“Sexy, suspenseful, and smoking hot!” - NYT Bestselling Author Alyssa Day
Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.
Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.
Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.
Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive...
Each book in the Fire's Edge series is STANDALONE:
* The Mate (prequel)
* The Boss
* The Rookie
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"Not good enough. Get your asses up here." Finn barked his displeasure through the telepathic link that enabled his men to hear his orders while in dragon form.
He beat his massive blue wings to hover in the air as he watched his team of shifters run through the training exercise he'd set up. The dragons below him, a rainbow of colors against the greens and golds of the Sierra Nevada mountainside, circled the flaming oil drums, but they pulled up on his command.
His team was the best for a damn good reason. And they were about to be reminded why.
Rivin and Keighan, the team's two white dragons, snapped and dueled playfully as they made their way to Finn.
Finn shook his head and sent his Beta, Levi, a mental message. "Take care of Heckle and Jeckle, will you?"
"My pleasure, boss."
Despite his dwarfing them in size, the white dragons were too distracted to notice Levi's giant body closing in until it was too late. He buzzed overhead and smacked both on the head with a downbeat of his wings.
"Hey!" came twin protests.
Levi snorted a laugh as he flew away, his dark gold scales reflecting the morning rays of light.
Aidan, blending in with the sky around them, flew past the drama without paying the white dragons any attention. Finn had to give the rookie credit. The young blue dragon was smart not to get dragged into Rivin and Keighan's shenanigans, which was more than he could say for some of the more senior members of the team.
Hall and Drake looked to be arguing. Again.
Hall, the pale green dragon, spat a hissing stream of lime-green tinted fire at the larger dark red dragon flying off to his left. For his part, Drake evaded the flame with practiced ease and answered by performing a flip maneuver that swung his spiked tail dangerously close to Hall's head. A warning shot.
With Kanta, the other green dragon on the team, back at headquarters instead of running interference between the two shifters, Hall was going to get himself thumped. Served him right, though. When would he learn not to pick a fight with the biggest badass of the bunch? Before joining the Huracán Enforcers, Drake had been part of his king's personal guard. And Pytheios, Rotting King of the Red Clan, only chose the deadliest warriors for that job.
Titus came last. Black as an oil slick in the sky, a feature that made him damn near impossible to track at night, he quietly inserted himself in the group, ready for orders.
"That was a pathetic run," Finn snapped.
Immediately all squabbling and goofing around ceased, and each dragon hovered in the sky at attention, only their wings in motion, keeping them aloft.
"You should've put those drums out on the first pass. And Hall, I could see you outside the smoke again."
Drake shot Hall a clear "I told you the fuck so" look, but Hall at least knew better than to break ranks when Finn was addressing them.
Training to handle wildland fires started by dragons — one of his team's primary tasks — was a daily task, keeping them sharp. The entire point when they dealt with fires in dragon form was getting in and out unseen by humans, allowing them to pull the fire into a swirling vortex and absorb the flames into themselves before the situation escalated into an all- out disaster. Shifting into human form to battle a blaze was a last resort, but necessary if one of the human crews got too close.
They'd train on that next.
For now, they needed to work on being fucking invisible, even in daylight. Especially in daylight. The scales on their bellies reflected whatever was above them, helping them hide when flying at altitude, but he and his team worked close to the ground. They needed to do better.
It was easier for white and blue dragons who could camouflage in the sky and clouds. Somewhat easier for Titus, who could hide in the darker smoke, and for Levi and Drake, who could blend with the reds and golds of the flames. Harder for Kanta and Hall, being green. But really, since Kanta's forest green color at least blended with the tall pine trees they often dealt with, Hall had it the hardest. There was no way to make lime-green blend with anything.
"Run it again. This time, I want the fire out on the first pass, and I don't want to see any of you do it."
Finn tucked his wings in close to his body and arrowed toward the earth, slowing only slightly to level out just above the ground. He blew a torrent of blue-tipped flames over the barrels, bringing the blaze back to full force, then angled his wings to shoot back into the sky where he joined the team.
His team went to work. Finn watched closely. If he couldn't see them with the sharp vision all dragon shifters possessed, humans would never notice them. That was the point.
"Boss?" Kanta's scratchy voice, like he'd inhaled too much smoke every day for years, broke into his head.
