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Ariah Callahan was raised on tales of dragons and magic and a wonderful hidden realm. The fairytales ended when her father became estranged from her beloved uncle, and cold, hard reality set in. Surviving day to day as her father spirals into addiction and depression is all she can do. When the unthinkable happens, her uncle becomes her only hope.

Alazar Brandvold has made easygoing an art. He’s worked hard to ensure no one in the enchanted town of Nocturne Falls sees the tortured, serious soul inside the shameless gambler who is as quick with a laugh as he is to place a bet - which he invariably loses. The Firestorm dragon gets the wake-up call of his life when his Keeper comes out of hiding and shows him a treasure worth more than all the gold in his hoard.

And his race’s ancient enemy is hunting her.

He will have to risk everything in the ultimate gamble not only to claim Ariah as his lifemate, but to convince her that fairytales are real and that the damsel can save the dragon.

©2017 Kristen Painter (P)2018 Kristen Painter

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Enough Dragon to Feed Their Mysteries

I am a Nocturne Falls addict and dearly love all I have read with one exception. This one rates in the top 5 of my Nocturne Falls reads. The story kept in line with the others in the series but yet had a very original story line that kept me wanting to read it all in one setting but didn't do it. I have a personal health problem with stories with lots of tension, and dangerous situations and causes my blood pressure to go up. So I did have to put it aside for a bit because I was so worried about 2/3 the way in. Then I went back to it and got through it. It was GREAT. That to me tells what a wonderful story teller Kira Nyte is along with B.J. Harrison with the narrator. She made each of the characters so real like so many other characters in this series. They feel like neighbors and friends whom we care deeply about.

I am very thankful to Kristen Painter for starting this wonderful series and opening up Nocturne Falls Universe to other diverse authors who have added immensely to the whole reading enjoyment of this series. I am a huge fan.

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Dragon Gambles

A little disappointed in the story. It felt more like a Harliquin romance book. I loved the series, up til the last couple of books. I like a little more paranormal and mystery. I'm probably going to skip on the next book.

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Loved it so much

Kira Nyte's dragon storyline is probably my favorite Nocturne Falls Universe side story. I sure hope this storyline continues. She is an amazing writer. The romance is perfect and doesn't go overboard. The supense is crazy good too.

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Really loved the characters and narrator

The narrator did an amazing job with this book. I think he really captured the characters and the changes in their voices per what's going on.

The book itself is wonderful as well. The plot was interesting and I like how it was resolved. I also like who the characters start as and who they become. The descriptions were really nice too.

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Great story

Great story, moves fast. Great narrator, BJ Harris brings every story to life. I would recommend

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One of my favorites books

One of my favorites books in this series so far. Very good. Loved it. Enjoy

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slow and at times just boaring

i love this series but this one was long drawn out and hard to listen to at times. the narrator was great as always but the story it self was good an fit into the series but, just to many off shots and extra side fluff. I had to make myself keep listening to it. I enjoyed it for what it was but i have to say this was not my favorite.

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Weak heroine

I love the Nocturne Falls series, especially the dragon characters, but this book was a disappointment due to the lead female, Ariah. The underlying plot (already in place from A Dragon Speaks Her Name) is intriguing but ruined by Arian’s character.

She spends the entire book blaming others for her problems, never once considering her own actions and choices. She spends at least a third of the book resisting her “life mate” due to her fear of the good fortune that she undeservedly encounters when she meets Alazar. But as she spent the first 17 years of her life in a fairytale existence, that seems like a paltry reason to resist.

At least in the end, she does what comes naturally to her, and convinces Alazar that he can’t blame himself for his past mistake, it was the fault of others. Rather than assure him that he did what he could and he should forgive himself, she stays true to her nature and convinces him that the tragedy that occurred was someone else’s fault.

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The author's character and world building are wonderfully believable.

Dragon meets girl who is his possible life mate. They face many challenges along with friends and family. Charming.

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The best so far!!

This was the best so far. I love the dragons!! I really hope more along this character line.

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Couldn't even get through the first two hours.

{gag!} She falls for him at first meeting because she was born to be his life mate - no attempt to decide for herself, to object to his invading her privacy by reading her thoughts, to object to him touching her when he's a complete stranger, or to kick back against being essentially enslaved to him because of an accident of birth... I completely lost interest in what happened after that point, I can't bring myself to care what happens to a protagonist I've lost any respect for. The author obviously believes that being denied freedom of choice and enslaved to a good-looking man is something desirable, and that's just a World of Wrong.

I only rated it as high as I did because it's a Nocturne Falls book which is a pretty appealing setting, and the narrator is fairly consistenly good.

Of course it's entirely possible that the poor misguided woman later comes to her senses and fights against the situation, but I going on the evidence of the first hour and fourty-something minutes, I doubt it, and I really couldn't bring myself to be bothered with listening to any more of it.