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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 aboWounded, 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....

Title : smolder
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ISBN : 13256240
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Number of Pages : 234 Pages
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smolder Reviews

  • Samantha
    2019-04-01 00:20

    OMG I need book 2 right now!!!!The plot and world building was amazing. Where can you go wrong with DRAGONS who turn into hot men??? And the dragon Council with the Court and all made for a very interesting backdrop. Although I am still a little confused, are wild dragons wild people? Or dragons who never turn into people? Marina for me wavered between really brave to really annoying. She seemed to throw a lot of temper tantrums and be a complete flirt which bothered me a bit. She was supposed to be a bit on the mature side (21) but was absolutely clueless as to what her love, Koen, was feeling. Actions he took for her, had clear motives to the reader, but Marina couldn't see the sacrifics he was making for her through her thick head. I loved the POV of Koen and Daniil though and thought it really added to the plot to see what went on from their perspectives. Although, I hope the love triangle completely dissipates, love triangles between best friends is super annoying and to me, unrealistic and weak minded. Also there was some major insta-love happening. I have no problem with this (I think insta-love is romantic) but if you have a problem with fast love, then you are not going to like reading this book. It also reminded me a bit of Tiger's Curse, but better because dragons are super cool and Marina's fated journey seemed more realistic. There are a lot of typos, but I read through them no problem (although a "father bed" confused me for a sec! lol).PPPLEEAASEEEE publish book 2 soon! I have to see what comes next!!!!

  • Jagged
    2019-04-18 02:23

    Okay this was a horrible read---if you were to judge by the amount of missing words, missing letters, misspelled words, misplaced words, and grammatical errors. This book was filled with them. It was disturbing.The beginning of the story really didn't make any sense. In fact, it never actually cleared that up. It was just kind of like slams you into the middle of a bunch of shit and doesn't explain it fully. But it's like, if the book moves on fast enough, maybe the reader will forget all about that. It explains the reason why Koen was there in the first place...but it doesn't explain Marina's actions and lack of reactions.Marina is a piece of work...I give her that. I liked her in the beginning, but as the story progressed I no longer found her endearing or empowered. I found her to be obnoxious, disrespectful, over-confident; and I thought she brought shame on women everywhere.Although, the rock scene was pretty awesome. I rather enjoyed that.The way she reacted to meeting her father was uncalled for...I was shocked by the arrogance of her. Especially when it came to dealing with the dragon culture. Her personality clashed with itself often. She seemed more like a tornado...completely unpredictable. Because you never knew when she was going to act like a normal person, or lose her mind over nothing. And I suppose that was supposed to reflect her being dragon-like, but really it wasn't humbling. Her temper tantrums reminded me of my toddler. And it left me wondering how anyone found her attractive.The other thing that pissed me off royally was that she got up in arms over Koen kissing someone else. But nothing was done about the fact that she was also kissing someone else at the same time. But I would say her transgression was actually worse. She was making out with someone Koen considered family. That's just wrong on so many levels. And the bitch had no shame. Koen kissed miss Katya to get her disqualified on purpose--of course not that she knows that. But who did she think she was getting all pissed off when she was doing the exact same thing? But this was never addressed. The only thing addressed was him--more than once. I am wondering if the suppression of women and the emasculating of men in this book is a reflection of a deep rooted issue that Penelope has with men?Aside from that, the book wasn't too bad. Although I would consider it the Dragon version of the Hunger Games. I'll probably read the next one.

  • Christie
    2019-04-22 23:03

    oh penelope! its an on going love affair with your books.. why do you beat me so boldly and then let me heal to only be beaten again!!!its like gringer bread crumbs! Always so full of detail. i know your plotting schemes!!! (lol... good laugh) i know youre up to devilish things with this scenes. i can see many tracks now! Oh Marina! her character is strong yet young, i know she still has lots to learn about love and how you will test her with be the greatest journey. she trusts so openning. i worry for her. Koen, my biggest fear is for him and not marina. she would be the one to broke him. i feel the need to say that i think koen would be the one to tame marina.Daniil, i love the helping friend he is! but i dont want him to get in the way of koen. i feel that koen is given the lesser hand. those are the 3 main characters, yet as you read on, more characters are added and you have to watch and see what happens and i know better then to think that those that were discarded wont show up again. this series will keep you on your toes. im sad to say i have to wait months before the new one is released buthopefully we wont have to wait so long. i cant believe in this book only days have pasted by. so much always seems to be going on.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-22 05:29

