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Wounded, a dragon drops from the sky to crash in front of Marina in an explosion of fire. She does the only reasonable thing a woman can do – she saves his life. Marina knows any moment may be her last, yet she cannot deny the connection between her and the alluring creature. When fierce dragon lords appear, leading a dangerous assassin to their hiding place, the truth abo ...more
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Published December 2011
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Samantha
Mar 01, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
OMG I need book 2 right now!!!!

The plot and world building was amazing. Where can you go wrong with DRAGONS who turn into hot men??? And the dragon Council with the Court and all made for a very interesting backdrop. Although I am still a little confused, are wild dragons wild people? Or dragons who never turn into people?

Marina for me wavered between really brave to really annoying. She seemed to throw a lot of temper tantrums and be a complete flirt which bothered me a bit. She was supposed t
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Christie
Jan 04, 2012 Christie rated it really liked it
oh penelope! its an on going love affair with your books.. why do you beat me so boldly and then let me heal to only be beaten again!!!

its like gringer bread crumbs! Always so full of detail. i know your plotting schemes!!! (lol... good laugh) i know youre up to devilish things with this scenes. i can see many tracks now!

Oh Marina! her character is strong yet young, i know she still has lots to learn about love and how you will test her with be the greatest journey. she trusts so openning. i wo
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Nicole
Jan 17, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
”Oi! Penelope!” I have a headache from the tons of spelling, grammatical, ”and writing and writing” errors <=== done on purpose, its done in this book several times. I can usually ignore small typos but the errors in this book were distracting! I had to re-read passages and sometimes it took a moment to figure out she meant ”past” and not really ”passed”. I got the book for free so I know I must sound ungrateful, but it's frustrating! What a shame too because I really got into Marina's story. ...more
Amanda
Dec 17, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Okay....finished this one in a few short hours! Let me start off by saying I am a huge Penelope fan. Love her writing and her Rae Wilder Series. Since this one is not considered YA I was super excited to read it. Anyways on with the review.....
Its a story about a girl who while confronted with a less than ordinary life, must learn to come to terms with and overcome panic attacks, and of late her mother's death. If that isn't enough she stumbles upon not one, but three dragons(hot, hot, and did
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Jagged
Nov 14, 2012 Jagged rated it it was ok
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Erica
Dec 16, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it
If you care at all about grammar and all that extra stuff don't read this, because you won't like it. Now if you don't really care like me, then you might slightly enjoy this. It's raw and new; doesn't really have that polished put together feel others have. I think that if the author had taken a little more time to work on this it would have flourished like a very pretty flower. Characters just popped out of nowhere, but I can overlook that. I actually liked that. I liked it, it was good. Somet ...more
Jennifer
Feb 18, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC!!! Best book yet. I've read all of Penelope's novels so far. And I am blown away, to a point fanatical.... inspired. She is an incredible writer. Please look past the grammatical errors. We can not all be perfect. I loved the Rae novels but as a writer, she has progressed in Smolder; this is by far her best novel yet. I love the characters. I laughed out loud, (to the point my husband thinks I am legally insane and pretty sure he wants to confinscate my Nook), cried and want to kill so ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

This was a pretty good dragon shape shifter fantasy. Some of the plot development seemed too slow but the world building was interesting enough to make up for it. My only complaint is it ended rather abruptly at, what I thought, was an inconvenient place in the story. The next book was supposed to be out a few months ago so hopefully it will be available soon. I an definitely interested in seeing how things go with Marina and Koen and the Aver!
ValerieC
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Purchased August, 2015

CLIFFHANGER WARNING!

A pretty good story, plagued with...
Typos- more than an excusable amount
Slow parts - I skimmed some through the training stuff

I like Ms Fletcher's writing in 'Venomous', so I thought I would try this one out. I still like her descriptive style and the world-building that she does. But, I felt the dragons' society was more complicated than necessary, and what sane, wealthy Earth girl in their right mind would want to stay there, even for love?

