“I’ve wanted you from the moment I first saw you in the museum. Before that. I wanted every part of you from the first time I felt you, your presence. I want you in the sky, and against the earth. I want to kiss you again, I want to touch you, I want to feel you in my arms and I want to hear you gasping my name when I’m inside you. I want all that, and I want it badly. Every time I look at you, I want it. So you’re going to have to become used to that, Rue. It won’t change.”
Redonk Nutshell: Shape shifter woman/dragon fights to keep her independence from her people and, ultimately, her destined mate
This book has Â many things going for it:
- historical/fantasy/romance…all in one!!
- entrancing world building
- kick-ass heroine
- smokin’ romance
- beautiful writing
The Smoke Thief by Shana AbeÂ Â is one of those rare romance finds that is not only incredibly encompassing, but also skillfully written. Â From page one I was engrossed in this book. Â I was fascinated with the mythology and history, and when the characters came along, the plot literally thickened. Â I fell in love with this book.
Clarissa Rue Hawthorne did the impossible as a kid – she left her tribe of the draÂ´kon through staging her death. Â As an adult, she established herself within regency London, supporting her lifestyle by stealing jewels and trinkets. Â She’s a rarity, a female dra’kon that can successfully shift to smoke (and beyond). Â When the famed Langford Diamond comes to London, Rue knows it’s likely a trap – the dra’kon are on to her presence as a thief. Â But it’s a prize she can’t resist, and before long, the tribe’s alpha, Christoff, tracks her down. Â As the alpha, Christoff is shocked to finally, FINALLY find a female that can actually shift. Â He immediately wants to claim her, but he doesn’t count on Rue having other ideas. Â Thus, the two of them face off throughout the novel, eventually teaming up to track down the stolen diamond.
Abe is a wonderfully talented writer. Â She weaves an enchanting spell with multifaceted characters that are impossible not to become invested with. Â Rue and Christoff are quite the pair, both equally stubborn yet well matched.
And frankly, who doesn’t love a good dragon story?
Sensual, enigmatic, and magical, The Smoke Thief is a fantastic romantic read.
Romance: 4/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 3.5/5