Dubbed the Smoke Thief for a series of daring jewel thefts, Clarissa Rue Hawthorne didn’t expect the drakon leader himself to come to
London dangling the tribe’s most valuable jewel as bait: the Langford Diamond.  But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, had to catch Clarissa before anyone else did—or risk exposing the entire clan to the world of ordinary mortals.  He never expected that the outcast Halfling he pursued would have a proposition of her own to save the drakon—a proposition so dangerous, so tempting, that Christoff will find it impossible to resist: to join forces with her.
 I’d been waiting to read this book for what seemed like forever, so when it came out in mass market, I snaked it!  Complex, with a fabulous hero and heroine, this story is dark, moody and sensual.  The presentation of the shapeshifting aspect was smooth and well done, with a different take on the traditional dragon.  This book reminded me, in style and wording, of older historicals; by that I mean that it’s wordy and a smidge purple, but that’s not a bad thing!  That usage brings you more into the scene, the feel of the book, than some other historicals I’ve read, that basically sound like 21st century folks in historical clothes.  If you enjoy historicals, but are looking for something “more”, then definitely pick this one up…you won’t be disappointed!

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