Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks

 

Kerrelyn Sparks is
no stranger to the New York Times bestseller list, as her
massive fan base couldn’t seem to get enough of her Love at
Stake
series. Sparks then introduced her extraordinary fantasy
romance series, The Embraced, with How to Tame a Beast in Seven
Days
and So I Married a Sorcerer. Set in a medieval
mythical world, the series follows a special group of people with
powers born when the two moons of the world form an eclipse. Now
comes the captivating third installment, EIGHT SIMPLE RULES FOR
DATING A DRAGON (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; March 27, 2018)
,
where readers meet Gwennore, our fierce and powerful new heroine.

Gwennore is an Elf
able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it; a valuable
asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the
dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power and magic, plagued by
an ancient curse. And then she meets the smoldering General Silas
Dravenko. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did
making a deal with the devil feel so good…
.
Gwennore is an Elf
able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it; a valuable
asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the
dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power and magic, plagued by
an ancient curse. And then she meets the smoldering General Silas
Dravenko. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did
making a deal with the devil feel so good…
Silas has no way of
saving the royal family he’s served for years. But when a beautiful
elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a
way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy?
Filled with romance,
adventure, and a vividly imagined new world, EIGHT SIMPLE RULES
FOR DATING A DRAGON
is a fantasy in the vein of Game of
Thrones
with all the fun of The Princess Bride. Audiences
will become enthralled with Gwennore in a world where passion,
fantasy, and royal intrigue collide. Return to the most exciting,
magical and romantic series to come along in years in the stunning
world of the Embraced!


About the Author:

Kerrelyn Sparks is
best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as
high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA
Today
list. Visit Kerrelyn on Facebook, Twitter, or her website,
https://ift.tt/OiBHez.
EIGHT
SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING A DRAGON:
The
Embraced Series
By
Kerrelyn Sparks
Published
by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
**On
Sale March 27, 2018**
Mass
Market Paperback | $7.99
ISBN:
9781250108258 | Ebook ISBN: 9781250108265
For
more information or to set up an interview with the author, contact
:
Brittani
Hilles at brittani.hilles@stmartins.com or 646-307-5558

 

Praise for Kerrelyn
Sparks:

“Readers
will be fully invested in this Embraced series!”

Romantic Times on How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
“Readers
will relish Spark’s lovingly detailed and memorable tale and look
forward to the next.”

Booklist on How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
“[Sparks]
has produced a book that I’ll come back to again and again. I’ll be
counting down the days till the next girl gets her story.”

Night Owl Reviews on How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days
“A
deeply satisfying, delightfully swoon-inducing close…full of
vulnerability and tenderness.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Crouching Tiger,
Forbidden Vampire
“Mixing
paranormal romance with humor, Sparks clearly has a style all her
own, one that readers love.”
USA
Today’s Happily Ever After
blog
“Sparks
skillfully infuses her writing with a deliciously sharp wit.”

Booklist


My Review:

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon is book three in the Embraced Series and it is an extremely fun read. It starts off like you’re stepping into a historical fiction novel then you discover there are elves,  a whole other fantastical world, shifters, and DRAGONS! 
This is the first book I’ve ever read from Kerrelyn Sparks. I received an email from Netgalley stating that this book was available to download. So, I downloaded it out of curiosity and enjoyed it immensely.
The characters are likeable and it’s easy to become wrapped up in the story. I was fine reading this without the other two. I didn’t even know it was apart of a series. It’s lovely to accidentally stumble into a series when they’re well written.


The Other Books in the Series:

How To Tame A Beast in Seven Days is book 1 in the series. This follows Luciana who is on the Isle of Moon being hidden because she has magical powers. She has the choice of staying on the island or marrying someone named Beast of Benwick.

So I Married A Sorcerer is book 2 in the series. It follows Brigitta who is Embraced living on the Isle of Moon. She discovers that she’s actually a princess.

Where to Buy:

Amazon | BN | Others | Find A Library USA | Find Indie Store

 

Excerpt from Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks 



As the three men came to a stop, Gwennore noted that the ladies-in-waiting were curtsying, so she did, too.
Karlan bowed. “My lord general.”

“At ease,” the gorgeous man in the middle said.

Freya
rushed to his side. “Silas, you arrived just in time. I’ve discovered
an assassin.” She pointed at Gwennore. “You should arrest her!”

Gwennore
popped up from her curtsy, ready to defend herself. But before she
could say anything, the general had enveloped the queen’s hand in his
own and turned her away.

“Your Majesty.” He flashed a smile that
caused a few of the ladies to stumble as they rose from their curtsies.
“I came as quickly as I could after hearing the news. May I congratulate
you on the birth of your daughter?”

“Why, yes.” Freya blushed. “Thank you. I was in labor a dreadfully long time, you know.”

