A dragon in pain wants nothing more than to fly, and he sure as hell kneels to no one.
Title: Smolder, Clan of Dragons, Book 3
Author: Nancy Lee Badger
Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal Fantasy
Story Setting: Centuries Ago on the Isle of Skye
Amazon ebook ASIN: B01MRAZ2AD
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Print ISBN: TBA
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As a white doe, Fiona searches for her friend, Cliona. The snows have melted across the Island of Skye, and she tracked her from their northern herd, to the Black Cuillin Hills, and to a fairy pool. Shifting into the human form Cliona had shared with her, Fiona swims and enjoys using her new human limbs. When a dragon lands along with two humans, she overhears them talk about a festival. Would Cliona head to a village?
Dougal’s scales tremble with anger. Tasked with the safety of his kin as they travel to the village of Morbhan to celebrate Beltane, and the coming of spring, he shifts into a human form. He would rather fly across the sky or race through the forest as a red stag. Spying the white doe, the one he has searched for, for months, he follows her. Pirates, a villain, and drunken celebrators keep him from his task. Will he ever find the doe that pricked his interest and make her his?
My Thoughts: I’ve enjoyed this series by Nancy Lee Badger. If you love stories about dragons, this is certainly one for you.
Apparently, there are no more dragons left, except these three brothers. With no more females, they are a desperate lot in finding a way to have progeny. In the earlier books, Vika, the human female, married to Evan is carrying a child. What no one talks about between the brothers is will Vika be able to bear this child? Will it be in dragon form or human? This anxiety the brothers feel, is also carried by the reader. That’s problem one.
Problem two is the shape-shifter Kera, who is mate to Wynn, another brother. She carries a child. Will a shape-shifter be able to bear a dragon?
And then there is Dougal, the eldest of the brothers who was married to the last female dragon. She was a bit promiscuous so even though she carried a child, Dougal wasn’t sure it was his. But this is a moot point, because Cliona was attacked and killed. Of course, this leaves Dougal in a bit of a funk.
Fiona knew Cliona, but only in human form. She was her best friend, and since she’s gone missing for some time, Fiona is determined to find her. Hence, her interest in going to the local village. Thinking Cliona may be there, she finds much more to keep her busy, keeping her from searching for her friend. Right at the top of the list is Dougal. Every time she is in danger, he shows up. It is his duty to protect those in the village, but he feels highly protective of Fiona. Fiona soon is swayed by his chivalrous manners.
Pirates swarm the area, looking for treasure, and are out to retaliate for a ship badly damaged, they presume by the villagers. (They don’t realize the brothers did the damage.) So the honorable thing, of course, for the brothers, is to protect those who attack. The story is action-packed with sly pirates sneaking into the village, where villagers help defeat the pirates, where dragons, highly sensitized to protect their mates, learn how to fight like men.
I can see this series will continue to evolve. After all, there were several loose threads not tied up at the end. The scenes where Dougal learns to seduce a female in human form is ridiculously amusing. I enjoyed how Fiona, although not human, trustingly befriends the villagers, and quickly learns how to avoid the bad guys who lust for a good tumble. I hope you join Badger’s band wagon–to fantasize how the Island of Skye may have been centuries ago.
About the Author :
Multi-published and award-winning author, Nancy Lee Badger, announces her 19th book. The author has used her love of all things Scottish, as well as years as a volunteer at a Scottish festival, to bring her readers another series. Ever since her first books were published in June 2010, she has successfully self-published a variety of novels and novellas. This book is a paranormal fantasy romance and is set centuries ago on the Scottish island of Skye.
Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Association of Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!
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