Noah Long, owner of Dragon's Lair, has learned to hide in plain sight. Betrayed by Beauty centuries ago, he has encountered her over time as her spirit returns time and again to betray him over and over again. This time though he finds she has a sister that embodies everything his heart desires in a woman. Knowing she will betray him again he cannot help taking in Izzy when her boyfriend beats her up and threatens to kill her for failing to distract Noah while he was helping himself to some of Noah's valuables.
Noah calls Izzy's half-sister, Lila, to tell her that Izzy is going through withdrawals and she needs to come and take care of her. Lila is more than ready to get out of California for a while and Tennessee seems just the place to be for a while. When she arrives, she is drawn to Noah and accepts when he offers a place for her and her sister to stay until they decide what to do next. Izzy's betrayal comes when she drugs Noah and Lila so that she and her boyfriend can rob Noah's shop and search for the secret as to how Noah has stayed the same age for so many years. Both Lila and Noah awaken to the noise the two burglars are making. Noah sneaks downstairs to protect his treasures and confronts Izzy and Kevin when he hears Lila creep into the room.
Drawing Kevin's and Izzy attention to himself he listens to Kevin tell him he was hired to find his secret by Mr. Big. When Kevin sees Lila he turns the gun from Noah to Lila and shoots her as she comes at him with a sword to save Noah. As Noah tries to save Lila Kevin runs taking Izzy and Noah's secret with him. Noah uses his blood to bring Lila back from the brink of death. The next day brings the news that Izzy and Kevin are dead. Noah and Lila search for Mr. Big and the one who murdered Lila's half-sister. Unknown to them Kevin told Mr. Big Noah's secret and now he is hunting them. Not knowing who to trust outside of each other the search begins.
As usual Edie has written a wonderful story involving the paranormal, a shape shifter, suspense and danger at every turn. She holds you captive from the beginning of the book to the end. The pace is a bit slower, but still a smooth flow from scene to scene. The slower pace seemed as though it was natural just like the pace of the south is slow and rich. Take a moment to indulge yourself with this dramatic romance story and discover what becomes of Noah and Lila. You will not regret the time spent.
Once a dragon…
Saxophone player Noah Long shifted from dragon to human 2500 years ago, but the dragon blood still coursing through his veins has kept him healthy and virile. Now his secret is out, and the man who discovered it will do anything to make Noah’s blood his own. Noah’s only ally is martial arts expert Lila Fox, who heats up the fire in his belly…and his heart.
Twice a killer…
Lila Fox’s first kill was at age sixteen after her stepfather put her mother in a wheelchair. Fourteen years later, she kills another abuser to save a woman’s life. When the man who wants Noah’s blood kills her sister, she can’t let the death go unanswered. She teams up with the strangely compelling Noah, and discovers he’s not all man and has a few tricks of his own.