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And then there was one.Sorcerer Nicodemus Katsaros experienced his greatest sorrow when his four warrior brothers were cursed by his enemy Sorcerer Sotiris Cursed to be imprisoned in stone, always awake and able to see and hear everything in their presence, but unable to do Only a minute loophole gives them the illusion their curse could be broken, under the right conditions Centuries have come and gone with no hope until recently Three have been able to break their curse Damian, magician Kato, god of war Gabriel, vampire Only one remains Dragan, blessed by the Goddess, winged dragonish warrior This is his story This is the 4th installment in the Stone Warriors series that, on the surface, could be read as a standalone for the content, but, this series builds off previous installments so I d highly suggest and recommend that any new reader needs to start from the beginning Dragan Fiachna Maeve Collins It s the well used trope of a hero who has experiences deep dark isolation and segregation, both as a human and rock statue, until one person has the strength, ability, and just plain luck to change status quo To break the curse Dragan Fiashna, heir to the curse of royal blood, a horror hiding behind a beautiful face you shall remain locked in stone until a maden, untested and pure, shall find grace in your beast and saety in your nightmare. Who better than a gamer and computer hack as we all know gamers battle horrific characters on a daily basis and are most often virgins, or so I m told lolOn the whole I appreciated the overall story though it just didn t hit all the bells and whistles for me Not sure why I mean the lead up to Dragan Maeve becoming a couple was cute and their goal to reunite Dragan with Nick, aka Nicholas Katsaros, was fun I even got the giggles over Dragan experiencing modern technology, foods, and creature comforts for the first time Got a little petrified if Mae s computer hacking skills are semi accurate with the end thought that I need to beef up my own internet safety privacy Could have done without scenes that didn t really add anything to the overall story, example father and teenage son, while inhaled cameo scenes with Raphael Cyn There was just something that haad me wanting Even I can t define what that something could have been I love this author and have her on my auto buy list, but I m not a biggie fan of this series though a fan, yes As a big time shapeshifter dragon lover fan, I did feel a slight letdown that this installment wasn t a great as I had hoped but Mae s character did make up for a portion of that feeling Dragons be mean, fierce, and dangerous when provoked Though parts of this story did apply that premise and other scenes did feature the other side of such a personality the gooey loving side I just felt, on the whole, the author nailed the overall dragon concept To add There is a mild teaser for the next installment which will FINALLY feature the main guy of the series itself Nicodemus Katsaro Fingers crossed that Raphael will FINALLY get a little karma satisfaction in the process Those two really need to get over themselves, but then again, maybe not as I ve enjoyed snacking on my popcorn watching those two clash Again and again and again. Dragan Fiachna, Heir To The Curse Of Royal Blood, A Horror Hiding Behind A Beautiful Face You Shall Remain Locked In Stone Until A Maiden, Untested And Pure, Shall Find Grace In Your Beast And Safety In Your NightmareDragan Fiachna, Born To A Life Of Loneliness, Cast Into Stone By A Sorcerer S Curse And Imprisoned Forever In Darkness He Is Freed At Last, Only To Discover His Enemy Still Lives And Is Plotting The Death Of Millions In His Quest To Rule This New WorldMaeve Collins, Brilliant, Courageous, And Compassionate Enough To Believe A Stone Statue Can Have A Soul Shocked When Her Beautiful Winged Man Breaks Free, Horrified At The Torment He S Endured, She Dedicates Herself To Reuniting Him With The Warriors He Calls FamilyBut She Never Planned On Falling In LoveRacing Across Half The Country In Search Of The Only Man Who Can Stop Their Foe From Fulfilling His Merciless Scheme, Dragan And Maeve Discover They Ve Unwittingly Stolen The One Artifact That Can Defeat Their Enemy And He Wants It Back Pursued By Assassins, They Fight Their Way To Dragan S Brothers, Only To Discover The War For This World Has Already Begun 5 Warrior StarsDragan Fiachna is the last of Nick s missing warriors who is trapped by Sotiris at his lake house with a sweet, shy, introvert named Maeve Mae works for Sotiris, as his antiquities caregiver Mae has always been drawn to the beautiful winged statue, so she spends much of her solitude time talking and reading to him She doesn t understand why Sotiris rants and raves at the winged statue when he occasionally visits, after Sotiris latest visit Mae offers comfort to Dragan even though she acknowledges she s talking to a stone statue Her devotion, compassion, and care for the statue finally breaks Dragan s curse and he s finally free Now he needs to find Nico Nick and his Warrior brothers Damian, Kato, and Gabriel Dragan Dragan is a fierce warrior, he s loyal and definitely deadly with his deadly winged weaponry yet he has a underlining sadness He wasn t treated well as a young boy, he was lonely and knew nothing about love, a gentle touch, or companionship until he answered Nico s call to join him and the others He finally understood companionship and loyalty Nico and his Warrior brothers gave him something he never knew and for that they have his undying love and loyalty for eternity.Maeve She s sassy, highly intelligent and very resourceful Yet she s