by Deborah Cooke
Series: Dragons of Incendium #1
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 3 hours and 41 minutes
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Narration: 4 cups
Once, in the Kingdom of Incendium, there were twelve princesses of the realm, each a dragon shifter. Each fiery and passionate. Each possessed of an appetite for pleasure that only her destined mate can satisfy. Twelve men are expected in Incendium, each with special powers of his own, each with the gift to claim one dragon princess’s heart forever.
Troy will do whatever is necessary to earn his freedom from solitary confinement on the penal colony of Xanto, even assassinate a princess of Incendium. Being a MindBender, he has a serious advantage as a predator and thinks the princess in question doesn’t have a chance. Only one of them can survive and Troy knows who it will be—until he meets Drakina.
Royal dragon shifter Drakina has a quest of her own, to seduce her destined mate and conceive the crown prince of Incendium. Her father will free her from all other responsibilities if she completes this one task. Drakina craves her independence enough to seduce the unattractive Terran who is the Carrier of the Seed. She’s sure it will be a quick seduction—until she meets Troy.
Worlds collide when Troy and Drakina meet, and passion flares. The attraction is so powerful that they both choose to put their goals aside for one night of passion together. When their respective secrets are revealed, will the truth turn one against the other? Or will destiny allow this star-crossed pair to save each other and their unborn son?
Wyvern’s Mate by Deborah Cooke is the first in her new paranormal romance series, The Dragons of Incendium. A snarky dragon-shifter princess, a prophecy, and a Mindbender soon had me listening to the beautiful voice of narrator Saskia Maarleveld in this off-planet tale.
Deborah Cooke creates these unique worlds, and this time she takes us to the far side of the galaxy where two planets orbit a dying sun. The first and where our story will focus is Incendium, where a dragon-shifter king resides with twelve daughters. Regalia is their neighboring planet, and its Queen has twelve sons. Long embroiled in conflict the monarchs decide to put aside their differences and join through the marriage of one of their offspring. However, prophecies indicate that the oldest Drakina, the feisty, headstrong daughter must bear a son who is destined to save their planet. To do so, she must travel to Terra (Earth) in search of the Carrier of the Seed to get pregnant.
Enter Troy. Troy is from Terra where he was abducted because of his Mindbender abilities made a slave and forced to become an assassin for hire. Politics and fear of discovery from his captors land him in the penal colony of Xanto. Men of power and wealth place a wager and Troy ends up their pawn. If he completes the mission, he could gain his freedom. Failing will mean his death.
Both Drakina and Troy are well developed. She is snarky and will eat you if you piss her off. He is smart and lethal. I loved seeing them trade barbs and their sizzling chemistry curled my toes. I adore when characters have clear goals, but upon meeting, it all goes to hell in a handbasket. It is always fun seeing how it all works out, even while worrying that something will go awry. I enjoyed watching the romance that developed. Cooke offered some laugh-aloud moments allowing me to connect with these strong individuals.
Despite Cooke introducing this world, the length of the tale made things develop quickly. While this is dubbed book one, it read more like a prequel. I loved the Dragons, from the stubborn entitled Kings to the reader of prophecy. Some of the tidbits from pregnancy to diet were fabulously entertaining. I do marvel at Cooke’s vivid imagination.
Wyvern’s Mate is a complete story regarding the couple, but there is so much more to learn about these planets, their sun and the other planets in their galaxy.
Saskia Maarleveld once again narrates for Cooke, and she is such a perfect match for these stories. She captures Drakina’s personality, sets the pace, and her male voices aren’t raspy.
If you love Dragons, off-planet stories and paranormal romance you’ll want to grab a copy of Wyvern’s Mate.
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You got me to listen to a book under her other name and with this narrator and I loved the whole thing (The name is gone from my head right now)so I can just imagine how good this is. So 3.5 stars due to the length and how fast it all happens? I think I would be ok? Thanks for the recommendation!
Yay, I am so glad. I have enjoyed all of her books on audio. Yep, this is worth a listen, and I am excited to continue the series.
Hmmmm… This sounds very interesting…
I love the idea of Dragon shifters and a king with all those daughters!
I’m so intrigued by the cover and the sci-fi/fantasy Dragon storyline haha. Glad this was a good listen! Great review, Kim!
Thanks Cyn, I am looking forward to the next book.
This author has been on my radar for a bit and I love a good fantasy series especially one with dragons.
I hope you try it Kimberly. I have enjoyed many of her works.
Lover Of Romance
I honestly can’t wait to pick this one up!!! I love this author and am excited to see what she does with this series for sure. Great review. You have me super excited to pick this one up.
I hope you love it!!
The Bibliophile Babe
I should try a dragon booK!
Dragons are cool 🙂
“She is snarky and will eat you if you piss her off. He is smart and lethal.” — Sound like quite a pair! Thanks for the post!!
LOL, they really were 🙂
Melissa (Books and Things)
A PNR Space Opra… with dragons! LOVE it. This one sounds like a lot of fun. PLUS you had to mention snark. Totally there. 🙂
I read one of her YA dragon ones, it was nice
Oh, I didn’t even know she had YA books
I loved it too, Great review Kim!
Glad to hear you enjoyed it too Debbie.
Deborah Cooke aka Claire Delacroix
Thanks for the wonderful review, Kim! I’m glad you enjoyed Drakina and Troy’s story. 🙂
Thank you Deborah
Wonderful review. I’ve seen this one around and do have it on my TBR. I do love dragons and will have to check it out sometime.
I hope you give it a whirl Angela
I always enjoy a good sci fi tale, and this one definitely sounds different.
It was, I am curious to see what the book brings
Say no more, alien dragon shifters. I am eager to give it a go.
:snort: My thoughts exactly Sophia
I have yet to read one of these dragon shifter books but I am really curious about them. Glad you liked this one well enough.
Thanks Ali, Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving
I did read a book by her and if I’m not mistaken about dragons too but I didn’t know about this one
I enjoy her worlds and characters