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Mikhail

(Brothers of Ash and Fire #2)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published January 10th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
*4.5 stars*

I really liked this book! I’ve come to the conclusion that I deeply enjoy dragon shifter romances. There’s just something about the way they love fearlessly and with all their heart and soul.

Mikhail was amazing. He’s alpha but not overly so. He’s looking for a hoard of jewels that belongs to his family and that was stolen from him 500 years ago. In his quest he meets Piper, an American gemologist and his true mate. I loved seeing them together, you could tell they were true soulmate
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Claire Robinson
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "You are a treasure beyond my reach." Stars!

The second book of Lauren Smith’s Brothers of Ash & Fire series, brings us exiled Barinov brother; Mikhail’s story.



I really enjoyed this book, and the way the author wove real history (with the theft of the Cheapside Hoard) not to mention English royalty with the telling of Mikhail’s story, and the reasonings behind his exile to the Cornish coast away from the rest of his family. We start back in 1559 and move to modern day England, because a
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Kat Valentine
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What another awesome tale of the hottest dragons in paranormal romance!!! Mikhail is a dragon who's hot and sexy as sin and piper is his mate. Mikhail made a mistake many years ago when he thought he had found his mate,but he was betrayed and he has sought the gems that where his family's by rights.So when they are found he goes to get them back,but he has to get though the hot sexy piper who is the gemioist who is in charge of them. Great chemistry and great characters are why Lauren Smith's dr ...more
Vashti
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars and a rant,not really a review,but a rant.
This is Mikhail and Piper's book and I have to say that I really did not get the "feels" in this one.I knocked this one down to 2.5 stars because for the majority of the freaking book,the hero constantly had thoughts about his past true mate to be,Glorianna aka Queen Elizabeth 1,alrighty then!!!So apparently these Imperial Russian dragons can have more than one true mate,sorry,but I like my heroines to be top dog in their man's life.Of course h
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Nicola
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars.

The first book in the Brothers of Ash and Fire series, Grigori , was one of my favourites to come out of 2017, so you could say I was excited to see what Mikhail would hold in store—particularly with the story being based around the history of London’s lost jewels.

description He was a dragon, so he would stay young and beautiful forever, and she was just a human. One who would grow old and die.”

This was such a book of two extreme halves for me and over the first 50% Mikhail Barinov sadly faile
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♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Sometimes I really can't help myself, even knowing it probably isn't gonna end well. After reading Grigori's story, I knew that Mikhail would most likely have OW drama. If not physically present, the OW would at least be a nagging memory for him.

And I was unfortunately, right on the money.

Mikhail is the middle brother who was banished from his home after loosing his family's treasure. Well it turns out that Mikhail had found his mate, in the Queen Elizabeth in 1559. She ends up tricking him an
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 Leo (Queen of the Rants)
30 year old VIRGIN heroine and heroes who go gaga for virgins women. Not only the heroine but any woman that is a virgin not to mention they get more than 1 true mate it's not my ideal of romance. I felt like if the hero deflowers the heroine and if he smells another virgin he would definitely drop the heroine for that virgin. #sorrynotsorry.
Lauren Smith
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What I loved most about writing this book aside from the steamy romance of course, was working in a real amazing bit of history. In the early 1920s in England, there was an actual hoard of Elizabethan era jewels discovered during renovations on a shop. They found bags of pearls and other amazing gemstones buried in the dirt beneath the basement of the shop. I was absolutely fascinated by this real life discovery of 1600s era jewels and had to put that in a story! Lucky for me I was writing about ...more
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dragons and love are a great mix!

I am really enjoying this paranormal romance series! It is contemporary romance but when your leading men (or dragons) are centuries old you get the extra flavor of known history told from a very personal, and unique, perspective…

Mikhail’s family is centuries old, and so is he! When he finds himself exiled to jolly old England during the time of the first Queen Elizabeth, the intrigue that follows is intriguing for more than the historical aspects! When the fallo
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Nadine Bookaholic
I really enjoyed Mikhail's story, especially after the little peek we got into his life in Gregori's book. This is the second book in the Brothers of Ash and Fire series and it can be read as a standalone, but I would suggest reading Gregori's book first because it was really good. I am a big fan of Lauren Smith's stories, whether I am reading one of her historical's or her new paranormal romances I know that they will pull me into their world and have me feeling as if I am a fly on the wall wat ...more
CC
Not as good as the first. Hate hearing about dead exes! Especially ones that you believe could have been your mate. But it was not so bad. overall an ok read, but not as good as the first.
Coco.V
May 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Blurb:
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, de
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Timitra
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mikhail was an awesome read filled with treachery, betrayal, intrigue, sexy times, a bit of action and adventure. I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.


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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Mikhail by Lauren Smith is book Two in the "Brothers of Ash and Fire" series. This is the story of Mikhail Barinov and Piper Linwood. Mikhail is a dragon who once took his family jewels and was tricked into giving them to the Queen who he knew was his mate. But she tricked him and kept him hostage until her death Once freed Mikhail become a distant and vowed to get the jewels back. Now all those years later he has found them but they are to be auctioned off. Piper is in charge of the jewels alon ...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
Oh my goodness. Many of you know that shifter romance is one of my absolute favorite guilty pleasures—but dragon shifters are at the top of that list. Seriously. There’s something so hot (pun intended) about the prospect of human mortality and fire breathing dragon mixed together that just works for me. And oh does it work for me in this awesome Brothers of Ash and Fire series.

Mikhail is the middle brother who was banished from Russia 500 years ago because he lost the family hoard of jewels he
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Christina
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars - 2.5 Flames

How can you NOT fall in love with these amazing brothers of Ash and Fire? I mean, come. on.

