Published: January 4th, 2014
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco
The dragon-shifter king will do anything to keep his mate alive…even if it means war.
“We’re dragons. We don’t do the mushy friend thing.” – Daniel
Dragon Lore, #1
After millennia as king of the dragon-shifters, Daniel Ashborne wants a little peace and quiet, especially from the beautiful Hollywood starlet who haunts his memories. His escape tactics end abruptly when he is called to the ER to save the one woman he wants to forget, but who now bears his mark.
Shelby Kincade’s life and movie career were nearly destroyed when Daniel vanished a year ago. Now he’s back, claiming they have been accidentally mated. Getting over him once was hard enough, but she must choose either the life of her dreams or the man she can’t live without.
With peace finally on the horizon between the dragon-shifters and the Hunters, an assassination attempt on the dragon king and his mate shatters everything. Tensions rebuild as Daniel and his loyal team of shifters try to discover who put out the hit. Enemy and ally lines are crossed, but in the end–after the battle ash has settled–no one could have foreseen who has plotted for their own gain.
Content Warning: Graphic fight scenes, lots of great sex, and hot, hot, hot dragon men.
Dragons: From Monsters to Hot, Faithful Lovers
Maybe it was because my dad took me to see Star Wars when I was less than a year old. Or maybe it was because I grew up with my dad’s favorite movies: Indiana Jones, Willow, Star Wars, The Princess Bride, The NeverEnding Story. Or it could be because the first book I ever read was The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
Whatever the reason, I’ve not only always been fascinated by fantasy and the supernatural, but the bad boys as well. The rogues. Those rough-and-tumble, craggy, gruff men who knew how to save the day—and the girl—in the end.
I’ve always resisted the idea that mythical beings had to either be all good or all bad. I’ve always been a huge supporter of the underdog, and what bigger underdog is there than the dragon? Throughout mythology, they were depicted as hunted and destroyed, with no personality established or given to them. Which kind of breaks my heart a little. Because even the most evilest, vilest creatures in the world have personalities.
So I started thinking. What if the dragon’s had just gotten a bad rep? What if they weren’t destructive hoarders out of any evil inclination, but because they were tasked with something huge, something that would make them hunted and despised through their own time and history?
What if they were guardians?
Daniel Ashborne, the dragon hero in The Dragon’s Heart, didn’t pop into my head a dragon, but I realize now he always had the personality for it. Huge, silent, grumpy, growly, over-protective, and loyal to a scary fault. While he will assure you dragon’s don’t eat baby or steal virgins, he will also be the first to tell you that dragons protect what is theirs. Not until the end, but until death. Once they claim something as belonging to them, it would take a force stronger than the entire dragon population to take it away from them.
Which make them the perfect heroes. Not just because they’re over-protective to a scary degree, but because they use those myths and legends to their advantage. Isolated beings, they still won’t hesitate to wage war to protect any female under their protection.
And that hot, fiery personality? That’s not a myth. They burn hot to their cores, faithful and passionate, craving their mate with every breath they take once they find her and capture her heart.
And it’s that heart that makes them the perfect hot, faithful lovers that they are. Because underneath that overbearing, overprotective, hard bad-boy personality is a flawed, sometimes damaged male that needs to be loved desperately, for all that he is. Hard, scary edges and all.
About the author:
Convinced dragons have gotten a bad rep throughout time, and more than a little addicted to fairy tales and romance novels, Eden Ashe has decided to re-write history. In her version, the dragons are ancient warriors in tarnished armor, who not only deserve the girl in the end, but will fight forever for her.