Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Type: Series, can be stand alone but is part of the Brothers of Ash and Fire Series.
Recommendation: Meh, this was just OK for me. Not super entertaining but not unpleasant either.
Summary: +unique characters -mediocre alpha -cheesy dialogue +well written -weak antagonist
“Lauren has created a new series that will capture you from page one! Grigori is exactly what a dragon should be. Smoking hot, sexy, and wickedly dangerous. You’re going to love this book!” – New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy
He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.
She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.
The first thing I noticed about Grigori is the cover. Not overly sexy, it feels understated and I really dig simplicity. The colors are awesome and the pictures are well put together. In combination with the blurb, I really had high hopes for this story and the fierce dragon shifter goodness it promises. Unfortunately, this was a little bit of a let down. It feels rushed, superficial and provides minimal details about what could have been a beautifully described world. It an attempt not to reveal any spoilers, I am not going to every single thing that kept me from loving Grigori and Madelyn but there are a few things I want to mention.
1.There wasn’t a strong alpha male factor with Grigori. Yes, he is rich, strong and determined to protect his family but his character wasn’t intimidating at all. There was no swoon factor for me. I like my alpha’s strong, sexy and able to handle whatever is thrown at them, not mediocre and unsure of themselves.
2. There wasn’t a whole lot of actual chemistry between mains. Madelyn and Grigori go through the motions and say all the right things but it didn’t translate into reality for me. I didn’t get attached to them at all and wasn’t invested in their relationship.
3. The antagonist is not complex, well-built or even remotely fear inducing. He came across like a jealous child wanting to steal someone’s toys. Plus, he was completely predictable.
4. The dialogue is pretty cheesy in certain parts, not to mention this whole “she smells of a virgin” thing kind of skeeved me out. The sex scenes are pretty well written but with the lack of chemistry I felt with both characters, I just couldn’t get into them.
I really do like the dragon theme and even though the ending was rushed and completely silly, I was able to finish the book in only a few hours. I won’t deny that I was entertained but this definitely won’t be a book I read again and I probably won’t read any other books in this series. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this unless the aforementioned things don’t make or break it for you. You can find out more about Grigori by clicking the link below.
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Disclaimer: I obtained a copy of this book for free from NetGalley and volunteered to write an honest review. I am also an Amazon Associate.