The Rogue King
(Inferno Rising #1)
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: July 30th 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her…
As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.
But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.
The only warning she got that she was being followed was the flick of a shadow in the headlights. Before she could react, a massive golden dragon slammed down on the road in front of her about half a mile out. She almost expected the ground to shake with the force, but the act was near silent.
She gritted her teeth and tightened her hands on the wheel. Rather than stop, Kasia hit the gas, pushing the car to go faster. He wasn’t taking her without a fight, that was for damn sure.
The dragon’s deep golden scales glittered in the oncoming headlights. He didn’t budge. But he did growl, his tail slashing back and forth.
“Move, you scaly bastard,” she muttered.
But she didn’t let up on the pedal.
He lowered his head and let loose a growl of warning, which she responded to by stomping harder on the gas.
“Get out of the way!”
She had no intention of playing chicken. If he didn’t, she’d ram this car down his fire-breathing throat. The hell with it. She didn’t want to go back to that cabin in Alaska anyway. Maul would miss her, but he’d be the only one.
Only the dragon didn’t move. Okay then. Kasia braced for impact.
At the moment she should’ve slammed into him, the beast heaved himself into the air, and she zoomed past, fishtailing underneath him from the force of the wind his wings caused.
He must’ve backed up, because he landed on the road in front of her again.
“You want another go, you oversized flying iguana?” she shouted, and bore down on him.
And again, he hopped out of her way only to land in her path.
Damn. Kasia held in a scream of fear-tinged frustration. They could keep this up all night, getting them nowhere fast. He wasn’t going to let her go.
With a growl of aggravation, though not defeat, Kasia stomped on the brakes. The tires squealed in protest, and the unpleasant odor of burning rubber followed her as she skidded the car to a stop broadside of the dragon, only a few feet away. If she rolled down her window, she could reach out and touch him.
The terrifying creature moved around the car, his movements more of a glide, like golden water flowing around her. He lowered his head to gaze in at her with an eye the size of her entire thigh. He snorted, and smoke trailed from his nostrils as he glared at her.
Please let this be Brand, and not some other phoenix-stealing dragon shifter.
Kasia glared back but raised her hands off the steering wheel in a gesture of surrender.
Kasia is special and has been hiding her whole life. What she is… a rare find in the paranormal world and that makes it dangerous for her. Her mother was murdered for what they are. But she has been having visions and with the visions come uncontrollable fire and pain. So she is forced out of hiding to seek the help of a doctor. One who specializes in paranormals.
Brand is a rogue dragon shifter with a quest for revenge. To take out the man who killed his family. He has been on his own since he was a small child, barely escaping the slaughter of his family. Little does anyone know of his origins and he would like to keep it that way. Now a mercenary for hire, he finds things that people want and gets them. Which brings him to his current assignment and the last step in his quest.
Easy right? Guess again. When Brand meets Kasia he immediately recognizes her for what she is. Not only that but he is instantly drawn to her. He feels her pain during the visions and he can control her fire and the pain soothes when he touches her. What is happening? How can this be? Yep! His mission just got a lot harder.
Can Brand deliver her to the Blue Clan king as per his quest?
Wow!!! The books in this series just gets better and better. Abigail Owen makes it hard to choose a favorite. The Rogue King is the first in the Inferno Rising series, a spin off from her Fire’s Edge series. I have to say I loved every minute of this book. It was a dangerous ride.
The characters in this book were amazing. Kasia is a surprising and very resourceful woman. Hey she stole a car by hot wiring it. How cool is that. She was an amazing character who was very kindhearted and true to herself. She was willing to put others before her own safety. Her charater was refreshing and sweet.
Brand was definitely a hot commodity. That man was sizzling. He was strong and very independent. The strong silent type. He kept his wall up around his heart as he was determined to get the revenge he so rightly deserved. But he was also protective and sweet, yet humble. He did not believe that he deserved to be loved or have a mate.
Kasia and Brand had this chemistry that was so strong, it was off the charts. How they could deny it was beyond me. They had this connection that just would not stop or go away. A bond that was strong and hard to pull away from.
Overall this book was an amazing beginning to a new series. Even though it is a new setting, we still get a small dose of some old characters from the previous series, which I love. Abigail Owen is a master at writing dragon shifters. She has all the aspects of hot dragon men down to a science. Each one is not only hot and very dominate, they are smart and kind. The world she has built around these characters feel so real and unique. I love the way you feel the passion of her characters in each story. I have cried many times reading these books, as I feel the emotion rolling off the pages. Emotions that a hard to ignore, yet feel amazing. This book is no different.
I truly recommend this book to all you paranormal romance book lovers out there. These dragon shifters are worthy of your love as readers. They are fun, loyal, loving and not to be trifled with. You are guaranteed to fall in love with each book you read. So pick up a copy today. You will be glad you did.
Award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.