    ”Oi! Penelope!” I have a headache from the tons of spelling, grammatical, ”and writing and writing” errors <=== done on purpose, its done in this book several times. I can usually ignore small typos but the errors in this book were distracting! I had to re-read passages and sometimes it took a moment to figure out she meant ”past” and not really ”passed”. I got the book for free so I know I must sound ungrateful, but it's frustrating! What a shame too because I really got into Marina's story. I love the imagination and character's in Penelope's writing, but she needs a better editor/proofer, it's way to hard to proof your own work after staring at it for so long, even with spellchecker.All in all, I'm ready to find out how Marina fares in her quests and I have a feeling she'll become...oh, wait, let me not spoil it in case no one else figured out what she might become.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-10 02:26

    Okay....finished this one in a few short hours! Let me start off by saying I am a huge Penelope fan. Love her writing and her Rae Wilder Series. Since this one is not considered YA I was super excited to read it. Anyways on with the review..... Its a story about a girl who while confronted with a less than ordinary life, must learn to come to terms with and overcome panic attacks, and of late her mother's death. If that isn't enough she stumbles upon not one, but three dragons(hot, hot, and did I say hot?) who inadvertently change her life. Trekking to another dimension, finding out she's a princess, entering a battle to secure her position beside the dragon she loves, and meeting her long lost father.....that's just the tip of the iceberg. Marina is a strong lead, who kicks ass and takes names. I immediately fell in love with her snarky attitude and her no holds bar wit. On the downside there were several grammatical problems so it kind of took away from the story at some points because I had to reread parts to figure out what the mistake was. But, overall I think the story was wonderful and I will anxiously be awaiting the next in this series:)

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-27 21:26

    FANTASTIC!!! Best book yet. I've read all of Penelope's novels so far. And I am blown away, to a point fanatical.... inspired. She is an incredible writer. Please look past the grammatical errors. We can not all be perfect. I loved the Rae novels but as a writer, she has progressed in Smolder; this is by far her best novel yet. I love the characters. I laughed out loud, (to the point my husband thinks I am legally insane and pretty sure he wants to confinscate my Nook), cried and want to kill some of the characters myself. No, I will no give anything away. I can not wait until Burn (#2 in the series). I told you I was semi Fanatical. :) It is a semi fast read. And though the first few chapters are a little confusing, the rest is IRRESISTABLE!!!! I can not say it more than you won't be diappoineted. TEAM PENELOPE!!!!

  • Erica
    2019-04-12 04:23

    If you care at all about grammar and all that extra stuff don't read this, because you won't like it. Now if you don't really care like me, then you might slightly enjoy this. It's raw and new; doesn't really have that polished put together feel others have. I think that if the author had taken a little more time to work on this it would have flourished like a very pretty flower. Characters just popped out of nowhere, but I can overlook that. I actually liked that. I liked it, it was good. Something new.

  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    2019-04-01 02:04

    3.5/5; 4 stars; B+This was a pretty good dragon shape shifter fantasy. Some of the plot development seemed too slow but the world building was interesting enough to make up for it. My only complaint is it ended rather abruptly at, what I thought, was an inconvenient place in the story. The next book was supposed to be out a few months ago so hopefully it will be available soon. I an definitely interested in seeing how things go with Marina and Koen and the Aver!

  • Coyora Dokusho
    2019-04-10 03:12

    There was DUMB. Other than that, I enjoyed it! There were lots of cute and touching moments and I liked the characters.

