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Series: Hidden #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 2013-12-17
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo
They are the Hidden. Not quite human. Far from normal.And never, ever safe . . . PLAYING WITH FIRERuby Salazaar wants answers . . . and revenge. Her uncle has just been murdered before her eyes and the name he utters with his final breath - Cyntag - leads Ruby into a world beyond her wildest imaginings. She soon learns that the dark, sexy Cyntag Valeron knows more about her than she does herself. BURNED BY LOVERuby changed Cyn's life before she even knew who he was. Now she charges into his life, a beautiful woman full of fire and questions. Cyn knew this day would come, yet he couldn't foresee the danger - and desires - Ruby would bring with her. He can teach her how to harness her newly awakened powers. But there is one force neither of them can control . . .
Ruby Salazaar was raised by her uncle Moncrief, when her parents died. Moncrief filled Ruby’s world with tales of dragons, magic and other creatures known as the Hidden. When Ruby receives an urgent call from Moncrief, she rushes to his side only to find him killed by some type of odd glowing orb. His last breath is a name – a name that Ruby knows from her uncle. Now she is off to find and kill the man who killed her beloved uncle.
Cyntag Valeron is beyond surprised with Ruby shows up at his gym and then threatens him with a gun. Even more surprising is learning why, that Moncrief is dead and how it happened. As an over 200 year old dragon, Cyntag knows many things about Ruby that she doesn’t and now it appears it’s all on his shoulders to teach Ruby the truth about her heritage and to help her find out who killed her uncle and why.
Ruby can’t believe what Cyntag is telling her – that is until she releases her inner dragon and powers. Ruby is a child in learning her dragon’s powers and strengths and unfortunately she really doesn’t have the time to learn them along the way. Cyntag and Ruby split their time between training Ruby and hunting down the answers to just what happened to her uncle. As the clues come together, it appears that the reason why goes back to when her parents died – now she knows that they were killed. Along the way, Cyntag and Ruby also discover a passionate love that isn’t going to take ‘no’ for an answer. All the answers are coming together and the danger is ramping up when Cyntag and Ruby finally know who was behind the glowing orbs, the death of her parents and uncle and the reason really behind it all. The final battle is going to be a winner take all – the only question is will the team of Cyntag and Ruby have what it takes to win the day and put the magic world back on it’s correct path.
Take two feisty dragon shifters and toss in danger, suspense and a deep passion filled with love and you have just the beginning of Cyntag and Ruby’s story in Dragon Awakened. I was amazed at how much Cyntag tried to control his need of Ruby while trying to show her just what her true being really was and trying to help her solve the mysterious deaths of her parents and uncle. I really loved how Ruby continued to roll with the punches as each hit came – some worse than others. When Cyntag and Ruby finally overcame the worse hurtle that should have torn them apart, I knew that nothing would be able to drive them apart except death. Cyntag and Ruby’s journey to right the wrongs that were done by a totally unexpected source and to fulfill the love that blossomed between them is a fantastic start to a new and exciting series. I really can’t wait to open up the second book in Ms. Rush’s engaging world. Dragon Awakened is a rough and tumble story filled with passion, humor, and suspense that makes it a page-turner from start to finish. I have a feeling that this is going to be a keeper series for sure.