Destiny Kills by Keri ArthurDestiny Kills on October 28, 2008
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
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Desire calls. Danger Lurks.

When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has—and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game.

Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human—and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic, and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive—until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels.… 

I’ve had this sitting on my shelf for a while, and since, well everything going on right now, I cleaned out my room. This one caught my eye, and I flipped through the first chapter and was hooked.

There are spoilers, but only kind of…most of this is revealed early enough on I don’t feel bad about saying it.

So Destiny wakes up on the beach next to a dead man. They’re both naked, and she has no clue who she is. She knows his name, she knows to say a certain prayer to her gods, and that’s about it. She has a head injury, and fleeting glimpses of her memories. But she knows she isn’t human.

She sneaks into a house to steal some clothes and then…no joke, she showers, makes a sandwich, and turns on the news. Like really? Come on. So of course she’s almost caught by the police. Except a man pulls over when she stands in the road hitchhiking and he knows her name. To trust him or not to trust him…

She gives him a chance since he has more information that she does, and the police are at her heels, and as they tear out of there, she tries to get more out of him.

Turns out he’s the brother of the man she was with on the beach. The dead man.

In their escape from the police, they jump off a cliff into the ocean and we discover what she/they are. DRAGONS! Except she’s a sea dragon and he’s an air dragon, so he has wings and she does not. The second she hits the water, her memories come back. And they aren’t pretty. She’s been held in captivity in a science lab with his brother Egan in Loch Ness. Isn’t this the best? She’s practically Nessie!

The two of them join forces to try to break into the lab and free the remaining dragons. There are children there. And her mother. So trying to stay one step ahead of the scientists and hunters, and trying to break into and then back out of the secured facility isn’t going to be easy.

I think this would have made a better UF series. I’m actually sad it wasn’t one. This author is known for her Urban Fantasy, and this reads as one. It’s in first person point of view, and it feels very UF. It looks like there is only one more book after this and it’s about his sister. I want to read that one to see where Ms. Arthur takes this world.

***I bought this book