The story so far
After a near-death encounter with a panther shifter guard, twenty-four-year-old Norm Aria Archer promises to give up her thieving ways and embrace the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her resolve doesn’t last long. Silas, the wolf-shifter who took her in from the streets when she was fourteen, is gravely ill, and cannot pay for the treatment he needs to stay alive.
When the mysterious Drakkar Raedwulf offers Aria a million dollars to steal the Bloodstone from the five dragon princes, Aria has no choice other than to accept. Though everyone in her life warns her about the dangerous dragons, Aria is determined to help Silas.
But the five dragon princes are onto her, and the instant she opens the safe she’s been hired to empty, they appear around her…
…And claim that she’s their mate.
Rather understandably, Aria’s not inclined to trust the dragon princes. She waits until the dragons are asleep, robs the safe and sneaks out of their apartment to meet her client.
Unfortunately, Aria doesn’t have the Bloodstone. Enraged, Raedwulf almost kills her. In the nick of time, Bastian rescues her, though he’s wounded in the attack. Raedwulf and one of his wolf-shifter companions manage to escape, but the third wolf-shifter is taken prisoner by Bastian’s guards.
Aria has abilities that are far greater than any Norm, and the dragon princes try to uncover the mystery of her identity. Silas tells them that he’s been working on the same thing. He kept his findings in a diary that’s stored at his friend Pete’s house. Unfortunately, when Silas and dragon prince Erik Valder get to Pete’s apartment, they discover that the Norm had been killed by Drakkar Raedwulf, who’s also taken the diary.
Aria mourns Pete and decides to confront Raefwulf’s associate, who is being treated for concussion in a hospital. When she gets there, she’s taken prisoner by Dr. Brown, a one-time associate of Raedwulf. Aria’s able to harness Dragon Prince Mateo Valentini’s magic to free herself from the doctor, another sign that she’s not entirely Norm.
The dragon princes grow concerned at the danger Aria is in, and want to send her away, but Aria realizes she can’t leave. She’s part of a five-hundred-year-old prophecy, and she’s the dragons’ mate. She’s ready to break the curse that’s draining magic from the world.
Trust builds slowly between Aria and her five dragons. After an argument about her safety, Aria convinces the dragon princes to let her leave the apartment. The dragons decide to woo Aria; each of them takes her out on a date and gets to know her better.
Aided by the blood magic, the simmering attraction between the dragons and Aria flares to life.
Aria’s slowly getting used to her new life when Gideon Zyrian, the Dark Dragon responsible for the curse that’s draining magic from the world, invades her mind. He starts haunting her dreams, and in every one of them, he kills Silas Archer. Dragon Prince Mateo Valentini wards his mate, but he knows that Zyrian is far more powerful than he is. Any measure he can take to protect Aria is only temporary.
Meanwhile, the search continues to discover the secret of Aria’s missing identity. When Aria discovers that her CPS records are missing, she immediately realizes who’s responsible. Hagen Nygaard, the Arctic fox shifter crime lord who protected her on the streets when she was a runaway. She goes to see Nygaard along with Dragon Prince Erik Valder, and the two of them convince the crime lord to part with the missing records, which tells them that Aria’s first foster home was with a woman called Pauline Summers.
Aria and Silas go to meet Pauline in a nursing home, but the old woman is suffering from dementia. All she remembers is that Aria’s mother tried to kill her as a child.
While the dragons are uncovering Aria’s identity, Zyrian’s been testing the wards of protection around Aria. At a party for Bastian, he manages to break through. Aria draws magic from Mateo to fight back temporarily, but it leads them to realize the only way for Aria to stay safe is to go to Castle Jaeger, where the wards of Bastian’s dead mother, Maija Essen, will protect them.
Her first night in Castle Jaeger, Maija Essen comes to Aria in a vision. She reveals that a piece of the Bloodstone is in Aria, and she gets her magical abilities from it. Maija tells Aria that she’s all that’s standing between the dragons and utter ruin.
Now aware of Aria’s existence, Zyrian goes on the offensive, starting to attack. The wolf-shifters around Bastian’s castle are pulled into a battle. The caretakers of Rhys’ home are killed, and worse of all, Bastian and Erik walk into an ambush, and Erik is almost killed.
Under pressure, Mateo admits he’s known how to end the curse for quite a while. The only problem? To break the curse, Aria has to die.
Which brings us to…