“Yes, so I hear.” He patted her hand. “But thank the Light, you and the babe are doing remarkably well.”

What
nonsense was this? The gorgeous general was acting like the
others—playing along with the queen’s delusion. Gwennore drew in a deep
breath to voice her objection, but the general shot her a warning look
with his sharp green eyes.
When she lifted her eyebrows as if to question him, he inclined his head
ever so slightly. He’s asking me to trust him. It was as clear as if he
had spoken. For a moment she wondered if she was experiencing a mental
connection with him like she had with Puff.

Don’t jump to
conclusions, she chided herself. She was only hoping for a connection
because he was the most handsome man she’d ever met.

Something
flared in his eyes, a spark of gold in the emerald green, and her knees
grew weak. Good goddesses, was she about to swoon like these other silly
women? She needed to be stronger than this.

“Thank you, Silas,”
Freya said, drawing his attention back to her. “Doesn’t the baby look
just like her father?” “Yes, indeed.” The general glanced at Eviana, who
was still clinging to Gwennore’s legs. “And to mark the occasion, I
have brought you a gift.” He motioned to Gwennore. “A nanny. As you can
see, the princess has already
developed a special fondness for her.”

Freya gasped. “You brought the elf here?”

“Of
course.” He gave Gwennore a wry look as if he was daring her to
contradict him. “She’s a noblewoman I captured some time ago in battle,
but since then, she’s learned our language and proven herself quite
useful.”

So General Gorgeous had no problem spinning lies or
manipulating a madwoman. Gwennore snorted. But since she was in danger
of being imprisoned and even executed, she was not in any position to
reject his solution.

Even so, she wondered if she could actually trust him. As the general of the Norveshki army, wouldn’t he see her as an enemy?
“We dare not trust an elf,” Freya muttered. “She could be a spy. Or an assassin.”

“We
can trust her,” the general insisted. “Lady Gwennore cares deeply for
the princess. Enough to risk her life for her.”
Gwennore’s heart lurched into a fast pace. He knew her name? And what
she’d done? Puff must have told him everything that had happened. That
meant General Gorgeous could hear dragon voices, too. It made sense,
she figured, since his job would require him to communicate with
dragons. But did that mean he had ordered the first dragon to kidnap
Eviana? Or perhaps, he had ordered Puff to try to stop the kidnapping.
Which side was he on?
“But elves are such violent creatures,” Freya whined. “They are fierce
warriors, that is true,” the general
agreed. “That is why Lady Gwennore will make an excellent nanny. No one
will protect your daughter as well as she.”
“Well . . .” Freya looked confused. Her hands fluttered around her
chest, causing the rubies to sparkle in the after- noon sun. “I suppose
we can give her a try.”
“Excellent.” He turned toward Karlan. “You and your men may return to
your posts.”
Gwennore exhaled with relief. She wasn’t going to the dungeon. And as
the official nanny, she could remain close to Eviana.
“And remember.” The general stepped closer to Karlan and added softly,
“Lady Gwennore is my guest. She will be treated with respect.”

“Yes, my lord.” Karlan motioned for his men to follow him back to the main gatehouse.

With
Gwennore’s superior hearing, she’d heard the general’s whisper. He had
to be on her side. For one thing, he kept referring to her as a lady.
The status of noble- woman would shield her from any physical abuse
during her stay here in Draven Castle.

So, most probably, she had two allies in Norveshka—

Puff and General Gorgeous. She could only hope they would both prove to be trustworthy and honorable.

The general turned to the nearest lady-in-waiting. “Your name, please?”

The woman stumbled back a step. “O-Olenka, my lord general.”

“Lady
Olenka, would you please escort Lady Gwennore and the princess to the
nursery? And make sure they are well taken care of.”

“Yes, yes, of course, my lord general.” Olenka nodded, then curtsied again.

“I’ll drop by to check on you later.” The general shot a pointed look at Gwennore. “Till then.”

Gwennore inclined her head, understanding he in- tended to have a talk with her. That was fine. She needed to talk to him, too.

“Oh,
everything will be perfect, my lord general! You can trust me.” Olenka
motioned for Gwennore to follow her. “Come along now.”

Gwennore
lifted Eviana in her arms and walked toward Lady Olenka. As she passed
the queen, she bowed her head. “Good day, Your Majesty.”

Freya narrowed her eyes. “If anything happens to my daughter, I’ll have your head. I will not lose another child!”

Another
child? How many had the queen lost? “I will protect her with my life,”
Gwennore told her, then fol- lowed Lady Olenka toward the northwestern
tower.

As she neared the general’s two companions, she noted
there was a slight difference in their uniforms. One had three brass
stars embedded in his leather breastplate, while the other had two. Did
that mean they were officers? The general had four stars on his
breastplate.

These men were handsome like the general—tall, muscular, long dark hair. No doubt they knew how to make a

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