JEWEL OF THE DRAGON by Lynne Connolly
Jewel of the Dragon by Lynne Connolly
Shape shifter / Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
Alix Lancaster is a talent who was raised in a PHR compound. Alix broke away after shape shifters killed her parents. However, her brother, and partner in her jewelry store is still part of the group. A piece of jewelry has come into their hands, Alix goes along with the plan for it only because she doesn’t believe in shape shifters and therefore no one can be hurt.
Dev Wyvern is a Welsh auctioneer and also a wyvern shape shifter. He goes into the jewelry shop knowing it’s a trap but he and Dept. 57 need information about the owners and how they got the jewel. What he didn’t expect is his sudden and fierce attraction to Alix, and that she’s a talent. The mission has suddenly changed for Dev.
Alix is instantly attracted to Dev but doesn’t expect him to feel anything toward her, as she has believed her entire life that she is plump and unattractive. Dev is out to change Alix’s outlook on several things—her appearance only being one of them. Dev and Alix come together as danger encircles them both. The PHR is determined to have Dev and maybe even more talents to kill. Dev doesn’t mind risking his life for the mission, but all bets are off when Alix is taken and seriously hurt. Dev has instants to make a decision that will change their lives forever. When the dust settles, will there be a future for Dev and Alix?
Danger, mistruths and passion bring two hearts together. Jewel of the Dragon has Alix learning that there are always two sides to every fact. Dev freely walked into a trap by enemies and was trapped by his heart instead. Alix never truly believed what she was told about other species that lived side by side with humans until she met Dev. I felt along with Alix as she agonized with two sides of her heart—her love or her brother. I had to fall for Dev and all the patience he showed while helping Alix understand this world that suddenly sprang up around her. I loved Alix and Dev together and if ever two people deserved their happy ever after it was them. I always expect great things when I open up a Dept. 57 novel and am never disappointed, nor was I this time. Jewel of the Dragon takes suspense and adds a shimmer of seduction and a hint of eroticism for a fantastic finale.
If you recognize the title like I did, don’t think it’s the same book with a new publisher. I read with an open mind and found a new and much better book with deeper scenes. Give it a try, you won’t be sorry.