  • Jamie Chung
    2019-04-14 01:13

    Real rating: 2.5 stars UGH. IT WAS SO GOOD WHILE IT LASTED. I loved Marina-she was a really headstrong and kickass character. BUT THEN cut to pg 319 of 423 of the book (on ibooks app) and she just loses her mind. She no longer has control over her emotions and becomes an annoying ass whiny bitch. 1st moment- (view spoiler)[ She sees Koen talking to Katya and gets mad that "he's talking to her without glowering". FACE PALM. She was already told multiple times he has to be fair and not show preference to one girl. But obviously the incredibly dense head of hers can't understand. It's not like she caught them secretly making out or anything, he was TALKING to the girl. Not even smiling.(hide spoiler)]2nd moment- (view spoiler)[ She gets really excited that he sent her a gift consisting of a full set of undergarments and robes, so she decides to show herself in them to the whole world. Exact quote: "Marina ran back to her room to put the new clothes on and PARADED back outside with her head held high, feeling like the queen she FOUGHT to become. Then she sees all the other girls wearing the same thing, and then once again, LOOSES HER FUCKING MIND. She basically embarrasses herself and Daniil in front of like everybody. FUCK.(hide spoiler)]I put "paraded" in all caps just to emphasize how ridiculous this moment looked. Girl you still have possible death causing quests to go through in the near future but you decide to (view spoiler)[ PARADE outside in underwear?!?(hide spoiler)] FACE PALM + FACE TO DESK I put "fought" in all caps to show the irony. SHE DID NOT FIGHT YET. The only thing she fought so far was 1. her lust 2. Daniil-who tries to stop her from embarrassing herself. She DID NOT fight to be queen, all she did was ride a dragon into the land-she was handed title of princess. SMHSMHSMHSMHSMHSMH. I don't think she comprehended, but she has to fight FIGHT FIIIGGHHHHTTT other girls (who've been training their whole lives) in order to officially be with Koen. And she might die. But no biggie right? Because she knows Koen loves her. UGH COCKY ASF. (view spoiler)[ Also found it kinda ridiculous she gets a son. OH HEY! you almost killed me but you shouldn't because I'm a princess. You wanna be my son? You'll be super safe with me. Did I mention I'm a princess?(hide spoiler)]-2.5 stars for the disappointment Marina caused me to feel +2.5 stars for Koen, Nikolai, DANIIL- for putting up with all her tantrums DNF towards the end BTW

  • Fadeke.I
    2019-04-09 00:30

    “He held up his hand and spread his fingers. "Today I stared at my hand for an hour. Then I turned into a dragon and stared at my claw. Do you know why?""You have gone insane?""Marina's fingers fit perfectly between the fingers of my hand when I am a man. When I was a dragon she would snuggle up to my talons, fit herself into my claw and kiss it sweetly, as if one wrong move wouldn't disembowel her." He smiled at Daniil when he rolled his eyes. "She is terrified of losing me. I didn't realize that until today.”This book wasn't even recommended to me, i kind of spied it on one of my fellow freiends pages on Goodreads and i instantly fell in love with the synopsis.I am always one to try out new things, and a book about dragons is as new as they get so i was like why not I will tell you this, one thing i did not expect was to love this book as much as i did. I absolutely devoured this book in a couple of hours and am not even ashamed. The headache i got from staring at my e-reader too long was totally worth it!The sexual chemistry between Koen and Marina was electric from their very first meeting when he was a man and the flame did not die out as it carried on. In fact the inferno burnt brighter and larger.It all starts off when a curious Marina finds a dragon encased in flames literally plummet to the ground, and being the curious being she is, she goes towards the dangerous scene to put some truth to what she saw in front of her. Koen is a Dragon King who rules all dragons in his land (i forgot what it was called) but seems to be sprinting let alone running from his duties.He can shape shift from man to dragon and Marina is attracted to the dragon but not so much to the man as he infuriates her but she cannot deny the fiery connection between them.Now this whole competition of Aver - which is a contest where bachelorettes compete in if they want to marry the King and become Empress (confusing? i know) - just kind of annoyed me as you had to literally fight for the one you love which is absurd and a teensy bit dangerous.This book is so amazing and i recommend it to anyone who love a tale of adventure and thrilling sex and compassion because that is what you get from Penelope Fletcher with Smolder

