FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS: Discussion, Review, and Excerpt

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Hello, everybody!
I’m here today to talk about FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS by the amazingly talented Melissa Petreshock. Before we get started, here is the synopsis:

“Following the death of her uncle, twenty-one year old Caitriona Hayden finds herself in the midst of a trio of a quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.

Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America’s monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.”

As you can see from the synopsis, this book has everything going for— a strong set of characters, a brilliant setting, vampires, demigods, and dragons— my most favorite part of the book.

When I first met Melissa on-line, this book was quite different, and it’s been amazing to see it change and grow and develop into this amazing story. The dragons, specifically, are what makes this story stand out— it’s unique. In many books, we’ve seen vampires and ghosts and other paranormal creatures of that sort, so human/dragon-beings is an immediate hook that pulls you into the story: it’s refreshing, but what Petreshock has brought to them makes the story feel real, causing the words to jump off the page and for you to fall into the book, the novel playing before your eyes. Her attention to detail of the background of her characters makes you really get to know them— you care about these characters, and as soon as the book comes to an end, you will find yourself eagerly awaiting for book two to be able to meet them again and follow them through the next stages of their story.

As I’ve just said, it’s the attention to detail that really helps to elevate this already-amazing story: as we’ve learned, it’s set within the next century, and Melissa sure does make it seem as though she herself has been to the twenty-second century in secret, noted down what it looks like, ran back to the present day, and then inserted her story into it. “Claaron provides a fresh perspective with a snarky flair when a certain character feels lost.” One of the main aspects that I really enjoyed was the technology— I won’t say too much because it was, as a reader, really fun to come across the new technology that Petreshock has created, and discover what they are— it really feels as though you’re being taken through a journey, discovering more and more about this new world bit by bit: it’s all Incorporated throughout the novel, which is something that any reader wishes for.

But not only is it the characters and the setting that makes this book tick: it’s the story itself. This blend of romance, mixture of fantasy, and sprinkling of futuristic detailing, all wrapped around the story of a girl who needs to make a decision that will change the rest of her life makes the story flow. The words and the sentences and the paragraphs and the pages flicker through your mind like a film-reel: I’ve said it in the past, and I’ll say it again, this book would be awesome as movie (as long as I’m invited to the premiere *winks*) and that’s all because of the talent that Petreshock has in spinning a story. The suspense, the tension, the romance scenes, are all in the right places, and they will make you want to never put the book down.

This is an amazing debut novel from Melissa Petreshock, releasing on April 29th from Swoon Romance. I can’t wait until book two and book three! I’m also very happy to announce that I blurbed this book, the first book that I’ve ever blurbed— I hope this reflects just how much I loved this book!

In conclusion, I highly recommend that you pre-order this book, and that you purchase it upon release, because you will not be disappointed!

Thank you for the brilliant read, Melissa, and thank you to Swoon Romance for asking me to provide a blurb! I wish you all the best of luck for release day— I just know that it will fly up the bestseller lists! You can pre-order it on any Amazon Kindle site!

Also, I’m very lucky to be able to share an excerpt with you! Enjoy!

Petreshock/Fire of Stars and Dragons- Excerpt
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FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS Excerpt
(Chapter 2, Cait’s POV)