also very shy, innocent, and sort of a introvert When Dragan was freed she was never afraid of him, she knew to her sole that he would protect her, even after he shows her how deadly he can be she stuck to her convictions Because of Dragan s horrid past he thinks of himself as a monster, which makes him wary for Mae to see him in his winged warrior form but Mae shows him nothing but loyalty and compassion, she makes him believe he can be loved and.he deserves to be loved Dragan and Mae are soon on the run from Sotiris and hunting for Nico Nick, thanks to Mae s mad IT skills and resourcefulness they are getting closer to Nico Nick but not without a few bumps in their journey, all the while growing closer.It was great catching up with Damian Casey, Kato Grace, and Gabriel Hana I really want to know Nick s assistant Lili s story.very intriguing She is clearly a supernatural but what Nick is VERY protective of her, and there s clearly something disturbing in her past, I need to know Now that all of Nick s warriors are free and together again we re getting closer to the final confrontation between Nick and Sotiris Lastly, in DBR s signature teaser ending Nick seeks out someone from his past, she s a mystery, a mystery woman Lili clearly wasn t too keen on..we ll just have to wait and see A very interesting development indeed As usual DBR gives her readers a compelling, fast paced, sexy, and exciting storyline with fantastically intriguing beautiful characters I can t wait for Dragan Fiachna is the last of Nick s missing warriors and he is trapped in on of Sotiris many houses Maeve, an employee of Sotiris, has always been drawn to the beautiful winged statue in the statue hall While Sotiris rants and raves at it, she offers it comfort and peace, even though she knows its justs stone Her care for the statue finally breaks the curse and Dragan is finally free Maeve uses her hacking ability to help Dragan to find Nick.Dragan and Maeve are probably my favorite couple of this series I really loved their interactions and care for each other You could feel the emotions from the beginning and it was perfect Maeve was smart, sassy, and resourceful I quite enjoyed her and how she dealt with everything She was never afraid of Dragan and knew he would protect her, even after he shows how deadly he can be Dragan was supportive, caring, and protective He has had a terrible past and thinks he is a monster, but Maeve shows him he can still be loved.Now that all of the warriors are freed we are getting closer to the final confrontation with Sotiris I thought we were going to get in this book but nope I am glad though because I want to see of this series I really want to see Nick get a HEA because he deserves it Also I really want to know Lili s story now She is clearly a supernatural but what kind Clearly she has a troubled past and Nick is very protective of her I really need to know ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review This review was originally posted at Red Haired Ash Reads. 4.25 5 starsLoved this latest installment I am really looking forward to the next HI How is this book published Cause I can t find it anywhere. OhEmGeeeeee Where has this series been hiding I just finished reading Dragan and I am hooked I fell in love with sweet, kind hearted Maeve right from the start She s a nerdy heroine with a sweet disposition, who s smart and funny What s not to like And Dragan wormed his way into my heart pretty easily with his protectiveness and old school honor The we get of him, the I want to follow Maeve s lead and hug him and promise to be BFFs forever Lol, in all seriousness, these characters and this story were so, so good This was an action packed, insta love paranormal romance that ticked off all my likes and didn t slow down once With powerful warriors, sorcerers, magic, ends of the world danger and epic romance, I was rooting for not only the MCs but also their buddies from the word go I m definitely going to have to read the rest of the books because the other guys and their bad a ladies definitely piqued my interest Not having read the other books, I thought Nico and his assistance, Lily would have been a good match, but that ending threw me for a loop Not sure how I feel about that but fingers crossed Lily gets her own story soon I really liked her I want to say this can be read as a standalone but with intersecting characters and an ongoing plot, I think reading the others, in order, would help build the story up better Still, I highly enjoyed this one and this is book 4 in the series I did t feel lost or bombarded with details, the story flowed really good and you got just enough info to keep you in the loop I would definitely recommend if you love paranormal reads, this one was HAWT ARC provided for an honest review I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own SAFETY INFO view spoiler Ages Maeve is 26 years old, Dragan, really old Think thousands of years Cheating Not between the MCs but Maeve s on boyfriend, in college, cheats on her and leaves some emotion scars and insecurities behind OM OW drama None.Separation None They are on the run for most of the story but even before then, Maeve sought out Dragan, in statue form for the three years she worked for Sotiris Push Pull Mild drama from both sides She thinks he only likes her because she broke him free of the curse that had him imprisoned in stone and he thinks she s too pure and perfect for him They both realize that they each love the other and it s very sweet Not drawn out or OTT dramatic Main Pursuer of relationship It s definitely mutual Possible Triggers descriptive violence, gore and death HEA HFN Ends on a HFN but definitely