Giveaway & DiDi’s Review – Grigori (Brothers of Ash and Fire #1) by Lauren Smith

With secrets, sexy dragons, passion and love, Grigori is a great start to a sexy new dragon shifter series! ~ DiDi, Guilty Pleasures

Release Date: October 3, 2017



He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.


Gregori is book one in an all new dragon shifter series by Lauren Smith. With the exception of a few series, I haven’t read much paranormal over the past few years; I just seemed to burn myself out on it. Color me surprised when Gregori’s description intrigued me, I couldn’t resist the lure of a sexy Russian dragon shifter!

Madelyn Haynes has always been intrigued by dragons, she’s a professor researching more on dragons in Russia when she finds a journal that just may back up her belief that dragons are real. As the oldest son in his family it’s up to Grigori to protect his family and the dragon race. When Grigori finds out Madelyn has stumbled upon a journal that will expose the dragon race and his family’s secrets he knows has to find Madelyn and stop her. What he didn’t count on is finding what he’s been searching for, his mate.

Grigori was slow at times but interesting enough to keep me turning the pages. Grigori and Madelyn are drawn together by insta lust that grows into a love to last a lifetime, which is totally acceptable in shifter romance. Grigori is an uber sexy ALPHA male and Madelyn is a feisty, smart heroine.

With secrets, sexy dragons, passion and love, Grigori is a great start to a sexy new dragon shifter series!

I cannot wait for his brothers stories and to see how the fate of the dragon shifters plays out.


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USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.


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