Monday, May 9, 2016

Review: Waking the Dragon

Author Juliette Cross
Format e-book
Print Length 288 pages
Publisher Lyrical Press
Published June 9,2015

The Gladium Province is on the verge of civil unrest as humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, clash once more. But amid disorder can also arise passion.

When the bodies of three human women are discovered in Morgon territory—with the DNA of several Morgon men on the victims—it’s just a matter of time before civil unrest hits the Province. But for ambitious reporter Moira Cade, it’s more than just a story, and it may mean risking her own life.

Descending into the dark underworld of Morgon society, Moira is paired with Kol Moonring, Captain of the Morgon Guard, for her protection. Fiercely independent, Moira bristles at his dominance, and defies his will at every turn. Yet resistance proves futile when passion flares between them, awakening powerful emotions within both, body and soul. But as the killings continue, can their fiery newfound bond survive an even greater evil—one that threatens all of humanity, Morgonkind, and Moira’s very soul?... 

My Opinion

Having been deeply emerged in the Nightwing world, when I saw that there was a book about Moira, Jessen’s baby sister, I had to grab it. I am so glad I did. You will want to read the previous three novellas before you start this book.

Moira is all grown-up, a college student no longer under her father’s thumb. She is editor of her college paper and an investigative journalist. It does help when one of your best friends is an intern with the police department. Humans are being murdered, Morgons are being blamed for it. So she take her findings to her brother- in- law and asks for his help. Lucius knows that this is more Lorian’s realm of expertize so he is brought in to consult. Lorian agrees to help Moira as long as Kol (Captain of the Morgon Guard) is her partner. This is to guarantee her safety as Lorian doesn’t want Sorcha made at him or his sister-in-law Jessen upset. Facing their wives’ wrath is something both Morgons want to avoid at all cost.

Moira is independent, strong-willed and opinionated- just like her sister Jessen. She learned from Jessen’s mistakes, and is determined to not let her daddy influence her choices. She thrives on investigating even if that means she is in danger. She has no time for a romantic relationship, regardless of race- human or Morgon. 

Kol is…holy cowziers a strong, domineering, ALPHA Morgon. He doesn’t want Moira investigating the murders. Yet her logic is sound. He doesn’t want to use her as bait, yet again the argument is sound. He doesn’t want to be attracted to Moira, yet he can’t help it. Surely doesn’t want her to be his mate. He saw firsthand what having a mate did to his momma when his daddy died. He does not wish that fate on anyone.

The big baddie in this one is a true baddie. He is scary with a following to boot. His following made him even scarier as they would do anything for him. This did not go so well for the dynamic due- Moira and Kol’s investigation.

Fast on the trail of the murderer their attraction grows. Waking Dragon is a fast paced, thrilling chase to catch a murder before Moira becomes the next victim. This is one that you will not be able to put down, especially if you are already invested in the series. My favorite thing about this book is that you can see the progression of the author’s abilities. Her writing has grown stronger and it shows.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “When you were sworn to secrecy about something, that included everyone except your best friend."

Other People

Kris- Moira’s bestie
Kraven- Morgon bodyguard
Gaius- undercover Morgon 
Kieren- Kol’s twin
Val- Kol’s little sister

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