a YA read but with some spicy, sensual sex added. I do read some YA, some transcend age groupings but this just felt very simplistic to me, with really only a Will the Prince get the Girl plot. I wanted more depth, more complex plots but its wasn’t to be. That's fine though – we all want different things and just because I didn’t enjoy this book doesn’t mean its not a good read – I can see on goodreads its got a slew of five star reviews already, so clearly others love it and I’m pleased for them. I didn’t feel the Passion – lust yes, but I need to feel more than that. I wanted more from the backgrounds of each character, more understanding of how and why they reacted as they did. I didn’t feel Addie would just give up everything for love just like that, its a totally different world and a huge risk, so I needed a more secure connection between them. Its one I thought I’d love but sadly just an OK, forgettable read for me. Stars: Two and a half to three, not quite good, more just OK for me. Remember though its five star for many others,its a personal taste issue not a reflection of quality. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
TheGenreMinxBookReviews More than 1 year ago
“Helena shifted her gaze to the glossy red wax seal stamped upon the rolled parchment and brushed a trembling finger across the intricate design. Had her plan been discovered? She drew in a deep breath and opened the scroll. Three words greeted her: It is done.” Adelaide Miller is a photographer with a past she would soon rather forget. She has bet it all on a gig that lands her on English soil. A near vehicular collision occurs and Adelaide finds herself in an alternate universe that is beyond her comprehension. Down a proverbial rabbit hole, Adelaide is confronted with a reality that she finds she must choose to accept or deny. Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir apparent to kingdom of Edana, is betrothed to the Princess of Forath in order to secure peace between their rival kingdoms. While hunting deer in his soon to be in-laws forest he hears something unexpected, a woman screaming in fear. Upon investigation, at the very sight of the damsel in distress, he finds himself immersed in a sensation so foreign to him that he loses all self-control and transforms into his dragon form. A modern woman transported to a medieval dimension that is beyond believable with its wizards and shape-shifting men. A man in the grip of an untenable marriage arrangement and shackled by his sense of duty. Together, can they discover the truth about the burning passion they have become a slave to? To explore that passion could cause the demise for the two kingdoms on the brink of war. It could also be the catalyst that leads to the truth that can set them free. The first book in the Kingdoms of Fire and Ice series is a fairy tale told in an honest voice with flawed characters. I will say that it is definitely an ‘R’ rated fairy tale, so know that going in. Bringing the real world to the fantasy was fairly well done. I say fairly well because I found myself pondering the reality of what the author was writing instead of being so caught up that the story was just reality for me. The prince is portrayed, as you would expect a real prince to be, not some chaste ken doll waiting for his true love. I love how the story shows you his nature and yet there is something about his finding Adelaide that makes this situation a bit different. Adelaide as a character is adorable. She is a loner with a lifetime of hurt that is used to being let down but she is not broken. I wish that we had been able to know her background a little better. The parts we do see are sad and help a little to know her but as a main character I felt that the emotional connection I had with her was at a sub-character level. I will say though, all the characters have dimension and play an important part in the overall story. It is a fantasy with magic, suspense, mystery, betrayal, sweet and wicked sex oh yeah a little romance too, wink, wink and has many surprise twists. There are also openings that would allow for deeper backstories on the characters, which I will admit that I am curious to know. The story itself is really wonderful and very different and you will not be disappointed if you read because it has it all! Also, have you seen the cover? Right?? Love it!
