Book Review

Read Our REVIEW of Rurik by Lauren Smith

Release Date: February 22, 2018

Cover Design: Anna Crosswell

Photo Credit: Wander Aguiar Photography




A dragon’s prisoner…or his deepest desire?

The fiercest of a royal line of Russian dragon shifters, Rurik Barinov spends most days defending his family’s homeland from rival clans. By night, sins of the flesh—drinking, dancing, and sex—keep his volatile warrior dragon in check. Barely.

With his choice of mortal women to bed, he has no interest in changing his bad-boy ways—until a creature of molten sex poured into a tiny red satin dress steps into his nightclub. A jagged edge of raw desire nicks the impenetrable armor around his heart.

Charlotte MacQueen has been told since childhood to stay in school, live a normal life. Leave the family business—hunting down dragons—to her brothers. But tonight, she’s shed her chemist’s lab coat and infiltrated enemy lines to bag a dragon of her own.

She never expected sexy, all-too-wicked Rurik Barinov to capture her, body and soul—the perfect weapon to use against her brothers. Or that she’d fall for the brave, battle-scarred dragon shifter who covets her heart like the most precious of jewels.




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My Thoughts

Rurik has long since accepted the fact that he will never have a mate. Too much is riding on his focus and his life- having a mate would just distract him and give his enemies something to use against him. But when he meets Charlotte there is something that draws both him and his dragon. Charlotte has her own reasons for holding back. How do you tell your new dragon friend that your brothers run the organization that has hunted them for generations? And furthermore – is that something that can get past?

I had not read the previous two books before this one so this could be read as a standalone. However we get to catch up with the two brothers and their mates so I wish I had read them, just to know their story. I have read other Lauren Smith books and have loved her style of writing. She can get the reader hooked into a story right in the first chapter and before you know it the book will be over & you’ll be wishing for more. The romance between Rurik and Charlotte was hot, it was realistic (besides him being s dragon but who doesn’t love some paranormal in their romances?), and it was so sweet – all great aspects that come together to make an impressive read. It was a fairly quick read but the length wasn’t too short. Overall I give this book 4 stars – and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a hot and steamy romance.

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About the Author


USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.


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