  • ValerieC
    2019-04-21 21:19

    ~~~~~~~~Purchased August, 2015CLIFFHANGER WARNING!A pretty good story, plagued with...Typos- more than an excusable amountSlow parts - I skimmed some through the training stuffI like Ms Fletcher's writing in 'Venomous', so I thought I would try this one out. I still like her descriptive style and the world-building that she does. But, I felt the dragons' society was more complicated than necessary, and what sane, wealthy Earth girl in their right mind would want to stay there, even for love?I also think the description should have told us this was a cliffhanger, right at the most important part of the book. Minus 1 star just for that...I think it's a good read, though, just realize that you will need to buy both parts to get the whole story. And, the typos are so numerous that I found them distracting. Oh yeah, I don't like the new cover. I like the original covers better. So, a probable 4 star book for me, rounded down to 3 because of 'reasons'.

  • Marlena
    2019-03-31 03:21

    Ha! I like the blurb!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.The reasonable thing to do is save its life!? It's a friggin' dragon! What if it eats you!? And it dropped in an explosion of fire! So it's on fire, it's a dragon, and the chick approaches it!?Oh well. Maybe that's just me. But it sounds intriguing, so I will give it a go.

  • Sherbie
    2019-03-31 03:06

    So much potential for this one. Dragons are so much better than puny werewolves and shapeshifters.I really hope the sequel will be as entertaining. I dont mind a typo or two, but in this case, I had to re-read a sentence to be able to comprehend. I just hated that. I would have given this more stars.

  • ♡Esra♡
    2019-04-19 22:32

    I'm not rating this because, there was no way I could've finish the entire book. DNF'd it @ 28%First of all Marina was beyond annoying for me. She is 21 but acts like a 13 year old, no thank you. No way I could listen to her for long. And then there were soo soo many typos. And insta-love in one day, when he is in dragon form...The idea behind it was great but the execution not so much.

  • Ally
    2019-03-28 05:05

    2-2.5 Stars

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    2019-04-03 04:10


  • Anna
    2019-04-20 00:11

    I was interested in the story itself, I think the concept was rather good and if presented correctly could have made for a great book. But the characters, dear god, the characters, they were completely unappealing to me and turned the whole reading process into a chore. The way Marina reacted to things was absolutely unrealistic. I mean, I'm glad that she's taking everything well and that she did not turn into a blabbering idiot, but for a person who just found a motherfucking dragon on her property, learned some new and unexpected facts about herself and her family and then was told that she'll have to participate in a deadly tournament, she was unnaturally blasé about it all. Like this sort of thing happens to her every day. Just a walk in the park, you know. Then there is the matter of her relationship with Koen. One minute they are having an argument about nothing at all, then the next minute they are making out and declaring their undying love for one another, then they are fighting again and making out with other people (I guess that's the way you prove your undying love for someone), and then they love each other again. Their back and forth could give anyone a whiplash. By the time the book ended, I had no idea were we stand with those two (and I'm not really sure I want to know).The only character I actually like in this book was Nikolai, but unfortunately there weren't that many scenes with him. Koen I felt sorry for. He's being hunted like an animal and his whole family has suffered for it, only because he's someone's ticked to power. (and why would a dragon need a protector in a form of a girl in the fist place? I mean, if a dragon can't protect itself, what good will a girl without any magical abilities be?)So, yeah. Great idea for the story, but the characters made it hard for me to enjoy it. I highly doubt that I'll continue on with the series.

  • Vanessa
    2019-04-08 22:12

    This books is proof of the ridiculousness of "insta-love" plots. Koen Raad, King of Dragons, falls wounded to earth and is rescued by Marina. It turns out Marina is a high princess in Koen's kingdom but was brought to earth by her mom who abandoned her husband. Koen and Marina experience an insta-connection but Koen doesn't want to bring Marina to his kingdom because he can only be mated to someone who can defeat other fierce females in a competition called Aver and defeat him in battle and he doesn't want Marina to get hurt. Without knowing all the details, Marina decides she loves Koen and asks his "brothers" to bring her to Koen's world so she can join Aver. She is untrained and unprepared, and bitches about stuff constantly. Oh, and since Koen is not allowed to show preference to any of the females who join Aver (competition to determine if a female is worthy to be Empress) and can't touch the competitors, Marina feels neglected and starts to have feelings for her trainor!! Duh! She even wonders if all the difficulties she is experiencing is worth the prize of winning Koen. Marina is rude, self-absorbed, thoughtless, but has a big heart (which would explain the love triangle). She acts like a child most of the time and I would be horrified to live in a world with her as the Empress, although it helps that she is at times, loving and compassionate. The world-building is awesome, and the pacing was good. I finished the book in three hours; it was hard to put down. I don't think I will be reading the next book in the series as the main character is too annoying to be worth any more of my time.

