Burned by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy
Dragons of Eternity – Book One
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (133 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
The Dragons of Eternity were once creatures of myth and legend. Now they’ve returned to the world, prepared to claim what’s rightfully theirs…
Tayla is desperate for a place to call home. After years on the run, the young imp impulsively buys a teahouse and is determined to build a new life. Unfortunately, she’s barely opened the doors when she’s tracked down by the dragon who purchased her from troll slave-traders. He demands she pay off her debts…in his harem.
Baine has devoted a quarter of a century to tracking down his beautiful concubine. And now that he has her in his grasp, he’s not about to let her go. But it’s soon apparent that he isn’t the only demon hunting her. He must uncover her secrets or risk losing her forever.
One day I binge bought and read a series by Ms. Ivy and somehow, I missed reading this one. It was like discovering a candy stash I had forgotten about. This was a one sitting read that thrilled me to my toes. It takes place in the world of The Guardians of Eternity but Burned by Darkness is the first of a new series filled with dragons.
Levet, the adorable little gargoyle, is along for the ride while contributing humor and hijinks like in the other series but his antics are toned down so as to not dilute the impact of Tayla and Baine’s romance. The hero and heroine have a lot of hurdles to overcome before they can breathe a sigh of relief and explore their passions in relative safety. Seems quite a few villains want to kidnap Tayla, and Baine is at a loss as to explain why. She’s just an imp, right? Gorgeous, a talented baker of scones and somehow a draw to some powerful villains, Baine has to figure things out in time to save Tayla because if he doesn’t he could lose her forever. That’s a major story conflict that had me glued to its pages and I couldn’t stop reading.
I enjoyed meeting Baine’s right hand man, Char. He’s hunky in his own right and I suspect Cupid is going to be paying him a visit some day and I can’t wait. Meanwhile, he was fleshed out enough to be a definite asset to Baine and his quest to claim Tayla as his mate. Not that Baine recognized that fact in the beginning. Guys, or in this case, dragons, who have been alone for 500 years tend to be slow on the uptake. Still, when he finally figures it out, it was almost too late. Great fire-breathing dragon scenes ensued.
The passion between the hero and heroine is volatile and steamy so if readers like the door wide open, the author wrote the scenes well for readers to enjoy.
I am quite satisfied with the happy ever after for Burned by Darkness and I can safely say that Ms. Ivy has new winner of a series shaping up. I’m quite excited and eagerly await more. I like the way she writes her romances.