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Shadowvale isn’t your typical American small town. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.

Most people think Nasha Black lives in Shadowvale because that’s where her father, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, lives. But Nasha has another reason for staying in Shadowvale, and it’s not just the bakery she owns and operates. She has a devastating curse of her own, one she’s never told a soul about.

Shadowvale has given chocolatier and dragon-shifter Charlie Ashborne a refuge from the reality of his cursed life - until now. He’s been summoned to the dragon census, where all unmated dragons will be paired off. If he doesn’t show, the dragon council will come to him. His desire to protect Shadowvale means not only will he end up with a wife he doesn’t want, but the curse he’s kept hidden for so long will be exposed.

Facing certain humiliation, Charlie is about to leave for the census when an attractive woman shows up at his house, desperate for more of the chocolates Charlie sells in his shop. Nasha needs to know what magic he puts in his chocolate. She’s never tasted anything like it, literally, and it’s changed her life. Discovering he’s headed out of town pushes her to make a crazy offer. She’ll pretend to be his wife in exchange for his recipe. Seems fair enough.

Making a pact with a chocolate addict might not be the right move, but Charlie will do anything to avoid the dragon census mating games, so he jumps at the chance to claim Nasha as his wife for a week.

It seems like the perfect plan, until they find out the rules have changed, leaving them no choice but to compete in the games. Unexpectedly, they begin to fall for each other, amazed by what a good team they make. But as competitors try to tear them apart Charlie and Nasha wonder if they will ever taste sweet victory, or just the bitter dregs of defeat?

©2021 Kristen Painter (P)2021 Kristen Painter

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shadowvale series keeps getting better and better!

I finished it in a day. Honestly, Kristen Painter's writing is magic!

Could listen to B.J. Harrison all day.

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Really Great!

I loved this book because it was so interesting even though most of it didn't actually take place in SV.

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Kristen is amazing!

I wish I could erase my mind so I could listen to this book for the first time again!
When this book came out I had to stop and relisten to the whole Shadowvale series again, oh what a trip!
I love Kristen's style of writing, it paints a perfect picture in my mind, I can see and imagine every word! I can not wait for more books!

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Half way through and bored

It’s cheesy and the writing is a little YA. It was cute in the beginning, I enjoyed the set up, though it reminds me of that TV show about the witch in the tiny town, and it’s a snooze fest. Honestly got so bored half way through...didn’t finish it.

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I Loved this Book

I really loved this book and was very disappointed when it ended!! The characters were so enjoyable. And the story was great too!

Please write many sequels!!!!

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loved it!!

I love everything by Kristen Painter and her audiobooks are especially fantastic thanks to the wonderful narrator.

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Love!

Kristen’s books are my guilty pleasure! I typically listen to historical WW2 novels, but when I need a break from that heavy theme, Kristen’s Shadowvale and Nocturn Falls books take me away to a make believe world that helps me forget about man’s inhumanity for a while!! And, she must NEVER have anyone except BJ Harrison read her books for Audible! He’s the best!!!

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So cute. Fun ,relaxing read! I want my own Dragon!

I listened to this as an audio book. very well done. I love all the Nocturn Falls books. looking for my next listen now. Enjoy!

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Awesome!!

I really enjoy the Shadowvale books. This one had me on the edge of my seat at points and at others had me laughing.

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This romance is dang near perfect.

There is a commonly used plot in romances that has the main characters fall into some misunderstanding (that probably could have been easily avoided) and be at odds until it gets sorted and they come back together. That often irritates me, which is a large part of why I’m delighted that this book has the two characters working together to solve a challenge that affects both of them. I enjoy Kristen Painter’s books in general and this one had an extra sparkle for me; so much so that I’ve listened to it more than once. I look forward to seeing more of this style, and hopefully further adventures of these characters.

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  • 12-24-21

Brilliant series

this book is great, good storyline and believable characters. I couldn’t put it down until it was finished

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  • 01-05-22

Great Series

Love this series & this is the best book yet, so hope there is more to come soon