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Dark Embers (Dragon's Heat #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  2,143 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
King Dylan MacLeod is one of the last pure-bred dragon shapeshifters in existence—and ruler of a dying race, the Dragonstar clan. It falls to him to protect his people—and their ancient magic. He has one more duty: to provide an heir.

Like all dragons, Dylan can only procreate with his destined mate—for whom he’s searched for five hundred years. His dark, rampant sexual app
Paperback, 1st Edition, 301 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Berkley (first published July 1st 2010)
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May 05, 2011 Mouse rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5

I bought this book because I thought the cover was hot. Then I went to Goodreads to check out the reviews. One person said she disliked it because there was an overabundance of sex. Well, that was pretty much an endorsement for me! I ponied up the $9.99 (way to much for a romance ebook!) and bought it.

Dark Embers had a lot of structural problems. The most annoying was that there were a lot of inconsistencies when people stood, sat, were dressed, etc. Someone would be standing, then th
Jan 08, 2012 Samantha rated it did not like it
Shelves: guilty-pleasure
Dylan MacLeod is the leader of a clan of dragon shifters. Due to a mysterious disease, members of his clan have been dropping like flies. Desperate to save his people, Dylan decides to seek out human aid. His quest leads him to Dr. Phoebe Quillum, who is a researcher looking for a cure to Lupus.

After receiving news that her grant money has been pulled, Phoebe is on a tight time constraint to finish up her research. While in the middle of searching for funding, Phoebe is approached by Dylan. He'
Apr 21, 2011 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often that I start a book with little to no expectations and end up so engrossed in it that I'm up until 1:30 AM just because I wanna finish it. Once I started Dark Embers, I did not want to put it down. My brain is half fried and I'm sure I'm gonna be pretty useless at work today but oh well. I finished the book and I'm glad I stayed up.

Dark Embers is the first book in Tessa Adams' Dragon's Heat series. Dylan MacLeod, a shape-shifting dragon and King to his clan is worried and scared b
Um wow. I feel like I hit the jackpot with Dark Embers. This is the third book I've read this month, sad right?! I was in a horrible book funk and finally found one to snap me out. Then another. And now This one. While the first two were really good, I think this one has me feeling like:

So here I am reading about a crazy cool dragon shifter on a mission to find the cure to a disease that is killing members of his clan. This guy is one of the most smooth talking, hard ass bodied, dangerous piec
Nov 07, 2010 Hbeebti rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Dylan was a total alpha male. Only thing missing was thumping his chest! The world of the shifting dragons was really great. I mean yeah we kinda at this point have heard and read it all but still I loved it. Some sad moments of loss and some serious sex all over the place with these two characters. Plenty of action as well. I liked that it wasn't love at first sight. Yeah Dylan felt a weird pull but didn't think anything of of through most of the book. I cant wait to get to the ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Vashti rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: erotic romance paranormal fans
When I found out that this is the pen name of Tracey Wolf,was so excited to read this book.Well I was not disappointed.The book moves at a fast and sexy pace which I happen to enjoy.Dylan is a Dragon who is king of his clan.Members of his clan are dying of an automuine diseae of unknown origins,inc his sister and niece are affected.There seems to be no cure or cause in site.Enter the h,Phoebe,who is a biochemist and doing research into autoimmune diseases ,in particular Lupus which took the live ...more
Apr 25, 2014 Alexis rated it liked it
I read some of the reviews and I agree with some of them and others make me wonder if the reviewer skim-read the book. One reviewer says that it's never explained why Dylan is so reluctant at wanting to make Phoebe his mate, if you read the whole book it is explained several times.
Another reviewer says that the back story for Phoebe is never fleshed out, again I'm puzzled because we find out several things: why she became the scientist, why she doesn't trust men, and what was done to her by pers
Aug 25, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Occasionally i use this phrase 'perfect book' when I'm reviewing something I've read. This book gets that qualification. It has everything. A hot hero, a spunky, supersmart heroine, dragons, blood feuds, biological warfare...wait, did I just say biological warfare? Yes, I did. Trust me, you won't be sorry to have read this. I love the world Tessa Adams created. Read this.
My Review:

