The Reluctant Lord (The Dragon Lords #7) by Michelle M. Pillow
Dragon Lords Book 7
Paranormal Dragonshifter Romance
Polished, dignified and reserved in all things. That is a true nobleman.
Lady Clara of the Redding, a living statue of perfection, has been raised a true Redde noblewoman. She has been taught to never show emotion, to never raise her voice, to touch as little as possible, and to never act wildly or rashly. According to her people’s custom, the new generation cannot begin until the current one is settled. She is the last of her siblings without a husband and her pregnant sisters will remain in stasis until she’s married.
After Clara denies all suitable males on her home world, her parents are left with one choice—send her to a primitive planet where several noblemen await marriage. The men hardly appear picky about their choices, a perfect arrangement for a reluctant bride.
An uninhibited woman to match his untamed soul. That would be his ideal wife.
Lord Vladan, Ealdorman Honorary of the Draig is not like his noble brothers. Adopted into their family after a mining accident killed his parents, he is every bit as titled as his new brothers, and every bit as welcome into the fold. Yet he can’t help but feel the pull of his commoner past. He loves his family, and will always do as duty demands, but a part of him still yearns to shift into dragon form and run free in the wild. It is a side he indulges every chance he gets. This is how he knows his bride will be the most wild of creatures, for he wants passion, not perfection. Surely the gods are mistaken when they bind him to the most refined, reserved, frustratingly perfect creature in the universe.
Warning: This book contains an alpha male reluctant to take his place as a nobleman preferring to run free in the forest and a woman unwilling to marry anything but a cultured and refined gentleman. Oh, and she doesn't like to get dirty...well, until now.
Thoughts by Cherri-Anne
My rating = 5 stars
His crystal glowed. His dreams were coming true.
OH MY LORD!! I am not reluctant to admit it, Michelle has wowed me yet again! This time with Vlad & Clara and their adventure to find that elusive happily ever after. For Clara that means falling in love and being able to marry that person for love, not station as is expected of her. For Vlad it means attending his first ever Breeding Ceremony and finding that one woman that has been chosen for him by the will of the gods, signaled by making his crystal glow. (Oh the things I could say to that! The one woman who lights/gets/sets his rock all aglow; lights up his rock...LOL) I very much enjoyed this story, and of course cried for the last chapter or 2! I certainly did not expect this ending at all! Which is exactly why I am enjoying each of the books in this series, one after another! Okay, by now we all know that Michelle is a fantastic author, but do you REALLY understand or comprehend just HOW fantastic she truly is?!? Take these first 7 books in The Dragon Lords for example. You would think that after the first 3 or so, there would be a pattern and the books would start to feel familiar, sort of a 'been there done that' vibe. I mean, seriously! The Lords all meet their future wives that Galaxy Brides has delivered on time for the annual Breeding Ceremony, the new couples then try to adjust to their new lives, some kind of trouble or fight/miscommunication ensues, they kiss & make-up and live happily ever after. So end of story, right? Why read the rest of the books now that you have 'cracked' the code? Well! Let me remind you that Michelle M. Pillow IS THE AUTHOR. MICHELLE M. PILLOW people! You know, the PHENOMENALLY GIFTED, ASTRONOMICALLY TALENTED author whose books are the polar opposite to cookie cutter! I am positive that Michelle is the ONLY author that could write so many stories that by all rights should be repetitive, but yet are each so different, so creative, so entertaining and oh so very yummy!! Each story is unique, and I absolutely love the 'shared' scenes! Being able to see one scene from numerous views, angles & because each of the women have different backgrounds, upbringing & training, their insights all give these scenes new life & an original feel to them. In fact a few times I didn't even realize it WAS the same scene until that specific something happened! I think that I am enjoying this second grouping of books (5-8) that are about the cousins of the Princes simply because they don't live the Royal life at the castle. Of course, they also seem to have different takes on the Breeding Ceremony traditions which leads to some great hilarity!! And then how it affects them going forward is as entertaining as it is frustrating...for them! All in all, this story (& the series), is very well written with lots of humor, it's hot & sexy, engrossing, highly entertaining and one you do not want to miss out on! Once again Great Lady Michelle has managed to seduce this not-at-all reluctant reader with her phenomenal wealth of talent and her ability to mesmerize me with her fangasmic stories, time and again!
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