I enjoyed the concept, but found it quite rushed so a lot of the potential was lost. The basic premise is that Josie is part of a crew from Earth who have come to Mars to explore and set up colonies. Other areas of Mars have already been colonised, yet it appears there is something different about this area. Their sensors are laying up and Josie, their mechanic, goes to check them out - only she doesn't find a mechanic or software fault but rather an underground civilisation interfering with their radio frequencies. Stumbling inside, Josie finds 3 aliens in stasis pods, but one malfunctions and she acts quickly to help open the pod, saving Prince Verikan in the process. He is confused as he awakens, and then shocked to learn that almost half a millennia has passed since he entered the pod - his Empire has fallen and he is now the last Royal. With his advisers pushing to invade Earth, he now finds himself torn in completing the mission he embarked on all that time ago, mainly because he would be destroying Josie's home world. And this is where the story starts to slip - he is changing his entire way of being for a human (who they previously enslaved) he met only hours/days beforehand.
The character development left a little to be desired. If it had been a contemporary non-alien romance it may have worked better - writing aliens is tricky as they're not human. I found that for an alien race, these Dragons were very human in their thoughts and actions. Even when Josie was threatened, Verikan acted like a defensive human rather than an alien or even a dragon, whose chosen mate was being attacked. I feel there was a lot more that could have been done with the mate side of things too - for only knowing each other for a few days, and having to deal with Verikan catching up on several hundred years, and Josie with meeting an alien for the first time, who is threatening to invade and enslave the human race, they still talk of love and giving up everything to be with each other. Again a very human sentiment.
In short, it was an okay read - not bad but sadly not great either. I don't feel driven to read more about these dragons, and likely won't read any more of the series.
Whoo, great story. Josie is in a small group of humans who have traveled to Mars to look for signs of ancient civilizations. She goes out to check on some equipment that seems to be malfunctioning and ends up waking Verikan, a dragon. He and his companions have been asleep for centuries and the dragon empire has gone. But Mordrak and Askelon want to invade earth and rule over all the humans. And Woods, the leader of the group of humans, is willing to help them in exchange for a high position in the government. Josie, Verikan and Dr. Cain stop them in a thrilling fight when Mordrak, Askelon, two of Mordrak's dragon guards and Woods take off in the spaceship belonging to Woods and his family. They are heading for earth right now, but Verikan changes into his dragon form and takes Josie with him to the spaceship. The two guards attack Verikan; he defeats them and Josie and Dr. Cain manage to force the spaceship down onto the surface of Mars. Verikan catches Josie and Dr. Cain just before the ship crashes. The ship explodes and Mordrak, Askelon and Woods are killed. I hope that there will be more stories in this series. I really enjoyed this book. I received an Advanced copy of this book and am freely and voluntarily writing this review.