The Dragon’s Demon by Marie Harte

The Dragon’s Demon by Marie Harte
Ethereal Foes Book 1
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (85 Pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

A prank gone wrong throws three unlikely partners together: A demon. A dragon. And an egg.

In the ordinary world, forces are at work which keep the balance of the universe in order. Enter Eve Sinclair, a higher demon with a mission—to sway those souls on the brink of Decision, to push them toward heaven or toward hell, as they are meant to go.

After a prank played by her brothers, Eve finds herself holding the proverbial bag, accused of stealing a precious dragon egg. Worse, it’s a royal egg, as she learns from Ranton, the furious commander of the dragon legion.

Not a creature to have on one’s bad side, Ranton shifts between his human and dragon forms, keeping Eve off-balance and off her game. Normally a master at manipulating males, Eve finds that Ranton is more than a match for her…as is his brother, the new dragon king. In their arms, she’s mere putty.

And soon they’re not only molding her desires, but her heart.

It started off as a prank, but as usual, Eve discovered that her brothers took it one step too far. When Duncan and James stole a dragon’s egg and tried to blame the angels for it, Eve is left to clean up the fallout. When she discovers it is a royal egg, she retrieves it and tries to do the right thing and return it, when she is caught by Ranton, head of the Dragon Legion. He is determined to make her pay for the crime, even though she was returning the egg when she was caught. Complicating matters, the dragon in the egg has forged a mental attachment to Eve, and is determined to keep her after he hatches. Ranton has also claimed Eve as his mate, along with his younger brother Jentaron, future King of the Dragons. As Ranton and Jentaron hunt for their missing mate, Eve tries to get on with her life swaying souls to the demon side. When Asael, father of Eve, Duncan and James, learns of the situation, he sets up a meeting with all concerned to mete out punishment to his wayward children. Eve is given to Ranton to serve as Jentaron’s guardian as Ranton does. Can Eve accept her role as Guardian to the Dragon King? Is she ready to accept Ranton as her mate, with all that entails? Can a demon and a dragon truly bond and live together?

Dragon’s Demon is the first in Marie Harte’s Ethereal Foes series, setting the basis for the world filled with Demons, Angels, Dragons and other supernatural beings. There are many intrigues in this world, with battles for good and evil, and unusual alliances to come. This is a world filled with danger and delight, and lots of humor and passion. The characters are multi-faceted, neither wholly good or bad, but like most folk, just a mix of it all.

Eve Sinclair is a demon that sways souls, as are her two brothers. She dislikes turmoil and injury to innocents, and tries to make her quota without harm. When she learns of the prank her two brothers played at the Angels’ expense, she is determined to protect the innocent Dragon egg and return it to its home. When the egg ‘speaks’ to Eve, she is shocked and quickly learns what he is destined to be. Eve is smart and strong, and she has a feisty spirit that keeps her on track.

Ranton is determined to make the demon pay for her actions, although he quickly discovered that Eve is much more than he expected. He is drawn to her and realizes she is his mate, and that his unhatched brother has opened a link to her as well. Ranton is strong, determined and willing to give Eve a chance to explain her actions. I like Ranton, and enjoyed seeing how he came to accept the bond between her and his brother Jentaron, and Eve’s place in both of their futures.

This is a hot and passion filled beginning to the world of the Ethereals, filled with humor, danger, passion and fantastic characters. I enjoyed seeing the story unfold and am ready to spend more time in this world that Ms Harte has crafted. I look forward to seeing the ‘punishment’ of the two culprits who started it all with their prank, Duncan and James, and also look forward to the future King of the Dragons’ story in Jentaron’s future. This one is best enjoyed with a cold drink and a lot of tissues, because there is both laughter and tears in this one.

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