Author: Susannah Scott
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Number of Pages: 250
|Luciana de Luca has a PhD in sass and gemology—and a problem. Her twin brother’s gambling debts have gotten out of hand, and a mob enforcer is blackmailing her to rob the latest, greatest mega-casino on the Strip. Although Lucy has worked her whole life to get away from her family’s grifter past, to save her brother, she dons three-inch heels and a sluts-r-us dress and struts into Alec’s Gerald’s casino, determined to put her long-forgotten thieving ways to the test again.|
Alec Gerald, a shape-shifting dragon, has built the Crown Jewel casino to provide sanctuary for his people amongst the flash and awe of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the sexy little thief trying to steal his largest diamond exhibit turns out to be his mate, and he must woo her before he loses his dragon form forever. But before he can handcuff her to his bed and explain the details of a mating ceremony, an enemy attacks and threatens to destroy his casino, his people, and his newfound mate.
I adored the world building I thought for a novella it was really well done. There was not a lot of info dumping, and I felt like I really knew the world and understood the motives of Alec and the other dragons. I loved that the story was set in Las Vegas and in a casino.
The one problem I had with this story was as much as I adored the world building, Alec and the other dragons I just couldn't connect with the heroine, Luciana. While she had all the qualities I love in a heroine she was independent, head strong and gave Alec a run for his money, I felt like she spent so much time fighting her feelings for him that by time she made up her mind that it was ok to be with him that the story I wanted more time with them as an actual couple, but as a novella that just wasn't possible.
For a debut book, the writing was really strong, and most of the characters were really likable, I just had trouble connecting with the heroine, and whenever that happens, it makes the book a bit hard to read for me, but I look forward to reading more by this author.