He’s a dangerous jewel thief… she’s the gem expert standing in his way…
Mikhail Barinov knew he F’d up, five hundred years ago. His ‘one job’ as part of a Russian family of imperial dragon shifters? To protect the family hoard of jewels. But a dazzling virgin—who just happened to be the Elizabeth I, the Queen of England—tricked Mikhail and stole the jewels. But now he has a chance at redemption. The jewels have been found five centuries later. The only problem is they’ve been turned over to gemologist, Piper Linwood. She’s sexy, smart, ripe for seduction—but if centuries of exile taught him one thing, it’s never trust a beautiful woman.
Piper Linwood can’t wait to get her hands on her latest project. But hot damn she never expected how badly she’d want to get her hands on the dark, brooding man she sees at the museum. Of course she didn’t know he was a jewel thief. Or a dragon shifter. But all that becomes abundantly clear when he takes the jewels and her, then flies (yes, flies) to his ancestral castle. While all the alpha-male stuff is what fairy tales are made of—and frankly sexy-as-hell—the fact Piper disappeared with Mikhail has her labeled as his partner in crime. Now she must choose.
Will she betray him to save her career? Or will she stay and become the dragon’s greatest treasure?
I love this book and I just finished reading it I loved the concept of dragon shifters and vampires and werewolf’s, etc but I loved the plot and I’m going to continue reading this series and I hope there’s another book about Piper and Mikhail.
Usually I only read historical romance, but I stepped out because this was written by Lauren Smith who is a wonderful historical romance writer. It definitely held my attention and getting to know about dragon shifters was intriguing. Set in present day, Mikhail Barinov, was suppose to protect the hoard of jewels owned by his family of dragons. But eons ago he was deceived and lost them, to of all people Queen Elizabeth. Now as the jewels resurface centuries later in London, he is determined to regain the treasure and be redeemed so he can return home. Piper Linwood, a professional gemologist is assigned to evaluate the jewels that have been unearthed. As you might image therein lies the conflict as Mikhail and she come head to head. This is an intense story that will bring the quest for the gems an endgame of the quest for each other. A great paranormal romance you will not need to miss!