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He’s never been tempted…until her.

Sexy. Mysterious. Dangerous. He’s an immortal Dragon King bound by ancient rules and eternal magic. Cullen has one objective: find and destroy the evil that threatens the new home of the dragons. Just when he’s closing in, he’s ambushed and finds a stunning warrior woman fighting alongside him. No amount of magic could prepare him for the beguiling lass who spurns his advances and defies him.

From the moment Tamlyn takes a stand against her kind, she’s had to fight one perilous battle after another. Staying alive in an endless struggle, and the lines between good and evil are blurred with every encounter. She’s always stood alone—until she comes to the aid of an irresistibly handsome stranger. Cullen will force her to face truths she’s been running from…even as enemies plot to destroy them both.

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Excerpt: Dragon Unbound
By Donna Grant

Excerpt: Dragon Unbound

In a new story brimming with sizzling heat and untold mysteries, New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant brings together a devilishly handsome Dragon King and a woman who dares to challenge him.

DRAGON UNBOUND is out tomorrow and you can read a sneak peek below!

Cullen scrubbed a hand over his chin. “Tamlyn and her friends showed real terror when I told them who I was. Tamlyn told me she was taught from an early age to fear all dragons, but especially Dragon Kings.”

“I don’t know where the humans are getting that information,” Eurwen said.

Vaughn twisted his lips. “I think we need to find out.”

Cullen looked between them. “I have to help the children.”

“I’m not sure there’s a way to do that and not start a war,” Vaughn said.

Eurwen swallowed as she shrugged. “There isn’t.”

“We’re dragons. With magic,” Cullen reminded them. “We can do it.”

Vaughn eyed Eurwen, surprise in his voice when he asked, “You’re seriously considering it?”

“He’s right,” she said and jerked her thumb to Cullen. “It’s one thing for cities to ban those with magic. It’s something else entirely to kill them. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t care what the humans did to each other. But when helpless children are involved, I can’t pretend any longer.”

Cullen didn’t celebrate her statement. Though he was delighted to have someone on his side, he knew things wouldn’t be easy. “Con and Brandr are going to be livid.”

“Which is why there can’t be anything to disrupt the balance here,” Eurwen told him. “Nothing. The minute there is, you return. I want your word, or I won’t help.”

Vaughn visibly winced. “Honey, hold up a moment. I told you my concerns because I thought you might agree with my sentiment.”

“Obviously, I do,” she retorted. She quirked a brow. “You knew there was a chance I would go against Brandr.”

Cullen understood what Vaughn was getting at. “Brandr has adjusted his thinking to allow some Kings onto Zora to help battle this new enemy, though it goes against everything both of you agreed on.”

“Eons ago,” Eurwen added.

“The point is,” Cullen said with a meaningful look, “Brandr will only be able to bend so far before he breaks.”

Eurwen walked to Vaughn and put one arm around him as she laid her other hand on his chest and looked into his eyes. After a long moment, she turned her head to Cullen. “I know you think Brandr unsympathetic and emotionless, but we’ve had to be. He has a hard shell to guard a sensitive heart that wants to protect everyone and everything. I thought up most of the rules we put in place. I mellowed through the years while he grew harder. Colder. He’s buried his true self for so long that I no longer believe he remembers when he argued for helping the humans who have magic.”

“Brandr is stoic like Con,” Vaughn said. “In the time I’ve known your brother, I’ve found him fair and honest.”

Cullen considered their words. He had spent barely five hours with either Brandr or Eurwen before he and other Dragon Kings were dispatched around the perimeter of the invisible shield dividing their land from the humans’. In that short time, he’d seen how strong the twins’ bond was. He didn’t want to be the one to sever that. “Then no one can know you helped, Eurwen.”

“I kept things from Brandr before. I won’t do it again,” Eurwen said. “I promised I wouldn’t do that again.”

Vaughn kissed her forehead. “Sweetheart, if you tell your brother what you want to do, there could be a fight.”

“It’s worth it to save the bairns,” Cullen interjected.

Eurwen nodded. “I agree. I’m going to call Brandr here.”

“Uh…I doona think you need to,” Vaughn said as he pointed over Cullen’s shoulder.

Cullen turned around and saw the sunlight glinting off gold scales. At first, Cullen thought it was Con, since he was the King of Golds, but then Cullen caught the sight of the beige scales that ran the length of Brandr’s underside. The three of them watched as Brandr soared above before dipping his wing to swing around and return to where they stood.

Brandr alighted close by, shifting to his human form instantly as he did. He looked at each of them before sighing loudly. “I’m going to regret this.”

“What?” Cullen asked, confused.

Eurwen’s face split into a wide smile. “I knew you wouldn’t allow children to continue being harmed.”

Cullen’s head jerked to Brandr.

“Don’t look so surprised,” Brandr said with a wry grin. “Contrary to popular belief, I actually do have a heart.”

Vaughn said, “As good as this is, we should bring Con in on this.”

“He knows,” Brandr replied. “I’m going to take up patrol here while Cullen is gone.”

Cullen smiled as he looked at the other three. “I’ve been holding the ace up my sleeve. I’m glad I didna have to use it.”

“What?” Eurwen asked.

“While I’m on the human side, I’ll be able to search for our adversary,” Cullen replied.

Brandr chuckled as he shook his head. “Con said you were the perfect King to send over. Now I know why.”

Vaughn snorted. “And everyone thinks I’ve got the cunning mind.”

“Oh, you do,” Cullen said as they shared a smile.

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