• Title: Smoke
  • Author: Val St. Crowe
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Smoke When Naelen Spencer shows up at Clarke Gannon s apartment saying he wants to hire her to hunt his sister down she s got zilch inclination to actually take that job For one thing she s not actually l
    When Naelen Spencer shows up at Clarke Gannon s apartment saying he wants to hire her to hunt his sister down, she s got zilch inclination to actually take that job For one thing, she s not actually looking for an employer For another thing, Naelen is the kind of rich, entitled playboy that she hates For a third thing, he s a dragon shifter, and she s a dragon slayer TWhen Naelen Spencer shows up at Clarke Gannon s apartment saying he wants to hire her to hunt his sister down, she s got zilch inclination to actually take that job For one thing, she s not actually looking for an employer For another thing, Naelen is the kind of rich, entitled playboy that she hates For a third thing, he s a dragon shifter, and she s a dragon slayer Those things don t mix Sure, okay, she doesn t kill shifters, only soulless, monster dragons that do nothing but burn, kill, and destroy And fine, he does happen to have eyes like the sky in high summer and a deep voice that makes her feel warm all over And all right, she needs the money he s offering She could use it to help her sister, who s never caught a break her entire life But screw that guy That s what she wants to say, anyway Instead, she ends up taking him up on his offer, and then she s flying off in a private jet to get mixed up with a creepy country town, a nest of powerful vampires, and a bunch of potent magical objects.

    One Reply to “Smoke”

    1. I decided to DNF this book at 78%. I wanted to read this one cuz blurb wasn't bad and dragons! I love dragons. However, this book didn't rock my socks. I kept hoping it would get better but, nope. There isn't much happening and it just wasn't for me. Characters were pretty dull as well. Just no spark.

    2. While this book may have been entertaining, I find it really difficult to like books when I dislike the main character. Clarke just. . . wasn't that like-able to me. And Naelen wasn't really that interesting to me either. 2.5/5

    3. I loved the premises of this story, though it had some slow moments it was a good read. I recommend it to readers who love Urban Fantasy.

    4. Val St. Crowe's book "Smoke (The Slayer Chronicles Book 1)" is the first in a planned series about protagonist Clarke, a dragon slayer; Clarke has an ethical code, she'll only kill rogure dragons, the ones that either never had a human half or have 'lost' their human side and are now simply killing machines. St. Crowe developed her characters slowly, revealing tidbits about their personalities as the first story progresses, although physical descriptions are somewhat given the slow reveal of the [...]

    5. I often read series haphazardly. While reading "Witch Slap" in the Ravenridge College series I realized it was a spinoff from "City of Dragons," but one of the main characters--Logan--first appears in "Smoke." This is the first book in the "Slayer Chronicles" series--another "City of Dragons" spinoffs. So now I have read one or two books in each of the three intertwined series. I have no idea of the chronology.Logan in this book is one of three main characters, and he acts nothing like he does i [...]

    6. Such A Fun Story You have human slayer Clarke Gannon (hunt and kills rogue dragons,must take a well paying job to afford a rehab clinic for her sister Gina) and dragon Naelen Spencer (billionaire who need to hire Clarke to help find his missing sister Reign) their journey is so interesting, both love their sisters so much they would do anything even put up with each other. Of course the confirmed bachelor wants sex but no involvement, Clarke wants to mean something to someone and nothing casual. [...]

    7. Just OkI really wanted to like this story. You don't get too many stories abt dragons amd dragon shifters. I liked that there was a nice basic setup for the world and even though dragons were mighty there were being hunted for exactly that. Here you have Clarke struggling and constantly doing whatever she can to save her sister woth an addiction fordragon meat. Now you have Nalen who is rich, powerful and a dragon also with sister issues. His sis is missing amd he wants badass Clarke to help him [...]

    8. Quite a good read. Not the strongest start but one you get into it, it gets good. Clarke is a rouge dragon hunter, going after the dragons/shifters that have lost their human form and with it, their humanity. Now mindless killing machines, these rouges are taken down by slayers. Clarke stands out as a slayer because of her morals, a rarity in her line of business. Now Clarke has a hot billionaire dragon shifter on her door step asking for her help tracking down his sister, a potential rouge. Nae [...]

