Author: Deborah Cooke
Read copy: eBook
Published: August 5, 2008
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Scientist Alexandra Madison was on the verge of unveiling an invention that would change the world—then her partner was murdered, their lab burned and their prototype destroyed. When recurring dragon-haunted nightmares threaten to land her in a psychiatric hospital, Alex knows she has to escape to rebuild her prototype in time. But first she must return to her ruined lab...
Handsome, daring, and impulsive, Donovan Shea is more than willing to do his part in the Pyr/Slayer war and save The Madison Project. Assigned to kidnap Alex, Donovan is shocked when her presence ignites the firestorm. He has no desire for a destined mate, but when Alex is attacked by a Slayer, Donovan finds himself meeting fire with fire in her defense. Won over by Alex's intelligence and determination, Donovan fights to rebuild her invention in a race against time. By the time the Slayers close in on their prey, Donovan knows he'll surrender his life to protect Alex—but will have to lose his heart to possess her...
I might've overlooked the overall pacing in the first book, since it was the setting point, introducing the world and history of the Pyr, but I cannot overlook it in this one.
The setting and main story was established, so there shouldn't have been anything keeping the "individual" story from soaring as its hero (sometimes) did. Unfortunately, the pacing did it in, and so did the characters which seemed distant and not particularly "enthusiastic to be participants in the story".