Princess Anastasia Rose dreams of attending school, but her plans are put on hold when war begins between her father and the beastly lord of a nearby castle in the mountains.
Prince Alistair isn’t an ordinary dragon. He’s a shifter afflicted by a curse, unable to become human again until he finds his true love. When a mortal king’s adventurers trespass in Alistair’s territory to steal a rare flower, the prince decides to steal a valuable prize of his own.
Undertake a magical journey in Vivienne Savage’s new romantic fantasy series loosely based on the lore of multiple fairy tales. Meet strong heroines supported by a cast of sexy heroes, intriguing friends, and devious villains.
If you like:
• Adult Romance
Then this is the book for you!
First, I think that this book is mislabeled because content wise, I think it’s one of those books where it’s blurred between YA and NA. Based on the content (romance and language) there’s nothing that made screamed that it is an “adult” book to me; I mean, yes they had some bedroom scenes that went into detail and the characters cussed, but it wasn’t anything more than you’d in some popular books.
I also skipped through most of the beginning of the book and skimmed the epilogue, so interpret however you want. The beginning of the book just didn’t hold my attention, so I started to turn to the part where Ana had sacrificed herself to go with the dragon aka the Beast aka Prince Alistair in place of her father (who’s also the king) to keep from marrying her awful betrothed who only wanted to use her body and have her being a submissive wife.
Thirteen years prior to the book, Prince Alistair had gone on a rampage destroying towns, so a powerful witch had cursed him for acting like a monster, and telling him that he had thirteen years to have a woman love him in his dragon form or he would be forever a dragon living alone.
The part of the book that I read (cough, cough the middle) I really enjoyed it because it’s a different spin on the Beauty and the Beast that many people think of. In dragon form, Alistair is able to talk with Ana and has these humanist expressions and features despite being this huge reptile (are dragon considered reptiles?).
For the most part, I’d say that Ana is content staying in a pretty much abandoned castle with the maid and the dragon Alistair who she knows as the Beast because it’s part of the curse that Alistair can’t tell her his name/history and all that jazz. She spends the day exploring the castle and trying to make the most of it by befriending a dragon who could easily eat her as a snack. The friendship gets off on a rocky start, but soon the both start to look forward to these meetings. And at night, see dreams of Prince Alistair in his human form at a party on his land.
Alistair and Ana’s dreams are connected and dragon Alistair knows that these feelings are growing for the both of them, but he doesn’t know if it’s love and knows that Ana hasn’t put the pieces of the puzzle together.
As the weeks to his leading up to the thirteen year anniversary, dragon Alistair realizes that he many have Ana’s love in the way that is needed to break the curse and just enjoys his time building a friendship.
All in all, I’d reread the middle book in a heartbeat because it really is a fresh take on one of my favorite retellings.
Happy reading until next time,