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Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance


Brothers of Ash and Fire Book #1

by Lauren Smith

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“Lauren has created a new series that will capture you from page one! Grigori is exactly what a dragon should be. Smoking hot, sexy, and wickedly dangerous. You’re going to love this book!” – New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy

He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.


My Thoughts:


Lauren’s description of Grigori in dragon form was so good that I pictured him in my mind’s eye and was ready to get out the prisms colors to draw him.
I loved this book and finished reading it the same day I started it. I can hardly wait for book #2, Mikhail’s story.
Even the love at first sight thing didn’t bother me very much. I am now in love with dragon shifters again. Throwing in another mythical character in the form of the heroine, who wasn’t a dragon but another mythical being who happens to be an enemy of the dragons was a brilliant touch.
I gave this book 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization and a hot sensual rating of 4 of 5 flames. The intimacy between our hero and heroine is surprisingly sweet as well as
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


Mikhail: A Royal Dragon Romance


Brothers of Ash and Fire Book #2

by Lauren Smith

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A dragon never leaves his hoard unguarded. His heart is another matter.

The second eldest in an ancient line of Russian dragon shifters, Mikhail Barinov had one job: protect one of the family hoard of jewels. Distracted by the English virgin queen Elizabeth, who was as dazzling as she was devious; he lost everything. Five centuries of exile later, news that a construction crew has unearthed a massive trove of gold and jewels sends him racing to London, determined to steal back his family’s treasure…and his honor.

Professional gemologist Piper Linwood can’t wait to bury herself in her newest project, evaluating a hoard of Elizabethan-era treasure. But both her life and career are threatened when a mysterious, brooding man with a dangerous smile—and an even more dangerous kiss—snatches the lot.

Unwillingly swept along for the ride, Piper discovers Mikhail is no mere thief. And the dragon on his back is more than a tattoo. It’s a living, breathing extension of a bad boy she’s finding harder and harder to resist. But his heart is a treasure she can never own…because to save her career, she’ll have to betray his trust.

My Thoughts:

Although I don’t read much paranormal or shifter romance I have read both books so far in this series and look forward to reading book #3, Rurik.

After reading book #1, I thought Lauren’s imagination could not possibly extend to making this a three book series. Well so far, so good.
We don’t get as much description of Mikhail as we did Grigori, but we do find his tattoo an ingenious addition. I became so absorbed with this book that I found it difficult to put down.
Although I feel each book could be read as a standalone, I think you should read them all in order to get full enjoyment of this wonderfully imaginative series.
I gave this book 4.75 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a high sensual rating of 4.5 of 5 flames. We’re not talking graphic sex, but some of the love scenes are really heated in nature, so be prepared to swoon.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this title from the author and her publisher to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


Rurik: A Royal Dragon Romance


Brothers of Ash and Fire Book #3

by Lauren Smith

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A dragon’s prisoner…or his deepest desire?

The fiercest of a royal line of Russian dragon shifters, Rurik Barinov spends most days defending his family’s homeland from rival clans. By night, sins of the flesh—drinking, dancing, and sex—keep his volatile warrior dragon in check. Barely.

With his choice of mortal women to bed, he has no interest in changing his bad-boy ways—until a creature of molten sex poured into a tiny red satin dress steps into his nightclub. A jagged edge of raw desire nicks the impenetrable armor around his heart.

Charlotte MacQueen has been told since childhood to stay in school, live a normal life. Leave the family business—hunting down dragons—to her brothers. But tonight, she’s shed her chemist’s lab coat and infiltrated enemy lines to bag a dragon of her own.

She never expected sexy, all-too-wicked Rurik Barinov to capture her, body and soul—the perfect weapon to use against her brothers. Or that she’d fall for the brave, battle-scarred dragon shifter who covets her heart like the most precious of jewels.

Twilight meets Games of Thrones in this hot new dragonshifter romance by USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Smith!


