Searching for her missing brother, Grace Carlyle never dreamed she would discover a secret world populated by mythological monsters—or find herself facing a sword-wielding being whose looks put mortal men to shame.
But there he was, Darius en Kragin, one of a race of shape-shifting warriors bound to guard the gates of Atlantis, and kill all travelers who strayed within its borders.
Now Grace’s life was in his hands, and Darius had to choose between his centuries-old vow and the woman who had slipped beneath his defenses and stolen the heart of Atlantis’s fiercest dragon – Amazon
Having read many of Gena Showalter’s books, it came as no surprise that I enjoyed ‘Heart of the Dragon’, the first in the Atlantis series. As always, her writing is engaging, emotionally impactful, and just fun to read. I loved the concept of absolutes that started this book. Darius had no choice but to kill any invader into the land he protected, until he met the one woman he couldn’t. I love how the author ties the mythology of Atlantis into a modern concept.
The journey Grace and Darius take to falling in love isn’t easy. They’re both adept at keeping their secrets and emotions closer to their heart. I would have liked to explore the world of Atlantis further, but that was a personal preference and it takes nothing away from the book. The other thing that distracted me a few times was the timing of the leading lady’s reaction to the hero. At one point, Darius has a sword pointed at her ready to kill her, and she’s noticing how incredibly hot he is. It just seemed weird. If I had a blade pointed at me, I’m pretty sure that’s all I’d see.
I have every intention of purchasing and reading the second in the series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Gena Showalter’s writing, as well as those who enjoy supernatural elements to their romance. There is enough action to keep the reader turning pages.
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