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
Bonded mates are rare, and every wolf knows that the killing of a bond-mate is punishable by death. But nineteen-year-old Callum is fully humSynopsis:
Bonded mates are rare, and every wolf knows that the killing of a bond-mate is punishable by death. But nineteen-year-old Callum is fully human, woefully ignorant of Pack Law, and when an accidental encounter with a frenzied beta leaves the wolf dead and Callum battered but alive, he finds himself facing the wrath of the pack -- until the dead wolf’s mate invokes the right to claim Callum as his own.
With his life on the line, Callum’s only choice is to bond with the troubled alpha, and carve a place for himself in the pack by any means necessary.
Taking the bond was the worst mistake Nero ever made. But now, with his bond-mate dead, the clock is ticking. He needs to bond again by the full moon, or his next transformation will kill him. That’s all he needs the human for, just a means to an end. At least that’s what he tells himself, but as the bond takes hold he finds himself falling deeper into something he swore he would never do again.
I liked this quite a bit, but the ending disappointed the hell out of me. Unless there's a sequel coming, all of this seems pointless. I guess you could call it a happy for now, but the relationship still didn't feel even solid enough for that much for me.
I did like Callum and Nero quite a bit and Vera is awesome, too. So are Gabby and Michael. Most of the time I wanted to throat punch Hamish and Ria. Ria came around in the end, but it wasn't enough to endear me to her.
This is a difficult book to review. Things do work out, but I still feel like I got left hanging....more
When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agentsSynopsis:
When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.
Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.
Another winner from Charlie Cochet for me! I am seriously going to have to get caught up on her backlist. This particular series, though, is a new favorite for me. I am addicted and I do not apologize for it. I'm sad already that Rack & Ruin isn't out until November, but at least that's closer than it could have been. I will never tire of reading about Dex and Sloane and Cael and Ash and Calvin and Hobbs. Love these characters so much. Rosa and Letty and even Papa Tony are awesome, too.
The action in this one pretty much gets started right away. When we see Dex again, he and the team are on an assignment. He and Sloane seem to be getting along pretty well, though outside of the job, things definitely aren't perfect. Still, Dex is determined to take things one day at a time like he told Sloane he would. He can't seem to help feeling frustrated over the whole thing. He wants Sloane to open up to him, to trust him. He wants whatever they have to be something more. Part of him doesn't want to feel that way, but it's basically too late for Dex already. He's totally gone over Sloane and he's finding it more and more difficult to hold himself. Dex, though, remains his awesome self. He has a way of anticipating Sloane's needs pretty damn well despite there still being so much he doesn't know about him. He can't help believing in him, though. That's not to say he doesn't still get pissed at the guy, 'cause he does. Especially after that reprimand. Man am I glad that they made up after that. I was feeling sad for both of them. Stubborn ass men.
Sloane is still trying to come to terms with how much he feels about Dex. He sometimes embraces it, sometimes runs from it. He knows he wants Dex in his life, but he feels that he doesn't deserve him. He thinks that Dex would drop him if he found out about his past. I think part of Sloane knew that Dex wouldn't do that, but he couldn't help but to worry about it. Sloane has it pretty bad for Dex even if he doesn't always admit it. By the end of the book, he seems to have accepted it and is more willing to acknowledge that he and Dex are dating. He does say to Dex that it's more than just sex between them and it is. Dex brings out a lighter side of Sloane that I really like. Sloane really struggled in this book. He seems to have reached a good place now that he's unloaded on Dex a bit. I hope they get to be happy for a while.
Of course, our other potential couples seem to be making some progress, too. Dex is finally aware of Cael's crush and he didn't flip out near as much as I was expecting him to. He did warn Cael against falling for a straight guy, but it's too late for Cael in that regard. Plus, I agree with Cael, Ash doesn't seem all that straight, at least, not when it comes to Cael. It's more than just wanting to protect him. Cael isn't a kid no matter how small or young he looks, yet Ash is quick to rescue him from unwanted dudes hitting on him. Cael does need to be careful, though because at the very least, Ash is deep in the closet. I'm glad that Dex seems to be willing to not give Cael too much crap about Ash as long as Ash makes him happy. Dex really will rip Ash a new one if he ever hurts his Chirpy (=D), though. And then we have Calvin and Hobbs. It seems things between them have been going on for a while, but I think this is the first time that one of them has done something about it. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out. Hobbs is so fucking adorable. I love him. I was surprised to find out about the past relationship between (view spoiler)[Hobbs' older brother Seb and the teams Medical Examiner Hudson (hide spoiler)]. I definitely wasn't expecting that. I wonder if things will rekindle with those two?
The case makes some considerable progress as well, but things are definitely not over. (view spoiler)[At least that asshole Isaac is dead! I hate what he did to Dex and everything he put Sloane through! (hide spoiler)] They've got new problems now, though and it won't be so easy to get the city back under control, but I'm sure Destructive Team Delta is up to the task, so long as they don't fall apart due to relationship troubles.
Also, I'm looking forward to more hot Sex sex, heh.
C'mon, Charlie! Don't you wanna let me review book 3 early? ;]...more