Valeriya Azarov turned her back on the family business to write and illustrate children’s books. But with a sister who leads the Knights of the Dragon, it’s impossible to get away from the secret society whose mission is to destroy and enslave dragons. When information falls into her hands along with the opportunity to save at least one of the ancient creatures, she can’t turn away any longer.
When a woman moves into the cabin above Tarrant Cooper’s secret underground lair, he’s both suspicious and intrigued. He hasn’t lasted four thousand years being careless, so when he suspects her of being a part of the Knights, the plan is to kidnap her and find out how much the organization knows about him and his brothers.
He’s drawn to Valeriya, but trusting her could get him killed. Even if she’s a pawn in the war between drakons and Knights, giving her his heart would mean forever.
The Blood of the Drakon series is best enjoyed in order
Book #1: Drakon’s Promise
Book #2: Drakon’s Prey
Book #3: Drakon's Plunder
Book #4: Drakon's Past
Book #5: Drakon Unchained
Book #6: Drakon’s Tear
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Blood of the Drakon
By N.J. Walters, Heidi Shoham
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Valeriya Azarov leaned against a towering pine tree and took a deep breath, inhaling the cool, fresh air. She'd left her rental vehicle parked some ways back, figuring it was safer to scout the area on foot rather than just drive right up.
Truthfully, she didn't really have much of a plan at all. She'd impetuously left her home in New York and flown all the way to the West Coast on a whim. No, not a whim. Her sister was looking for someone, a Darius Varkas. Valeriya might not want anything to do with her family's dubious legacy, but she knew more about it than Karina suspected. Valeriya's paternal grandparents had shared all they knew about the Knights of the Dragon, figuring the more she knew, the better prepared she'd be to defend herself.
Valeriya shivered and tugged her coat more closely around her. Even with her heavy jacket, sweater, and long-sleeved top beneath it, she was cold. It was late October in the mountains.
She pushed away from the tree and started walking again. She'd used the GPS coordinates she'd discovered in her sister's office to plot her course. Karina had no idea she'd found them. It had been sheer instinct that had led her to run the tip of a lead pencil over the empty pad of paper and take an etching. She really hadn't expected to find anything, and had been surprised when a set of numbers had shown up.
"You didn't think this through," she muttered. No, as usual, she'd jumped in headfirst without a plan of action. As soon as she'd discovered what the numbers were, she'd hopped on the first plane and headed to the Cascade Mountains.
"At least you had sense enough to pay cash for the plane ticket." No need to alert her sister to what she was doing. Karina was suspicious enough as it was, always wanting to know what Valeriya was up to and who she was spending time with.
As far as she knew, she hadn't been followed, and she'd spent her first day settling in to be sure. That didn't mean things wouldn't change. In spite of her precautions, Valeriya imagined her sister would know soon enough where she was. Karina always did.
She glanced down the narrow dirt road heading toward of her destination.
What had she hoped to accomplish? Certainly, the mysterious Darius Varkas wouldn't be here. Her sister would have already had the area checked out.
No, Valeriya had to know what was going on. Karina had been excited when they'd had dinner the other evening. Not many would have been able to tell, but Valeriya wasn't most people. She'd grown up with Karina. There'd been a barely suppressed anticipation surrounding her sister. That mood usually didn't bode well for others. Karina was ruthless and would stop at nothing to get whatever she wanted.
Her sister had been indoctrinated by her parents when she was young. Valeriya still found it hard to believe that dragons were real, but her grandparents had assured her they were. As a young girl, she'd always felt sorry for the dragons. They couldn't help what they were. Why should they be hunted?
Oh, she knew that technically they called themselves drakons and were half human and half dragon, but as a child, she'd always thought of them as dragons. It was a hard habit to break.
Something moved off to her right, and Valeriya froze. There were bears and all sorts of other wild animals in these woods. She was a city girl. The wilds of Central Park were more her speed.
A large creature dashed across the road in front of her. Valeriya screamed and then slapped her hand over her mouth. A deer. It was only a deer. Her heart pounding, she leaned forward and sucked air into her lungs.
"Oh God. What am I doing?"
She took another deep breath. She knew why she was here, even if it was most likely a wild goose chase. She'd come on the off-chance Darius Varkas might return. She had to warn him that her sister and the other members of the Knights of the Dragon were after him, believed him to be one of the creatures they coveted. Even if he was no longer at the cabin, she hoped to find some clue to her sister's plans.
