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Wyvern's MateWyvern’s Mate (The Dragons of Incendium #1) by Deborah Cooke

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Synopsis: Once, in the Kingdom of Incendium, there were twelve princesses of the realm, each a dragon shifter. Each fiery and passionate. Each possessed of an appetite for pleasure that only her destined mate can satisfy. Twelve men are expected in Incendium, each with special powers of his own, each with the gift to claim one dragon princess’s heart forever.

Troy will do whatever is necessary to earn his freedom from solitary confinement on the penal colony of Xanto, even assassinate a princess of Incendium. Being a MindBender, he has a serious advantage as a predator and thinks the princess in question doesn’t have a chance. Only one of them can survive and Troy knows who it will be—until he meets Drakina.

Royal dragon shifter Drakina has a quest of her own, to seduce her destined mate and conceive the crown prince of Incendium. Her father will free her from all other responsibilities if she completes this one task. Drakina craves her independence enough to seduce the unattractive Terran who is the Carrier of the Seed. She’s sure it will be a quick seduction—until she meets Troy.

Worlds collide when Troy and Drakina meet, and passion flares. The attraction is so powerful that they both choose to put their goals aside for one night of passion together. When their respective secrets are revealed, will the truth turn one against the other? Or will destiny allow this star-crossed pair to save each other and their unborn son?

Review: The first book in a brand new series by Deborah Cooke was fast paced and passi0nate. The plot line was strong and well developed.  I was never bored. I enjoyed watching the two characters come together and fall in love.  Their chemistry was strong and they were a good match.

Princess Drakina is sent to Earth to seduce Troy and get pregnant.  If she can do that, then her family would leave her alone and allow her to have her independence.  Troy is not attractive at all (because of a spell) and she thinks this seduction will be a bit of a trial.  He has been sent to earth to kill the princess and if he does, then he will live, if he fails he will be executed. When they meet at a bar the chemistry is instantaneous and powerful.  They both decide (subconsciously) to put off their plans and just enjoy  a moment with the other.  They dance, flirt, and kiss passionately. When they go up to his hotel room things heat up and some of their secrets are inadvertently revealed. She is furious he is MindBender, someone who can manipulate people through their thoughts, and he just keeps trying to charm her.  They get to know each other, return to his family home, and when they come together they are very passionate.  I won’t spoil the ending of the story, but needless to say it was sweet and happy.

Now, my one negative about this story; Troy was a human who was kidnapped, became a slave, then an assassin, and ended up in a mining penal colony. He has been going through this for 10 years, yet he doesn’t seem affected by his experiences.  He isn’t cold, angry, not trusting, or scarred.  If he was a slave, he should have had evidence of abuse.  If he was an assassin, which means he would have had some sort of training, he should have been more violent and cold.  If he had been held in a horrible penal colony, there should have been some sort of evidence (besides the tattoo).  Because of these aspects that he was missing he came off a bit flat.  When we get to see him and watch him with Drakina, there was no evidence that he went through any of it, besides his retelling when the truth came out. I wanted him to be more rough around the edges and more of a fighter.

I enjoyed this short read, the ebook is under 100 pages, and I do recommend it to any who love Deborah Cooke’s of dragon series, and anyone who likes a fast paced love story.  The series has potential and there will be at least 12 books in the series.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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