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Smolder (Dragon Souls Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Penelope Fletcher
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Wounded, a dragon drops from the sky to crash in front of Marina in an explosion of fire. She does the only reasonable thing a woman can do – she saves his life. Marina knows any moment may be her last, yet she cannot deny the connection between her and the alluring creature.

When fierce dragon lords appear, leading a dangerous assassin to their hiding place, the truth about her dragon is unveiled. The consequences of falling for a beast gifts Marina wonders never before seen in this world.

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From the Author

Book Two of the Dragon Souls Trilogy (Burn) is available.

About the Author

Penelope Jade Fletcher is a British author of genre romance.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1103 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stephenson & Fletcher; 1 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LR8UQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining February 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Penelope Fletcher's Smolder is an entertaining read if you are willing to suspend any expectation of realistic behaviour (and I don't just mean because it is fantasy). Marina and Koen are another stunning example of insta-love, granted it's also a case of instant hate too. The whole scenario is made more ridiculous by the fact that she is COMPLETELY unfazed by the fact that he is a dragon. This is where my sense of realism is stretched beyond it's brink. Marina isn't afraid of anything. She is too brash, too fearless, and too loyal to a man she just met. But still it's entertaining enough if you just roll with the punches.

Honestly, even though she is largely too much of just about everything she is also really funny. This kept me reading even when I wanted to yell 'yeah right they would let you get away with that!' or 'Oh, how convenient for you.' Koen is noble, but you don't see much of his personality. It is too buried in being honourable and duty bound, but Daniil and Nikolai are fabulous side kicks. They made the book worth reading.

I was even willing to ignore the book's desperate need for an editor, because though noticeable it wasn't all that distracting. What I was not willing to overlooks is the fact that it ends on a that isn't right. I don't consider it a cliffhanger. Yes, the final page of the book is ultra suspenseful, but it isn't an ending. Marina is literally halfway through the quest she set out on. That's not a cliffhanger, that's half of a book! Yes ,Smolder is appropriately long, at roughly 250 pages, but it's only half a story. When did this become the accepted norm? It makes me mad. If I take the time to read 250 pages I expect some sort of conclusion as a payoff before having to wait for the second instalment. I didn't get that here and I am not a happy camper. Still, I want to know how the story ends so should the second one come out before I forget about having read this one I will pick it up.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the romance I was expecting April 2, 2012
By A. Katz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love dragons and I loved how the author wrote them, however I was expecting a romance.

Spoiler alert: This book did not have a happy ending and I was quite upset with main character suddenly hitting on another man near the end.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Book January 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book with ONE exception. I hate it when authors end a book in the middle of the story. I would never have purchased this book if I had any idea that it would not be finished. AND THEN promised that the sequel would be out in 2012 yet it is STILL not released and here it is, the end of January 2013!!!
I will not be buying the sequel when it is released. Who's to say that the story will be done with that one. I refuse to be strung along for years on end just so the author can sell more books. If she wanted to sell more books, rrite additional stories about the secondary characters. I would have loved to find out the ending but now I'm just dissappointed.
I felt cheated with this book and will not be buying anything of hers again no matter how good a writer she is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!! March 31, 2012
By Linda
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to say that I had to calm down at the ending!!! This is an exceptional story! Penelope Fletcher is fearless. The world building is unparalleled. This is her best book by far and I loved all of the others with the exception for the wendigo one (the cover grosses me out too much so I have not read it, I am a wuss). The love triangle is engrossing but it is clear who it has to be and I am rooting for that one!! I have to say I generally do not go for stories with triangles but her writing is so good she had me from the moment the Dragon exploded!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT REALLY A ROMANCE NOVEL August 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This could have really been a great book, I love dragon romances (like Janet Chapman)but after the beginning it lost substance and the ending was horrible. If the author had kept this a romance novel and not a training book for dragon assissans would have really enjoyed it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised December 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this based on a recommendation and the number of stars it had. I was not thrilled with the book especially the fact that it has NO ENDING. If you as an author are going to make this a series have some sort of resolution . I don't think I will bother to read a sequel if and when there is one. Not a Keeper.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars undoing the fairytale May 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a fantastic cast of characters -- this is a great new series by Penelope Fletcher. I loved the Demon Girl series and I can see the growth in Ms. Fletcher as a writer as I like this dragon series even more. Ms. Fletcher is deconstructing a fairy tale here and it is riveting. The dragons in this book live in a brutal world which is on the cusp of evolving. Of course our heroine Marina is just the shove it needs. I am not a fan of plot summaries in lieu of an actual opinion of a book. Here's mine: the characters were extremely well drawn, caricature was used for comic relief and well done as in the case of Nicholai. The fairy tale genre is turned on it's ear as women must battle to get their mates and serve as their protectors. Fighting is to the death and killing your intended's family to use as bait is acceptable. I enjoyed that Ms. Fletcher explored both sides of the "you are my mate and it is fate" view on instant love and played it against "you are so good to me, make me feel great and we might have something here". Friendships, loyalty, kindness, love and grace all come into play and I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A different series with cliffhangers January 24, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I give this book 3.5 stars. I bought it after reading Venomous, from the same author. I really enjoyed that book and I thought that the argument of Smolder was really promising. However, it was very disappointing finding out how little interaction the leading female and male character have with each other. The storyline is very developed but I would have appreciated a little more of romance. I wasn't expecting a cliffhanger, I thought every book was independent and I wasn't happy when I discovered that the third instalment has to be published.

I really look forward to reading the story of Thunderclaw, from the book Venomous but I don't know if I'll continue with the Dragon Souls series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been writen by teenagers!
Very hard to read. Good story line, but it felt like it was written by a teenager, and the characters were teenagers. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Malary
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, while the concept is a bit used ...
Great book, while the concept is a bit used the author does a good job of giving it a new twist.
Published 8 days ago by aaaa
5.0 out of 5 stars dragon souls
I am hooked !!! I am even dreaming of this beautiful, well-written, exciting, and humorous story line. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Cyntodo
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this
Grabs you from the beginning, an unpredictable story that keeps you reading. It has the right amount of romance mixed with action all led by a woman I can respect.
Published 1 month ago by L. Clement
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Just not of my interest.
Published 1 month ago by callangelin
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
This book was awesome and I can't wait to dive into the next! NOT for anyone who has issues with erotic books!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was free
It was free
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Daniel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for... but so much more! i give it a five star...
Wow, one day I was reading a romantic dragon shifter book (sexy and hot) and decided to surf the net for more. I came across this book and since it was free, took a chance. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JMM
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read if you're looking for something different
I absolutely adored Marina. Fierce and with a sass that would have any man.. or dragon, on his knees she really makes this saga a page turner. Read more
Published 2 months ago by willowfly
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down
I can't remember the last time I was so engrossed in a book. I couldn't put it down. I was skeptical when I saw the work "romance" in the title, I prefer fantasy, and the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Smashette
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