She'd played it safe her entire life, keeping her nose out of her family's business. It had been cowardly. She could no longer sit back and take no action, not if she wanted to be able to look at herself in the mirror every morning.
She knew her sister was ruthless, had most likely harmed people over the years, but a piece of her couldn't help hoping that maybe Karina would walk away from the Knights. She knew there was goodness and kindness buried somewhere under the greedy ambition that had shaped her life.
Valeriya remembered Karina playing games with her when they were very small children. Her older sister hadn't hesitated to take over raising her when their parents were killed in a car accident.
She rubbed her hand over her face and sighed. Karina was the only family she had left in the world. For that reason alone, she wouldn't abandon all hope. Not yet.
But in the meantime, she had to do whatever she could to thwart her sister's plans. What Karina and the others were doing was wrong.
She should leave. She'd overslept this morning and hadn't started exploring until after lunch. It would be dark in a couple of hours or less. It would take her about fifteen minutes to get back to her rental car and another hour or so to get to her motel.
But she'd come too far to turn back. She wanted to at least explore a bit. Keeping her eyes and ears open for more animals, she plodded along. She'd give it another ten minutes. She'd followed the coordinates on the GPS and knew this was definitely the right direction.
Several times, she stopped and took pictures. Coming out here for work was her cover story, in case anyone asked. Not that anyone would. She didn't have any close friends. Having a sister who ran a covert, powerful international group meant Valeriya couldn't afford to trust anyone. It had taken her two years to discover that her best friend when she was a teen had been the young daughter of a fellow Knight. The girl's job had been to report back to Karina. In exchange, she'd gotten a full scholarship to the college of her choice.
Valeriya didn't fault the girl. After all, college was expensive, and who knows what might have happened to her father if she'd refused Karina's offer. But it had left Valeriya leery of any overture of friendship.
Since then, she'd kept to herself. She rarely dated, either, for the same reason. It was a lonely life, but she had a home and a career she loved. She wasn't about to complain when many people had it much worse.
Valeriya crouched down and snapped a shot of a cute circle of toadstools. She could use this in her next children's book. The ideas were percolating, and she couldn't wait to start sketching.
Her agent was encouraging her to branch out from her dragon books and try something different.
Maybe she'd do a story about fairies. It was easy to imagine a group of mischievous fairies living in these woods. They'd be the guardians of the forest, possibly scaring off those who'd harm the animals and teaching children they needed to be caretakers of the wild and natural places.
The more she thought about it, the more she liked the idea.
Her mind whirling, she was shocked when the road suddenly ended. Before her, nestled in the woods, was a rustic cabin. The wind gusted, and dry leaves skittered across her path. The windows were all intact, so the place wasn't derelict. A large porch spanned the front of the cabin, but there were no chairs there.
It was quaint but not welcoming.
Every childhood fairytale she'd ever read came roaring back to her. There was always a cottage in the woods, and it was usually very dangerous.
A shiver ran down her spine. Valeriya turned around slowly, but there was no one there. She couldn't shake the sensation, though, that she was being watched.
The clouds rolled over the sun, darkening the small clearing. The day, which had been crisp and sunny, seemed colder and more ominous. "The curse of an active imagination," she muttered.
She'd come all this way. The least she could do was go and knock on the door and see if anyone was at home. What she'd say if there was anyone there, she had no idea.
* * *
Tarrant studied the woman tentatively walking toward the front steps of his home. He'd been watching her for quite some time. He'd known she was there the second she stepped onto the road. He had strategically placed cameras that were damn near impossible to detect. Even the men the Knights had sent to snoop around had missed them. They'd looked, but all they'd found was a dusty, abandoned cabin and a small airstrip nearby. Luckily, he'd moved his truck the day before to a hidden garage about two miles away. The building hadn't been breached.
"Who are you?"
As if she heard him, she looked directly at one of the cameras. It was startling, even though he knew she couldn't possibly realize it was there.
She was around five-seven or so. It was hard to tell her shape, as she was bundled in several layers of clothing, but he'd bet she was slender in build. She had long legs encased in faded blue jeans and a pair of sturdy leather boots. For all that, she was no experienced hiker. She'd almost jumped out of her boots when the deer had crossed her path.
