“Okay, fine. I get it. Strong, silent type? I thought it was reserved for cops and guys in action movies, but I can adapt.” He hefted his sword and winked. “I’m modern. Feminists don’t intimate me.”
Silence and Hark meet when they are matched in the ring of a fight club in Hong Kong. Hark is all talk, he taunts and talks smack while trying to get any sort of reaction out of his opponent. Silence is as good as her name… not speaking a word, or uttering even a sound as they beat on each other. Complete opposites from the same sect of dragon kings. Both are Sath, called thieves because of their ability to steal or borrow others powers for a limited amount of time. Silence is in the ring to make enough money to continue her search for an ancient relic in the hopes of making up for a past crime and Hark needs the money to get out from under the debts he owes. Each work for different mafia families for different reasons, but on this night they will become lovers and partners against the seedy underbelly of the city.
Silent Warrior is the prequel to the new Dragon Kings series by Lindsey Piper which comes out later this year. This novella exceeded every expectation I had when I picked it up. The Dragon King world is violent, gritty, dark and sexy as hell. It had the feel more of an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance. Everything this couple did was hard, from fighting to making love. Hark is a talker, his character seemed a little overwhelming at first, but his reasons for filling every waking moment making noise soon becomes apparent when he confides his past. Silence was an awesome heroine, so tough and brutal, not giving an inch until Hark keeps at her and gets under her skin:
He picked up the pace, their bodies brutal. Each stroke pushed his back against the wall. He was solid as that brick, going nowhere. The perfect ride. “Then you better tell me what I want to know. Come now, baby. Come and cuss and whisper your name. Blame me later. Beat me for it. I’ll love it and so will you and we’ll fuck all over again.” He slapped her ass. “But this first. Tell me your name.”
For a novella the world building is incredible, the grungy, dirty, crime ridden city breathes life into this story almost as much as the characters do. I can’t wait to get more into the history of the dragon kings, how they ended up cage fighting and being collared. This was a such a compelling introduction to this series that I am putting the first book Caged Warrior on my auto buy list when it comes out in June. Final Grade: A
“Our clan likes its treasures and secrets,” she began haltingly.
He kissed her ear, whisper soft. “And here you are telling one to me, Orla of Sath. Of course we love our secrets. That means it stays with me. I don’t share precious things.”