Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush (The Hidden #1)

Dragon Awakened by Jaime RushAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

They are the Hidden.
Not quite human. Far from normal.
And never, ever safe…

Playing With Fire

Ruby Salazaar wants answers…and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath—Cyntag—leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself.

Burned By Love

Ruby changed Cyn’s life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn’t foresee the danger—and desires—Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control…

This is the first full length novel in The Hidden series, however there have previously been two novellas that introduced readers to this unique world of dragons and other magical beings Jaime Rush has created.

Ruby has just witnessed her uncles murder at the hands of what she can only describe as magical lightning and her chance of getting to the bottom of everything lies in the hands of the man whose name her uncle muttered on his dying breath. Cyntag. With nothing else to go on except for a niggling feeling that her whole world has been a lie she sets off to find the man who may have had a hand in her uncles death.

Cyntag had a hand in a lot more than what Ruby suspects but he did not kill her uncle and he been her sworn protector for years. His dragon nature calls to a part of her she doesn’t understand but will soon get an up close and personal view of as Cyntag prepares to awaken her own dragon who has been lying dormant inside her all along. He feels he is beyond any hope of feeling because of the horrible deeds he’s done over his many years, including being the person who took Ruby’s parents from her making her an orphan when she was a child. He craves forgiveness and retribution but finds himself unable to ask for either.

This world Jaime has created is lush with opportunities and depth that I hope she utilizes as this series progresses. I enjoyed the novellas previously but thought this one moved a bit slow and felt more like an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance. There was so much going on with the lore and world building that I think the romance aspect got a bit cheated. While I found the world to be intriguing I wanted a bit more heat where Cyn and Ruby were concerned. I figured since we had already been thoroughly introduced to the world that this one would move a bit more smoothly.

As Ruby awakens to her true nature there is plenty of dragon action. I have a soft spot for everything dragon and this one definitely fed my guilty pleasure. I enjoyed watching Ruby learn to control her dragon and acknowledge Cyn’s dragon as a possible mate. The action gave their dragons a chance to play and it made for some good reading. The ending was a bit abrupt and I felt there wasn’t much closure for the reader as far as the relationship of Cyn and Ruby was concerned. It felt rushed.

I will come back to this series to see just where the authors takes us. I hope for a bit more heat in future books along with the continuation of this world building.

I give Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush 3 stars! 

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