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The Crimson and the Black (Hidden Empire #2) by Nicola M. Cameron

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#Historical, #Paranormal, #Romance,

Beware of dragons…

Being a beautiful bon vivant vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be—in fact, it can get lonely, not to mention boring. So when Countess Fyodora Korelev is asked to find a group of kidnapped selkie girls, she jumps at the chance ... only to get the shock of her undead life when a huge, gorgeous Scottish dragon shifter shows up and announces that she's his fated mate.

Dragon shifter Callum Brown has been alone for centuries, so he's in a foul mood as he's tracking down the Sassenachs who stole his selkie niece. But when he runs into a stunning vampiress who sets his blood on fire, he knows he has to claim her even though she refuses to admit she's his mate. Now Callum must use all of his skills to find his niece and seduce his stubborn, beautiful countess.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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Countess Fyodora julianova Korelev is at a loose end. She is feeling no joy in life until she gets asked to help on a case of missing selkies. Whilst on the hunt for them she has a run-in with a Mr Callum Brown who she is very mysteriously taken with. On their journey, they find more than just the selkie they are searching for.

This story is brilliant, I feel like I have been waiting forever for a follow-up from shadow of the swan and it didn't go in the direction I thought it would. The way it has gone is fantastic finding out more about Fyadora is fascinating no wonder she's the hardened woman she is. The hardships that she and Callum have been through could be enough to send somebody insane!

The growth between them is very carefully written the sex scenes are very steamy and intimate. There are battle scenes that are a wee bit gruesome but the detail is all there.

Nicola is a fantastic author and she has done another stellar job well done.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Nicola Cameron is a married woman of a certain age who really likes writing about science fiction, fantasy, and romance. When not writing about those things, she likes to make Stuff™. And she may be rather fond of absinthe.

While possessing a healthy interest in romance (and sex) since puberty, it wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to write about it. The skills picked up during her SF writing career transferred quite nicely to speculative romance. Her To Be Written work queue currently stands at around nineteen books, and her mojito-sodden Muse swans in from Bali every so often to add to the list, cackling to herself all the while.

When not working, she’s usually making Stuff™, kissing her husband, or entertaining her cats.

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