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Book Review: The Boss by Abigail Owen

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Fire’s Edge #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.

Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.

Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.

Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive…

 

My Review: The Boss is an intense and magical paranormal romance with amazing characters and fantastic world-building. I couldn’t put it down, eager to know more and charmed by these very handsome dragon shifters.

The Boss has an interesting premise that I found very appealing. There are specialized groups of dragons around the globe who monitor the day to day, taking care of rogues and fires caused by dragons, and ensuring that humans never discover dragons exist. I like that they’re kind of like firefighters.

Finn is certainly the boss and takes his job seriously. He has a lot to handle as the leader but will do his duty regardless of the danger. Underneath his hard exterior is a wounded heart by the loss of his potential mate. The idea of “mates” in the world Owen has created is sad but different than other PNRs I’ve read.

Delaney is a very likable character. And the mystery surrounding her is interesting. She is plagued by random fires and a stalker. She also may be a potential mate. Her backstory is just as tragic as Finn’s and that I think connected them just as, if not more than, their physical attraction. So figuring out that what Delaney is exactly really kept my interest.

There are different variables going on in the story that made it enjoyable and keen to read on. I liked that Delaney and Finn’s relationship started casually and short-term because it made where they ended up at the end of the story much more meaningful. Not to mention the group has to contend with unexplained fires happening and a rogue group of dragons looking to subvert the current (and out-dated) mating process and dragon way of life. The Boss was a really terrific read and set the stage just right for book 2.

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Book Review: The Blood King by Abigail Owen

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Inferno Rising #2
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUTRuthless dragon king Ladon Ormarr must keep his throne at all costs. And now, with war on the horizon, he’ll need a miracle. Luckily, the fates have dropped Skylar Amon right into his lap.

Except he may have met his match.

The feisty Amon sister has no fear — of him or any other dragon shifter — is brash, doesn’t stick to protocols, and regularly offends his warriors and advisers.

Skylar also has no intention of sticking around. She doesn’t believe in the whole destined mates thing and believes all dragon kings to be dangerous. But if it means taking out the High King who murdered her parents, she’ll put up with Ladon… temporarily.

But the fates have other plans. And when Skylar disappears in the middle of a battle, Ladon will burn down the world to find her.

 

My Review: The Blood King was as amazing a sequel as I thought it would be! This is what I love about paranormal romances. The world-building was easily immersive and magical despite my having not read book 1.

I first discovered The Blood King on NetGalley and I was enamored by the synopsis and the gorgeous cover. I loved that it would feature dragon shifters and phoenixes (quadruplet sisters which is awesome). I just had to read this book asap!

I really enjoyed the sisterhood in this book. Skylar is very protective of her sisters. She wastes no time attempting to rescue one of her sisters, Kasia, from evil dragon kings. Skylar exhibits a hard exterior. She dons thick armor around her emotions so she can focus on keeping her sisters safe. I like that she doesn’t insta-fall head over heels for Landon (essentially the “villain” her mother had grilled into them since birth). What’s even more likable is they both are willing to work with each other (as mates and comrades towards the greater good) while making an effort to earn each other’s respect/trust.

Landon is your typical alpha-male who does what needs to be done to keep his people safe and oust the some of the current regime of older dragon kings. His reputation makes him feared by many. But there is a softer side to the rough exterior. He is the perfect match for Skylar as they both are skilled fighters (literally and figuratively), are stubborn to a fault, and passionate. I liked the small adorable moments between them.  As with other characters, Landon has an interesting backstory, establishing why a rebellion is taking place at all.

The action/fight scenes were epic, clashes back and forth where the outcome could go either way at any minute. There’s so much tension and suspense because who knew what the actual antagonist would do to maintain his false kingship. This ruthless antagonist is well composed character and a worthy opponent to the protagonists.

I really enjoyed The Blood King and look forward to reading more of the Infernal Rising series. I would recommend this book if you like paranormal romances, dragons, phoenixes, stories with rebellions and captivating, complex plots.