RhennaMorgan More than 1 year ago
The only thing better than a rock solid, twisty-turvy fantasy romance is to add dragons! Given I knew going in that Kyra's book would have both, I was pretty sure I'd enjoy it, but WHOA...what a ride. All the earmarks fantasy romances lovers look for are there--travel between realms, suspensful plots, waring kingdoms, and sweeping romance! Oh, did I mention DRAGONS? And a gold one at that. As for the romance, the story between Addie and Zayne was beautiful. I love the fact that their romance was less about conjured emotional angst between the two of them, and more a case of the two of them against the world. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how this series continues and watching for other fantasy/paranormal titles from Kyra.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Dragons Among Them was a highly imaginative dragon shifter fantasy. Modern day photographer, Adelaide is transported to another realm where life is much more medieval. Dragons shifters walk this realm and Zayne just happens to be a prince to one of their lands. A plot against Zayne’s kingdom of Edana threatens to destroy the peace Zayne’s family is hopeful to secure, while Adelaide’s presences disrupts the arranged marriage between Zayne and a princess from the land they wish to secure with Zayne’s marriage. I am a huge shifter reading fan and dragons happen to be one of my favorite shifting topics. I found Jacobs take very unique and interesting but I did feel the relationship between Zayne and Adelaide was pretty much insta-love. Magic, mayhem and mishaps all make for enjoyable reading but the searing and sweltering chemistry lights up pages with passion. I received this ARC copy of Dragons Among Them from Samhain Publishing in exchange for a honest review.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Rating 4.5 Stars Dragons Among Them is the very first book in the brand new series Kingdom of Fire and Ice by Kyra Jacobs. This is also the first book I have read by Ms. Jacobs. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the author. The first thing I want to say about this book is, lets just all take a moment and stare at the cover. “Sigh.” That is what first drew me to this one. I couldn’t help but to be captured by that image of the woman encircled in the protection of her dragon. Adelaide (Addie) Miller has always had an eye for the camera. It was her escape from her not so wonderful life growing up. Now she is ready to start her career. She secured a sports photo shoot in England so she spent everything she had to obtain the plane ticket. This will be her big break. To calm her nerves the day before the shoot she goes for a run. But a swerving car sends her careening down a hill. The woods she finds herself in don’t look at all familiar and while trying to find her way back to the road, she finds herself surrounded by a pack of very hungry looking wolves. But, before they have a chance to make her their midday snack, a huge golden dragon swoops in and saves her. Prince Zayne Godfrey of Edana is the only child to the King and Queen. Edana has been at war with Forath for as long as he can remember. In order to secure peace between the kingdoms, Zayne has been betrothed to the only daughter of the King of Forath. This is a forced marriage, there are no feelings involved. Princess Rosalind is actually a very cold, calculating woman and Zayne fears it will only be a matter of time until his heart hardens as well. But it is his duty to secure peace for his people. He is out hunting when he hears the scream. When he sees the woman surrounded by wolves, the change is instantaneous. Zayne changes into a beautiful golden dragon. What he can’t understand is that the change has never come upon him before without him causing it. This was instant. But then one look at him by the beautiful maiden with the flowing blond hair and she fainted dead away. Addie has no idea where she is when she awakens. This foreign place has no electricity, they wear strange clothing and speak in a strange way. And Addie seems just as strange to them with her attire and very strange looking slippers (running shoes.) But Addie and Zayne are drawn together, whether they like it or not. “Addie was the sun that warmed his cool heart, the air that breathed life into his very soul.” “He must save her. He must protect her. He must have her.” With every story there must be a villain and this book has a doozy. Rosalind, Princess of Forath. Rosalind wants one thing and one thing only, power. She will do whatever she has to do to get what she wants. Right now she wants the peasant maiden that seems to have captured her betrothed’s attention dead. I really fell in love with this book. The connection between Addie and Zayne was so cute. He is entranced by her and her beautiful spirit. Still, though, he vows to help her to find her way home. But the powers that be have something else in mind as things don’t happen the way they were planned. The more time these two spend together, the harder it will be for them to say good-bye. There are plenty of twists and surprises as well. As the story progresses, the author completely took me by surprise. By the end of the book, you will completely understand everything. You just have to be patient.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - A life for a life. Stars! Sometimes a book comes out of left-field, slaps you round the head, and leaves you with an unexpected book hangover. Dragons Among Them is a book I wholeheartedly put into that category, and I cannot wait to read more from this series. Not really sitting in any one genre, the story has element of PNR and Fantasy about it, moving between modern day Britain and the Kingdoms of Edana and Forath. Dragons, wizards and magic are abound, and when Adelaide Miller suddenly stumbles through a portal into the realm whilst out jogging one morning, she gets more than a few shocks and surprises. "There are things lurking in the neighboring woods far more dangerous than I." Immediately cornered by a pack of wolves Addie is then rescued by a dragon, not your normal everyday occurrence when out for a jog in leafy Watford. Little does she know that the Dragon is actually Prince Zayne Godfrey, heir to the throne of Edana, and that they are both part of a much bigger and more elaborate plan. "I’m nothing in your world…" "You’re everything in my world." Told from various points of view, this is a story that pulls you in, there is more than just the forbidden love aspect building between Zayne and Addie, being promised to a Princess from the neighboring kingdom of Forath, puts a little bit of a spanner in the relationship growing between him and Addie. But treachery is also afoot, with other enemies trying to bring about his downfall, and possibly war between the kingdoms. Add in a meddlesome mother, a mysterious wizard and a whole host of interesting plot twists and Kyra Jacobs managed to keep me on my toes pretty much up until the end of the book. "You have a pure heart… ’Tis a rare and beautiful quality, and not one I often encounter." The beauty of this story is in the reading and discovering it for yourself, I don’t want to say much more for fear of giving away anything important. But if you are looking for something a little different, really entertaining, with plenty of sexy-times and a bit of intrigue and mystery, then Dragons Among Them certainly ticks all of those boxes. "You had to go and pick yourself a meek one." There is a huge amount of scope with this series, and I am interested to see where the author takes us next with the next book in the Kingdoms of Fire and Ice series; Dragons Against Them is due in August, and I am really looking forward to continuing the adventure. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.