He was far too cynical to believe it was sheer coincidence she was here so soon after the Knights of the Dragon had made an appearance. His upper lip curled. He hated knights of all kinds, but he hated that particular group with a passion that simmered deep inside him.
They'd killed Father Simon, a man who'd been his good friend and confidant for decades, the only person — outside of his brothers — that Tarrant trusted. Now he was gone. And all because he'd helped Tarrant's brother destroy a dangerous book that had belonged to the Knights.
Like his brothers, Tarrant had thought the Knights had been destroyed years ago. But like the mythical Hydra, when one head was chopped off, two more were waiting. Now they were back and stronger than ever.
This time, he was determined to hunt them down until there wasn't anyone left who knew about the Knights of the Dragon. They'd left the humans alone for centuries, not wanting to risk killing innocents, but Tarrant was no longer convinced there was such a thing.
And someone had to pay for the death of Father Simon.
Which brought him back to the woman tentatively walking up the front steps of the cabin. He had her picture running through every known database. That was one of the perks of being the best hacker on the planet. He'd find out who she was sooner or later. In the meantime, it would be interesting to see what she'd do.
When he saw her lips moving, he activated the speakers, curious to know who she was talking to. Was she wired?
"You can do this. There's probably no one here. Just knock."
Tarrant leaned back in his chair and stared at the screen. She was talking to herself. Her voice was low and husky and sent a whisper of awareness trickling through him.
She licked her lips and raised her hand. "You shouldn't have read so many fairytales as a child. It's only a cabin."
He grinned before he could stop himself. "You have no idea, little girl." What would she do if she knew what was waiting for her in a hidden bunker deep below the cabin?
She rapped sharply on the door. "Hello? Is anyone home?" She shifted her weight from one foot to the other and glanced up at the darkening sky.
She took a deep breath, put her hand on the doorknob, and turned. It wasn't locked. The hinges on the thick panel gave an ominous squeak.
"Great," she whispered. "Just great." In a louder voice, she called out again. "Anyone home?"
He switched camera views and watched her walk into the space. She peered around the interior as though she expected someone to jump out and surprise her at any moment. The living room and kitchen area were open. There were two closed doors off to her left. Not surprisingly, she headed there next.
She knocked on the bathroom door and then the bedroom, before opening both. She visibly relaxed when she discovered she was alone. She didn't bother to unbutton her coat or remove the small knapsack from her back as she began to explore.
She went straight for the stone fireplace. "This is gorgeous." She pulled out her phone and snapped several pictures. Phone still in hand, she crept into the kitchen and studied the woodstove. Several pictures later, she wandered into the living area again and ran her hand over the back of the ancient sofa.
Tarrant's entire body tightened. What would it feel like to have her hand on his body? He growled and shook off the sexual tension.
He glanced at one of his many computers. The search was still running. He was checking the DMV one state at a time. He'd match her picture eventually.
She sighed, seeming defeated, and slumped down into the chair. She coughed when a light plume of dust wafted around her. "Nothing. I don't know what else I expected."
His beast stirred to life inside him, as curious about the woman as he was. That was dangerous. He didn't trust her, not for one second.
One of his sensors went off, and he pushed his chair over to another computer. "Son of a bitch." Two men, dressed all in black and carrying assault rifles, were sneaking through the woods. Were they with her, or was she in danger?
He wheeled back to the screen with the woman on it. As if she sensed danger, her head came up. Two seconds later, she bounded from the chair and out the front door, closing it softly behind her.
She crept into the forest and hunkered down beneath a fallen tree to wait.
Now that was interesting.
One of the men moved in close to the cabin and snuck a glance in the window. He went methodically around the small building, checking each window in turn. "She's not in there." Tarrant's well-planted cameras had no trouble picking up the whisper.
"Where the hell is she? The boss will kill us if anything happens to her."
"Maybe we passed her, and she's on her way back to her car."
"Let's hope so."
"We'll head back and watch her rental. If she's not there, or doesn't show within the hour, we'll come back here."
As Tarrant watched, the two men began a fast, but silent, trek through the woods. One passed within five feet of the woman, but she was well hidden and stayed completely silent.
He expected her to move as soon as the men were gone, but she stayed for another twenty minutes before finally leaving her hiding spot. This was obviously not the first time she'd hidden from someone.
