Her Dark Dragon by Lillith Payne
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand Publishing
Length: Full Length (179 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Heather
Danni Cirillo's heritage as she knew it was gone. The land and the wine label were sold. A collection of valuable family heirlooms is all that's left, and Danni proposes an arrangement with her friend, Nico Severino, in an effort to regain them.
Exchanging her birthright statues with nights in Nico's bed will have them both wondering if she's lost her mind. Danni's unorthodox approach to getting her statues back would end their friendship, but the memories they'd make together would stay with her forever. She knows she'll take away more than the small ivory carvings, she'll get an education only Nico can provide.
Now all she has to do is talk him into the deal.
When is a dragon not a dragon? This dragon book - has no dragons in it. But that being said, this was a HAWT book without crossing the line into out-of-my-Midwestern-comfort-zone. This was high sensuality that never lost the emotion. Both the hero and heroine own neighboring vineyards, and there's an interesting set of erotic statues that inspire all sorts of romantic liaisons.
Danni is the girl next door, who returns home to find her mother & slimy stepdad have run through the family fortune and her “inheritance” is a stack of debts up to her eyeballs. The boy next door is Nico, and she doesn't remember him being quite so hot -or so bossy. Turns out he owns her debt, and the only material possessions she has to pay him with are the not-your-everyday-statues. He proposes they re-enact each statue she turns over to him. A disconcerting…yet intriguing…proposition…
Sleeping together without falling in love - that's the tricky part.
This was a fun read with interesting characters. A stepdad, you REALLY love to hate. Nico, the hero, who was totally hot. I do have to say that I thought there could have been some tightening of the storyline. There were moments when the characters replayed the same emotional-angst scenes that it started to feel repetitive, almost obsessive. I hate filler-just-to-reach-word-count. If the story works better tighter, albeit shorter, then do it.
That being said, the chemistry was phenomenal. I really enjoyed the interactions between Nico and Danni and felt that the statues were a cool twist. While, I still don't get the dragon in the title I do recommend this book and give it a solid 4 cherries.