Highly recommended for those who want a perfect mesh of fantasy and romance in the 21st century.
Pros: The romance between Samantha and Marrkiya/Marcus is exciting, hot, and heavy. Samantha is a virgin (slightly unbelievable) and a writer just moved to England to get away from some bad memories of a bad relationship. She buys a castle and soon encounters a man newly transformed from a drakkon against his will.
The writing in this story is expertly done. I could tell that author Paula Quinn had taken the time to polish this book. Not once did I hit a snag of bad grammar that took me away from the story and I finished it in 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down. I’ve always been a big fan of fantasy and the dragon Marrkiya gave me goosebumps. His attitude from drakkon to man was also perfectly consistent and Paula was a genius at showing how he became less of a drakkon and more of a man as the book progressed. It’s now a shining gem in my hoard of books.
Cons: Just a couple. I don’t remember there being an explanation as to why there were dragons and flying men around the countryside and no one ever noticed. Also, I thought that Garion’s powers were a little too convenient at the end, and as much as I loved the book I felt just the tiniest bit cheated that everything fell into place for them so easily (despite the nice action scene at the end). Scorched is only book 1, though. Perhaps there will be more of an explanation in the next book.
All in all, I can’t wait to read book 2!