“Grigori” is the first installment of Lauren Smith’s dragon shifter series and is chockful of twists and turns. This novel is the perfect kick-off to the Brothers of Ash and Fire series. Lauren Smith deftly introduces the brothers, their backstories, abilities, and enemies without it coming across as a lecture. The American Heroine’s presence in Russia is explained as is her accidental interest in the brothers Barinov. Madelyn’s backstory’s wonderfully surprising, although I had my suspicions early on there was more to her than meets the eye. I enjoyed that the Barinov family’s dragon-shifter rivals came across as sounding like a rival Russian mob family. Lauren Smith keeps the reader on their toes with a rich and compelling storyline. There’s a focus on romance as well as dragon-shifter politics, not-to-mention the lore of a dragon-shifter/human mating.
The world Lauren Smith creates in “Grigori” isn’t one in which Dragon-shifters are commonplace. In fact the Heroine does not believe in werewolves, other shifters nor other paranormal entities. “Grigori” has history, romance, steamy sex, blood-feuds, and so much more. Lauren Smith never disappoints with her wonderfully crafted amazing plots and sexy storylines.
I’m giving “Grigori” 4 Lightning Bolts and a Storm Warning.
This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.