Dylan MacLeod, dragon and King of the Dragonstar Clan, is unwillingly leading his people straight towards Death's door. During his four and a half century existence, Dylan's fought and won many a blood-soaked battle but the microscopic entity that's currently destroying his dragons is one battle he can't conquer. As if he wasn't under enough pressure, Dylan still has yet to find his mate and provide the clan a much needed heir. As the last pure-blood dragon, it's his duty to continue t
Sandy M
Jul 21, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing
Well, I’ll get it out in the open first thing. I’ve wanted to read this book because the cover caught my eye. I mean, come on. What healthy female wouldn’t like this cover, for heaven’s sake? I didn’t even bother checking to see what the book was about beforehand. I had the chance to pick it up, so I did, no questions asked. Then I found out it’s dragons.

And then as I got into the story, no doubt about it, this is my kind of book. Total alpha hero, intelligent (throughout the story too!) heroine
Dark Embers was a great intro into a hot, new dragon-shifter series. I loved it! Part of it was a bit predictable, so that kept it from being a full 5★s for me, but otherwise it was a deliciously sexy read.

We are introduced to bio-chemist Phoebe Quillum who is working hard to find a cure for lupus, the disease that took her mother and sister. But, Harvard has just notified her that they are having to cut back, her grant is ending. In New Mexico, Prince Dylan MacLeod, the last pure-blood dragon-
Sep 12, 2010 Mspink rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

Favorite Quote: "He wanted to dominate her, hadn't been able to stand the thought of her saying no."

Had Prince Dylan MacLeod listened to his father he would have his mate and locked into his powers. But he didn't. So now he uses his time and dark sexual appetites to search for his destined mate. His search is put on hold as a deadly disease sweeps through his people killing them off. He finds he has to venture into the human realm to find a cure. There he meets Phoebe Quillum-a biochemi
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
There was so much sex in this book it was actually off-putting and pretty much destroyed the story line for me. Some of the sex scenes kinda creeped me out as well, specially the whole mist thing. I didn't like being at like 80% in the book and not have a solid grip on what's causing this illness the dragons are suffering from. That was really bugging me, it seemed like once I started reading that was the main plot point- finding the cure for what was causing dragons to die, but it took a backse ...more
May 31, 2011 Timmysparks rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the concept of dragon shifters. It was interesting to read about a species of shifters that was wolf or cat.

I enjoyed the heat and passion between Dylan and Phoebe. Their romance was very steamy and smoking hot! Phoebe was very smart and I love that she wasn't a pushover. Even though Dylan was king, he was imposing. He was very relatable.

I also like Quinn and Logan. I'm anxious to read about them in the next two books. I felt really sad for Gabe. It was real
Mar 16, 2012 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
3.5 stars + .5 for the hot cover.

A promising start to a paranormal series. Hot scenes and with enough action to satisfy. Although there is probably a bit more tragedy than I like since practically everyone's relatives seem to get killed in this first book!! I know that's part of the whole story and background building but still....

Looking forward to seeing how the world evolves in the coming books.
Jul 10, 2010 Cindyg rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I didn't know what I was going to get with dragon shapeshifters but let me tell you, Tessa did a great job. I fell for Dylan, king of Dragonstar and Phoebe our human was just as awesome. This was a quick moving, sexy and hot read. Recommend this read and look forward to the next book in the series.
Monica Pulliam
Jan 07, 2014 Monica Pulliam rated it liked it
Well, I really liked the story line, but there was just way to many sex scenes for me. I like sex in my romance books, but every other chapter is way too much. I did enjoy the story line, and will read more of these, but I really have to skip alot of the sex.
Dec 19, 2016 Coral rated it really liked it
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 3/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 3/5
Candy Ann Varty
Oct 09, 2016 Candy Ann Varty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, shifters
This book is so steamy, so exciting, if it doesn't make your undies smolder ..nothing will. Good Lord find me that dragon..
Jul 25, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

If you want a good story, with kick ass characters, then read Blood Bonds by Adreinne Wilder or Stormwalker by Allyson James.
S. Balk
Dec 15, 2015 S. Balk rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings.

