Windburn by Juliette Cross (Nightwing #2)

Windburn by Juliette CrossAvailable: Feb 3, 2015 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Lyrical

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

No man can win her heart—until now…

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her. Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian Nightwing, brother of Lucius. Seductive and iron-willed, he is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?

This. Was. Amazeballs! Seriously, if you’re not reading Juliette Cross there is something wrong with you. This woman will ensnare and enrapture you within minutes of sitting down with one of her books. My love for all things paranormal definitely overfloweth with the Morgon men. I need to get me some of that winged hotness….

Sorcha is what many might call a maneater. She uses men when it suits her and she doesn’t get told no. Ever. Until her advances are spurned by one very dominant, very sure of himself, Morgon man. Sorcha isn’t willing to let Lorian control her or break her unpenetrable walls no matter how much her body tells her to let him. Yet when danger zeros in on her Lorian swoops in to protect her and she finds that the man as well as the dragon within are unwilling to let her go. What scares her most is that she’s starting to be okay with that.

I loved how different Lorian was from his brother Lucius (book one). While Lucius was more level headed, Lorian was all dragon all the time. His dominant protective nature was perfection when paired with Sorcha’s snarky sexuality. Each time she baited him with her body and sassy comebacks I found myself giggling at her antics. His gentle handling of Sorcha after a particularly trying experience just made me love him that much more.

With humans and Morgons starting to co-mingle more, there is a need for spaces to accommodate them both. Sorcha serves as a human liaison to the building of a club that will cater to both races. While racism is still prevalent in some of the older residents of both worlds it’s nice to see progression in the younger generation. It touches a nerve that is so relevant in our culture now. Cross navigates the bigotry waters with ease and really does a great job of showing both sides of every scene.

Windburn is just a bit shorter than book one being only 91 pages. I read this easily in one sitting and was simply amazed at how much Cross packed into such a short endeavor. Readers will not be left wanting. Lorian and Sorcha sizzled together and the constant threat led up to an action packed ending that had me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t even see the perpetrator coming and his presence serves as a great seg-way into book three, which will be full length (YAY).  It will be interesting to see where Cross takes the story line now that it has focused on a cult intent on murdering human women. Lorian’s best friend Kol, who is leader of an elite group of Morgon fighters will serve as the hero in a continuation of this story line, but also as a spin off series. It’s set in the same world, obviously, but just in another location. A Morgon only location. That should be interesting since the heroine is human.

I give Windburn by Juliette Cross 5 stars!

 

 

 

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