Her First Taste Of Fire (Shadowvale book 5) by Kristen Painter - A Review (Plus A Free Copy of Book 1!)
Check out my review for Her First Taste Of Fire (Shadowvale Book 5) by Kristen Painter - PLUS if you haven't started the series yet you can get book 1 for free for a limited time!
Blurb About The Book
Shadowvale isn’t your typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.
Most people think Nasha Black lives in Shadowvale because that’s where her father, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, lives. But Nasha has another reason for staying in Shadowvale and it’s not just the bakery she owns and operates. She has a devastating curse of her own. One she’s never told a soul about.
Shadowvale has given chocolatier and dragon-shifter Charlie Ashborne a refuge from the reality of his cursed life. Until now. He’s been summoned to the dragon census, where all unmated dragons will be paired off. If he doesn’t show, the dragon council will come to him. His desire to protect Shadowvale means not only will he end up with a wife he doesn’t want, but the curse he’s kept hidden for so long will be exposed.
Facing certain humiliation, Charlie is about to leave for the census when an attractive woman shows up at his house, desperate for more of the chocolates Charlie sells in his shop. Nasha needs to know what magic he puts in his chocolate. She’s never tasted anything like it, literally, and it’s changed her life. Discovering he’s headed out of town pushes her to make a crazy offer. She’ll pretend to be his wife in exchange for his recipe. Seems fair enough.
Making a pact with a chocolate addict might not be the right move, but Charlie will do anything to avoid the dragon census mating games, so he jumps at the chance to claim Nasha as his wife for a week.
It seems like the perfect plan, until they find out the rules have changed, leaving them no choice but to compete in the games. Unexpectedly, they begin to fall for each other, amazed by what a good team they make. But as competitors try to tear them apart Charlie and Nasha wonder if they will ever taste sweet victory, or just the bitter dregs of defeat?
Standalone or series?
Book 5 in a series (but you can totally read this one first)
How did I get this book?
I am lucky enough to Kristen's alpha reader.
Why did I choose to read this book:
Because I will literally read anything with Kristen's name attached!
Urban Fantasy (light)
And Now To The Review!
We met Nasha briefly in earlier books - enough to know that she is the daughter of one of the 4 Horsemen, but we didn't really know too much about her. I was very excited to get a Nasha story! I do love a good horsemen related tale.
Honestly, with Moody and the Beast (book 4), which had a literal goblin king (which OK didn't actually look like Jareth except in my head), I thought that would be the winning Shadowvale story for me. Of course I also thought the same thing about book 2 ... and then I had book 4 .... But right now this is winning! I am actually shocked how much I loved this story. A daughter of a horseman and a chocolate making dragon shifter? Nasha is epic! I am actually loving her so much I think I need to do a cosplay! PLUS although it is a Shadowvale book - 95% of it happens away form Shadowvale and literally all the back story you need is in there to enjoy this ON IT'S OWN! (and then you can go back and get the others so you can see why you should have been reading them all along!!)
This fits really nicely into the Paranormal Women's Fiction Worlds out there. I am a sucker for a bookstore - and a bookstore with fictional characters working in it, magic, and food? Count me in!
5 Stars! And a full Melanie's Muses approval!
As always let me know what you think in the comments - and if you think I should do the cosplay!
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