Series: Brothers of Ash and Fire #1
Published by Swerve on October 3rd, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kim
He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.
She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.
GRIGORI is a modern fairy tale set in Russia, in deep dark libraries, high rise condos, and sprawling estates in the forests. It stars fun new mythology and just enough tropes to be fun.
Madelyn is a university professor on sabbatical, researching dragon mythology in Russia, when she stumbles on a secret and gets kidnapped by the very rich, very imposing Grigori. She does go through a period of helplessness which was a bit annoying, but she grows so much as a character throughout the book that I was rooting for her the whole way. I also enjoyed how she was able to find her inner strength without sacrificing who she is. She isn’t a super-hero, she’s a researcher; she became brave, but I never felt like she had become another character altogether.
There is one simple plot hole that brought down this book’s rating for me and left me wondering how this could have gotten past the first draft. The “ancient manuscript” that Madelyn finds is a journal at the library that Grigori put there years ago. He couldn’t bear to destroy his friends’ journal even though it exposed all his secrets. Has this guy not heard of safety deposit boxes? It was too easy to find this book, and it felt like it was plugged in there to speed up the plot.
Although I was annoyed at this weird event, I still enjoyed this book and will definitely pick up the next volume. There are two more brothers and I can’t wait to read their stories. GRIGORI does a good job of starting the Brothers of Ash and Fire series. It has a satisfying ending that still leaves lots of room to grow plot-wise for the next two books. It has characters that, although they fit into the paranormal romance tropes, are able to make the crazy occurrences believable.Series Titles:
- Harlequin Junkie - 3.5/5