I al
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Jamie Chung
Jul 10, 2015 Jamie Chung rated it liked it
Real rating: 2.5 stars
UGH. IT WAS SO GOOD WHILE IT LASTED.
I loved Marina-she was a really headstrong and kickass character. BUT THEN cut to pg 319 of 423 of the book (on ibooks app) and she just loses her mind. She no longer has control over her emotions and becomes an annoying ass whiny bitch. 1st moment- (view spoiler)
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Fadeke.I
“He held up his hand and spread his fingers. "Today I stared at my hand for an hour. Then I turned into a dragon and stared at my claw. Do you know why?"
"You have gone insane?"
"Marina's fingers fit perfectly between the fingers of my hand when I am a man. When I was a dragon she would snuggle up to my talons, fit herself into my claw and kiss it sweetly, as if one wrong move wouldn't disembowel her." He smiled at Daniil when he rolled his eyes. "She is terrified of losing me. I didn't realize th
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Hayley
Jul 13, 2016 Hayley rated it it was ok
I initially rated this 4 stars but hadn't read the 2nd book and couldn't work out why so I gave it a re-read with the intention of reading the other book too.

I'm not entirely sure why I gave it 4 stars. I loved the concept. And though the pacing was off, I liked the writing - once I managed to get over the many (many) spelling and grammar issues. But, honestly, I don't think I've ever disliked a heroine more. She's a bitch. Her best friend calls her 'Selfish, self-absorbed, proud, stubborn' and
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Bonnie _RL
May 29, 2016 Bonnie _RL rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT
Lenore
Oct 23, 2014 Lenore rated it it was ok
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Mad about
Mar 10, 2014 Mad about rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, dragons, adult
Found this as a freebie on Amazon which after reading I was really surprised at as the story was amazing and completely addictive, it did have some editing errors but it's a great start to a new series.

Marina has had to deal with the death of an amazing mother so after discovering some property she'd bought she takes her best friend Cat to see what it's like. Whilst on a hike she sees the skies turn to fire and a beast from fantasy emerge from them. She knows after seeing him her lives changed f
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Ruth M Collins
Feb 15, 2014 Ruth M Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SMOLDER

This was a great book to read. I an avid reader. As you start reading you are drawn into the fantasy of dragon lore. The love of a woman who has no clue of who she really is. Defending what she wants and desires, leaves this reader to believe there is nothing love can't get if you really have love in your heart. I had a hard time putting this book down. I would also defend the ones I loved. When you read this book, you are taken to a place where fantasy and reality become something you be
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Ally
Jun 07, 2015 Ally rated it it was ok
2-2.5 Stars
Shelly
Mar 23, 2015 Shelly rated it really liked it
I don’t mind reading indie novels. I know some people don’t read them just on principle. If you’re like me and can for the most part pass over spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and missing words, you can give this one a try.

As soon as I read the word dragons, I had to read it. I love me some dragons. This was a high fantasy romance with dragons and a competition for the right to mate him. I read the first two of the series Smolder being the first and Burn the second. The third will be relea
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Marlena
Jun 08, 2012 Marlena marked it as to-read
Ha! I like the blurb!

Wounded, a dragon drops from the sky to crash in front of Marina in an explosion of fire. She does the only reasonable thing a woman can do – she saves his life.

The reasonable thing to do is save its life!? It's a friggin' dragon! What if it eats you!? And it dropped in an explosion of fire! So it's on fire, it's a dragon, and the chick approaches it!?

Oh well. Maybe that's just me. But it sounds intriguing, so I will give it a go.
Hyle
**May contain spoilers, depending on what you think is a spoiler. Read at your own risk.***

Smolder starts out in our lame human world and shows the main character, Marina, watching something fall from the sky. Her fear is practically nonexistent thanks to her mother tirelessly pushing Marina into situations that had helped her overcome any fear and getting rid of her panic attacks. She discovers that there be dragons, though not from the human world.

I liked Marina's naivety and her bold outlook
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♡Esra♡
I'm not rating this because, there was no way I could've finish the entire book. DNF'd it @ 28%

First of all Marina was beyond annoying for me. She is 21 but acts like a 13 year old, no thank you. No way I could listen to her for long. And then there were soo soo many typos. And insta-love in one day, when he is in dragon form...

The idea behind it was great but the execution not so much.
Heather andrews
Feb 04, 2014 Heather andrews rated it really liked it
I really thought this was a stand alone book, so you could imagine my surprise when I got to the end and saw there was a cliffhanger. Koen he's an interesting character, "Koen Raad was curious. The female sprawled on his snout, and was muttering about him biting her head off whilst stroking him gently. Not a soul had ever touched him so affectionately and with such ease, not even his mother." Dragons have weird customs and their show of affection is strange, "he dropped the doe and looked at Mar ...more
Anna
Feb 24, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
*Don't* buy this book (even though it's free). Why? Because it ends on a complete cliffhanger, reviews of the second book say that that one does too, and the third book probably won't be out until at least 2016. Painful....