"Can it wait?" Finn asked, still focused on the team below him.
"No, boss. We have a heat signature."
"Barely a blip on the screen, but it's growing fast."
Kanta was manning their war room, which was filled with specialized equipment that monitored their territory, the Western half of North America, for any sign of dragon fire. Their mission was to put out the flames, punish the dragons responsible, and hide the evidence.
Basically, they were the dragon version of enforcers. Police, judges, jury, and sometimes executioners, all rolled into one.
Sounded easy on paper.
In reality, keeping peace among dragon shifters felt like trying to herd geese with a helicopter.
North America was one of several colonies over which the six clans of Europe and Asia — Blue, Red, Gold, Black, White, and Green — shared control. Unlike back home, the dragons in the colonies lived in mixed groups. Distance from their kings, sometimes-contradictory orders, and loyalties split between clan and the colony in which they now lived resulted in a shit show. Conflicts and rebellions were a constant.
And where there were conflicts and rebellions, there was fire.
"Where?" he asked Kanta.
"Close. Really close. Apple Hill area just west of here. A winery. Looks like one of the structures, but still too small to tell."
Fuck. A dragon dared to set a fire that close to their headquarters? Worse, that area was populated. A structure fire put him in an awkward fucking position. Human crews that handled those types of fires would be sure to show. Finn needed to get his team in and out fast before the humans got involved.
"Right. We're on it. I'm sending Hall back to you."
Finn called to the men below him. "Boys. Put out those drums, we have a real fire to deal with. Hall, back with Kanta at headquarters. Everyone else, pick up your packs. Follow me."
Finn angled toward the ground and scooped up the gear he would need if he had to handle this in human form. Given the location and type of fire, that possibility was high. The others did the same.
He filled them in on the way.
"We'll use the smoke to drop in, and then circle around, shift, and pretend to come from the parking lot." Any humans on the scene would most likely be too panicked to notice that the firefighters who arrived did so on foot. They'd be too happy to have help. "I doubt we'll have long before the structure guys get there. This one is going to be a huge pain in the ass."
So much easier to eliminate the flames when they didn't have prying eyes watching their every move.
"Boss," Kanta's voice came through, projecting to all of them now. "The fire appears to be coming from a barn, or similar structure, on the grounds."
Shit. If a human life was taken by this fire, that would make their jobs a thousand times harder.
"You heard the man, boys," Finn said. "Move your asses."
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The distinctive crackling of flames pulled Delaney out of a dark abyss of unconsciousness into a nightmare. With a slow blink, she tried to focus through stinging, watering eyes. Wooden beams overhead came into view, even as black smoke slunk along like a predator in the dark and crept into her lungs.
She blinked again and turned her head. Sure enough, angry, weirdly black-tipped fire licked at the back of the barn in which she lay. Flames slithered up the wood walls to the roof high overhead like a thousand snakes, hissing and spitting as her body warmed from the heat.
Oh God, not again.
In her panic, Delaney made the mistake of gasping in a breath. Pain burst in her lungs, and she jerked upright, heaving and coughing as the heavy, heated smoke singed her from the inside.
Way too many experiences with fire kicked in and Delaney forced lethargic limbs to function. She pushed to her knees and looked around, orienting herself. A vague light pierced the dark haze, like peering down a train tunnel.
The door. Crawl dummy.
Sayings she'd heard all her life — in grade school or on TV, and meant more for children — scrolled through her head like a ticker tape parade: Don't delay, get out of fire's way. Small fire will be tall soon. Never hide, get outside. Stay low and crawl like a baby.
Why hasn't the damn sprinkler system gone off? The barn had been converted into a modern winery storage facility. Surely there was some sort of fire suppression system in place.
A frantic mewling caught her attention over the sizzling of the flames. Was that an animal? Arm over her mouth and nose to try to filter the smoke, and eyes watering like a son of a bitch, Delaney paused and searched for the source.
There, ten feet away. The damn cat that hung around this place. Probably feral.
Moving faster, Delaney crawled her way over to the animal that had frozen in fear behind a stack of empty wine barrels. At least he didn't run from her.
She wrapped her arm under the animal's belly, then yelped as the thing went bat shit crazy. It clawed and bit her as though she was the most dangerous thing in its world.
"I'm trying to save you." The words came out husky, strained. Immediately a hacking cough racked her body.
