Polished, dignified and reserved in all things. That is a true nobleman.
Lady Clara of the Redding, a living statue of perfection, has been raised a true Redde noblewoman. She has been taught to never show emotion, to never raise her voice, to touch as little as possible, and to never act wildly or rashly. According to her people’s custom, the new generation cannot begin until the current one is settled. She is the last of her siblings without a husband and her pregnant sisters will remain in stasis until she’s married.
After Clara denies all suitable males on her home world, her parents are left with one choice - send her to a primitive planet where several noblemen await marriage. The men hardly appear picky about their choices, a perfect arrangement for a reluctant bride.
An uninhibited woman to match his untamed soul. That would be his ideal wife.
Lord Vladan, Ealdorman Honorary of the Draig is not like his noble brothers. Adopted into their family after a mining accident killed his parents, he is every bit as titled as his new brothers, and every bit as welcome into the fold. Yet he can’t help but feel the pull of his commoner past. He loves his family, and will always do as duty demands, but a part of him still yearns to shift into dragon form and run free in the wild. It is a side he indulges every chance he gets. This is how he knows his bride will be the most wild of creatures, for he wants passion, not perfection. Surely the gods are mistaken when they bind him to the most refined, reserved, frustratingly perfect creature in the universe.
Warning: This audiobook contains an alpha male reluctant to take his place as a nobleman preferring to run free in the forest and a woman unwilling to marry anything but a cultured and refined gentleman. Oh, and she doesn't like to get dirty. Well, until now. Contains adult content.
©2013 Michelle M. Pillow (P)2014 Michelle M. Pillow
The Reluctant Lord is book 7 of Dragon Lords series by Michelle M. Pillow. It tells the love story of Clara and Vlad.
Lady Clara of Redding is a noblewoman who has been taught never to show emotion, to raise her voice or in any way to act undignified and, most importantly to touch or allow herself to be touch as little as possible. Clara has mental abilities that make her able to communicate with animals, heal others and to destroy.
Lord Vladan, Ealdorman Honorary of the Draig is the adopted son in the Draig household. He has finally come of age that will allow him to attend his first Breeding Festival. While Clara is repressed Vlad is the opposite of her in every way. He is wild, reckless, always ready to laugh and free spirited.
I love the stories and characters that Ms. Pillow comes up with. Her stories are always so full of passion, love, action, intrigue, excitement, adventure, villains to concurre, sexy heroes and feisty stubborn females. Oh and humor, lots of humor. My favorite part of the story was when they all met Clara. She was wearing a cone-shaped wig, skin painted white and a costume that would fit in the 1800's. No one knew what to make of her and thought that she might have a cone shaped head because of the height of the wig. That still makes me laugh thinking about it. Loved it.
I highly recommend this series!!!
1. Barbarian Prince
2. Perfect Prince
3. Dark Prince
4. Warrior Prince
5. His Highness the Duke
6. The Stubborn Lord
7. The Reluctant Lord
8. The Impatient Lord
9. The Dragon's Queen
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A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
I read the ebook and listened to audiobook. Rebecca Cook is an excellent narrator. I will look for more of her work.
The only other book in this series I've read is #2, The Perfect Prince, but the plot was easy enough to follow.
Contents: About six sex scenes (most scenes are quickies or fade-outs). A little bloody violence. Minimal or no swearing or profanity. Only a few typos.
Setting: In the future, on an alien and somewhat primitive planet.
As for the story, what a delightful surprise! I totally enjoyed this "dragon-shifter meets empath" erotic romance. It's got a solid story, not just sex scenes, which can get so boring.
An intriguing story. Fairly light. Laughed aloud several times. It's opposites attract, with a playful, sexy prince falling for a hands-off noble lady (but be warned, he feels a mating call towards her). It's heartwarming, seeing the rigidly straight-laced Lady Clara -- terrified in the beginning -- learn to enjoy life on an alien and primitive planet (poor child -- decked out in that horrendously heavy get-up).
Pillow penned a coherent and engaging plot, complete with an environmental pitch against fracking that fit neatly into the narrative (I could imagine her soapbox). Vivid scenes in the mine shaft. Good fight scene with nasty aliens, the Troe. Adorable (and funny) scenes with great horned herds of ceffyls. Solarflowers!
And tongue-in-cheek — I roared when the gift from Clara's family was revealed.
This book's got danger, passion, humor, and friendship. It's also poignant and sometimes sweet. Secondary characters added to the fun, especially in the mining village. Moving scene at the end, with Clara's esteemed mother, Great Lady of the Redding.
Light on plot.
I think I would have liked more interesting relationship development. Clara is sent to a place where she will be matched with a husband. Vlad likes her from the start. He treats her nicely and she likes him back. The main conflict is that they are from two different cultures. His culture that is warm and touching. She has been raised in a cold and untouching family.
Clara has some empathic talents. A mining collapse adds danger.
Vlad is a dragon shifter. Almost nothing was done with that. But that might be because it is done in other books. This is book 7 in the Dragon Lord series.
Rebecca Cook was excellent as a narrator. Good emotional interpretation. Ok voices for men. No breathing noises.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: paranormal romance.
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I loved it! This book was a lot going on. The bride is from a world that emotions are frowned on. the dragon lords are full of emotions. When his Crystal lights up he knows that she is the one so he does everything he can to make it work. I think it might be the sweetest dragon lords book yet! Pillow doesn't disappointed. Great story, great action and I couldn't put it down. This series is amazing !
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I enjoyed this book very much. The narrator was fantastic, the story was great.
When they were trapped inside the cave and it's up to Lady Clara to save the day
She did a fantastic job with this book. Her voice is clear and she switched things up from male to female perfectly.
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I was gifted a copy of this audible for my honest review
Great start to a new series of stories. It is a whole new world to discover with personable men and strong women. The characters are real and believable while being interesting and different. The different shifter allows for an expansion of ideas and novel situations. I loved the interactions of strong women who are trying to better themselves with the dominant but flexible male. Looking forward to reading them all.
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Another great addition to the series. I love how Ms. Pillow can tell the story , same premise but quite different for each. This was a different one all right... two very different people from very different cultures are mated. The story is about how they make their differences mesh and how they evolve as a couple despite their quite a few misunderstandings and mishaps. Very entertaining listen, especially with Rebecca Cook's voice which I am a big fan of. Thank you for the many hours of enjoyment.
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