His dragon side wasn't happy, and neither was Tarrant. Whoever the woman was, she didn't deserve to be hunted, and certainly not by the Knights.
The computer dinged, signaling the end of his search. He kept one eye on the woman as he wheeled over to the computer. "Valeriya Azarov. Resident of New York City."
A feeling of dread filled the pit of his stomach. He'd been using his technical skills to run a trace of all the people who had visited Herman Temple, the man tracking his brother Darius. He'd also made a note of anyone the man had visited. And he'd had a short meeting with one Karina Azarov.
Tarrant wasn't a man who believed in coincidence. Whoever this unknown woman was, she was associated with the Knights of the Dragon.
He threw back his head and roared.
* * *
Herman Temple carefully set his phone on his desk when what he really wanted to do was smash it against the wall. Things were falling apart, and he'd worked too long and hard to allow that to happen.
He glanced out the window and noted his reflection. His white hair was still distinguished, but his posture wasn't as straight as it had been, and his reflexes were slower. In short, he was aging, and he didn't like it. Not one bit.
A knock came on the door. "Enter," he called. He allowed none of his anger and the underlying fear show. When the door opened, he wasn't surprised to see Matthew Riggs there. After all, Riggs was his head of security, even if he was currently sleeping with and feeding information to the current leader of the Knights of the Dragon.
"Sir." Riggs inclined his head slightly, but there was no true deference there. Riggs thought he was so clever, but Herman had been playing these games since before Riggs's grandfather had been born. Dragon blood had kept him alive a long time. But now his source was gone, and his time was running out.
Herman sat back in his chair, his pose totally relaxed, giving the impression he was a man without a care in the world. "Yes?" "Valeriya Azarov is in Washington State."
Now, that was a surprise. "Why is she there?" He'd always felt that Karina's sister was a weakness to both her and the group. Not that he could talk. His son had ended up being a liability and a disappointment to him.
"Undetermined," Riggs continued. "Karina has sent men to watch her."
"Karina, is it?" Herman enjoyed when Riggs frowned and looked uncomfortable. "No matter. Fuck her if you want, just remember she has no loyalty to anyone but herself." Neither did he, but that was neither here nor there.
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I personally love this series. I was hooked within the first few pages. I love the characters and how the Drakon’s really do have a dragons personality. Can’t wait to ready the next two books!
Hard to put down
Like I just said I can't get enough of this series!!!
NJ this book is great. I loved it. It is unique, funny, romantic, sexy and thrilling. I can't wait to read the next book. Thank you for all your books..
Great book loved every second of it can't wait to read more from this series
Drakon’s Prey By: N.J. Walters 4.5 Star Review by Kristie K Another amazing journey into a world where dragons exist, monsters walk among us, and love conquers all… Drakon’s Prey is the second installment in the Blood of the Drakon series, and continues with the war between the drakon and the monsters that hunt them. This installment features Tarrant Cooper, a drakon and brother to Darius Varkus from book one. Tarrant is a powerful man in his own right, and when a beautiful woman shows up in the small cabin above his underground lair, he’s immediately suspicious…and intrigued. The woman is insanely gorgeous, and something about her calls to him. Valeriya Azarov was born into a legacy…one filled with the stuff of legends, monsters, and blood…a legacy she didn’t agree with, or want. From a young age, she learned to keep to herself, and avoid all things related to the Knights of the Dragon. Finding solace in her grandparents, she made her own way in the world writing and illustrating children’s books. When she stumbles across information that could cause the death of an innocent man, she does the only thing her conscience will allow…she follows the lead and prays that she makes it in time. N.J. Walters has done it again. This second installment is every bit as good as the first, maybe even better. Tarrant is gorgeous, intelligent, intense, and VERY alpha male. He exudes a sexy confidence, and radiates a predatory sexuality that permeates every word and movement. God, I love him. Valeriya is a gentle soul, with the heart of an angel, and the strength of a warrior. Her absolute disdain for the Knights, the very institution her ancestors founded, is evident and forefront. The courage she displays by going to the cabin in an attempt to save even one life, is inspiring. A beautiful woman, gentle and sweet, risking everything to save a man she doesn’t know, and has never met. So. Amazing. This book captivated me from beginning to end. From the “5 stars of hotness” cover, to the intriguing synopsis that hooks you and drags you in. The character development was in depth, and thorough. Each character created with their own personality, soul, and heart. The plot and storyline are unique, fascinating, and fabulously executed. Topping it off, is Ms. Walter’s obvious writing talent, killer imagination, and easy flow. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Kristie K
