Spotlight on SCORCHED: Rulers of the Sky by Paula Quinn
Updated: Feb 4, 2020
"Dragons, a sexy hero, a spunky writer, and an English castle. What's not to like? SCORCHED by Paula Quinn is definitely entertaining." —Books & Benches
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Scorched: Rulers of the Sky, Book One
I want you to stop writing about knights this instant, he demanded as he pounded up the stairs.
"Sure. Anything you say."
"They are not worthy of your quill!"
"I’m typing, Marcus. No one’s used a quill in a hundred years. You’re getting on my nerves. Seriously."
Marcus followed her voice to a door on the second landing and plunged inside. “Sir Edward Bartholomew led a score of his own men into my lair and stood aside while I scorched the flesh from their bones. Knowing I had exhausted my fire, he cleverly avoided my claws and proceeded to jab me with his sword until day became night. That is getting on one’s nerves.”
Sam turned from her computer and stared at him. For a moment, Marcus thought she was going to laugh at his comparison. But then her eyes widened, making her look even sweeter, even more innocent. “What did you do?”
His shoulders squared and he raised his chin. “I ate him. What do you think I did?”
“And you’re proud of that?”
The way her expression turned to one of disgust told him she did not approve. “What choice did I have?”
Marcus is a Drakkon as ancient as the stars, stronger than a mountain, and the last of his kind. Men now rule the earth. The time of the Drakkon is over thanks to the legendary Phoenix Amber and the Council of Elders who use its power to transform Drakkon into humans. When the Council discovers he may be hiding a treasure worth more than any dragon horde, they will stop at nothing to have it and transform him against his will. Being human is worse than anything Marcus could have imagined. His brilliant cerulean scales are gone, replaced with paltry skin he is sure could not even stop a bird if one flew into him. But worse than imprisonment in a male body are the awakenings of unfamiliar human desires that are nothing like the animal urges that were so easily satisfied as a Drakkon— emotions like loneliness that make him seek out companionship with a woman who, unfortunately for him, happens to be a sweetly-scented virgin. Samantha Montgomery isn’t about to go to bed with a man who believes he used to be a reptile, especially one whose smoldering smiles make her think of being consumed alive by fire, and loving it. A romance writer and product of the New York State foster care system, Sam just wants some normalcy in her life. She’ll never get it with Marcus. Should it matter that his wickedly passionate touch tempts her to yield all, even if all he wants is her virtue? He is everything she doesn’t want in a man. Fear of commitment is one thing, not loving anyone or anything for ten centuries is another. But he won’t leave her castle. He’s arrogant, proud, and a bit delusional as to his abilities, but despite all his infuriating ways, including reading her mind and ceaselessly trying to convince her that the knights she writes about were useless beings clad in metal, he works his way into her life by fixing what’s broken; from the stone wall outside her battle-beaten castle to the wall around her heart. When Marcus discovers the treasure that prompted his transformation, he must make a choice. Give up his human heart and save the Drakkon race, or surrender his heart to love and remain a man forever.
"This is a…well, I don’t want to use the word delightful, but… yes, darn it…it is delightful, also entertaining, funny, romantic, and exciting." —Paranormal Romance Guild
Genre: Fantasy/Romance | Pub Date: December 27, 2016 | Page count: 178pp
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing | Series: Rulers of the Sky, book 1
Paula Quinn is a New York Times bestselling author and a sappy romantic moved by music, beautiful words, and the sight of a really nice pen. She lives in New York with her three beautiful children, six over-protective chihuahuas, and three adorable parrots. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven. She's a faithful believer in God and thanks Him daily for all the blessings in her life. She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings. To date, four of her books have garnered Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. She has been nominated as Historical Storyteller of the Year by RT Book Reviews, and all the books in her MacGregor and Children of the Mist series have received Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Her work has also been honored as Amazons Best of the Year in Romance, and in 2008 she won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for Historical Romance.