(Inferno Rising, #1)
by Abigail Owen
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: July 30th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her…
As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.
But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself… and take back his birthright.
~ BOOK REVIEW for The Rogue King ~
****(4) out of 5 Stars!
This book is primarily about the intricacies and politics of a dragon shifter world, with the occasional phoenix, werewolf, demon and other assorted paranormal creatures thrown in for good measure.
Brand and Kasia seem to be at odds over what they want for their futures... but looking at the bigger pictures reveals (well into the book!) that they really have much the same goal and certainly both stand to benefit if they only work together. Besides which, they are crazy about one another. Like, white-hot, burning, phoenix flames in-love with one another.
Their attraction from almost the first moment that they meet just about jumps off the page. They banter they engage in is highly entertaining and delightful. And you just know (okay, so you actually DO know pretty early on, due to the nature of Kasia's visions, first kind of vague and then very specific) that they are fated to be together.
But each of them is proud and fragile, and too afraid to express their true feelings for the other. Also, both Brand and Kasia are trying to do their duty and help achieve the greater good. Only they are so focused on the paths they think they must follow, that for a long time they fail to realize, as the saying goes, that "all roads lead to Rome." Or, in this case, other roads can also achieve justice for their families, and a better future for their entire society. Not to mention a happily-ever-after for the two of them.
As delightful as these two are (well, he is often just a jerk and she can be a bit needy, but overall they are pretty great!), I absolutely adored the supporting cast of their story. From Bleidd to Hershel, Ladon and Arden, to the brief glimpses that we get of Kasia's three sisters, especially Skylar right at the very end of this tale - all brought something unique to the table. Of course, there were the "bad guys" as well, but they were truly awful, so we'll just skip right over them.
One of the only things that truly irritated me about this book was how very often Kasia thought the words "my mother taught me that." We get it! Your mom was great and she taught you a lot of survival skills and other useful information, but you don't have to expound on it in every chapter.
Otherwise though, the story was interesting, intriguing, and entertaining. I understand that this is the first in a four-book series, and there is a crossover/companion series as well, so there will be a lot more material about this world available. I can't wait to read them!
I received an eBook copy of this title from NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours,
and have willingly provided an honest review.
Multi-award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, loves plots that move hot and fast, feisty heroines with sass, alpha heroes with heart, a dash of snark, and oodles of sexy shifters! Other titles include wife, mother, Star Wars geek, ex-competitive skydiver, spreadsheet lover, Dr. Seuss quoter, eMBA, organizational guru, Texan, Aggie, and chocoholic.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.
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Abigail also writes award-winning sexy contemporary romance and romantic comedy under the name Kadie Scott. AND sweet contemporary romance under the name Kristen McKanagh.
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