Dependable plot and interesting characters. Looking forward to Ezra's story
I LOVE dragons and can’t get enough. This was a fantastic addition to the series. Drakon’s Prey has plenty of danger, suspense, and smoking hot romance plus sexy dragon brothers. I loved Tarrant! He was just so amazing and sweet. Valeriya I adored her. She had a horrible childhood, but she found away to distance herself from the family business. I loved that she is an artist and an author. Such a sweet heart, but still strong and loyal. The chemistry between Valeriya and Tarrant was hot and steamy. I loved watching them fall for each other. As for the Knights, they won’t give up, but neither will the Drakons. War is inevitable and the Knights won’t see them coming. I’m in love and can’t wait for the next installment. If you are a fan of dragons, then I highly recommend this series. Rated: 4 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
✦Review: Drakon's Prey (Blood of the Drakon) by N.J. Walters Publication Date: April 24, 2017 Genre: Paranormal Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated 4.5 Stars I loved Tarrant! DRAKON'S PREY is the second book in N.J. Walters new paranormal series, Blood of the Drakon. I love dragons and if you're a dragon fan I highly recommend this series! DRAKON'S PREY had plenty of danger and smoking hot romance plus it features a sexy dragon who's a computer genius and a heroine readers can route for. N. J. Walter's new world of dragons and knights, set in present day, gives readers a new and unique paranormal world to get swept up in. I'm loving this series and I can't wait for the next book! *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
Tarrant and Valeriya are two characters you can't help but love. Tarrant is doing whatever possible to protect his brothers and the life he's so carefully constructed. While Valeriya is trying to get away from the Knights and stop those who are out to destroy the Drakons. What she never expected was to stumble upon a real-life Drakon. This couple is so very endearing. They are down to earth and logical in their thinking, except when it comes to protecting each other, then all bets are off. Their interactions are intense and sweet at the same time. A solid 4.5 star story. With a steady flow, this story is full of danger, suspense, betrayal, humor and is very sexy. I was completely invested from beginning to end. I love the dynamics between Tarrant and his brothers the most though. Ezra's and Nic's personalities are worlds apart and I can't wait to read their stories. I received a complimentary eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Stars This is book two in the Blood of the Drakon series and it features Tarrant Cooper and Valeriya Azarov. He stuck between knowing she's the one meant for him and knowing her sister is the leader of the Knights of the Dragon, their mortal enemy. This book has some fabulous action, in and out of the bedroom. The way their lives are set up and their jobs, where they live and how they communicate is all fantastic. The life span of the Drakon is pretty amazing too. I do believe the series must be read in order. Starting with book 2 allows you to follow the insta-romance from the beginning but it does not give you a whole lot of background on the Knights of the Dragon. Regardless, great story! I can't wait for book 3.
I absolutely loved the first book in the series Drakon’s Promise, so I was very excited to get to read Drakon’s Prey. I really enjoyed the main characters Valeriya and Tarrent in the first book, and was hoping that the next book would be about the two of them, and I am so happy to say that they lived up to my expectations. Valeriya and Tarrent together are hot, sweet, and funny together. I felt for Valeriya, she really wants nothing to do with her families business hunting down Tarrent, his brothers, and others like them, she just wants to illustrate children books, Tarrent spends most of his time surrounded by technology and computers and has a hard time trusting others when it comes to risking his families secret. I found them to be so perfect together and the chemistry was really fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed both of the books in the series and I can’t wait for the third one. I like the stories, the writing is really good, and who doesn’t love dragons.