Ending aside, this was one of the most delightful books I've read this month. Despite the awful cover, this is not a bodice-ripper that uses sex to disguise the fact that there's no story. Instead, there's excellent world-building, dragons you'll want to meet, a main character
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Sherbie
Jun 06, 2012 Sherbie rated it liked it
So much potential for this one. Dragons are so much better than puny werewolves and shapeshifters.
I really hope the sequel will be as entertaining.

I dont mind a typo or two, but in this case, I had to re-read a sentence to be able to comprehend. I just hated that. I would have given this more stars.
Tara
Nov 23, 2015 Tara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Keon and Marina made a nice pair although they would constantly argue over almost everything. Unfortunately, Keon returned to his world without Marina because in order to be with him she had to win a tournament called Aver and fight him in the end so she could claim him. Marina wasn't having any of that and followed him anyway knowing that she had to fight. Still, all the rules of Keon's world started to take a toll on Marina especially when she learnt she couldn't touch him until the tournament ...more
Lauren
Jun 06, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok
Needs a proof edit STAT! So many mistakes.
The story itself could've also used a editor's review to fix up the inconsistencies (the main character is supposed to have been rigorously trained by her mother and be know martial arts etc; however, when faced with training for the competition - she can't lift heavy things. Or run. Or much of anything...
The first meeting between the main characters also left much to be desired. It's one of those WHAM! We're totally in love! Woots!
Honestly not bad for
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Debbie
Feb 25, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads, dragons
3.5 stars. full review to follow x

I struggled a bit with this. you know how, sometimes, you read the reviews and they are all ranting and raving about how good it is, and then you read it?? and you wonder, is it the same book?? that's this book.

its not BAD, by any means, it just didn't much do it for me. the beginning was good, but once Marina hit the Dragon world, (I cant find it to spell it right!) it all got a bit political and went off at an angle.

that said, I would like to see how this sto
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Kyra Dunst
Feb 18, 2014 Kyra Dunst rated it really liked it
I love dragon shifters. Koen is definitely a complicated, brooding dragon shifter. He is the King of dragons, and in his culture the women who want to be his mate will do anything to get him. Marina is a lost daughter from his dimension and when she finds him, he is injured from one of those women who attached him to subdue him. She loves the dragon side of him, and his dragon loves her, but she and the man have a love-hate relationship. They have many hurdles to cross before they can be togethe ...more
Marv
Dec 28, 2014 Marv rated it liked it
A really nice story, even through I find it a little hard to follow at times, for one there is the issue of bad grammar and bad writing style (like switching to first person for only one sentence) which makes the reading quite hard for a non native English speaker like me and on the other hand, there seem to be some jumps in the timeline that aren't clear to me, where I feel like I'm missing something (like the staff organizer at her fathers place, she talks with him like they know each other bu ...more
Cogito_ergo_sum
Mar 16, 2016 Cogito_ergo_sum rated it it was ok
Review of Smolder by Fletcher

I sometimes wonder why authors publish their earlier works… especially unedited works. There is no way that at the time of publication Fletcher didn’t know that it needed waaaaay more editing (and not just for the typos and the grammatical kind). It read like a first draft. Seriously. It was like the author was trying to find the purpose and theme of the story and just left it there.

This story had potential (as most stories do), but it was really messy. There is no
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Penelope Jade Fletcher is a British author of genre romance. She has a number of international digital bestsellers, reaching the Amazon Kindle UK Top 100 chart in early 2011 with her third book, and the Barnes & Noble Nook Top 100 chart later the same year with her fifth.

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“He held up his hand and spread his fingers. "Today I stared at my hand for an hour. Then I turned into a dragon and stared at my claw. Do you know why?"
"You have gone insane?"
"Marina's fingers fit perfectly between the fingers of my hand when I am a man. When I was a dragon she would snuggle up to my talons, fit herself into my claw and kiss it sweetly, as if one wrong move wouldn't disembowel her." He smiled at Daniil when he rolled his eyes. "She is terrified of losing me. I didn't realize that until today.”
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