Long ago, the Dragon Born were hailed as the most powerful mages in the world. Today, they are condemned as abominations and have been huntedSynopsis:
Long ago, the Dragon Born were hailed as the most powerful mages in the world. Today, they are condemned as abominations and have been hunted to near extinction.
Sera Dering has spent her entire life hiding her forbidden magic from the supernatural council who would kill her for the crime of being born. After years of drifting, she’s finally found a new life working as a low-grade mercenary for San Francisco’s oldest monster cleanup guild. She’s safe—as long as she pretends to be human.
But a dark and mysterious power is taking control of mages’ minds, and Sera’s guild sends her in to investigate. To save her city from a magical apocalypse, she must work together with a sexy and deadly mage who represents the very council that sentenced the Dragon Born to death. And if he finds out what she is, she’ll be next…
Mercenary Magic is the first book in the Dragon Born Serafina urban fantasy series.
The Dragon Born Series The Dragon Born Serafina and Dragon Born Alexandria sister series can be read independently or together. Suggested reading order: Mercenary Magic (Dragon Born Serafina, Book 1) Magic Edge (Dragon Born Alexandria, Book 1) And more books coming soon...
I liked this one. It was pretty fast paced and it isn't too long, so it doesn't take all that long to read it. While I can't think of a series off of the top of my head that this reminds me of, the book isn't that different from the majority of the books in the UF and PNR genres. I think that I mainly liked it because it was so in line with those. You have the heroine who is not the human that she's pretending to be with a secret to hide because should it be expose, she's very likely to be put to death and the overbearing alpha male that won't take no for an answer.
Right off, knowing Sera has a secret means she's going to be put into a situation where the secret will come out. Also, because the world at large knows about the supernatural and go batshit crazy over anything magical, it's likely she'll be caught on film doing something magical. If that doesn't happen, then some overbearing man will show up and try to convince her to use the magic he knows she has and she'll end up doing it because they end up in a life or death situation. This is pretty much what happens. It was fun to read, just not very original.
I like Sera because she was sassy and smart-mouthed and that's how I like my MCs. It doesn't make her any different from most heroines, but it's a personality type that I like. I'm not sure how I feel about Kai, yet. He's very persistent, but then, he is practically a dragon. He can be really overbearing, though and he's definitely not very in tune with "the little people." For Kai, being a part of the most power magical dynasty definitely colors his views on things. Also, I don't know what the mean would do with his magic as he uses it for practically everything. I wouldn't mind him getting humbled a bit. There's no sex in this book, but Sera and Kai definitely want to have sex with each other. Sera isn't completely sold on the idea because she figures she's just one more woman in a long string of flings for Kai based on a reaction his secretary had to seeing them making out in his office. Of course, Kai seems determined to give Sera no space and promptly invites himself over to her house to hang out with her little brother Riley again.
The villains were a bit too obvious for me and their motivation was lacking. They were just power hungry and the way they went about gaining their power made them crazy. Of course, that storyline isn't completely done with as some of them are still on the loose.
And now of course, the dreaded Magic Council is poking their noses into things because they've discovered Sera has magic and they want her to be tested. So the next book will likely be about Kai training Sera for the Magic Games and Sera trying to survive her test while trying not to succumb to Kai's charms. I'll likely check it out as this book entertained me enough that I was able to finish it and lately, that has been becoming a rare thing for me to do.
There's also a companion series about Sera's twin sister Alex, but I can't decide if I want to try it. I'm sure they must be different from each other in some way, but I'm not sure how since Sera and Alex are hiding the same secret with the same consequences. Sera has partially exposed herself now, so I do wonder how that will affect Alex....more
We all need a hero...let the Saints of Denver begin
Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own,Synopsis:
We all need a hero...let the Saints of Denver begin
Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop, makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure he can do it again.
Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working toward a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own...if only the man will let him close enough to mend what's broken.
I enjoyed this, but not as much as I hoped. I've never read the other books in the original series, but I wanted to check this out. Maybe one day I'll look into those.
I liked Orlando and Dom quite a bit, especially Dom. I'm glad Lando got his happy ending because his relationship with Remy was pretty sad. He frustrated me, though. It felt like he wasn't really trying. I understand protecting your heart, but that isn't fair to the other person in the relationship. He's lucky Royal basically came to give him a kick in the ass or Dom may well have walked away.
Things move a bit fast with these two and there some times where I felt there was more tell than show, but I really liked the way they met and how into each other they were. The book isn't heavy on the sex, but what was there was pretty good.
My biggest issue is that Dom's decision at the end seemed a bit convenient. It takes care of Lando's worrying about his job quite nicely. I'm just not sure if rang true for me. He worked all that time to go back to work and even worried that he'd have to choose between Lando and his job and then decides he'll do something else? Perhaps he really did lose his passion for being a beat cop, but since we really only got to see that something wasn't working for him because Lando observed he was moody and then he told Lando it wasn't working for him, I didn't really get to feel like he had a change of heart. Other than that, I didn't have many issues and this was a nice, sweet read....more