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The first installment in this fierce and sensual new paranormal romance series features demonic gladiators, ruthless mafia villains, and a proud race on the brink of extinction.
Lindsey Piper’s hotly anticipated debut series, The Dragon Kings, begins with a gritty, fiercely sexy tale of romance and rebirth.
The Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons, were once worshipped as earthly gods. Centuries later and facing extinction, they fight at the whim of human cartels for the privilege of perpetuating their bloodlines.
After marrying a human, Nynn of Clan Tigony became Audrey MacLaren, banished from a life of distinction and power. But when Nynn gives birth to the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation, she and her son are kidnapped by a sadistic cartel scientist whose life mission is studying demon procreation.
Leto of Clan Garnis is a Cage warrior, using his superhuman speed and reflexes to secure the right for his sister to conceive. Within the Cages, he has no equal.
When torture unlocks Nynn’s repressed powers, she is sent to the Cages, where Leto is charged with her training. He believes her a traitor to their people, while she sees him as no better than a slave. But for the sake of her son, Nynn must learn to survive. An undeniable connection turns antagonists to allies to impassioned lovers as they learn the high price of honor in their violent underground world.
Audrey MacLaren has lived with a secret: she is also Nynn of Clan Tigony, one of a powerful race of godlike creatures called the Dragon Kings. Her happy life among humans ends when the Aster cartel kills Nynn's husband and kidnaps Nynn and her son. Now collared and caged, she is trained by tough-as-nails Leto of Clan Garnis to fight other Dragon Kings in brutal gladiatorial combat. But more sparks are flying than can be explained by Nynn's gift of throwing lightning, and Leto begins questioning life in the Cages for the first time as he fights alongside his newly forged warrior companion. The pseudonymous author's first book under the Piper name is extremely dark, with massive violence, references to sexual assault, and very little tenderness between the love interests. Nevertheless, fans of gritty paranormal romance will appreciate the strong and emotional story, which builds slowly to an exciting, if rushed, conclusion.