Mikhail by Lauren Smith

36639648A dragon never leaves his hoard unguarded. His heart is another matter. 

The second eldest in an ancient line of Russian dragon shifters, Mikhail Barinov had one job: protect one of the family hoard of jewels. Distracted by the English virgin queen Elizabeth, who was as dazzling as she was devious; he lost everything. Five centuries of exile later, news that a construction crew has unearthed a massive trove of gold and jewels sends him racing to London, determined to steal back his family’s treasure… and his honor.

Professional gemologist Piper Linwood can’t wait to bury herself in her newest project, evaluating a hoard of Elizabethan-era treasure. But both her life and career are threatened when a mysterious, brooding man with a dangerous smile — and an even more dangerous kiss — snatches the lot.

Unwillingly swept along for the ride, Piper discovers Mikhail is no mere thief. And the dragon on his back is more than a tattoo. It’s a living, breathing extension of a bad boy she’s finding harder and harder to resist. But his heart is a treasure she can never own… because to save her career, she’ll have to betray his trust.

6 Feet Under Books

3 Stars

good story, quick, moved at a good pace. Some great characters

Piper is a gemologist – she is now at an auction to sell off tons of gems. Then she meets Mikhail and all bets are off. There is something mysterious about him and dangerous. Yet, she can’t keep away from him. There is something between them, the way he looks at her and the way he makes her feel. Could this be the one to take her V card? Things heat up fast for Piper and Mikhail.

Mikhail is smitten for the little human, Piper. She is a rarity-a virgin and her blood calls to him. He needs her help with a job, but then he can’t part with her and takes her to his place. It’s there that he spills his secrets to her and calls to her. When push comes to shove Mikhail will stand up for her and keep her safe as he promised, but will she listen to him?

I enjoy paranormal books with potential. This book had potential. There are so many cool characters that could become spin-offs and maybe they already have and I didn’t see them yet – yes I’ll be going to look as soon as I’m done!

The only downfall I had was what happened at the end with Piper – it felt too cliche.  Maybe that’s just me.  I don’t want to spoil it, but when it happens you might understand!

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