Ruby Salazaar’s entire world has just changed and she doesn’t know who to trust. In Dragon Awakened by Jaime Rush, Ruby has just witnessed the murder of her uncle, the man who raised her, and the only clue she has is the name he whispered as he was dying…Cyntag. Ruby vows to find this Cyntag and make him pay for the murder of the man who raised her. But things aren’t what they appear and Ruby finds herself working with the mysterious Cyntag to track down the people who are after her.
Cyntag Valeron knew that some day Ruby would show up at his door, he just wished it had been as a teenager like he argued with her uncle about. Now Ruby is an adult and completely unaware of who she is and how to control her growing powers. As a dragon shifter, Ruby should have been taught as a teenager to shift and if that isn’t trouble enough, Cyn finds himself attracted to the determined Ruby. When things start to heat up between the two of them, Cyn struggles to keep Ruby at an arm’s length distance because once she finds out who he really is and what he has done she won’t have anything to do with him.
Dragon Awakened is a great continuation of the Hidden series. Jaime Rush’s paranormal world is very different from other paranormal novels I have read, with an interesting history of how shifters, sorcerers, and fallen angels came to be, her world is well developed and intriguing. From the first line to the last, Rush kept me interested, guessing and enjoying the adventure of Cyn and Ruby. As Ruby’s world is torn apart and turned upside down I really liked her determination and willingness to shift her thinking to adjust to her new reality. I am always a fan of the heroine unwilling to sit on the sidelines while the hero rushes in to save the day and Ruby is that type of woman. Cyn was the sympathetic hero with just enough alpha male to be delicious and not annoying. One of my absolute favorite things is the fact that the shifters have a tattoo of their inner beast on their body that moves and interacts (in a small way) with the other characters. The first two novellas in The Hidden are in the same world as Dragon Awakened but aren’t connected to the story line so you don’t need to have read them first. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
The Hidden Series Reading Order:
Dragon Mine (novella)
Magic Possessed (January 28, 2014)
Angel Seduced (February 14, 2014)
Title: Dragon Awakened
Author: Jaime Rush
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 368
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.