Scorched (Rulers of the Sky #1) by Paula Quinn
Synopsis: Marcus is a Drakkon as ancient as the stars, stronger than a mountain, and the last of his kind. Men now rule the earth. The time of the Drakkon is over thanks to the legendary Phoenix Amber and the Council of Elders who use its power to transform Drakkon into humans. When the Council discovers he may be hiding a treasure worth more than any dragon horde, they will stop at nothing to have it and transform him against his will.
Being human is worse than anything Marcus could have imagined. His brilliant cerulean scales are gone, replaced with paltry skin he is sure could not even stop a bird if one flew into him. But worse than imprisonment in a male body are the awakenings of unfamiliar human desires that are nothing like the animal urges that were so easily satisfied as a Drakkon— emotions like loneliness that make him seek out companionship with a woman who, unfortunately for him, happens to be a sweetly-scented virgin.
Samantha Montgomery isn’t about to go to bed with a man who believes he used to be a reptile, especially one whose smoldering smiles make her think of being consumed alive by fire, and loving it. A romance writer and product of the New York State foster care system, Sam just wants some normalcy in her life. She’ll never get it with Marcus. Should it matter that his wickedly passionate touch tempts her to yield all, even if all he wants is her virtue? He is everything she doesn’t want in a man. Fear of commitment is one thing, not loving anyone or anything for ten centuries is another. But he won’t leave her castle. He’s arrogant, proud, and a bit delusional as to his abilities, but despite all his infuriating ways, including reading her mind and ceaselessly trying to convince her that the knights she writes about were useless beings clad in metal, he works his way into her life by fixing what’s broken; from the stone wall outside her battle-beaten castle to the wall around her heart.
When Marcus discovers the treasure that prompted his transformation, he must make a choice. Give up his human heart and save the Drakkon race, or surrender his heart to love and remain a man forever.
Review: This was such a wonderful story. I have read a lot of Paul Quinn’s historical romances so when she reached out and asked if I would be interested in reading her new paranormal romance with dragons, I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t disappointed. I loved Marcus. He is the last of his kind and he resents it when his fellow Drakkons, who turned into humans willingly, come to him and force the change all so that their leader Patrick can get his hands on a treasure that Marcus supposedly has. He vows to seek vengeance and in the process, he finds himself in Samantha’s barn. He knows she is a virgin, something that Drakkons desire to claim (and usually kill and eat) but the longer he gets to know her the less he wants to eat her and the more he simply wants to claim her for his own mate. But will he give up the chance to become Drakkon once more? She has come to England and bought a run down castle. She has escaped a horrible situation with her
She has come to England and bought a run down castle. She has escaped a horrible situation with her exfiancé and all she wants to do is claim a home for herself, something she has never had as an orphan from New York. When a naked man falls from the sky into her barn she doesn’t know what to expect; though she suspects he must be a crazy man escaped from some hospital when he starts spouting nonsense about being a dragon and can talk to her telepathically. When he leaves she hopes to never see his crazy hotness again but of course she does. Together they learn that family isn’t what you are born into and that being human isn’t that bad at all, as long as they are together. When Patrick comes seeking the treasure and risks Samantha’s life Marcus has to decide to remain a man forever or turn back into a Drakkon in order to save her and the treasure from Patrick’s clutches. I loved the story, loved the characters, loved the passion and conflict- just loved it. I definitely recommend this one.