Teeth clenched and determined not to let go, no matter how much the cat bit and scratched, Delaney crawled with one hand while trying to hold the flailing animal away from her face with the other. She grunted as its claws sank deeper.
Her lungs did not thank her for inhaling that much smoke.
Finally, she managed to get to the barn doors, tumbling out on limbs weak with relief when they opened at her push. The brightness of the day had her squinting. Once she cleared the building, she stumbled to her feet, shaky from her near miss, and ran across the gravel drive to the winery tasting room, still holding the damn cat. She scared the shit out of the smattering of customers when she burst inside, if one lady's scream was any indication.
"The barn's on fire. Call 9-1-1," she wheezed at her new boss and friend, Sera, who was serving behind the bar.
She stumbled past the counters to shove the cat into the closest back office, locking it in, and then dashed back outside. Plumes of smoke seeped out the door she'd left open, but the flames were still hiding inside.
Oh God, I have to fix this.
Delaney had thought she'd be safe here. She'd thought the fires that had plagued her in Vermont wouldn't follow her across the country.
She'd been horribly wrong.
She ran to the water faucet that stuck out of the ground about twenty feet from the barn. A long hose lay coiled beside it, already attached. With a twist, she turned the water on full force and dragged the hose toward the barn.
I can't let Sera's wine burn.
That reason, more than her own safety, drove her actions.
Carefully, she moved closer to the building. Her aching eyes and fuzzy vision didn't help, but she kept going. She inched inside until she glimpsed flame, then she aimed her hose at the spot and sprayed, using her thumb to focus the water. The fire appeared to laugh at her pitiful effort like a crazed, caged animal. Flames receded in fizzling, smoldering protest before lunging for her with renewed vigor.
I'm not even making a dent.
Delaney stepped forward, not giving up, dousing more of the blaze.
A snap of sound was the only warning she had before the beams above her crumbled. With a scream, Delaney jumped, feet scrambling as she tripped and fell backwards. Luckily the beam didn't land on her, but it lay so close, heat singed her skin. Grabbing the hose, she crawled back to her feet and turned the spray on the beam.
"What the hell do you think you're doing?" a deep male voice thundered in her ear a second before a strong arm banded around her waist.
Delaney found herself hoisted over a shoulder, the air punching from her lungs with a whoosh as her middle connected with a broad shoulder, and she was bodily carried from the burning structure.
She didn't struggle.
She also didn't think to let go of the hose.
Her rescuer stumbled over the line and jerked to a halt.
"Damn," the same deep voice swore and he yanked the hose from her hands.
Realization sank in that she'd been dousing the firefighter who'd "rescued" her, and a completely inappropriate giggle escaped her.
He took off again, not letting her go, jostling her none too gently as he ran across the gravel drive to plonk her on a boulder beside the main winery building. Delaney lifted her gaze up, way up, over his green flame-resistant pants, yellow long-sleeved shirt, and white helmet. A firefighter, but not any kind she'd dealt with before, not based on the clothing. He pinned her to the rock she sat on with the bluest eyes she'd ever seen.
Anger and frustration pulled his brows down in an intimidating glower. "Are you hurt?" he asked. Yelled more like, his voice a harsh growl.
Delaney blinked at him again, shock taking over and slowing her brain way down — like molasses in the winter.
When she didn't answer, his severe expression softened. "Are you hurt?" he repeated, no less urgently, but more gently.
Pull yourself together. Delaney shook her head.
"Is anyone else in there?"
"No." At least, she assumed the cat she'd saved was the only creature in there. "It's for wine. State of the art with temperature control." No way should fires be happening in the building.
He nodded. "I've got this now. Don't go back in there. Wait here for the paramedics." He straightened and anything soft about him disappeared behind granite determination. "Aidan?" he called out to someone she couldn't see. "Take care of her."
The flicker of annoyance that her rescuer was leaving her, dumping her on someone else, was completely ridiculous. He had a job to do.
A serious-looking individual stepped up, took off his helmet, and gave her a nod. "Ma'am."
She blinked up at him. As tall as her rescuer, the younger man had dark Middle Eastern good looks, which made his light blue eyes that much more striking.
Jeez, two sexy firefighters with amazing eyes. What are the odds?
