Waking The Dragon by Juliette Cross (Vale of Stars #1)

Waking The Dragon by Juliette CrossAvailable: June 9th 2015 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Lyrical

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

The Gladium Province is on the verge of civil unrest as humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, clash once more. But amid disorder can also arise passion.

When the bodies of three human women are discovered in Morgon territory—with the DNA of several Morgon men on the victims—it’s just a matter of time before civil unrest hits the Province. But for ambitious reporter Moira Cade, it’s more than just a story, and it may mean risking her own life.

Descending into the dark underworld of Morgon society, Moira is paired with Kol Moonring, Captain of the Morgon Guard, for her protection. Fiercely independent, Moira bristles at his dominance, and defies his will at every turn. Yet resistance proves futile when passion flares between them, awakening powerful emotions within both, body and soul. But as the killings continue, can their fiery newfound bond survive an even greater evil—one that threatens all of humanity, Morgonkind, and Moira’s very soul?..

Ok…right off the bat I’m going to confuse you. But follow me a minute. Waking The Dragon is book one of the “Vale of Stars” series, however it’s also kinda sorta book three of the Nightwing series, or maybe spinoff is a better word for it since the hero in Waking The Dragon is not technically part of Nightwing but more like a crossover character. The heroine is also part of the family that the Nightwing series started out with (Jessen from book one, Soulfire, is Moira’s sister). Have I lost you yet? So, in order to enjoy this one to its fullest you need to go back and read the Nightwing series books one and two.

Kol Moonring is one of the most fearsome Morgon men Moira Cade has ever set eyes on. Tall, intimidating and ever watchful, he makes her feel things she swore would always come second to her budding journalistic ambitions. Her pride screams that his alpha ways would never let her live the life she wants, but her body craves the submission he desires. Having a sister mated to an alpha means Moira knows just what these men crave and she’s not sure it’s within her to give it to any one of them, let alone one like Kol.

Attempting to gather intel on a sadistic killer/s hunting human females puts Moira right in the crosshairs and Kol in a position he’s unaccustomed to. His growing feelings for the headstrong Moira make him want to protect her at all costs but his job as a Morgon Guard demands he use her as bait.

Readers first meet Kol in book two of the Nightwing series, Windburn, and characters from both Nightwing one and two play integral roles to the progression of Waking The Dragon. Kol is definitely the strong silent type. He’s the guy standing in the shadows with his arms crossed across a massive chest and a scowl darkening his features. He played a major role in helping track down and save Sorcha from an evil madman in Windburn. In Waking The Dragon he gets paired with the uber independent Moira who is trying desperately to stand on her own and not in her father’s very rich shadow.

As they slowly track those responsible for the gruesome human female murders, Moira comes to the realization that having all the control isn’t always a good thing. She craves the Kol she gets glimpses of when they are alone and wants to submit to all their desires but finds herself not knowing how to. Having watched how his parents suffered, Kol isn’t exactly dying to attach himself to anyone for life either. Mated couples can’t survive without their other half and Kol is unwilling to bind Moira to him because of the dangerous life he leads as a Morgon Guard. But that doesn’t stop his increasing protectiveness where she is concerned and the way his heart nearly stops beating when she’s taken from him.

Waking the Stars sets this series up with a bang. Supreme world building and a whole lot of information draws readers in and immerses them in a story line that will grow with each book. This definitely has the potential to be a long running, fantastic paranormal romance series in the vein of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark. If you’re looking for a headstrong heroine and an alpha male who is willing to let his woman have the life she craves and the one she doesn’t even know she wants, then Waking The Dragon is something you need to pick up!

I give Waking The Dragon by Juliette Cross 4 stars!

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