Title: Bride of The Dragons
Author: Selina Coffey
Series: N/A, stand-alone novel
Publication Date: September 22, 2016
Genre: YA, romance, paranormal, fantasy
SYNOPSIS (FROM GOODREADS):
Elokon and Siron have yet to find a mate. Elokon became the alpha of his tribe three months ago, and since then, the human towns nearby have sent a dozen women in tribute, and even the women of nearby dragon tribes have sought them out. Elokon’s tribe is powerful and any dragon would be pleased to bear a child of his bloodline. But neither he nor Siron has seen a single woman that awakens the mating instinct. At long last, the High Dragon has passed down an edict: find a mate, or Elokon will be stripped of his power and banished. There is no place in the Dragonlands for an alpha who will not carry on the old bloodlines. As the third daughter of an impoverished Earl, Adelina has no dowry and no prospects. Desperate not to become a priestess, she makes a plan: when the High Dragon’s court comes for their historic meeting with the human king, she will be so alluring that she can steal the heart of one of the richest noblemen at court. She has worked late into the night, sewing herself a dress that will catch anyone’s eye. During the festivities, she knows she can tempt someone into an indiscretion… But much to her shock, that someone isn’t human. Furthermore, it’s not one someone, but two. And now that they’ve found their mate, Elokon and Siron aren’t planning to let her go.
I received a free copy for an honest review
First off, I do not like erotic romances. They always have shallow characters and stories, with no character depth or characteristics whatsoever. There aren't even believable chemistry between the lovers, despite all the 'actions' because their character build is so shallow. But I have to admit, this is a wonderfully well-written book for an erotic romance (much to my pleasant surprise). Because even though it is insta love, the story itself and the characters are in depth and not shallow, and the book is filled with world building that involved monarchy, dragons, love, and power. The story flowed and wrapped up beautiful despite its short length, making it a wonderful and enjoyable yet not too long fantasy book with royalty and dragons. Which is refreshing and relaxing when someone is looking for a 'break read' from all the other complicated world building books and etc.
I like the medieval tone of the book, and I think the author through this made the world building very believable and overall very enjoyable.
And like I mentioned before, there were no shallow characters. Despite its short length, we can see depth and emotions through the characters, and the old saying: shown and not told. For example, just through the first 2 chapters, we were able to see Adelina's suffering from being the third daughter, 'the unwanted one'. We also see how she is treated horribly by her family, her sister in particular.
Overall, this was a short erotic romance that surprised me with its well-written plot-line, world building, and character development. I will suggest this to readers who are just trying to read a short, relaxing and hot fantasy romance story that involves royalty and some forbidden romance.