Only, unlike the zing of awareness still tingling through her thanks to firefighter number one, nothing happened with this guy. And the fact that she reacted to her rescuer at all irritated the hell out of her. She shoved that thought away and searched for something, anything, else to focus on. "I need to get the cat out of the office."
The guy named Aidan frowned and he cleared his throat. "Sorry. The cat?"
Delaney pushed to her feet, determined now. "I don't want it messing up Sera's office."
Aidan glanced over her head.
She half turned to see where he was looking only to find her firefighter had stopped to watch their interaction. He gave a small nod then turned away. She spied a word stenciled on the side of his helmet: Boss. She'd been rescued by the guy in charge? Or was that a nickname because he was bossy?
She flicked a glance at Aidan. Probably a bit of both.
The boss and several other similarly dressed men — though most of them wore yellow helmets instead of white, and one wore red — assembled off to the side. The firefighters had gotten here fast, faster than she'd expected given where the winery was situated on the gentle western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
"Um. Don't you need a fire truck?" she asked Aidan.
He shook his head. "No ma'am. We're a hotshot crew, not structure. But we were close by and saw the smoke, figured we could help until the Placerville boys can get their asses out here." He cringed. "Excuse me. Get out here."
Oh. That explained her not recognizing the uniform. She'd heard of hotshot crews — teams of firefighters whose sole purpose was to fight the massive wildland fires that regularly devastated entire forests, especially here out west.
She turned her gaze back to the boss who barked out orders, total confidence radiating from those broad shoulders and the calm set of his expression.
These guys had it.
Relief surged through her followed immediately by the prick of tears that had nothing to do with the smoke.
Why does this keep happening to me?(Continues…)
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"The Boss" is a uniquely crafted story of a team of Dragon Enforcers in the guise of hot shot firefighters. Their objective is to keep the territory they've been assigned to protect against rogue dragons and other supernaturals from harming those in the Dragon and human world. When they rush to help in a vineyard fire they discover a Dragon was the cause and a young woman, Delaney Hamilton, is in danger. Finn, the leader of the Enforcers, decides the only way to keep her safe is to bring her back to headquarters. As Delaney and Finn get to know one another and share the tragedies life has dealt them, their feelings for one another only deepen. But will the stealthy rogue Dragon succeed in stealing Delaney away? Is she Finn's true mate? Although I was approved a copy of this book by Netgalley and Amara Publishing, I decided to purchase it so I would own the series. The Mate is the prequel and is free and The Rookie is the next title in the series.
I immediately purchased this after reading the short " The Mate." I couldn't put it down. I look forward to more in this vivid world!
Finn Conleth and his team of enforcer Dragon Shifters monitor fire activity for rogue dragons and assist with extinguishing fires as they come up. During one such incident he meets Delaney Hamilton. For some reason, Finn wants to help this human out, an urge he doesn’t typically have. Delaney can’t believe the fires are following her again. When she meets the mysterious firefighter, she has the sudden urge to share her burdon with him. This was a good story. I read it rather quickly. I liked the some of the side characters and their POVs on one of the main plot-points. My one complaint is at the end where I thought the book might go a different way than it went (can’t really explain without giving away a spoiler). Regardless, it was a good story and I recommend it. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
The Boss (Fire’s Edge #1) By Abigail Owen Rated 5 stars!! Wowzer! Wow! Wow! I LoVe this story and did you see that cover?!! This book is outstanding! It has it all! Dragons( of course I had to mention them first), danger, love, fear, hate and a strong sassy woman. These dragons (all 10 of them) who work as enforcers are all very different. I loved learning about each of them. The colors, the shift, the man and beast. How can they be scary when they are so darn adorable! They all have different personalities but they have one thing in common.....they view each other as family. Did I love Finn? YES! His story drew me in. I couldn’t get enough of him and his commanding voice. (Well he is the “Boss”. ) He has had a rough past and that is leading him to be cautious of any future. Delaney.....Delaney....Delaney! You are a favorite! It’s not too often i have a favorite girl. But Dang you are so sassy and strong! I love your attitude! You blended in so nicely with the guys..it was kinda fun to watch (read). When you stood on that mountain and said—-those “words” to Finn I was so proud of you and all that you have overcome. Simply wonderful! My only issue (and it’s pretty tiny) is the traitor and the Rogue. Both of these were briefly touched upon but then really nothing else was mentioned. I am going to assume it’s for setting up one of the next books. Don’t let this deter you from this book. The story is still amazing because of the connections all the characters have with each other. On a side note I enjoyed meeting Lindi (Drake's Sister) and her “boys”. This is my first book by this author and it will not be the last! I am looking forward to (and can hardly wait)reading about all these dragon shifters in the future (hint hint). The writing flows so nicely. I made connections to this crew without even trying. Even though it’s a large cast I didn’t feel overwhelmed by meeting “the guys” all at once. That tells me how engaging the writing is. The story was different but yet something I am familiar with and the character development was very good. The characters have a nice structure among them. The fun and bantering is what makes a great book to read. When is the next one??
