Review – Grigori (Brothers of Ash and Fire #1) by Lauren Smith

September 29, 2017 Review 0

Review – Grigori (Brothers of Ash and Fire #1) by Lauren Smith

He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.

Title: Grigori
Author: Lauren Smith
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Gilded Cuff, The Gilded Chain, The Bite of Winter, Forbidden
Series: Brothers of Ash and Fire
Published by Swerve
Source: Publisher
Published: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 300
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I’ll be honest. I’ve read this author before. I’ve read both her historical and contemporary novels. So imagine my surprise when this PNR came across my lap. To say I was shocked is an understatement. Why? Because I’m a true PNR lover and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one!

Madelyn Haynes is a professor. She’s obsessed with history, but Dragons have always been a personal interest of hers. She dreams about them and can’t stop thinking that she needs to know more. So she’s in Russia, researching Dragon’s origin, when she comes across a book. But this isn’t just any book, its a journal. A detailed journal written by a man who claims strange things. Things that shouldn’t be viewed upon being real. So why does it feel so…familiar?

Grigori Barinov is a Dragon shifter. He’s been alive for thousands of years, protecting his family and treasures. Now it looks like a mistake hundreds of years ago could jeopardize not only his family, but the entire Dragon race. He must find Madelyn to see what her true intentions are. But he gets more than he bargains for. He gets what he’s been waiting for his entire life…his mate.

This was such a good introduction to the series. I love me some Dragons and this doesn’t disappoint. We are taken on a journey through Russia and Russian history, learning of Dragon shifters as well as other creatures. The way this story unfolds is beautiful. And the way Grigori and Madelyn come to be mates is captivating. Characters have been established and enemies have shown their hand. Now that these two have found each other, I can’t wait to see what the rest of this series will bring. Especially considering they now have some work to do. After all, Dragon’s love them some jewels.

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