  • S89L5
    2019-04-22 05:04

    I really wanted to like this book, it had so much potential! Now then, I read Penelope Fletcher's Venomous and I really really liked it and I expected this book to be up to par... Unfortunately I developed a strong hatred towards the female MC from the get-go: she is bratty, bitchy, whiny, and her emotions were way too rollercoaster-y for my taste.I don't know if I got a pre-proofread print, but the typo mistakes were abundant and blunders with character names (ex: Daniil is speaking but suddenly the author write '"...", Nikolai added.') were also plentiful. There were also times I had to reread full paragraphs to make sense of what was going on...I would not recommend this book mostly due to the fact that it will probably make you sad that all that potential was wasted with such mediocre writing.

  •  (^ε^)-☆ Aphrodite (ʃƪ˘ﻬ˘)
    2019-04-04 21:04

    This story was so cringe and eye rolling. "Oh look a big dragon fell down the sky. Let me get closer. It's not like it could eat me or burn me to ashes. That's crazy talk""OMG! It's a dragon! I thought I was dreaming. It's so beautiful I think I'm in love!""I am so going on a trip with this dragon. It's hurt and I must be by it's side to heal him. My friend wont believe this!""Wow! The dragon turned into a handsome man! I'm more in love now.""What!? D; some evil women are trying to kill my man? Heck no! I will train and kill them all... then he will only be mine!"......................and that's as far as I got. Just wasn't my cup of tea I guess.

  • Yulia
    2019-04-04 05:14

    As a fantasy book it's good.On the romance front not so much.I remember likinig a previous book by this author so I think I was expecting more from her.The development is fast and slow - romance somewhat fast between them, and in other points the plot is somewhat slow (like her training) but it does add to the fantasy parts instead.What more is the dynamic between the two main characters annoyed me since it was the same on repeat. (sorry but it's the same over and over)I'll have to consider wether I want the read the next book, but it sure won't be right away after this one.Kind of like that the culture was influence heavely by japanese.*read the synopsis for the next book* Yeah, I think I won't be reading the rest.

  • Jessie
    2019-04-24 03:16

    This book started out really nice. A dragon falling out of the sky - go figure. Everything went to shit during and after the sex scene. I mean, who has sex with a crazy stranger you just met? Then afterward, she regrets - typical. This book was not cutting it for me. I struggled to read this book and I haven't even finished reading it yet. I just can't!

