I love dragons, almost as much as unicorns and the Pegasus, but the dragons have their own books. I like their ferocity and of course they’re big and dangerous.
The dragons in the Witch’s Destiny don’t horde gold and jewels like some of the other big beasts do. But there are some who do like the shine and glitter of jewels for the beauty they bring rather than collecting a horde of treasures.
They are territorial.
They stake out a territory and protect it and any people who might live within it. For the most part they’re loners until they take a mate, but a select few are mystically chosen to be part of dragon vamp pairs. Since all of the dragons marked for those pairs have a high level of magic, they also have a high level of arrogance. Good thing most of them are blessed in the looks department.
Excerpt of Damon and Rath’s meeting:
“Uh-oh, there’s that look again. You do need a distraction, but eventually you’ll tell us about what’s bothering you.” Rath’s fingers tightened briefly on her buttock.
“Then talk to me about when you learned you were part of a dragon-vamp pair and how you felt about it.” She leaned into him. Not as good as touching or kissing. It might not be long before she let the conversation go, pushed him to the ground, and attacked him.
“I was very young, still a child, not even in training when I found that I was to be part of a bonded pair. I hadn’t even thought of life other than what I knew. I expected to live the life of a single dragon until I found a witch to be my mate.” His hand pressed against her back, guiding her through the forest, finally stopping in a grassy clearing surrounded by trees.
Holding out his hands, a cloud of magic hovered above his palm. The hazy mass solidified into a thick brown blanket. He shook it out and spread it over the grass.
Keira sat on the soft fabric and waited until he’d settled across from her. “How did you know? Did someone come and tell you that you were part of a pair? If you were that young, you couldn’t have met Damon yet.”
Rath stretched his legs out in front of him. “You’re right, I hadn’t met him and no one told me. One night, I woke to burning pain on my inside thigh. It probably didn’t last long, but it felt like an eternity at the time. When my father saw the mark, he knew what it meant.”
She leaned forward. Did this marking mean anything other than he’d been chosen to be part of a pair? And where was that mark? It wasn’t anywhere obvious. He didn’t say anything.
“Well, what did it mean?” She clasped her hands together.
“That a bonded pair was preparing to step aside and that I had been chosen and matched to a vampire. From that moment, my life changed.” His fingers circled her wrist and tugged her forward.
His lips brushed back and forth across hers. So much temptation. She couldn’t resist. Her mouth opened. His tongue stroked against hers. So good.
“Did you like being part of a pair? Well, at that point, the idea of being one of a pair. When did you meet Damon?” Her lips brushed against his. Tingles danced across the skin.
“At first, I was excited and a little awed. There are only nine pairs. So being part of a pair is a very rare honor. I didn’t meet Damon until we were brought together to train with one of the old dragon-vamp pairs.” Rath’s fingers feathered through her hair.
“Did you like him?” She leaned forward, poised on one knee. It would be so easy to crawl into his lap and kiss him, but she wouldn’t get her answers. There was so much to learn.
Rath grimaced. “For a while, we both had a rough adjustment to the arrangement. We clashed. Damon was different from what I expected. He was too cheerful and he didn’t listen to anything I told him. He still doesn’t listen to me, but we’ve both adjusted.”
His hands curved around her hips and he lifted her onto his lap. She gasped and stiffened. Her hands pressed to his shoulders, before she let them slide over his chest and relaxed against him. Maybe their talk would be interrupted, but this was too good to pull away.
“So you were a tyrant even before you had been trained.” She drew her finger up the side of his cheek.