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    Amazing Story!

    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!
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    Loved it

    Mikhail by Lauren Smith is book Two in the "Brothers of Ash and Fire" series. This is the story of Mikhail Barinov and Piper Linwood. Mikhail is a dragon who once took his family jewels and was tricked into giving them to the Queen who he knew was his mate. But she tricked him and kept him hostage until her death Once freed Mikhail become a distant and vowed to get the jewels back. Now all those years later he has found them but they are to be auctioned off. Piper is in charge of the jewels along with her best friend. When she meets Mikhail she finds him very attractive and hard to resist. Mikhail too finds Piper hard to resist and believes she might be his second chance at a Mate...but hes been betrayed once before by a women. Mikhail tricks Piper into helping him take the jewels and he takes her too...but can she trust him? Will Mikhail let his heart love another? I am so in love with this series! I can't wait for the next Barinov brother's story!
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    A sexy dragon

    There's just something about dragons that sets them apart from other shifters, and Mikhail fits right in. He's charming, sexy, mysterious, and romantic. I have to say that I wasn't sure about Piper at first, but she did grow on me as the story progressed and I liked this pair together. The story starts by giving us Mikhail's back story, taking place some 500 years ago, then jumps to present day. Mikhail's lost treasure is unearthed and naturally, he can't resist going after it. He meets Piper and their story moves quickly from there. The book has romance, some sexy fun, a bit of intrigue, and some heart pounding action. I haven't read the first in this series, but had no trouble following this one as a standalone. Mikhail's story did pique my interest enough that I'll be checking out the first book.
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    Dazzling dragon world!

    Mikhail Barinov, a dragon shifter, was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I, whom he had thought was his fated mate. After his release upon the Queen’s death, he has been living in a cottage on the Cornwall coast since then. He was reminiscing in front of the television when he sees a newsflash: the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has his jewels, the ones Elizabeth stole from him, and they are to be auctioned by the Thorne Auction House; he must get them back. He was exiled from his home in Russia by his father because he had failed his mission, and he will not get sidetracked this time. Piper Linwood, a gemologist, is a consultant for the Thorne Auction House with her friend Jodie Harkness. Jodie has encouraged Piper to get rid of her pesky V-card, and when Piper sees Mikhail, she gathers he just might be the one to do the deed. Mikhail has arranged to have an invitation to the Museum and secure his precious jewels; his English dragon friend Randolph Belishaw made it possible. I loved Mikhail’s backstory; the historical elements were fascinating and so well done. Mikhail, not being the subtlest, I was wondering how this romance would ever work. The historical details are fabulous, there is wonderful information about gems, a few terrific paranormal twists, and great secondary characters: I adored Randolph Belishaw, and I loved the politics, which usually put me to sleep. My only problem was that I couldn’t get totally on board with the romance between Mikhail and Piper because of how they “met”, which in this case is capital, unless you like your romance dark, and I’m not sure if MIKHAIL was intended that way. Towards the end, there are brilliant intriguing things about the Brotherhood of the Blood Moon, which sound extremely promising. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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