  • Shelly
    2019-03-29 02:28

    Rating: 3.5/5 StarsI don’t mind reading indie novels. I know some people don’t read them just on principle. If you’re like me and can for the most part pass over spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and missing words, you can give this one a try. As soon as I read the word dragons, I had to read it. I love me some dragons. This was a high fantasy romance with dragons and a competition for the right to mate him. I read the first two of the series Smolder being the first and Burn the second. The third will be releasing later this year, there is no date as of yet.I ended up reading both books in a day, don’t judge me, and absolutely loved the series. It’s about a young woman, Marina, who had just lost her mother and was trying to get her feet under her again. Marina had suffered from panic attacks since she was young and after the car crash that took her mother and injured her, Marina was once again controlled by her fear of another attack. Taking her friend Cathyrn and Cathryn’s boyfriend, they go to a cottage for some R&R. On a hike she ends up seeing a wounded dragon and ends up trying to help. She finds out the dragon can shift and that he was from another dimension. There’s a connection with him that was undeniable and she ends up following him to his world; a world where the only way to be his mate was to fight in a brutal tournament to win him. That was basically the premise of the first book and the second one starts where Smolder left off.I adored this book. I absolutely loved the story line because it honestly is one of my favourite types to read. As this was a high fantasy series, there was a lot of world building that some might find dull, but it’s necessary. I originally read another book called Venomous and then moved onto this one because I liked the unique story and the detail she brings to the universe. She was a way with words, which allow you to easily picture it.The cast was varied and they had more than one dimension, thankfully, to them. They were interesting, had flaws and strengths, which made them all the more real. I had moments with Marina where I was completely irritated with her temper and naivety. She had a saviour complex, she wasn’t cunning enough for the position she was fighting for, but you still can’t help but rout for her. She was unrefined, impolite and had a lot of pride. I liked her character a lot in the beginning but as she got more entangled with the dragon and the political side of things, her impulsive actions were trying. The dragon shifter, Koen, was very arrogant, self-assured and had a hard time showing his softer side. His character was nothing special especially in the paranormal romance genre; he was a generic hero. The banter between the two was very amusing. Koen expected Marina to act a certain way and it always surprised him when she didn’t. There were explicit scenes in this book, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The romance was the main focus with some adventure on the side. This had instant love, which I’m not a huge fan of, just because it makes no sense. At first they were at each others throats and bickering, and then somehow, I must have blinked because they were making out soon after. It just never seems realistic, since there was no build-up of romance.With that said; this book needs some heavy editing and if missing commas and quotations, misspelled words, or even a missing word annoy you, this series will irritate you like no other. I actually didn’t notice it until pointed out, thank goodness; I was trying to read it as fast as I could because I wanted to know what happened next. The uniqueness of the plot saved this book for me and it was the only reason I completed it and went on to the next in the series

  • Lenore
    2019-04-10 22:23

    I got this ebook because it was free - I'm not usually a fan of dragon shifter novels (not all that sure why, actually) but decided to get it anyway as I hadn't come across the author before and wanted to give her a try.I agree with other reviewers on here - while I don't care about the odd spelling or grammatical error, there were a few times when an error made me pause and really notice, which was mildly irritating.The start of the book threw me a bit. I had no idea what was going on at first and the explanation for why Marina stopped and watched an end-of-days type scenario, then returned to see what had fallen from the sky, seemed a bit hollow to me.While in the end I wasn't a big fan of the book, the author is excellent at describing scenarios and imagery. I loved her description of Koen as a dragon, it was really easy to picture it.My main gripe with the book was how unbelievably quickly the main characters 'fell in love' - I realise with a lot of romance this is the case but in this instance it seemed to me that Marina and Koen couldn't stand each other one second, the next they're ripping each other's clothes off. I also realise in some cases this can work - passions running high, and all that - but it didn't feel believable at all.There was absolutely no relationship developed between the two. I prefer 'slow build' in romance - like in Kresley Cole's novels, where you follow the main characters' 'journey' together and can actually watch a relationship build. I found that this didn't exist in this book. Following this was Marina following Koen into another world (which she took EXTREMELY well) and after knowing him for..less than a day?..and declaring her never ending love for him (when, in my opinion, he'd been a bit of a dbag). (As a side note, I also really disliked how easily Marina's friend believed and accepted that she'd found a dragon. I know this is fantasy but, really?)I had found Marina increasingly irritating as the book progressed, but when she reached the dragon world was when I really began to dislike her. Although, this is most likely entirely personal - I tend to dislike overly brash main characters, particularly female. Marina began to seem very spoilt and rude to me - as other reviewers have said, she was quite disrespectful considering, you know, she's an alien in another world. Her personality seemed to wildly fluctuate, as well - one minute she is 'tenderly' declaring her love for Koen in front of all (again, a personal gripe - not a fan of characters speaking in overly flowery language, doesn't seem real or natural), the next she is screaming that she hates him and is ripping off her clothes in public - and the NEXT she is telling a boy that he is her son and precious to her.I found myself skimming the training sessions with Daniil. Which leads me to my dislike of the 'love triangle'. Although again, this may just be because I dislike that in all books. And as other reviewers have said - Koen's 'unfaithfulness' was like he'd personally ripped out Marina's heart, whereas the fact that - at the SAME TIME - she was kissing someone he called 'brother' was immediately glossed over. That ain't fair, particularly as it was glaringly obvious (although not to any of the characters, it would seem) that he was doing it to eliminate that particular contestant. Lastly, the ending was far too abrupt. I genuinely didn't expect it to end there - I was expecting at least another chapter or something. I'm not sure if I'll buy the second book - I'd quite like to see how Marina gets on in the quests, but I can imagine I'll find myself skimming large chunks again.