The Boss by Abigail Owen a five-star read that will blow you away. This is the first book in the Fire’s Edge series and what a start, this is such a compelling story, Finn will break your heart, Dragon shifter stories are something I’ve avoided for a little while as I was getting over done with them, but Abigal Owen has brought a literal breath of fresh air and fire to the genre. Finn was a great character, you will feel his pain and then his confusion as if its your own. There were bits that could have been done a little better, but overall this was a great story. Can’t wait for the next story in the series.
The Boss by Abigail Owen 5-stars The Boss by Abigail Owen has topped my list of favourite books! I honestly couldn’t love this book more than I do. I was so captivated by this storyline that I read this book in one sitting as I couldn’t bring myself to put it down. This was my first book by this author, but it won’t be my last, I plan on diving in to all of Abigail Owen’s work ASAP! The Boss is the first book in the Fire’s Edge series, a series that I can’t wait to read. This book is intense, entertaining, dramatic, riveting and so steamy, everything I love in a paranormal shifter read. Finn and Delaney were incredible, and I loved following their journey! There was so much vivid detail that I could easily picture everything playing out in my mind which made this such an entertaining read! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for their next paranormal shifter read, it’s one you won’t want to miss!
The Boss was a great 5 star read and book 1 in the Fire’s Edge series. Finn is the leader of a group of dragon shifters. We get a glimpse into a very heartbreaking scene with Finn that shows us why he’s against finding a new mate. But when he meets Delaney there is something that draws him in, the need to protect her. Delaney has tried to flee her stalker and unexplained fires by moving across country. When another fire starts at the winery she is working on, she is terrified. There is something about Finn that she feels like she can finally open up to someone without feeling like she’s crazy. Will Finn and the team understand? Can they help her? When they find out who/what is really after Finn things take a twist. There is so much more to this great read. Finn and Delaney end up giving into their attraction and it’s very steamy or should I say fire starting. There is danger, suspense, mystery, and so much more. I loved Delaney’s sassiness and strength. All of the secondary characters were great and the dragons sounded really hot and were just like a huge family. I can’t wait to read more from this series and I wouldn’t mind some more from Finn and Delaney as well. This is my first read from Abigail Owen and I was pleasantly surprised. I was pulled right in and didn’t want to stop until I was done.
The Fire’s Edge series is off to a great start, not only was the prequel fantastic but the first book is as well. This fiery romance engages readers from the very first page and holds their attention throughout with bold, convincing characters that are easily connected to and their romance is sweet, full of sizzling chemistry and emotional turmoil that is quite different from other issues that couples may face. The decision to risk one’s heart after all is one that readers everywhere can relate Finn’s reasons for his reluctance to act on the sparks burning between him and Delany is an especially traumatic one and really the situation Delany finds herself in would traumatize most, so this couple is one that readers really want to get their happily ever after. The fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on the edge of their seat with lots of thrilling suspense, exciting between dragons and nail biting anticipation. The Mate and The Boss take place simultaneously, so the events that take place in the prequel affect the characters in this story, so readers get an overall picture of the political unrest that will upset the dragon world but since this story is longer and gives more detail of this fascinating world and of course readers are introduced more of the dragons that inhabit this world, the readers are better able to understand the world and some of the motivations of the characters. Once again, I was thrilled with the new world that has sexy dragon firefighters and unique mating elements that add danger, spice and tension to matings and makes for a fascinating read, so I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.
