Juliette Cross’ DRAGON IN THE BLOOD is an exciting addition to the Vale of Stars Series. Morgon Guard assassin, Valla Moonring, is assigned the task to go on a dangerous expedition to Aria. To her dismay, she is partnered with Nightwing Security operative, Conn Rowanflame. While their attraction grows they uncover a deadly plot by the Larkosian army. This urban fantasy is suitable for adult audiences.
Juliette Cross does a great job with her character development and plot. Vella was raised by her dominant brothers. She is stubborn and determined. She is tough and an excellent assassin. That is not surprising since her brother Kol is the captain of the Morgon Guard. She does not want to be partnered with Conn Rowanflame. Her brother does not give her a choice because the Morgan Guard is aware of a mole in their ranks, and Conn is one of the few men he trusts with his sister. Vella has an issue with dominate males and does not want to be seen as weak. Conn is a dominant handsome flirt. He is a highly skilled firedancer; meaning he can control fire. He is thoughtful and a capable fighter. They have great chemistry and dialog.
The plot was full of mystery and conspiracy. I love the game of Truth or Lie that Bowen, Conn, and Valla played. We discovered some interesting things about the characters that became pertinent throughout the novel. I enjoyed their encounter with Bastien’s Bastards. I thought it was gripping how Bowen’s sisters were involved in the story. The threat of the Larkosian army was significant. I was impressed with how every little detail was thought out. DRAGON IN THE BLOOD It was exciting from start to finish. This is a wonderful series. I am looking forward to reading the next book.
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