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Vale of Stars
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Date of Publication: July 26, 2016
Word Count: 72K
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
When desire bites, there’s no patience for a slow burn.
While all seems quiet in Gladium Province, the Morgon Guard—the global justice force for the dragon hybrid race—knows their enemy is rebuilding its forces in the underground.
Valla Moonring, an assassin for the Order of the Morgon Guard, is ordered on a mission into the Wastelands of Aria—a formidable, icy wilderness fraught with all manner of dangers, including outlaws, deadly weather, and big-game predators.
To her great distaste, she’s partnered with a Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame, a Morgon with the aggravating ability to get under her skin. While she takes her mission seriously, Conn’s confident charm throws her off balance, a dangerous place to be in conditions like these. Especially when cold nights require close contact.
Sensual attraction binds them ever closer, igniting a passion of unexpected force—the soulfire. But when the hunters become the hunted, their bond could prove perilous. Even fatal…
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I was so excited to re-enter the Morgon world and I wasn't disappointed by Juliette Cross's new release. The author is so gifted at creating a realistic setting, she makes it seem entirely possible that dragons really do exist.
Valla and Conn have been charged with undertaking a fact finding mission through the frigid, desolate land of Aria. Their trip is full of discoveries about the nature of the dragons abducting human women to use as slaves and sacrifices. They also uncover a group of brigand dragons who might not be as criminal as they seem. And along the way, they discover an attraction to one another so incredibly strong, the only thing they can do to lessen the burn of desire for each other is to exchange soulfire, a mating ritual that bonds them for life. A perfect set up in an romance. Except Valla, a badass Morgon Guard Assasine, really doesn't want to depend on a Morgon man for anything.
I loved Conn's gentle, calm pursuit of Valla. He recognizes her as his mate, as does every other person around them. Valla seems to be the only one not aware of how brightly his flame burns for her. Or hers for his.
Cross's description of the world and the battles undertaken by Conn and Valla are exquisite. She has a gift for plunging a reader into the story, and holding onto their attention and their heart until the characters achieve their happily ever after. Although this is book two in the series, it reads as a stand alone. I loved Dragon in the Blood and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona. Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.
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