Even dragon shifters deserve a second chance at love. Finn Conleth has found his one true mate! Until the process to turn the woman he once thought was his, died. Carrying with him the memory of that horrible night, Finn decides to never risk his heart again. Now he spends all is time leading his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Delaney Hamilton moves constantly to stay one step ahead of her past that she left behind. Now, her past may have caught up with her. When another suspicious fire erupts, she comes to realize that there was no escaping one’s past. That it was time to take a stand. But nothing says that she had to do it alone. When Finn and his team got a call that a mysterious fire broke out, after gaging the damage he instantly knew another dragon triggered the damage. His suspensions were established when he encounters Delaney Hamilton and saw that there was something unusual about her. The characters of Finn and Delaney was so suited to each other that even I cheered when Finn finally came to his senses to figure out that Delaney was his ONE TRUE MATE. The Boss, a fast pace, paranormal romance, written by Abigail Owen. It was the cover that drew my focus to this book. However, it was the fantastic world that Abigail Owen created that had me staying up well after my bedtime, to complete the story.
The Boss (Fire's Edge #1) by Abigail Owen was a steamy, addicting, fast pace read that had me not only hooked but, I had me reading this book in one sitting! My first read by this author and for this series, there is a prequel that I need to get my hands on. I was engrossed right away. I love dragons, and when I find a book about them, I snatch it up. This was quite the original fresh take and it really brought something different to the normal shifter world trops. I will say that, as much as I love and devoured this books there were somethings that did bother me. In the beginning, not the proloud cause that was heartbreaking and I damn near cried, but the first chapter was a bit of a info dump and felt a little rushed and, all over the place. Now this did even out as the story went on, but for me that first little bit was, messy. Especially after that heart shattering opening. There were some pacing issues, but other then that, I was, am, fully on board with this series. Also there are some glimpse of what's to come and I can't wait! Our MCs are great and very well developed. Both have hurt regarding to fire, and though Finn tries to push Delaney away, she's isn't having it. I loved that about her, and for her as a MC. She knew what she wanted and wasn't going to let Finn's past/ego get in her way. Right from the first time she's introduced, I knew I was going to like her. Well for one, she saved a cat, if that isn't a sign of someone's character I don't know what is (I'm a cat lover, so that maybe a little bais..lol). She loyal, smart, and has a big heart, despite all the mysterious things that happen to her. Finn, oh Finn.. That opening set his character, not so much of how we met him again, but of what he could have been and what he could be again. It made me dismiss his stupid overprotectiveness, and snappness. It gave us that insight about him and why he's apprehensive about loving someone. Because what he went through was truly termatic, and I don't think anyone could really come back from something like that. Finn's character growth is big, and to see the change in him, made this story shine. Overall, if you haven't guessed I give this book my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval. This is a series to watch out for and one that you must read no matter if you like shifter, dragons, or drama. It's that good. P.S. There dragons are also firefighters... hot, hot, hot! Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh
This was a good dragon shifter romance. The characters were well developed even the extra characters were not just here for filler. I also liked your set up for the next installment which I will be looking for.
The Dragon shifters are divided into clans by their colour but teams consisting of members from different clans work together as enforcers to ensure other dragons aren’t breaking laws or going rogue and starting fires. One such team, Fire’s Edge, is led by Finn Conleth and when they investigate a nearby fire they discover Delaney Hamilton endeavouring to put out the flames with a hose pipe. The young lady chooses to speak to Finn about her worries about fires and a stalker . . . and the adventure begins! This is a fast paced story, where clans, teams and a rogue all have significant roles to play. I enjoyed the world building in this story and the well developed characters. The difficulties dragons have finding a mate are explained and the dangers of trying to change the wrong mate are fatal to the woman concerned. It is a different take on dragon shifter stories and I enjoyed escaping into it. This is the first story in a new series featuring Dragon shifters - though there is a free prequel currently available, The Mate. I haven’t read that yet because I only discovered it when endeavouring to post my review, but I have downloaded a copy ready to read! I’m looking forward to reading the prequel and will definitely be looking out for other books in this series in future! I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