No. She. Is. Mine.”
Those words ring in my ears. I want them and fear them. He’s a dragon. What that means in this situation, I’m not even sure. Do dragons marry? I can’t say with certainty his claim implied marriage. He did promise to protect me. It occurs to me my hand is still on his, contact I initiated just before his declaration. I move it to my lap, and his retreats to the back of my chair, but there’s a definitive sense of disconnection, touching him appealing to my body with as much natural ease as breathing.
For the first time, Dante speaks, voice smooth, a softened Scottish lilt dripping off his every word. “Perhaps this would be an excellent time to offer a relatively neutral solution to our conundrum over Caitriona’s situation.” He said nothing during court, sitting, absorbing everything, a picturesque view on the dais, flawless fair complexion, dark as night hair, and striking blue eyes.
Dante is every bit his goddess mother’s son, the epitome of beauty.
Cedric leans forward in his chair, hands folded together on the table. “What did you have in mind?” If I had to guess, I would say he sounds relieved Dante offers another option. I suppose a dragon eating his son isn’t a pleasant idea.
The demigod stands and paces in a small circle, brows knit together in contemplative focus, coming to an abrupt halt, turning and meeting my eyes. He says nothing, staring, and the entire room buzzes, strange electricity in the air.
His gaze rises, beyond me. “I will marry her, Theo.” And I’m certain my heart stops. “You trust me, do you not?”
“Are you all insane?” I scream, slamming my hands on the table, jumping out of my seat. So much for remaining quiet. “I refuse to sit here feeling like I’m being auctioned off to the highest bidder.” I sure as Hades do not want to deal with Neglected Dependent Services, but this is ridiculous. Why the king involves himself on a personal level in my situation is beyond comprehension.
King Corrin glares daggers at me, or past me to Theo, but I’m damned sure he’s not happy about a woman rebuking anything he says. However, Dante smirks as he watches my outburst. Behind me, the dragon clears his throat.
“I do believe Miss Hayden makes a valid point to be considered.” He places his hand on my shoulder, encouraging me to sit again, and I do so, grudgingly. Across the table, the king’s brother buries his face in his hands, but he’s not laughing. “While it is understandable the monarchy cannot abide by the breaking of sovereign laws, Miss Hayden is indeed a woman of means. At our ages, it is quite conceivable to liken her wealth and social stature to noble ladies of eras past, one whose suitors would vie for her affections, for the right to win her hand in marriage.”
While I’m somehow seeing this whole situation going in reverse, dragging me into the damned dark ages worse than society already, there might be a light at the end of the tunnel this dragon walks through. Choices. Women of means had choices back then. I for one would like them back.
“A duel?” The monarch’s eyes brighten, displaying his fangs in a Cheshire grin.
Sir Oliver grimaces. “I doubt a duel is quite the answer, Sire. Regardless of your expertise as a swordsman, even my skill is negligible over Theo’s.”
The room quiets until Evan sits back in his chair, its squeaking breaking the silence. “I suggest vying for her affections in the most literal sense. I’ve said before I disagree with arranged marriages, but if she must choose amongst you then at the very least, allow she find the most happiness.” He plays with the wedding band on his finger. “Is it asking too much she have the opportunity to perhaps marry out of some measure of love?”
Whether his concerns fall to his brother trapped in a loveless marriage or my best interests, I don’t venture guesses, but I appreciate his disapproval.
“Would it most please Miss Hayden, I am agreeable to such a compromise,” states Theo, though his tone declares him anything other than agreeable.
Dante nods, remaining in his apparent standard state of existence, thoughtful and contemplative. “As am I.”
With an irritated huff, King Corrin drops back into his chair. “Fine. It is agreed.” His icy stare stays on me as he speaks. “But she must be moved to a secure location where she remains of equal accessibility. Aside from her safety quite lacking, from this point forward, regardless of who ultimately gains victory, I declare her status as betrothed and under the protection of the clan. Should Miss Hayden be incapable of making this decision for herself within seven days, sovereign law prevails, and I shall either choose her husband or relinquish her to NDS.”
“Seven days! What? And you expect me to leave my home? No! Not in Hades’ name will I do any such thing.” Refraining from calling the king insane, out of his mind, or gone mad, I’m adamant in this, but Theo rests one hand on my shoulder calming me, his touch desirable in its soothing effect.
My request to live as an independent woman was a long shot, to say the least. … And NDS is a worst-case scenario for someone in my position. This … I release a quiet exhale and nod in compliance. This is better than the alternatives. None of these men need the wealth or power of Hayden Holdings. I’m not a wrung in their social ladder. Choosing between the king, Dante, and Theo Pendragon … I should be thankful, not insolent. Most women would kill to be in my designer shoes.

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