This Series:

  1. Grigori
  2. Mikhail
  3.  Rurik (Coming Feb. 22, 2018)




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Of Sand and Stone


A Time Travel Romance

by Lauren Smith

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She was destined to save his heart of stone…

Bookish museum curator Rebecca Clark has given up on dating. Real life men aren’t nearly as perfect as the men in the paintings and statues she sees every day at her job. But one night she whispers a prayer to the universe to send her the perfect man. She had no idea a goddess is listening…

Devon Blake was Regency London’s most wicked lover but when he sleeps with the wrong woman and leaves her unsatisfied, he finds himself cursed by none other than the Goddess of love herself. After living two centuries trapped as a marble statue, Aphrodite gives Devon one chance to redeem himself or he’ll face an eternity of made of stone. He must prove he can satisfy a woman’s every desire without satisfying his own.

When Rebecca discovers a naked man in her art gallery instead of a priceless statue at midnight she has no idea he’s the answer to her prayers. Aphrodite has sent Devon to be Rebecca’s perfect man. Can Devon earn Rebecca’s love and trust by proving his selflessness or will it be too late?

My Thoughts:

I pushed this short novella ahead of my other reads just because of the nature of this read. I had recently finished Grigori, a Dragon Shifters romance also by Lauren Smith and could not put it down. I don’t read as much paranormal as I do historical romance titles, but since Grigori was so good and this one was short, I could hardly wait.
I was not disappointed.

Rebecca loves her job as a museum coordinator and when a fabulous marble statue of a nude man by an unknown artist comes her way she stays over to make sure he has center stage in the exhibit.
She has been left alone in the museum when to her surprise the statue is no longer made of marble but manifests itself as a flesh and blood and very nude man.
Surely this is just her overactive imagination working overtime! What has actually become of the statue and where did this confused, if gorgeous man come from?

Devon was in his time known as London’s most wicked rake, but his one flaw as a lover was that he always reached his own satisfaction but never gave his partners the same. He left one woman too many unsatisfied. That bed partner was the goddess of love and for his misdeeds she turns him to stone.

What will it take to make Rebecca believe Devon’s remarkable and far fetched tale? Will this lead to more between this time traveling man and the woman who brought him back to life?

I enjoyed this short read very much. I gave it 4.5 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames. Since Devon must give his new lover satisfaction without finding his own that limits the intimacy but it is combustible beyond measure when it finally occurs.
I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book as a member of Lauren Smith’s Private Review League to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this title which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


About The Author:

2cd46-lauren_smith_2014-240x300USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at or twitter at @LSmithAuthor.

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The Dark Prince

Dark Prince

The French Fae Legend: Book 1

by Emma V. Leech

Series: Les Fes: The French Fae Legend (Book 1)

Paperback: 320 pages

Publication Date: February 14, 2015

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-10: 1507785542

ISBN-13: 978-1507785546

File Size: 3096 KB

Print Length: 321 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publication Date: February 12, 2015

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


Digital List Price: $3.85

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Two Fae Princes.
One human woman.
And a world ready to tear them all apart.

Laen Braed is Prince of the Dark Fae, with a temper and reputation to match his black eyes, and a heart that despises the human race. When he is sent back through the forbidden gates between realms to retrieve an ancient Fae artifact, he returns home with far more than he bargained for.

Corin Albrecht, the most powerful Elven Prince ever born. His golden eyes are rumoured to be a gift from the gods, and destiny is calling him. With a love for the human world that runs deep, his friendship with Laen is being torn apart by his prejudices.

Océane DeBeauvoir is an artist and bookbinder who has always relied on her lively imagination to get her through an unhappy and uneventful life. A jewelled dagger put on display at a nearby museum hits the headlines with speculation of another race, the Fae. But the discovery also inspires Océane to create an extraordinary piece of art that cannot be confined to the pages of a book.

With two powerful men vying for her attention and their friendship stretched to breaking point, the only question that remains … who is truly The Dark Prince?

The man of your dreams is coming … or is it your nightmares he visits? –
Find out in Book one of The French Fae Legend.

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