For centuries they've lived in secret among northern
England's green and misted hills. Creatures of
extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess
the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back
again. Now their secret--and their survival--is threatened
by a temptation that will break every boundary....
Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is
confounding the London police. His wealthy victims claim
the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into
thin air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of
Langford, knows the truth: the thief is no ordinary human
but a "runner" who's fled Darkfrith without
permission. As Alpha leader of the draŽkon, it's Kit's
duty to capture the fugitive before the secrets of the
tribe are revealed to mortals. But not even Kit suspects
that the Smoke Thief could be a woman.
Clarissa Rue Hawthorne knew her dangerous exploits would
attract the attention of the draŽkon. But she didn't
expect Christoff himself to come to London, dangling the
tribe's most valuable jewel--the Langford Diamond--as bait.
For as long as she could remember, Rue had lived the life
of a halfling--half draŽkon, half mortal--and an outcast in
both worlds. She'd always loved the handsome and willful
Kit from the only place it was safe: from afar. But now
she was no longer the shy, timid girl she'd once been. She
was the first woman capable of making the Turn in four
generations. So why did she still feel the same dizzying
sense of vulnerability whenever he was near?
From the moment he saw her, Kit knew that the alluring and
powerful beauty was every bit his Alpha equal and destined
to be his bride. And by the harsh laws of the draŽkon, Rue
knew that she was the property of the marquess. But they
will risk banishment and worse for a chance at something
greater. For now Rue is his
prisoner, the diamond has disappeared, and she's made the
kind of dangerous proposition a man like Kit cannot
resist....In this bewitching novel, Shana Abé transports
us into a world of exhilarating romance and magic.
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Historical, Shapeshifters, Dragons
Note: Originally released in hardcover.