  • Sadie Forsythe
    2019-04-05 03:04

    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. (view spoiler)[She waltzes right into a natural cataclysm of mythical proportion, challenges a dragon several sizes bigger and far more ferocious than herself, falls in love with him, crosses dimensions for him (him who she has known less than 36 hours by best approximation), finds that she's a wealthy member of the royalty, ignores social protocols, gets everything she wants, adopts her own assassin, and expects to win a challenge after training for one week when her opponents have trained their entire lives. (hide spoiler)] It's simply too much. Marina is too brash, to fearless, and too loyal to a man she just met...(view spoiler)[wait she's willing to throw her whole life away to be with Koen but falls in love/lust with Daniil too. (hide spoiler)] Seems a little weak-willed to me. 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. (view spoiler)[The book ends as she rushes headlong into the first challenge, the challenge that half the book builds up to. (hide spoiler)] 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 pisses me off. 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 (Burn) come out before I forget about having read this one I will pick it up.

  • Cogito_ergo_sum
    2019-03-27 01:19

    Review of Smolder by FletcherI sometimes wonder why authors publish their earlier works… especially unedited works. There is no way that at the time of publication Fletcher didn’t know that it needed waaaaay more editing (and not just for the typos and the grammatical kind). It read like a first draft. Seriously. It was like the author was trying to find the purpose and theme of the story and just left it there. This story had potential (as most stories do), but it was really messy. There is no clear, discernible goal for the story or character. The story begins by plunging us straight into action and bludgering us over the head with information. There was no finesse.Let’s just say it the way it the way it is: there is no subtlety in this story.Furthermore, the love story between Koen and Marina was so farfetched I had a hard time believing it. It was inconceivable to believe that Marina was in love with the rude man she’d met a day earlier, so much so, that she’d leave behind Earth and go to the dragon dimension, with the understanding that she might die. I had to fight to keep from throwing my E-reader at the ridiculous proclamations of love the two main leads threw at each other throughout the entire story.Frankly, I had a much easier time believing in the possibility of love between Marina and Dineel (?). It was subtle undertone to all the tension in the story. THAT is how you do a love story.Also, I just didn’t like Marina. She seemed so immature and thoughtless. The author throwing pointing arrows at her, saying, Look at how kind-hearted she is, she wants to make the world a better place, felt contrived and insincere. Not only that, her character was incredibly undeveloped. It’s like the author thought that making her impulsive and rash was all that was needed for a solid character foundation. The author never expanded on Marina’s relationship with her mother. It was rushed through as an explanation during one of the many info dumps heaved upon the reader.The author fit the plot with assassination attempts and trials for the honour of the crown. Which would have been great and exciting if the story actually fit together nicely.If you’ve ever seen a child force mismatching puzzle pieces together, you’d understand how inept the author’s skill was at building this story.The story ends on a cliffhanger as the main character embarks on her first trial. Curiousity about the first trial might be the only thing that will coax readers to read the next book, because it certainly isn’t the bogus love story or the flat characters.