The good news? I liked the idea of both characters. I liked Dylan's protectiveness for his clan and how deeply upset he is when they are hurt or killed. He has strong bonds with his friends and knows when to discipline them as well. He seems like quite a good leader, for the most part. The problem I did have with his leadership, however, was how when he found Phoebe his incredibly important and time sensitive NEED to find out what was killing his people took a backseat to n
Among The Muses
I think that it always says something about a book when you purchase it one evening and finish it the next! I had been anxiously anticipating the arrival of this novel, which caused me to put it on a higher pedestal than any book aught to be. But, much to my joy--and relief--, this book was able to meet the mental bars I had put in place. Dark Embers is a fantastic debut to a new erotic paranormal series, that will take you an a scorching hot adventure, and leave you wanting more.

First and forem
Dylan, king of the Dragons from the Dragonstar clan receives bad news, after another fruitless night searching for his mate. His beloved sister has fallen victim to the terrible disease that kills it victims within 24 hours after the first symptoms show up. Dylan races to her, full of despair, knowing he can only try to give her some comfort in her last, painful hours, before death finally takes her. It gives him plenty of time to think about this disease and how many of his dragons already succ ...more
Inky Reviewer
Apr 04, 2011 Inky Reviewer rated it liked it

Online blurb:
Prince Dylan MacLeod is one of the last pure-blood dragon shape- shifters-and ruler of a dying race, the Dragonstar clan. It falls to him to protect his people and their ancient magic. But he has one important duty: to provide an heir…

Like all dragons, Dylan, who has a dark, rampant sexual appetite, can only procreate with his destined mate-for whom he’s searched for the last five hundred years. But his quest is delayed when a disease sweeps
Aug 13, 2010 Lexie rated it it was ok
My review is going to be slightly more frustrated sounding than usual. Also the Rating absolutely reflects how I feel. I waited two whole days to make sure I wasn't just over-reacting to write this review. I still feel the same, so to the two star rating!

When I read the synopsis for this book I was excited. I love dragon-shifters novels, be they romance or fantasy. I've loved dragons all my life and this has carried on into my adult life and reading pursuits. I like the cover to this, though the
Kylie Griffin
I've had DARK EMBERS sitting on my TBR pile for a while now - the cover initially attracted me - the background setting, colours and hunky guy were a nice combination - and the fact it had dragon shapeshifters sold me on the story. It was something different from the popular vampires, werewolves and cat-shifters.

One of the stand out parts of this story for me was the plot - the idea of a genetically engineered disease as awful and devastating as Ebola and the mystery surrounding it on how it was
Jul 01, 2010 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Dark Embers by Tessa Adams
Paranormal Romance -July 6th, 2010
4 stars

Dark Embers is quick, light read with tons of sexy scenes. In this fascinating paranormal series readers are introduced to the long-lived Dragon shifters with extraordinary powers.

Dragonkind are an ancient and powerful race of shifters who transform into dragons. Dylan MacLeod is the ruler of the Dragonstar clan. Dylan has always felt in control and command, but now he feels helpless because his clan is dying. A strange and m
Actually 3.25 stars

What is this mysterious disease decimating the Dragonstar clan? King Dylan MacLeod along with the healers and scientists of the clan are completely baffled. What Dylan's not questioning at all is he has to get outside help if he is to save his people. Even if it means getting help from the humans!

Brilliant biochemist Phoebe Quillum is desperately researching a debilitating disease that has ravaged her family when she loses her grant. Dreading the closing of her lab and abandon
I read a fellow Goodreads member's review of this book that used the phrase "perfect book" to describe Dark Embers, and I have to agree.
The hero Dylan is a hot dragon shifter and king of his clan. The heroine Phoebe is a brilliant biochemist/professor working at Harvard. She specializes in autoimmune diseases and trying to find a cure for Lupus.

Dylan's clan has a disease that is killing it's members. The deaths are horrific and no one knows the reason that only some are being stricken and no on
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Tessa Adams lives in Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.
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