Mikhail feels dishonored. Okay, his father actually exiled him for failing a mission, so I guess there's some "truth" behind it. But he hasn't returned to his home in Russia (permanently) for over two hundred years. Why? Because he can't return home without his families jewels, the hoard that was given to them back in the Elizabethan era. And now that the hoard has been found, there's
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April Symes
Mikhail by Lauren Smith is book 2 in the "Brothers of Ash and Fire" series. We have the story of Mikhail Barinov and Piper Linwood. Mikhail is looking for a hoard of jewels that belongs to his family and that was stolen from him 500 years ago. While looking for these jewels, he meets Piper, an American gemologist and his one true mate. Piper has can’t wait to dig into her new project, evaluating a trove of Elizabethan-era treasures. Then she ends up meeting Mikhail and he mesmerized her into hel ...more
Hart's Reader Group
I know I am probably the odd one out here, but I didn't like this book as much as the first one.

The characters were interesting enough, the story was entertaining enough, but the romance itself was meh. Once again, we are given a heroine who falls much too easily into the hero's arms. Whatever, so they are "mates", that doesn't mean the woman should just turn to putty. Think of the mates in Kresley Cole books. NONE of those heroines were easy to get. I LOVED that about her books. She writes an a
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Laura
In Grigori, there were several mentions of Mikhail and his exile and lost treasure and I wasn't sure how it was going to become a terrific story. I shouldn't have worried, because Smith has told a compelling and romantic story of love and betrayal and obligations and revenge that answered all the questions I had about Mikhail after reading Grigori's book.

Lots to love in this story. I liked that Piper was ambitious, that she was tops in her field. I liked that Mikhail had initially failed - weird
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Juana "Darkness" Duran
Mikhail was sent to the London Dragons to procure a treaty, made out solely of jewels. But once he gets there he finds queen Elizabeth the 1st, his potential true mate. Unfortunately Elizabeth, the love of his life betrays him. She has him locked up and steals the jewels and hides them. When he gets free he finds that Elizabeth is dead, his Dragon mourns for his beloved and searches for the treasure that will allow him to return home with the honor that was taken from him. Then he meets Piper, a ...more
A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
"For whoever owns a dragon's heart will know love unending."

Mikhail was part mystery, part thriller with a super steamy romance mixed in.
Mikhail has been on a quest for 500 years to find the horde that was stolen from him. All he wants to do is find it and restore his honor. Then maybe he can go home to his family.
Piper is a sweet, kind hearted and super shy American gemologist brought in to help sell the Cheapside Horde after it is discovered. Unfortunately, Piper is swept up in a 500 year ol
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Janna ♥ I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore ♥
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*ARC*

Mikhail is the second book in the series and I will be honest it took me a bit to really get into it. I had loved the previous book so I was extremely excited to start Mikhail and while it was a good read I think somewhere along the line it started to have so much going on it took away from the relationship between Mikhail and Piper. For me that was what made me not love this one as much. I wanted that romance be
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Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

A FANTASTICALLY SEXY, PASSIONATE, EARTH-SHATTERING PARANORMAL ROMANCE THAT WAS HOT TO THE TOUCH AND FULL OF PROMISE AND ACTION!

This is a dragon romance unlike any other. Intense, sizzling heat with great banter, fabulous characters, sexy dialogue and a perfect plot. I dove into this book and lost track of time and I LOVED IT. I wasn't expecting this book to be this incredible and I can't wait to read the next one.

Mikhail gets a BREATHTAKING FIVE SHOOTING STARS!
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Brandy
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this dragon shifter series.
Sonal
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another awesome book in this standalone dragon shifter brothers series.
Stacey Tate
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, just to get this review off on an honest foot I need to confess that I may have squealed and done a happy dance when this book came across as an option for reviewing. 'Brothers of Ash and Fire' is the second dragon shifter series I have read and although I am not normally into shifter romances, I'm in LOVE with dragon shifter romances!! As soon as I saw this, I had to have it!

I did my happy dance then got down to reading. And my what a read it was. I am going to be on pins and needles waitin
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Char Sowers
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Smith's "Mikhail" is a sexy and compelling paranormal dragon-shifter romance which spans centuries. The Hero's a brooding and romantic dragon-shifter who believes he's lost his True Mate a human. In Lauren Smith's Brothers of Ash and Fire world dragon-shifters die soon after their True Mate. Therefore if they fall in love with a human their lifespan is lessened significantly. According to lore humans could be turned into shifters however little is known in how to do it. One way is to make ...more
Brenda
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Publisher's Description:

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
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Monique
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mikhail Barinov, a dragon shifter, was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I, whom he had thought was his fated mate. After his release upon the Queen’s death, he has been living in a cottage on the Cornwall coast since then. He was reminiscing in front of the television when he sees a newsflash: the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has his jewels, the ones Elizabeth stole from him, and they are to be auctioned by the Thorne Auction House; he must get them back. He was exiled from his home in Russ ...more
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Lauren Smith is a USA Today Best-Selling author and an Oklahoma attorney. 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 includi ...more

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Brothers of Ash and Fire (3 books)
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“Her pulse spiked when he stopped mere inches from her. The firelight made the blue of his suit appear to be a dark, rich brown as he placed a hand on the closed door behind her and leaned in. The minty smell of his breath, warm and fresh, fanned her face, and his eyes, although out of view of the fire, seemed to burn with light—gold light.” 4 likes
“You are my queen,” Mikhail replied, his voice turning husky. The scent of her body lulled his inner dragon into a heady state of submission. He wanted to growl in pleasure and rub himself against her.” 2 likes
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