Rating~ 4.25 stars More Dragonssss!!! This one picks from where we left in the last book with our protagonist going to find a Drakon (dragon shifter) to warn him about her sisters plan. This is kind of a hate to love story (mostly just on the heroes end). Let’s down to business… Valeriya Azarov is an children’s books illustrator and has nothing to do with being a knight or her sister and her family’s business in capturing and torturing Darkons. Instead Valeriya even as a child imagined dragons as playmates rather than creatures that were to be hunted for their blood. Her books include dragons that are beloved by the children that read them. Valeriya goes to find the drakon her sister is intent on capturing, no more sitting on the side lines. Tarrant Cooper is a wind dragon and has little love for knights especially one whose sister is the head of the operation. After losing one of his human friends in the last book due to the actions of the knights, Tarrant is angry and seeing Valeriya he decides to gain information from her to destroy the knights. Tarrant is drawn to Valeriya from the moment he sees her, as is Valeriya fascinated by him. Tarrant is hesitant to trust her all the while he can’t help be attracted to her and his instincts tell him that she is innocent. I really liked them together, Valeriya was sweet and just a lovely character and Tarrant was quite protective of her which I really liked. They had chemistry right of the bat and we see them slowly falling in love. They were adorable! This one also has a more threatening presence of the knights and we get see a bit more of the politics of their organization which increased the action factor of the book. Quibbles: I do wish that Tarrant hadn’t so much done so much stalking of Valeriya through the cameras, it just felt weird. « Hide Spoiler Overall, I’m really enjoying this series and can’t wait for more. It just keeps on getting better and better. Wonder which brother we will get next, the extremely social one or the quite one?? ARC was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
THUD *hits the floor in a faint* Drakon's Prey continues on with all the beauty and wonder that Book 1 brought to the table. Drakon’s Pray is Book 2 of the Blood of the Drakon Series by N.J. Walters and is absolutely breathtaking with the author’s wonderful crafting of her story. This was one rollercoaster of a ride that I didn’t want to end. Such vividness and detail, the storyline comes to life and is fully enhanced by the sexy alpha males and their sassy counterparts. Ms. Walters is a master of PNR...pure perfection! An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
Compelling read I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series and Drakon's Prey is just as exhilarating. The Knights of the Dragons and Templar are still hunting down the Drakons under the guise of protecting the humans! Their real reasons? Greed and power! Interestingly, they might look like they are in collaboration but there is no shortage of backstabbing within and outside each organisation. Tarrant is a Drakon, one of four brothers. He is a hoarder of communications and after everything that happened to Darius in book one, his main goal is to gather as much information as possible on the Knights. No more hiding as it has come to a point where they have go on the offensive if they want to survive. Valeriya is a children's author and comes from a long line of Knights. Her sister is their leader but she finds the whole thing inhumane and stay out of this business as much as she can. Until now! When Valeriya overhears a telephone conversation and stumbles on some information which could help the Drakons, she decides to take action. She takes a chance and travels to the location where she hopes to alert whoever resides there of the impending danger. Unbeknown to her, everyone of her movements is being watched. Tarrant doesn't miss a thing and although he is intrigued by her, he is suspicious of her visit. She is also unaware that she is being followed but she manages to give her persuers the slip. She has a gift that she has kept secret from everyone. She makes the decision to return and wait. Tarrant seizes this opportunity to kidnap her and if she is working for the Knights, he would get any information he can out of her. He finds himself attracted to her and she isn't really afraid of him either. Cautious, yes! She too is unable to resist her attraction for him and the chemistry between them is sizzling hot. There is no getting away from this intense feeling but trusting each other is not so easy. Valeriya is now thought to be missing and the Knights can't afford for her to land in the wrong hands and she is relentlessly persued. Tarrant is not prepared to sit back and allow anything to happen to her and as cautious as they are, they face mortal danger on more than one occasion. Will the Knights and Templar succeed in their mission? Tarrant and Valeriya are very endearing. They are down to earth and logical in their thinking, except when it comes to protecting each other, then all bets are off. Rationale goes out the window. Their interactions are intense and sweet at the same time. This story has a nice steady flow. It's full of danger, suspense, betrayal, humour and is very sexy. I was completely invested from beginning to end. I like the dynamics between Tarrant and his brothers. Ezra's and Nic's personalities are worlds apart and I would love to read their stories. I received a complimentary eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Drakon’s Prey is book two in the Blood of the Drakon series by N.J. Walters. Wow, what a fantastic second book this is! I mentioned in the review for the first book that I didn’t feel the chemistry as much