The dragons in the Fire’s Edge series are firefighters. They handle fires that were started by dragons, getting in and out before being discovered for what they really are…dragons. Abigail Owen has come up with a fresh, original take on shapeshifting dragons. I do love my dragons, so I am super excited to be reading the series and meeting each and every one. Finn is in charge of training. He is The Boss. These dragons absorb fire. Fire is a living, breathing thing, but they are stronger. Heading out to fight a fire, Finn rescues Delaney, picking her up and carrying her out of the burning barn…away from the fire that she started. The attraction was immediate and mutual, but Finn fought it, tooth and nail. He had lost his wife, Phoebe, when the mating process killed her. He had been so sure that she was the one, but he had been wrong. He wouldn’t be responsible for making another mistake and taking another life. Delaney had moved from Vermont to get away from the fires, but they followed her to California. She felt the need to tell him. Tell him about the ‘blackouts, spontaneous fires and her stalker.’ Delaney and Finn both had losses that made them build walls, never wanting to suffer like that again. But, you know that saying, the heart wants what the heart wants…and it will not be denied. Finn fights the attraction, but not Delaney. She actively pursues him, not taking no for an answer. I love her strong, feisty personality. Afraid, yes, but that doesn’t stop her from pursuing happiness. Hmmm…what’s that? I think I see another romance blooming, but I’m anticipating learning more about that later. I look forward to finding out if I am correct in that assumption. Delaney does need protecting and Finn doesn’t have a problem with that. He explains to her that they are Enforcers, like our special forces and they would take care of her stalker. They don’t realize it, but there is something very special about Delaney. Sera is her best friend and her boss. She is exactly what you would want in a friend. Open, honest, eager to help, not turning away in times of trouble. The characters are deep and well developed,sexy and strong, all with their own little quirks in their personalities, making them very interesting. The world is wild, magical, and I loved visiting it. I love visualizing them flying, soaring through the air, absorbing the fire into their bodies, and the battles… I loved this unputdownable, exhiliarating, exciting, breathtaking romance filled with hot and sexy firefighting dragons and the women who love them. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Boss by Abigail Owen.
Wow, what an introduction to a story, talk about instant bookfeels and I didn't even know the characters at that point. Instantly I knew this was going to be a good one, and I was right :) . I have a preference for the use of up-to-date, relevant language in the books I read and thankfully Abigail's writing style meets this 'must have' aspect for me. . Very intriguing characters, I loved the dynamics between the lead pair and the secondary characters in the story. Although the males are a working unit, they come across as a family, the close relationships between them is clear to see and their acceptance, developing friendships with new-to-the-group, lead female Delaney and the guys was interesting and amusing. I've come to care about these guys, so a connection has definitely been made with me lol. I want to know more about them. I want them all to find their true mates and have their HEA'S. My fingers are crossed that this is the authors intention for this series. . Finn Conleth is the boss of a group of dragon shifters, technically enforcers, but working incognito from human discovery as a hot shot crew of fire fighters. (fire-fighting dragon shifters....oh hell yes!) Finn certainly has the intense, brooding, alpha male vibe going on, good grief that male is seriously hot, but boy does it take him long enough to face the truth. The wanting Delaney one minute, then backing off behaviour went on a bit too long for me. Completely understood his reasons, but it was beginning to irritate. . Delaney Hamilton is a human female, running from a deranged stalker and a series of fires that follow her everywhere. Her memories provide no explanations, leaving Delaney worried that she's the cause or that her stalker has found her once again. . I really liked Delaney, she's anxious and guilt ridden, yet able to pick up the pieces, hide her insecurities and deal with whatever is thrown at her. It was a refreshing change not to have the overly used, female freak out and run approach with her discovery of the paranormal world. . Unsure how I feel about the mating council aspect, this is completely new to me and I think I've become set in my ways regarding acceptable mating practices of shifters lol. The characters should know their true mates in my opinion, a council to decide isn't right. . I like having a bad guy to root against and we got that in this story, in the form of Griffin, Delaney's stalker and a dragon shifter himself. Convinced that Delaney belongs to him, he's determined to mate her wither she wants to or not. Yep, he's completely insane and dangerous. . I really enjoyed this story, and I'd definitely recommend it to fans of paranormal romance/fiction. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. . I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. . #TheBoss #NetGalley