    9. (3.5 Stars)"Smoke" is a quirky read about Clarke, a dragon slayer who only kills rogue dragons or dragons without a soul. Clarke is approached by Naelen, a millionaire dragon. He is afraid his missing sister has gone rogue and wants to hire Clarke to help him find her. Clarke finds Naelen to be pompous, arrogant and entitled. She wants nothing to do with him.Naelen is not one to take no for an answer. Although Clarke warns Naelen that if his sister has turned rogue she will never return to norma [...]

    10. Then it went wrongGood idea for a world. Functionally different system of magic, etc. Plausible opening plot. Main character motivations are clear.oh, wait. Now there's a gargoyle she sometimes sleeps with that makes her all wet. It was bad enough the 'slayer' had no real idea how to find a rogue dragon, she now wants to drop trouser for two different people as soon as they meet.Basically a poorly plotted romance novel with fantasy window dressing.

    11. To me this is a great read. It gave a different spin on dragon shifters (looks and the magic). I was captivated enough that I read all the books in this series in a weekend. The author did a good job with the characters that I felt connected which is a requirement for me. I've added Val st crowe to my favorite author list and plan to read all her series.

    12. Picked this one up cause it was a freebie and I was curious about the titleI really struggled thru this bookI'm sorry but a guy who's "made" his $$$ in the business world just isn't that cluelessI was hopeful that with the cast of characters in this story it would eventually come together and keep me interested is loaded with supernatural beings.

    13. GoodGood book I wish it had been a little longer. Lots of action, mystery, dragons and other magical creatures. Good story line and strong characters. So grab your copy and enjoy reading.

    14. Great readingFrom start to finish enjoyed the interaction between Clarke and Naelean to see where it would lead especially when Logan came onto the scene. Can't wait to read the next book in the series

    15. Worth the read, more development of the characters is needed Lots and lots of potential. Even tho the characters had backstory, they seemed a little like tropes. I did appreciate the fact that it was a fantastic story and avoided sliding into erotica to bulk up the length. Will read the next book. ****spoilers***I can understand the concept of an intelligent guy with no common sense, it's absolutely impossible for a someone to build and grow a business empire without some situational intelligenc [...]

    16. This was like an action-oriented tv show. Clarke (female) hunts feral dragons by trade. Since the world isn't overrun with wild dragons, she lives in a dump. Naelen (pronounced "Nolen"?) knocks on her door to request Clarke's help with his missing sister. She also has an errant sister, so his plea pulls her heartstrings, right? Um, not so much. You see, Naelen is a dragon shifter, her natural opponent.You may like this novel if you like kick-ass heroines, action, romance between supposed enemies [...]

    17. I find it hard to find books to give less than two stars on here but this one managed easily. The story and characters are as interesting as a wet paper bag and the main protagonists have as much spark to them as a matchbook smothered in the bottom of said wet paper bag. The dialogue is boring, there is little to no detail on anyone or anything to characterize them and the action scenes unfold with as much gripping intensity as a stilted children's play. I will not be following up on the sequel [...]

    18. Couldn't get thru the first half1 star for terrible dialogue and uninteresting characters. Its reads like an 11 year old wrote it and frankly I just had to delete it from my tablet.The premise of the story is intriguing, but a lot of the dialogue just feels like it's just there to increase the word count of the book. Really unnecessary.Glad I didn't pay for this one

    19. UncagedBooksThere is some good action and suspense, and some original magical takes on this genre, but the main characters could use a polishing – specially the men. Being the first book in a series, it has promise. Read the full review in the December issue of Uncaged Book Reviews.

    20. So let down This could have been great. The characters just didn't do it for me. They weren't believable enough. I'm not sure if it was they way it was written or I personally just couldn't connect

    21. Wow!Great book. Can't wait to read the next one. Characters are great, theme is awesome. I really enjoyed it. Thanks.

    22. Better than a like in the eyeMeh It wasn't too bad. I downloaded the sequel but I don't know if I am all that interested in reading it.

    23. I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I have to say I really enjoyed it! I feel like once there's a bit more character development that it will only get better.

    24. Real good bookI love Claire sh is a true hero. Sh.e tries to act bad. But she has a good heart. Nealan is a god guy. But is really mixed up. They do make a good team.

    25. No ideaInteresting start but the clueless dialogue got old fast. Everyone seems to be an idiot. I am half wondering if this is supposed to be a parody.

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