as I wanted to between Darius and Sarah. Well, that was most definitely not a problem with this one! These two were hotter than hot and I loved watching them fall for one another. Valeriya Azarov is the younger sister of Karina Azarov who is the leader of the Knights of the Dragon, an organization intent on capturing Drakons. If a human drinks the blood of a Drakon, it will keep them young indefinitely and heal any and all sickness or injury. The Knights want power and seek the blood of the Drakons to achieve it. The only Drakon they know of is Darius Varkas and they have been using every resource to search for him. Valeriya was always the quiet child. She wanted no part of the atrocities she felt the Knights were committing. She became an author of children’s books with her main character being a mythical dragon. Valeriya feels like she has stood on the sidelines long enough. If she could do just one good thing against the Knights, she would be happy. She wants to warn Darius Varkas that the Knights are searching for him. In her sister’s office, she found the address of an old cabin in the woods. She knows this cabin is somehow tied to Darius so she decided to travel there and see if it might lead her to him. Little did she know that the cabin sits on top of the underground residence of Darius’s younger brother, Tarrant. Tarrant Cooper is one of four Drakon brothers. He has lived over four thousand years. Tarrant has amassed a fortune and runs it all by computer in his underground lair. Drakons are solitary by nature. Tarrant has security cameras and sensors all throughout the woods to alert him to any intruders. He saw Valeriya coming long before she spotted the cabin. He didn’t know what she wanted or if she was a danger to him. But the beast within him instantly let it be known that he wanted her. He would watch her for awhile to see what she was up to. His beast wanted her, though, and his human side wanted answers. The only way to get those was to take her. “It was as though a part of him yearned for her, knew she was what had been missing in his life.” “What are you going to do with me?” “What am I going to do with you? I’m keeping you.” What started as a captor, captive relationship, quickly changed. Tarrant didn’t trust easily but found it increasingly hard to believe that this woman meant him or his brothers any harm. Little by little he lets down his guard. At the same time, Valeriya falls for her captor long before she knew he was anything but human. “He’d never allowed himself to believe he’d ever find her - the one woman who both man and beast desired with equal fervor. With her by his side, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do.” As these two give in to the chemistry between them, and believe me, it is some intense chemistry, danger is lurking. Valeriya’s sister isn’t taking her disappearance well. Danger once again comes to the cabin. But this time, Tarrant is not just defending himself or his underground lair. He is protecting this woman who has become everything to him. He is defending his woman. This book was amazing. The sexy times were sizzling hot, but there were such sweet times as well. And let me tell you, sweet little Valeriya is one tough woman.
I am really starting to enjoy this series and I recommend a reread of Drakon's Promise just because it made it fun! I'm sure you like me found yourself immensely curious on Darius' brothers and Tarrant does not disappoint. I will say I would love to see one of these drakon's find a mate who is as physically strong as these Valeriya and Sarah have been mentally and spiritually. Nevertheless I liked Valeriya and Tarrants story and the sex between these two is smoking! There is continuing story development from Darius' book but not tons, I'm really hoping for Ezra next and some interaction with Nic. This was a complimentary advanced reader copy from the publisher/author given freely in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.
4.5 - "I'm keeping you." Stars! The second book in N. J. Walters Blood of the Drakon series brings us Tech-Wizard; Tarrant Cooper’s story. He featured pretty heavily in the first book so it was good to see deeper into this Drakons psyche. I really enjoyed this story, considering about 90% of it plays out in an underground bunker, it surprised me as to how well the author pulled me in. He was half human, half dragon, too. But he was all drakon… I think a lot of it was because the chemistry between Valeriya and Tarrant was combustible from the get-go, and I loved the dynamic between them considering both their backgrounds and families put them on opposite sides of the fence, with trust being a very limited commodity for most of the story. His dragon coveted her… The man wanted her. My only gripe and it is a small one is that although the relationship between Tarrant and Valeriya went off at a steady clip, the bigger story involving the Knights of the Dragon didn’t really move along at all, you are given multiple POV’s in this one which helped keep all of the players active in the story, and a few more of the villains were knocked off the list, but there was very little in the way of revelations, or development in that area of the plot in Drakon’s Prey. She was dangerous to him. Made him weak. She also completed him and made him invincible. I loved the inclusions from Ezra and Nicodemus, and it was great to be kept up to date with Darius and Sarah, I can only hope that everything moves along a bit more in the next book. I cannot find any information as to who the book will focus on or when it is likely to be released, but I hope once again that Entangled Publishing and the author decide that sooner is better than later to keep the series momentum moving along. "This is war."