Great start to a new paranormal romance series! "The Boss" is the first book in a new series that follows dragon shifters. We learn bits and pieces here and there about the dragon shifters, which are labeled by clan (color) and ruled by kings. They also have councils that oversee various aspects of their lives. Most dragon shifters are male and the few that are female are sterile. Dragons mate for life through a specific process with human women who are born with the ability to be a dragon mate. When their mate dies, so do they. Dragons, thus, do not mate lightly, and there is a process to go through when finding the mate. If they pick the wrong mate, she will die horribly. Considering that there may only be one mate per person, in picking the wrong mate, they may also prevent someone from receiving their destined mate. Finn has sworn off women after what happened when he tried to mate- they had mistakenly thought she was his mate. Although he could sleep with human women if so desired, he has not really wanted to, as he just remembers what happened to the women he thought was his mate when he tries. Finn runs a colony of dragons from the different clans in the US where they contain knowledge about dragons, stop dragon fire, and punish the dragons who risk exposing dragon kind. It is after seeing one such fire that he meets Delaney. Delaney has come to the West Coast to start anew. She is fleeing a stalker (against whom she has a restraining order) and now works at a winery with Sera, a single mother and her good friend. Delaney wakes in their storage/equipment barn amidst a fire. Since a car accident which killed her family, she has had a type of epilepsy (believed) where she blacks out. Delaney is worried that she is starting the fires when she blacks out. Anyway, she saves a stray cat from the barn and then begins to fight the fire, when she is pulled away and to safety by a firefighter who arrived on the scene- who happens to be Finn. Delaney finds herself strangely pulled to Finn and confesses what has been going on. He offers her his group's protection, against what he learns is a dragon shifter who has been stalking her. As they live closer, they are unable to resist the undeniable pull between them. However, Delaney doesn't bear the mark of a dragon mate, so she cannot know too much about their world. However, as the story develops, there is more at play here than they could have imagined, and the lack of a mark may not be so significant... Overall, I really loved the romance in this book and the push-pull between Delaney and Finn. Their relationship was very steamy and just what I was looking for! You'll definitely be wanting your own firefighter dragon shifter after reading this! The romantic scenes were so well done and paced perfectly throughout the book (not too much and not too little). The book is written very well and flows quickly- I devoured it in a day. The dragon shifter element was really interesting, but I wish we had a bit more world development. We put together the pieces here and there slowly throughout the book. All-in-all, I felt like it was enough, but I do want to hear more about it in the future books. We are also left with a bit of a mystery at the end, and I really want to pick up the next book now! This steamy and engaging paranormal romance was a big hit for me! I highly recommend it. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Delaney Hamilton is on the run from a crazy stalker and the fires he sets. She finally feels at home at her friends winery. She just hopes that she is finally safe. But then another suspicious fire has Delaney feeling that she may be the cause of the fires after all. Scared and with no one to turn to, Delaney confides in the hot firefighter who saves her. Finn is a hot dragon shifter who’s cover is a firefighter. He runs the enforcer team located on the west coast. When a fire at a winery turns out to be started by a dragon, he immediately goes on high alert. What dragon would be stupid enough to set a blaze so close to his headquarters? When he questions the beautiful young woman who was in the middle of this fire, he realizes she knows more than she lets on. Fallon and Delaney go back to headquarters so he can question her more. What he learns has him on edge. A dragon has been wiping her memory and setting fires around her. The question is why. Does this dragon think she is a potential mate? She can’t be. She does not bear the mark. Can Fallon find the rogue dragon and stop him before he kills her? I read the prequel The Mate first and was supper excited about this. I have to say I am not disappointed in this book at all. It is an excellent start to the new Fire’s Edge series. Abigail Owen has a best-seller series on her hands with this one. So far the plot is exciting and thrilling, not to mention hot as hell. Not just from all that dragon fire, but those hot and sexy fire fighters. Oh my lord. **fans self** Those men are sexy as hell. The characters in this book are so intriguing. I am loving each and every one of them. Delaney is a tough cookie, who is smart and independent. Finn is very loyal, protective and possessive. Delaney sure does give Finn a run for his money. Even the supporting characters are awesome. My favorite type of romances are fire fighters saving damsels. So it is no surprise I wanted to read these. With dragons as fire fighters who could go wrong with that right!? This book had danger, suspense, love, hot sex, humor and lots of spunk. I am no fan of dragon shifter books, but with this one I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I absolutely could not put this book down. It was so thrilling. There were times I was about to com bust. I haven’t read a good paranormal in a long time. This was a nice surprise. Overall this book is amazing. With a steady pace, amazing characters and great world building, this book series is sure to hit the #1 spot. I highly suggest you check it out!