Paula Quinn's "Scorched" reminds me so much of those timeslip romance tales of the past. About twenty years ago, in my early life of a romance reader many fantasy, science fiction and timeslip books hit the market. It was a very magical time for romance novels and my development as a romance reader. "Scorched" brought me back into that that moment and I was struck with a bit of nostalgia.Twenty years later I'm still a huge paranormal romance fan.
In "Scorched" we have Marcus. He's a very old dragon, but looks young and HOT. He's been out of the human world for centuries and is now waking up to being hunted by his own kind. Many dragons have decided it's better to become fully human and they are forcing that on other dragons. Marcus doesn't want to be human. Like the timeslip books of the past Marcus is going through that whole learning about current times and people. No longer do virgins hope to save their villages by putting themselves out to be eaten. Oh my, Marcus has a whole bunch to learn from Samantha Montgomery.
Samantha isn’t one of those women that is going to let Marcus take over. She’s a tough girl who grew up in foster care and now she writes romance novels. She’s got plans that don’t include a dragon and all that comes with that. She just wants to settle down and be happy in her castle.
Paula does a great job of making you feel what her characters are going through. By the end you are happy with how things turn out. Overall this was a sweet tale that had me smiling quite a bit at the antics and emotions of the characters.
Marcus is a Drakkon as ancient as the stars, stronger than a mountain, and the last of his kind. Men now rule the earth. The time of the Drakkon is over thanks to the legendary Phoenix Amber and the Council of Elders who use its power to transform Drakkon into humans. When the Council discovers he may be hiding a treasure worth more than any dragon horde, they will stop at nothing to have it and transform him against his will.
Being human is worse than anything Marcus could have imagined. His brilliant cerulean scales are gone, replaced with paltry skin he is sure could not even stop a bird if one flew into him. But worse than imprisonment in a male body are the awakenings of unfamiliar human desires that are nothing like the animal urges that were so easily satisfied as a Drakkon— emotions like loneliness that make him seek out companionship with a woman who, unfortunately for him, happens to be a sweetly-scented virgin.
Samantha Montgomery isn’t about to go to bed with a man who believes he used to be a reptile, especially one whose smoldering smiles make her think of being consumed alive by fire, and loving it. A romance writer and product of the New York State foster care system, Sam just wants some normalcy in her life. She’ll never get it with Marcus. Should it matter that his wickedly passionate touch tempts her to yield all, even if all he wants is her virtue? He is everything she doesn’t want in a man. Fear of commitment is one thing, not loving anyone or anything for ten centuries is another. But he won’t leave her castle. He’s arrogant, proud, and a bit delusional as to his abilities, but despite all his infuriating ways, including reading her mind and ceaselessly trying to convince her that the knights she writes about were useless beings clad in metal, he works his way into her life by fixing what’s broken; from the stone wall outside her battle-beaten castle to the wall around her heart.
When Marcus discovers the treasure that prompted his transformation, he must make a choice. Give up his human heart and save the Drakkon race, or surrender his heart to love and remain a man forever.