This is book three of the series. It does stand alone, although I suspect the series is best enjoyed in order as there are recurring characters who pop up and mention of previous events.
I liked Nikolai of Semar. Niko and Aria are sweet together and they are that rare breed of people who do the right thing for the right reasons and are willing to lay their lives down to do so. That's the good part.
What keeps this book from being really outstanding for me is that it uses the "crazy ex" as the main conflict and in fact the villain in question is a crazy ex times two as she had already caused havoc once before the story starts due to being spurned, leading to current events, and then proceeded to rain damnation down on Niko and Aria after their story started in earnest.
I'm not really fond of the irrational ex plot device and even more so when the villain was almost a caricature in how awful she was. There was no depth to her, just pure evil, and that made the story somewhat less compelling for me. There's also a supporting storyline involving Niko's mother and I wish more detail had been devoted to it in this book. As it is, I suspect that it was explored more fully in book two, but as I didn't read that one, Nikolai's issues with his mother feels like a glossed over plot device rather than something I can truly care about.
Otherwise, I did enjoy Nikolai and Aria's story and I'm looking forward to seeing the next story in the series.
No one threatens the people of Semar and lives. No one.
Dragon King Nikolai Baudin witnessed how love destroyed his own father after the death of his mother and vows to never take a wife. Yet, when the little girl he rescued so many years ago returns as a beautiful and mysterious woman, he finds the desires of his heart overwhelming his good intentions. But when some of his people are found dead, Nikolai must face the possibility that the woman who draws him may just be the one murdering those in his care.
Arianrhod Deatherage has every reason to hate the darkly handsome king who saved her from a burning pike, only to turn her over to strangers and then promptly forget about her. But when she finds him again, it’s not hate she’s feeling, but something far more unsettling… desire. If he discovers her secret, she could lose everything. But when people begin to die around her, Aria fears that the past is repeating itself, and that the man she’s come to admire could be the next victim.
Can two souls who have forsaken love join together to battle an ancient evil? Or will tragedies from the past separate them forever?
Note to Readers: Nikolai of Semar is a medieval, paranormal romance featuring a super sexy dragon shifter and a woman who is far more than she seems. If you like a steamy book with a dragon shape-shifter, a mysterious heroine, the Fae, action-packed fight scenes, and funny side characters, then this book is for you! You get a happily ever after and no cliff-hangers.