Dracones Awakening

Sheri-Lynn Marean
Dracones Awakening
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Sheri-Lynn Marean
Release Date
October 2019
Book 1 of Cursed & Hunted
Action/Adventure Romance, Fantasy Romance, New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Two fallen angels are dead, Tierney's father is missing ...
... and Jax refuses to believe they're soul mates.

As a private investigator, Tierney should be able to locate her dad, but as an immortal on the cusp of her dragon powers awakening, she knows his disappearance isn't human related. Have the druid witches that kill without discretion finally found them?

While Tierney searches for her father, the man she loves abandons her. Secrets and lies are revealed, and from skin and scale arises a broken beast of sorrow … What evil will be uncloaked by ancient magic?

Get it now because time is running out to feel your savage heart soar.

This steamy romance isn't just a dragon shifter story but an emotional adventure that'll leave you breathless.

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
May 05, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
160 people found the following review helpful
DRACONES: AWAKENING, book 1 in the Dracones series by Sheri-Lynn Marean, presents an intriguing plotline and complicated fantasy world based on Greek myths. It struggles a bit with predictability and technical issues, though, so I give it 3 stars.

In the novel, Tierney and her family are private investigators who are not native to Earth. They are Dracones, a race descended from dragons that gain their dragon forms at adulthood. Tierney's father, Zander, fled their native Tartaria after their enemy, a group known as the Ilyium, destroyed and massacred their village. Tierney's father cares for the two other orphans from the massacre, Jax and his younger brother, Sami.

On a trip to Olympia, Washington, Zander disappears, and Tierney is determined to find him. Her plans are delayed by Jax going through the painful and dangerous Awakening of his dragon. Combine that with major development of the longstanding, and seemingly unrequited, love interest between Jax and Tierney, and the arrival of some new supernatural beings, and the reader has a complicated tale of treachery to unravel.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. It sat right on the border between a simple, straightforward plotline and an epic, complicated Game of Thrones type plotline. I loved how the Greek mythology was woven throughout and given new life. There was A LOT of backstory, which was helpful, but it was placed in chunks throughout the book. I think perhaps it would have been more helpful if the prologue contained a majority of the backstory in order to minimize the back and forth between present day and the past. Still, it added depth and richness to the story, and as a reader of fantasy novels, I was grateful for the answered questions!

There were some disturbing issues with kidnapping, sexual abuse and assault that would make this appropriate for the over 18 readership, even without the graphic consensual sex scenes. As for those, I wondered at the unnecessary repetition of dialogue – how many "Oh, Baby's" are really necessary to get the point across?

Some of the ending I predicted quite easily, but there was also a twist at the end that I did NOT see coming. So the plot has a little surprise for everyone, I think.

On the technical side, there were many typographical errors which detracted from my enjoyment of the novel; another round of revision would have benefited the story greatly.

As a whole, I think any lover of the fantasy genre will enjoy this novel, and as a lover of dragons, I look forward to finding out what happens in the next book.
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