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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Book Review: The Rogue King (Inferno Rising #1) by Abigail Owen + giveaway

The Rogue King (Inferno Rising #1)
by Abigail Owen
July 30, 2019
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Kasia Amon is a master at hiding. Who—and what—she is makes her a mark for the entire supernatural world. Especially dragon shifters. To them, she’s treasure to be taken and claimed. A golden ticket to their highest throne. But she can’t stop bursting into flames, and there’s a sexy dragon shifter in town hunting for her…

As a rogue dragon, Brand Astarot has spent his life in the dark, shunned by his own kind, concealing his true identity. Only his dangerous reputation ensures his survival. Delivering a phoenix to the feared Blood King will bring him one step closer to the revenge he’s waited centuries to take. No way is he letting the feisty beauty get away.

But when Kasia sparks a white-hot need in him that’s impossible to ignore, Brand begins to form a new plan: claim her for himself…and take back his birthright.

Kasia is a phoenix, making her one of the most sought-after creatures in the world. All paranormal creatures seek to capture and exploit the good fortune a phoenix can bring. In an act of self-preservation, Kasia and her sisters have led reclusive lives. When a centuries-old vendetta threatens the phoenix sisters, Kasia is forced to put her faith in Brand, a dragon shifter mercenary hired to safely deliver her into the hands of the Blood King for a potential mating match. Brand, however, has his own secrets fuelling a vengeful agenda.

Rogue King was an engaging read from start to finish. This is a dynamic start to a series I cannot wait to explore. Owen’s characters are multi-faceted. Even the villains are granted a stint in the spotlight so readers can understand their motives and desires. The characterization is rich and has set the table for future installments. The politics of the dragon world is complicated and perilous. I’m hooked.

This is my first Abigail Owen read and I’m impressed. Owen’s work is on par with paranormal romance greats like Felicity Heaton and Christine Feehan. Her writing is sexy as hell. Owen’s plot and characters were more complex than typical paranormal romance fare, which is rare in this genre. I appreciate her creativity and shifting perspectives.

I eagerly anticipate future installments in this series

5 Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

The only warning she got that she was being followed was the flick of a shadow in the headlights. Before she could react, a massive golden dragon slammed down on the road in front of her about half a mile out. She almost expected the ground to shake with the force, but the act was near silent.


She gritted her teeth and tightened her hands on the wheel. Rather than stop, Kasia hit the gas, pushing the car to go faster. He wasn’t taking her without a fight, that was for damn sure.

The dragon’s deep golden scales glittered in the oncoming headlights. He didn’t budge. But he did growl, his tail slashing back and forth.

“Move, you scaly bastard,” she muttered.

But she didn’t let up on the pedal.

He lowered his head and let loose a growl of warning, which she responded to by stomping harder on the gas.

“Get out of the way!”

She had no intention of playing chicken. If he didn’t, she’d ram this car down his fire-breathing throat. The hell with it. She didn’t want to go back to that cabin in Alaska anyway. Maul would miss her, but he’d be the only one.

Only the dragon didn’t move. Okay then. Kasia braced for impact.

At the moment she should’ve slammed into him, the beast heaved himself into the air, and she zoomed past, fishtailing underneath him from the force of the wind his wings caused.

He must’ve backed up, because he landed on the road in front of her again.

“You want another go, you oversized flying iguana?” she shouted, and bore down on him.

And again, he hopped out of her way only to land in her path.

Damn. Kasia held in a scream of fear-tinged frustration. They could keep this up all night, getting them nowhere fast. He wasn’t going to let her go.

With a growl of aggravation, though not defeat, Kasia stomped on the brakes. The tires squealed in protest, and the unpleasant odor of burning rubber followed her as she skidded the car to a stop broadside of the dragon, only a few feet away. If she rolled down her window, she could reach out and touch him.

The terrifying creature moved around the car, his movements more of a glide, like golden water flowing around her. He lowered his head to gaze in at her with an eye the size of her entire thigh. He snorted, and smoke trailed from his nostrils as he glared at her.

Please let this be Brand, and not some other phoenix-stealing dragon shifter.

Kasia glared back but raised her hands off the steering wheel in a gesture of surrender.

About the Author:
Award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book. It sounds interesting.

  2. Read it, reviewed it and loved it!!! The best one yet! Thank you

  3. I'm like Linda Romer! I read it, reviewed it and LOVED it! It was actually the first book I've ever read by Abigail, but it won't be the last! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. This sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing 😍

  5. I've never read a paranormal phoenix novel so this has me intrigued! The characters and whole story overall sound very compelling and fun!

  6. Thank you for such a wonderful review! I am so thrilled that you loved The Rogue King!!! :) I hope everyone who tries it loves it as much!