  • Hyle
    2019-04-10 01:13

    **May contain spoilers, depending on what you think is a spoiler. Read at your own risk.***Smolder starts out in our lame human world and shows the main character, Marina, watching something fall from the sky. Her fear is practically nonexistent thanks to her mother tirelessly pushing Marina into situations that had helped her overcome any fear and getting rid of her panic attacks. She discovers that there be dragons, though not from the human world. I liked Marina's naivety and her bold outlook on life. With her mother gone, she feels free to follow the dragon king into another dimension and win him for herself and claim the throne for herself. Koen Raad is such an ass but he really has a good reason to be in such a terrible mood all of the time. He can get away with it to being the King of Dragons. I do not like his treatment of Marina at the beginning but whatever. What happens, happens and they work it out later. I'm a sucker for more than one love kind of thing, so I was almost hoping for a love thing between Koen, Daniil, and Nikolai as well as Marina buuuutttt that's just a messed up fantasy of mine. (view spoiler)[The almost romantic thing with Daniil almost makes up for it. (hide spoiler)]It started out slow and very detailed, which I understand but picked up much more in the middle of the book. I freaking love that she is kind to random citizens and does so without much thought of people thinking a royal being kind is weird. Adopting Boy was another funny quirk that I fully approve of. The dragons sound like they are beautiful, though it is strange that women were not able to change. The political structure in this dragon dimension is interesting and reminds me a lot of Alice in Wonderland with the land of Hearts and Diamonds. Instead, there is the land of Fire and Ice. Combining them all is the Emperor, which is apparently a rare occurrence that is explained in the book. The competitions are actually an interesting concept in the book. Rather than being born royal, which does happen, they actually have to fight for their thrones as well. I really enjoyed this book and will continue reading until the series is completed. This book would interest those people who enjoy a medieval land ruled by dragons and get their main entertainment out of royal women combating in bloody and dangerous situations for the throne and the King as a prize. If you can capture the King. It's a messed up game of chess, isn't it?

  • Sabine
    2019-03-28 04:19

    At first it took some time to get into the story and understand the background of the dragons and the history. But I was immediately in love with Marina and her sometimes potty mouth. The mood swings of her were a bit annoying but overall I loved the story so much, I bought book 2 in the middle of it. I'm really curious how she will master the Aver and I wonder about the love triangle between Marina, Koen and Daniil.The story itself was well written and since English is my second language, I cannot say the spelling and grammar others complained were bothering me much. I'm still not sure whether or not I like Koen; he is a stubborn and arrogant male but I really hope there is a happy ending for him in the end because it seems like he had hard life with all the pressure of being the king and the females all trying to hunt him down for being empress. I really liked Nikolai with all the charm and flirting and carelessness.I also hope to see more of Mikhail; it seems the more we see from him the more human he got. At first I didn't like his attitude and how mean he was towards Marina. But you could see how deeply he cared about her mother and how sad he was to learn she died.At first the many explanations about the dragons and how they live and about the Aver confused me and I was not sure if I liked the book. But the more I read the more intrigued I was and after 20% I couldn't put my Kindle down. Now I'm hooked and I really need to know if Marina can win the Aver and if she will get her beloved Koen. I hope there will be no further love triangle between Marina and Koen/Daniil since Daniil has his eyes set on another chosen one. Hopefully, it will not take too long for Penelope to publish the third (and final) book of the series.

  • Hayley
    2019-04-17 00:23

    I initially rated this 4 stars but hadn't read the 2nd book and couldn't work out why so I gave it a re-read with the intention of reading the other book too. I'm not entirely sure why I gave it 4 stars. I loved the concept. And though the pacing was off, I liked the writing - once I managed to get over the many (many) spelling and grammar issues. But, honestly, I don't think I've ever disliked a heroine more. She's a bitch. Her best friend calls her 'Selfish, self-absorbed, proud, stubborn' and she absolutely is and even though she does have a couple of good features (her protectiveness of Tatiana and Boy, mainly) they're not enough to override the harpy side of her. The world building is also pretty complicated and nothing is really explained well. Confusing.(view spoiler)[I also don't think she deserves Koen. She travels to a distant land and risks her life for him but then after two slightly weighted moments between her and Daniil, is ready to sleep with the best friend/'brother' of the man she supposedly loves? Because she loves Daniil too . . . but just not quite as much as she loves Koen. What a load of shite. I hate love triangles and can't help but think that if she'd so easily have a happy and passionate life with Daniil then maybe she should go to it and leave Koen to someone who would actually be loyal to him. And I get that she was upset at Koen kissing Katya - but that came after her 'moment' with Daniil and if she can't see that he was going it to get her knocked out of the hunt so Katya would stop trying to kill her than she's an idiot.(hide spoiler)]Won't be finishing this series. So frustrating!!!