Ashton Drake (Aurum Court Dragons) book 1 by Emilia Hartley
Ashton knows he’s in no shape to help anyone. His sanity is hanging by a thread; he’s failing at the job the Drakes sent him to the city to do; and many days he can’t even handle his own dragon.
The only time the beast settles is when it sees Makenna, Ashton’s high school sweetheart.
The trouble is, Makenna doesn’t seem to want Ashton around. She can’t forget that Ashton left her, and besides she doesn’t have time for an out-of-control Drake, even if she could ever trust him again.
Ashton knows what he needs to keep his sanity – he just doesn’t know if he can win Makenna back…
Aurum Court Dragons:
Book 1 Ashton Drake
Book 2 Wyatt Drake
Book 3 Ryker Drake
Book 4 Griffin Drake
Book 5 Jasper Drake
Ashton is part of the Drake family, they live under the rule of the Gold dragon.
He’s back after trying to save the bank that keeps them safe on the mountain. He’s also here to keep his cousin from showing the world that dragons exist!
Makenna was going to be a singer, a success, but she never made it that far….. Being called back home by her ill relative, Makenna put aside her dreams and worked, she’s trying to pay off the hospital bills and other bills that slowly mounted up!! There are not enough hours in the day to earn money, so the last thing she needs is an old flame coming back into her life!! She needs money, not fun!!
Ashton knows he should leave her alone, she’s told him enough times, but she soothes his dragon, he’s not crawling out of his skin when she’s near. But how does he get her to slow down? How does he try to help? Yes he can throw money at it, but Makenna is an independent woman, she won’t take his help.
But when a fire almost takes her away from him, Ashton is going to do everything in his power to help her. Being with Ashton is easy, loving him is natural, and when a fire makes her re-evaluate her life, she decides to let him in. She knows all about his dragon, so he doesn’t have to hide that from her, she knows all about the generation after generation of dragons who look after the mountain and the people that live on it. So what’s holding her back from committing to Ashton?
I liked this book, I liked the fact Ashton wasn’t prepared to like going back home, it’s not until further on on the book you realise why he’s happy to go home. I loved Makenna, a hardworking young woman, she didn’t take the easy way out when her aunt died, she faced her responsibilities and paid off the bills that accrued during her aunt’s illness. I like how she wasn’t going to fall for her “old flame”, just because he was back. She really made sure he was back to stay before she let him back into her life.
(There is a backstory, it’s concerning his cousin the King, Jasper will star heavily in all the books until his is told in the last one.)
So do you need to read in order? Yes, all the characters are in all the books, so it makes sense to read them the way they are set out.
I must admit I’ve read quite a few books from this author recently, I’ve enjoyed her work, so when I got the opportunity to read this series I jumped at the chance.
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