I think this is the first dragon who finds his mate and walks away and that per se, is worth the entire story.
The book is The Rookie (Fire’s Edge #2) by Abigail Owen, an Adult, Paranormal, Romance released at the beginning of the week.
Playing with dragons will only get your burned. To escape exile, Aidan Paytah has had to prove himself worthy. Every second of every damn day. He fought with everything he had to earn his precarious place on the Huracán team of dragon shifter enforcers. He can’t fail or afford distractions, no matter how temptingly sweet. Total loyalty to the clans and dedication to his team is the only way.
Sera Morrison lost her parents and her husband in short order, leaving her a single mother running her family winery alone. Nothing could ever have prepared her for the discovery that she’s a destined dragon mate. But once she finds out, there’s only one man she wants—the one who walks away.
However, the Alliance Council has its own agenda. They want to use her as a political pawn and force a mating that could ultimately kill her to save the High King. Aidan has no choice but to kidnap her, even if it means their close proximity reinforces their own mating bond. And mating with him could end up being a far worse fate for Sera
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“What was he like?”
Her hand paused. “Who? Devlin?”
“Why do you want to know?”
“Why not?” he tossed back.
That had her looking directly at him finally. She paused, mouth open slightly, but he could see the debate in her eyes. Ignore him or be honest? “You’ve never cared before.”
Apparently, she decided on honest.
Aidan set his feet and shot her a direct look. “That’s not true.”
“Okay.” She dismissed him, turning back to spoon the eggs onto two plates.
He waited until they were both seated at her small wood kitchenette table, fluffy eggs steaming in front of them and Aidan balancing on a wooden chair meant for a person half his size. Sera studiously ignored him, salted her eggs, and dug right in.
“I do care, Sera.” Stupid to fix her wrong impression, because if he left it alone, that would help him keep the safe distance he should be.
Screw that. He didn’t want to be safe anymore.
She glanced up, then sighed. “You don’t have to say that.”
He covered her hand with hers, shocked to find her trembling, even as she stilled under his touch. “I’m not saying it to be nice. I mean it.”
An adorable blush stained her skin, creeping up her neck into her face.
A small voice in his head, the logical side of him, whispered that he should drop the subject and back off. But something had changed in him. Maybe that kiss—a real kiss—or perhaps her leaving once they solved her dragon issue had flipped a switch in him. Instead of resisting the pull she had on him, he wanted to give in to it.
Humans weren’t off-limits for casual relationships. Look at Rivin and Keighan. Those two hornballs, who insisted sharing was a fuckton more fun than going solo in bed, had a constant stream of willing human women. Most of the guys had casual hookups, and even a few relationships that lasted as long as the woman didn’t question how they weren’t aging.
So, no. Not entirely off-limits.
Granted, Sera knew what he was, and that was against the laws the kings of the clans had laid down centuries ago. Hell, millennia ago. Laws he’d sworn to uphold. However, her knowing was out of his hands, and not his fault.
Aidan set his fork down a little too hard, the utensil flattening as it dug into the wood top of her table.
He grabbed her hand when she went to check the damage and captured her gaze when she looked up. “I keep my distance because I like you too much.”
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AUTHOR BIO:Award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.Author links:
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