eBook, 262 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Createspace (first published 2005)
Source: Publisher, for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy Romance
Series: Dragon Lords, book #4
Best read in order: yes
The fourth installment in the Dragon Lords series centers around Pia Korbin and Zoran of Draig. Pia is an assassin with burns covering most of her body. Forced on the run for killing in self-defense, she goes to the Galaxy Brides Corporation for free surgery in exchange for being a bride. After intensive surgery that removes her scars she participates in the Breeding Festival on planet Qurilixen where women are few and warrior men abound. She is chosen as a bride by Zoran of Draig, the second son of the King and Captain of the guard.
This has been my favorite couple to this point. I loved how Pia is so humble about her appearance to the point she vehemently denies being attractive (although that did get a little old after 200 page of people telling her she was attractive but I do understand her perspective). She is very self-assured in her combat skills but she feels useless to Zoran because he doesn’t seem to value her skills or opinion. Also, Zoran is so ready to lay the world at Pia’s feet but she is so unsure of herself and Zoran that she doesn’t trust her feelings for him and constantly pushes him away.
This book has some really great sexual tension and verbal sparring between the main characters. I really enjoyed seeing how Pia and Zoran circled each other before finally opening up their feelings.
As with the other books in the series, it follows the same series of events leading to the conclusion, however, we are again given a new perspective. We also get a little epilogue at the end to catch up with all four brothers and their wives.