Friday, June 26, 2015

Burned by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy {ARC Review}

Burned by Darkness (Dragons of Eternity #1)
by Alexandra Ivy

Coming June 30, 2015

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.

Okay so to be totally honest the whole harem thing definitely had me a little worried when I started this one but luckily that turned out to be a nonissue. I was expecting Tayla to end up being one in a room full of many willing to "service" Baine and I have never been so happy to be wrong in all my life.

As soon as Baine saw Tayla twenty-five years ago he knew she was meant to be his. Unfortunately Tayla managed to escape and has been evading him and his father ever since. You see, Tayla was kidnapped by trolls and was given to Baine's father to serve in his harem. As soon as Tayla learned her fate, she escaped and has been running ever since.

Wary of settling down and being caught but tired of not having a place to call home, Tayla buys her teahouse and has it spelled so that she can't be caught. Unfortunately something causes her spells to fail and Baine finds her. When she learns the real reason she was given to Baine's father, and that Baine actually purchased her from him, she knows that she has to pay off her debt. But that doesn't mean that she has to enjoy being in his harem, right?!

I absolutely loved the relationship between Baine and Tayla. The chemistry was off the charts but I loved that Baine wouldn't take Tayla until she admitted that she actually wanted to be with him. And when they finally ended up together? Smoking hot... Literally!

There's a nice bit of suspense thrown in when Baine and Tayla learn that he wasn't the only one searching for her all those years. And, of course, watching Baine become his badass dragon to protect his mate definitely made this one worth reading. I swear there's nothing sexier than a shifters' protective side.

Burned by Darkness was a great start to this new series and I can't wait to see where Alexandra Ivy goes with it. Definitely a must read for fans of paranormal romance!

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Burned by Darkness through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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