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As the third daughter of a third daughter, dragon-shifter Christine Drachen must mate with a human.
Not all human males are genetically compatible with dragon shifters, and suitable matches are rare in old Charleston. Christine, though, has identified James to be an appropriate match. Even humans who acknowledge the possibility of dragons cannot believe that one can be both a dragon and a human, shifting between the two. As a result, Christine must attract James without fully revealing her true, shifting nature until he has committed to mate.
James gradually discovers what Christine is. She shows him the gold dragon she always wears around her neck. He notices the prints, statues, and tapestries of dragons that decorate her family’s home. Strange noises emanate from behind the Drachens’ house during a party, and James believes he actually sees a dragon, one wearing a necklace like Christine’s. Christine’s last name, Drachen, means “dragon,” and, while she jokes her entire family is composed of the creatures, James begins to suspect there is more to what she says than a simple attempt at humor.
Finally, though, he sees her shift.
To protect their species from persecution, dragon-shifters silence any human who sees one of them shift, and the most practical method is generally death. The rule is absolute. But Christine has fallen in love with James. How can she protect her family without killing the boy she loves?
Dragon Mist is a story of boy-meets-girl, with a few non-human characters, high stakes, a bit of magic, a little humor, and an abundance of romance. One-click it today!
I have read several of Burnett’s previous books, including: Just Three Dates, Once and Future Wife, and Money or Men. This was quite a shift from what I’m used to expecting from his books — literally – you know, since it’s a book about shifters! We meet Christine Drachen, who is a dragon-shifter, and because of her birth order, she’s expected to find a suitable human to reproduce with and preserve the tradition. I loved her journey as a flower child because it was so far out of the norm for her family’s traditions. Reminded me of how so many of us have to blaze our own trails, only to re-center and return back to our “normal” path of life. Even though our families have traditions, each generation gets a chance to make an imprint on the way it continues. Christine was such a strong young woman whom I connected to as she pursued her own path. As a dragon-shifter, if humans see the shift take place, they are required to kill them. She finds the human that she believes is meant to be mate; but he sees her shift, putting his life in danger. Is the risk of his secret knowledge worth trusting and building a life together — or must she make the ultimate sacrifice of his death to preserve their family secret? The storyline is quite a bit out of my “normal” reading range, but I was whisked away into a new mindset with Dragon Mist! Highly recommended!
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About the author
David Burnett lives near Charleston, South Carolina, where he walks on the beach almost every day and photographs the ocean, the sea birds, and the marshes that he loves. Three of his four books are set in Charleston, and he has always enjoyed the Carolina beaches.
David enjoys photography and has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. He and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During trips to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen, and Kismul Castle on the Isle of Barra, the home of his McNeil ancestors.
He reports that he went to school for much longer than he wants to admit, and he has graduate degrees in psychology and education. He and his wife have two children and a blue-eyed cat named Bonnie.
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