committed , no epilogue hide spoiler Finally, we have DRAGAN Maeve Collins is an academic with a nerd s heart, who has taken a position in seclusion to catalogue a vile and rude man s vast collection of rare artefacts and precious treasures for the past three years Little does this mousy, solitary woman know that she is employed by a callous and vengeful sorcerer who will stop at nothing to destroy those who are good and just But Maeve has a companion in the beautiful and imposing statue that her employer berates at every opportunity, and his magnificent wings draw her near even when she knows its forbidden Dragan Fiachna is a magnificent specimen of the human form, unfortunately that form has been encased in stone for a thousand years while his cognitive mind has remained alert and aware of all he is missing as the years pass by But the sweet and compassionate young woman who sits by his feet after he endures ridicule and abuse by his jailor, keeps his hopes alive that freedom will again be his, and his brothers are waiting for his ultimate return This is the fourth story in D.B Reynolds spin off from her acclaimed Vampires in America series that has continued to thrill and captivate her reading audience since 2009 And as with any story written by this exceptionally talented author, we always know that the content will be fast paced, high octane and brutal, but it will also be underwritten with courage and compassion Dragan is everything we as readers would expect from a thousand year old warrior fierce, steadfast and gloriously handsome, he is also believable in his role as an ancient being who s transitioning to life in the modern world His language is realistic but evolves nicely to the modern idioms of today as the story progresses And while Maeve may start out as a fragile soul, she has inner strength that compliments Dragan as they travel across the country, evading capture, and on a journey to find Nico and hopefully his lost brothers then defeat the nefarious Sotiris.This story started out a little slower than the previous ones, but there was nothing missing in the intrigue, suspense, world building and overall storyline and plot that makes this book just as thrilling as those that came before The Stone Warriors are a diverse and captivating group that have continued to provide hours of reading entertainment, along with laughs, and tragedy, and I can t wait to the final book The pressure s on Ms Reynolds what do you have in store for Nico Dragan is the last of the stone warriors to be released from his centuries of imprisonment The curse holding him was very specific one that the evil sorcerer, Sotiris, thought near unbreakable because it was dependent on a virgin untested and pure When his employee, Maeve Collins, releases Dragan from his prison at last, she is astonished to find the statue she had felt such an affinity for is a real man Dragan s prior life was one of war and rejection from his family and village because of a goddess imbuing him with certain powers including fearsome wings.Maeve has worked for Sotiris for three years curating and researching some of his magical items though she did not understand their true value other than as antiquities Once Dragan is free and explains to Maeve who and, importantly, what her repugnant boss is, she helps him flee with one of Sotiris most prized possessions Dragan knows his three brothers in arms were also cursed he is desperately hoping to find them free as well He also wants to find from his time period, Nicodemus, now known as Nick, whom the warriors served while fighting their hated enemy Maeve thinks she has located Dragan s former liege so she and Dragan travel on a long trip south while being pursued hired killers.As Maeve and Dragan journey from New York to Florida, their relationship develops including to a level she never expected Maeve has a lot of talents of her own which she uses to help in the fight against their enemy Once all the warriors are together, it is clear the war will escalate Dragan desires this modern young woman deeply He feels Maeve is meant for him if he can convince her they belong together No woman had ever treated Dragan as if he mattered before other than being with Nick, he was mostly used and abused in the ancient times Although all the stone warriors are now free in the world, this is not the end of the story More is to come featuring their leader, Nick, and someone important whom he has been seeking Fans of these books will be pleased there is to come especially since Nick has recovered his warriors and bridges both of Ms Reynolds series. It s been awhile since I dived into this world, but it didn t take me long to catch up New readersgo read Raphael and that series, then make the way to the Stone warriors series, you can thank me later Nowseries lovers get ready all we ve come to expect from this author is here and plot development but not as much I hoped but we get glimpses to Nicks future hopefully and I m stoked I so desperately want him to get a HEA, while I love his banter with Cyn I m beyond ready to see his story, there s so much there to be uncovered.Let me focus, this follows Maeve and Dragan, who while not my favorite couple they weren t dreadful You like both characters and certainly root for their victories and love The characters work well together and while we get a brief mention of my fav duo you won t see much of our Lord Raphael or Cyn cue the sad music I really enjoyed this and despite a full schedule made time for a few late night chapters Series lovers, it s a must read This was a complimentary ecopy provided by the author publisher in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.